Tourism

  • 12 killed in worst-ever Everest accident 18-04-2014 10:23 PM

    A massive avalanche on Friday struck Mount Everest killing at least 12 Nepalese Sherpa guides and injuring 10 others in the deadliest mountaineering accident on the world's highest peak. The avalanche occurred at around 6:45 am at an altitude of about 5,800 metres in an area known as the "popcorn...
  • Lok Sabha polls fuelling growth in tourism industry: Assocham 10-04-2014 06:00 PM

    The country's tourism industry is witnessing a boom thanks to the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, which have fuelled interest in foreign visitors to throng the nation to witness electioneering in the world's largest democracy, according to an Assocham study. During the election period (April-May), there is likely to be an...
  • Need to improve connectivity, tourism infra in Amritsar: Arun Jaitley 08-04-2014 05:13 PM

    Amritsar: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday highlighted the need for improving connectivity and tourism infrastructure in Amritsar. "There is a need to upgrade the railway station, complete the road and highway development programme, and have more directly connected international flights," the party candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat wrote...
  • Foreign tourists line up to witness festival of democracy 07-04-2014 01:09 PM

    As the poll juggernaut rolls on, tourists from countries like the US, France, Nigeria and UAE have decided to witness the rough-and-tumble of polls in the world's largest democracy, especially the keen contest in the holy city of Varanasi. Notwithstanding the scorching Indian summer, many foreigners have registered for a...
  • It is 'election tourism' season in Kerala 23-03-2014 05:34 PM

    With election fever gripping Kerala, tour operators are trying to lure holidayers by promising them a feel of the battle of ballot in the politically hyperactive state. Some have launched special packages for foreign tourists to enable them get a closer view of the vibrant election scene, along with its...
  • Enforcement Directorate attaches Rajasthan Tourism officials assets for laundering 21-03-2014 08:57 PM

    The Enforcement Directorate on Friday attached assets worth over Rs 40 lakh of a Rajasthan Tourism department official and another person on charges of money laundering through illegal narcotics trade. This is the first case of enforcement action by the agency in a narcotics case in the desert state. The...
  • Tourism in medieval South India a highly-developed activity, says AMU historian 13-03-2014 09:49 AM

    Tourism was a highly-developed economic and cultural activity in South India during the medieval period with even people from Kashmir in the far north ventured deep into the region to support temples and cultural activities, an expert in the field says. "From the epigraphs available of the period, it is...
  • Parasnath Temple area to be developed into tourist centre 24-02-2014 06:19 PM

    The area where world famous Parasnath Temple is situated in Giridih district will be developed into an attractive tourist destination, Jharkhand government said on Monday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Prasad Singh assured the House that the government would develop the pilgrim centre after Speaker Shashank Sekhar Bhokta directed the government...
  • MP witnesses 620 % increase in tourists in 7 years 23-02-2014 06:51 PM

    Madhya Pradesh has witnessed a record 620 per cent increase in number of tourists from India and abroad in the last seven years. In 2005-06, only 74,14,375 tourists from India and abroad visited the state, while in 2012-13, a record 5,34,13,039 came to MP, State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) General...
  • Govt makes holidays in MP more fun-filled with new state Tourism Andriod app 22-02-2014 11:00 PM

    In a attempt to boost tourism in Madhya Pradesh, the state government is putting all the efforts for last few years and in result, state got best tourism state award recently. Now MP tourism department has launched an android app for those who are fond of traveling and finding new...
  • Tourism delegation from Peru visits Uttarakhand, meets CM 20-02-2014 08:24 AM

    A tourism delegation from Peru, which is on a state visit, met officials from the government tourism department in Dehradun on Wednesday and discussed the possibility of collaborations between the two nations in the sector. Delegation leader Mayor Louis said the historical and cultural heritages of India and Peru are...
  • 10-day annual cultural festival Taj Mahotsav kicks off in Agra 19-02-2014 06:59 PM

    The 10-day annual cultural festival of 'Taj Mahotsav' was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister at Shilpagram auditorium in Agra. "Around 350 artisans from all over the country are displaying their wares at stalls provided by the organizers," said Pradeep Srivastava, Commissioner of Agra Division and President...
  • Tirupati bags Best Heritage City award 17-02-2014 10:43 PM

    Tirupati: The Union Tourism Ministry has selected Tirupati as the Best Heritage City for 2012-13, Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam sources said on Monday. Andhra Pradesh government had nominated Tirupati as the state's contender in the heritage city category for the national tourism award. Tirupati is famous for its ancient historical structures...
  • Bhagoria fest, tribal 'Valentine's Day', to start from Mar 10 16-02-2014 10:20 PM

    The Bhagoria festival, which could be said to be an extended Valentine's Day for the young tribal girls and boys, would begin from March 10 across Jhabua, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts of Madhya Pradesh. It would last till Holi, on March 16. This is the time when a tribal...
  • Bihar narrows down gap with country in per capita income: Report 14-02-2014 08:08 PM

    With per capita income of Rs 30,930, Bihar has been narrowing down the gap in a big way with the national average, according to the latest economic survey presented in the state Assembly on Friday. The per capita income of Bihar in 2012-13 was Rs 30,930, the survey presented by...
  • Taking a flight? Flying etiquette every Indian should know and follow 13-02-2014 12:18 PM

