TOURISM

  • Important to increase direct flights between India and Israel: Israeli envoy April 8, 2015

    Chennai: Making a pitch for developing the tourism industry, Israeli Ambassador to India Dabuek Carmon on Wednesday said it was important to increase the number of direct flights between the two countries. "To develop tourism, it is important to increase the number of direct flights from India to Israel," he said....
  • Rs 600 package tour to Narendra Modi's birthplace April 6, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthplace Vadnagar and a visit to the railway station where he used to sell tea as a boy are now part of a tour package started by Gujarat Government's tourism agency. Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL), through its official partner, is offering a day-long tour,...
  • Threat of floods in Kashmir hits tourism sector, hoteliers worried April 2, 2015

    Srinagar: Heavy downpour for the last few days has not only left the residents of Kashmir valley panicky but also unnerved the people associated with tourism sector because floods are going to hit their business hard a second time in seven months. Having braved the September 2014 floods, the manager of...
  • Uttar Pradesh: National Tourism University proposed at Noida March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday said that a proposal for establishing a National Tourism University at Noida is under process. Addressing an event on the occasion of the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) at Noida, Sharma also said that a...
  • Uttarakhand: Char Dham Yatra to begin on April 21 March 22, 2015

    Dehradun: The annual Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand will begin on April 21 during the auspicious 'Akshaya Tritiya' festival, with the reopening of the Gangotri and the Yamunotri shrines in the Garhwal Himalayas, officials said on Sunday. The Gangotri gates will be opened on 12.30 in the afternoon on Akshay tritiya,...
  • Nepal extends permits to over 300 climbers for Mount Everest March 20, 2015

    Kathmandu: Nepal has allowed more than 300 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest after they had to abandon their expeditions last year when 16 Sherpa mountain guides were killed in an avalanche on the world's highest mountain. The government will extend last year's permits without charging new fees, said the head of...
  • Run the Rann: Running through the great Kutch desert March 3, 2015

    Set against the silver-white landscape of India's biggest salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch, Run the Rann II is a race for the strongest. For the past two years, hundreds of tourists from across the world flock to this hamlet for an adventure sporting experience like no other. Organised...
  • Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma pays surprise visit to Taj Mahal February 25, 2015

    Agra: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma paid a surprise visit to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday evening, to look into the issues ailing the structure, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was accompanied by union minister of state for human resource development Ram Shankar Katheria and local tourism...
  • Revival of tourism in Uttarakhand is our top priority: CM Harish Rawat February 24, 2015

    Dehradun: Flagging revival of tourism which was hit hard by 2013 flash floods as his top priority, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said a number of initiatives have been taken by the state government to give the message of a safe Uttarakhand to the outside world so that the...
  • Rajasthan, Maharashtra tourism face Rs 5,500 crore loss due to swine flu February 15, 2015

    Mumbai: The outbreak of swine flu in Rajasthan and Maharashtra is expected to result in a loss of Rs 5,500 crore to tourism and aviation industries, according to an Assocham assessment. The outbreak of swine flu in Rajasthan and Maharashtra must be dealt with on a war-footing both by the...
  • Goa Carnival festivities begin February 14, 2015

    Panaji: The much-awaited Goa festival kicked off on February 14 with holding of famous float parade which was witnessed by over 50,000 people. The parade, organised by Goa Tourism Department, was flagged off by state Chief Secretary Kewal Sharma in the presence of tourism secretary R K Srivastava, director of Tourism...
  • Shah Rukh Khan may feature in West Bengal's tourism campaign to wow domestic and international tourists January 27, 2015

    Kolkata: With West Bengal ambitiously gearing up to promote tourism in the state with the creation of five distinct tourism circuits, Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan may feature in the upcoming new tourism campaign of the state, a senior tourism department official said. "We are working on new advertisements to promote...
  • Season's first snowfall in Mussoorie on Wednesday January 14, 2015

    Dehradun: The hill town of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand received the season's first snowfall on Wednesday luring hordes of fun lovers to the tourist hotspot. Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas has already shrouded the famous temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib under thick sheets of snow. The lower...
  • Tourists can now book tickets online for visiting Taj Mahal December 27, 2014

    Agra: The tourists visiting Taj Mahal from Saturday onwards will not have to stand in a queue for entry tickets. Online booking of tickets to the Taj Mahal have begun from Saturday. The tourism department has launched an online ticketing website for this purpose. Arrangements for barcode screening and broadband connection...
  • Karnataka government to develop infrastructure to boost tourism December 25, 2014

