As an endeavour to facilitate public visits to the state's historically relevant prisons, the Maharashtra government will launch its latest jail tourism initiative on January 26. CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar will inaugurate the jail tourism drive at Pune's Yerawada Central Jail. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, only 50 visitors will be allowed per day. Reportedly, tickets will be priced from Rs 5 to Rs 50.
Himachal Pradesh's agencies responsible for safe paragliding sport have come under negative limelight after increase in crashes at paragliding site in Bir Billing region, which also hosts Paragliding World Cup. Some organisations and relatives of accidents' victims are now asking for a blanket ban on the sport till proper rules are enforced by the state. Reportedly, at least 10 people, including foreigners, have lost their lives in 24… read-more
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In a bid to privatise airports, the Airports Authority of India on January 19 signed a 'concession agreement' with the Adani Group making them concessionaires of Guwahati, Jaipur and Thiruvanthapuram airports for the next 50 years. In February 2019, the Centre had invited bids for six airports which were won by the Adani Group. Earlier, during Oct-Nov 2020, the AAI handed the first three airports - Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Mangaluru - to the… read-more
To promote wildlife conservation, Uttarakhand Tourism is organizing the first-ever snow-leopard tour in Harsil village on the banks of the Bhagirathi river in February. The tourism body has informed the entry would be on a first-come-first-served basis. Reportedly, the tour is a part of SECURE Himalaya Project - a conservation and restoration efforts for Himalayan ecosystems. The campaign will be jointly organized by Global Environment… read-more
Amid the growing COVID-19 concerns, the Maharashtra government has allowed reopening the entertainment and amusement parks outside the containment zones. The phase-wiser relaxations also include resuming water sports, indoor entertainment activities, and tourist places. Moreover, the government has issued a standard operating procedure for the locations to follow. The decision came a day before the state called night-curfew due to the new… read-more
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Just like China, India has also constructed its own glass bridge to boost adventure tourism. Constructed in Bihar’s Nalanda district, the bridge aims to propel the tourism potential of Nalanda, which is well-known for being an ancient study centre. The bridge has been constructed along the lines of 120-metre glass bridge in China’s Hangzhou. Technically, this is India’s second glass bridge. However, the first one proposed at Rishikesh’s… read-more
Ahead of Christmas and New Year eve, the travel portals have predicted higher tourist-footfall in the domestic destinations as the inter-state travel restrictions continue to expand. According to the spokesperson of Yatra.com, the advance booking enquiries have hiked up 37% for Goa. Flights bookings via MakeMyTrip (MMT) consistently showed a 25% monthly-increment, said MMT's official. Although the numbers remain one-third of 2019, destination… read-more
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Uttarakhand will soon have its first crocodile safari in the Surai forest range of Kumaon district to boost eco-tourism. The authorities have designated safari's location in Khakra Nullah, which passes through the Surai range and is home to a large number of crocodiles. Officials have identified a 750-metre stretch of Nullah and planned to fence the area. Reportedly, the crocodile population in Uttarakhand increased to 451 (2020) from 123 (… read-more
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Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj in a letter to Union Tourism ministry has asked to launch a ‘Covid-19 Insurance’ to revive tourism in the state. Maharaj said the insurance will "..attract them (tourists) to visit India and assure them of safety”. The letter came ahead of Haridwar Kumbh in January 2021. It added that a Covid-19 insurance policy would also attract NRI’s and foreign tourists to the tourism-backed state's economy.
To mark the re-open of the pandemic-ridden tourism sector in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, tweeted, "The #HomeOfClouds looks forward to welcoming you." Reportedly, the state will be open for tourists from December 21. According to the Meghalaya Tourism Department, all visitors must register on the Meghalaya Tourism app to generate E-invite and should strictly adhere to guidelines. Additionally, a COVID-19 negative report has been… read-more