    It's not hard to spot an Indian on a flight. Just look at whoever is busy chatting up co-passengers, peeking into their gadgets to see what they are up to, letching shamelessly at the air hostesses or even haggling over sandwich prices. It's safe to assume the man/ woman is...
  • Harish Rawat assures more funds for tourist circuit at Piran Kaliyar 10-02-2014 08:49 PM

    The Uttarakhand government will give Rs 51 crore in place of Rs 11 crore announced earlier for development of a tourist circuit at Piran Kaliyar, the famed dargah of a 13th century sufi saint, near Roorkee in Haridwar district. Giving an assurance to this effect to a delegation of Islamic...
  • Kerala bags UN award for sustainable tourism 10-02-2014 08:20 AM

    Kumarakom: The United Nations has brought in some good news for Kerala Tourism as Kumarakom has become the first Indian destination to win an UN Award for sustainable tourism. Right from coconut leaves weaving to coir making, toddy tapping and a country boat ride through the lush green Vembanad Lake,...
  • Watch: Mumbai in a new light 08-02-2014 05:41 PM

    Electrical and lighting equipment firm, Philips in partnership with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to light up the Mumbai's iconic monument, the Gateway of India. The Maharashtra government and Philips are also inviting suggestions on its new site 'Mumbai in a new light' with a tagline 'Let's make Mumbai better'....
  • Arjun Rampal's restaurant in legal trouble 26-01-2014 01:20 PM

    New Delhi: A restaurant run by Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal in a starred hotel faces closure as he has defaulted on payment of rent and owes dues to the tune of about Rs two crore. Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which runs Hotel Samrat in posh Chanakyapuri area, has served...
  • Travelogue: Jodhpur's Ranbanka Palace is a perfect heritage classic weekend getaway 25-01-2014 02:28 PM

    Is a relaxing, solitary, but entertaining classic getaway on your wish list? Kaalbelia dances, delightful puppet shows, mouth watering 'laal maas' and the traditional paintings at the Ranbanka Palace Hotel in this historic Rajasthan town could provide the answer. A weekend trip to the "classic heritage property", a title awarded...
  • Kerala becomes first Indian state to win top UN Award in Tourism 24-01-2014 07:56 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism has been conferred the top United Nations Award for its global leadership in creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, the first time India has ever won the recognition. Kerala Tourism walked away with the top honours at the annual United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for...
  • Goa: Tourism Minister booked in land grab case 17-01-2014 02:54 PM

    The Goa Police on Friday booked Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar for land grab. The registration of the First Information Report (FIR) under sections 420, 119, 120 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) comes within 24 hours of a directive given by a trial court on Thursday. The...
  • Planning to make Rajasthan a major tourism hub: Vasundhara Raje 17-01-2014 07:48 AM

    Rajasthan government plans to make the desert state as a major tourism hub on the lines of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Thursday. To attract both domestic and foreign tourists, the state agencies would act as facilitator for tourism sector and ensure participation of private...
  • Vasundhara Raje for efforts to boost religious tourism 15-01-2014 08:22 PM

    One or two religious place in every district of Rajasthan would be developed on the lines of Jaipur's 'Khole ke Hanumanji' temple. The direction was given by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during a review meeting of Devsthan department on Wednesday. Facilities of parking, transport and boarding will be developed at...
  • Mani Shankar Aiyar, other MPs haven't cleared HP tourism bills: RTI 09-01-2014 02:29 PM

    New Delhi: A number of MPs and MLAs have come under scrutiny for not clearing meagre amounts due with the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation. According to an RTI query, Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar and BJP's Shanta Kumar amongst others could not pay the bills of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation after...
  • Contractual govt employees stage protest outside CM's house 03-01-2014 12:06 PM

    Teachers employed on a contractualbasis in government schools protested outside Delhi ChiefMinister Arvind Kejriwal's Kausambi residence on Friday morningdemanding permanent employment.They were joined by contractual employees of Delhi tourism department, also demanding permanent employment. Around 150 contractual teachers working in MCD and Delhigovernment schools raised slogans outside Kejriwal's houselike "Finish...
  • Top motorists to participate in Adventure Car Rally 15-12-2013 07:51 PM

    The husband-wife team of Satish Gopalkrishnan and Savera DSouza from Bangalore head a strong field of 35 entries participating in the three-day, 1,000-km Uttarkhand Adventure Car Rally commencing in Dehradun on Dec 21. Uttarakhand Tourism is organising the rally that has been designed to touch some of the major tourism...
  • Rajgir declared polythene-free zone, violators to be fined upto Rs 500 04-12-2013 12:29 PM

    Rajgir, a Buddhist pilgrim town and a tourist destination in Bihar, has been declared a polythene-free zone after visitors complained of rampant littering and a dirty environment. "Rajgir is the first Buddhist historical city to be declared a polythene-free zone from December 2," an official of the tourism department said....
  • Shocking tourism ad for fake slum compares the poor to animals, sparks online outrage 03-12-2013 01:37 PM

    A South African company has found itself at the centre of a raging debate on poverty porn after its much-publicized 'shanty town' for rich tourists was criticized by people online as "insensitive" and "pretentious". "Millions of people are living in informal settlements across South Africa. These settlements consist of thousands...