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka government is setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop infrastructure at tourist destinations across the state under the public-private partnership (PPP), a senior official said on Wednesday. "The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal of the tourism department to set up the SPV for tourism...
  • Goa faces prospect of falling tourist arrivals December 11, 2014

    Panaji: The Crimean crisis, Russia's falling rouble and stopping of tourist charter flights from international destinations might prove to be a dampener for the much-hyped New Year party scene in Goa this time, fear tourism industry experts. While the ongoing St Francis Xavier exposition might to a certain extent off-set...
  • Gambia launches Ebola-free campaign to attract foreign tourists December 10, 2014

    Banjul: Gambia Tourism Board have launched a new Ebola-free campaign to help foreign tourists to have first-hand information about the country's public health situation. The sector will be organising a series of sport activities, among those beach football events, to send a clear message to the world that the West African...
  • PM Modi says tourism necessary for development of Manipur November 30, 2014

    Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to augment road connectivity and other infrastructure in Manipur so that tourism could flourish in the state and bring development along with it. Addressing a mammoth gathering at the concluding day of 'Sangai Manipur Tourism Festival', Modi said the state needed road...
  • Immense scope for tourism in North East states, says PM Modi November 30, 2014

    Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that there is immense scope for tourism in North East states and that his government will make the world realise the potential of Manipur. "There is immense scope in the field of tourism in North East states. We want the North East to...
  • Sloppy weather slows US holiday travelers November 27, 2014

    Mineola, New York: A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the US Northeast as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving holiday getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous on what is typically one of country's the busiest travel days of the year. By early Wednesday evening,...
  • Passengers term journey in newly-launched Pashupathi Express bus service a historical travel November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Pashupathi Express bus service that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala at Kathmandu on Tuesday, arrived in New Delhi. The bus service was inaugurated while Modi was in Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC summit. The Delhi Transport Corporation bus...
  • J&K polls: Modi assures to solve Kashmiri refugees' issues, asks people to punish NC, PDP November 22, 2014

    Kishtwar: Ahead of the Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he will solve the Kashmir refugee issue if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power. "I will solve problems of refugees that have been existing for 50 years," the Prime Minister said. While addressing an election rally in...
  • Corbett Tiger Reserve gets new eco-tourism centre November 13, 2014

    Dehradun: An eco-tourism centre will be opened at Corbett Tiger Reserve this season, offering a nature trail for the wildlife enthusiasts. 'Dhela' eco-tourism zone will become functional from December 1 where tourists and wildlife lovers can also enjoy nature trail from January 1 next year, state forest minister Dinesh Agrawal said. The...
  • Watch: India showcases tourist attractions at World Travel Market in UK November 7, 2014

    India showcases new tourist attractions at World Travel Market at the Excel Centre, as tourism season begins in India. ...
  • Nepal, India to start bus services between Kathmandu and Delhi November 3, 2014

    Kathmandu: India and Nepal have finalised a new agreement to boost people to people contacts and promote tourism by planning bus services on three routes from Kathmandu and Pokhara to New Delhi and Varanasi later this month. The Motor Vehicle Agreement will be signed during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during flight test in California, 1 dead November 1, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • E-visa system likely to be rolled out next week October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Government will roll out by next week the much-awaited electronic-visa system for tourists from select countries including US and Japan. Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Tourism Minister Sripad Naik will unveil the first phase of e-visa system for tourists from two dozens countries including US and Japan...
  • Second transfer for Arvind Mayaram in a fortnight, now goes to Minority Affairs October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday transferred Arvind Mayaram again. In the second transfer to Mayaram in a fortnight, he is now made Secretary of Minority Affairs. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved cancellation of order of appointment of Mayaram, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan...
  • Uttar Pradesh determined to promote tourism: Akhilesh Yadav October 22, 2014

    Agra: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said his government was determined to promote heritage tourism in the state and develop infrastructure to accelerate growth in the sector. Yadav made the comment while addressing a function at the famous Bateshwar cattle fair, 70 km from here. He said the cattle...
  • Modi government replaces Arvind Mayaram with Rajiv Mehrishi as Economic Affairs Secretary October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday replaced Arvind Mayaram as Economic Affairs Secretary with Rajiv Mehrishi. In orders issued on Wednesday, Mayaram, a 1978-batch IAS officer belonging to Rajasthan cadre, was made the Tourism Secretary in place of Parvez Dewan on his retirement at month end. In his place,...