Tourism to boost economy; 17 tourist sites to be redeveloped Ministry of Tourism has identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development under Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project covering Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Ajanta- Ellora, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Colva beach, Amer Fort, Somnath, Dholavira, Khajuraho, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Kaziranga, Kumarakom, Mahabodhi, GITB (Great Indian Travel Bazaar) begins with 291 operators from 47 countries; 2020 edition from April 19-21, 2019 GITB will see 291 Foreign Tour Operators from 47 countries to meet, interact and do business with 260 Indian exhibitors with around 11,236 pre-scheduled B2B meetings. Inaugurated at The Lalit, Jaipur, the 2-day event (April 19-21) witnessed the participation of state tourism departments of Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Punjab and Chandigarh.
Maqtha, Hyderabad: Urban Art Village Maqtha is a vibrant and fascinating art village developed through an initiative by St+Art Foundation, which has helped curate and organize several art exhibitions and workshops. The building and houses of the entire village walls are covered with colorful murals, seamlessly integrated into the village culture. Every lane, sidewalk, building wall and house is covered with beautiful paintings and artworks, displaying myriad shades of all hues and colors. Over the past few years, art festivals have been organized here regularly, giving all artists and art enthusiasts a fabulous platform to create, showcase, exhibit, and appreciate mural art. Art@Telangana and Krishnashakti Foundation have actively collaborated with St+Art Foundation in the art festivals held here, initiating a veritable art movement and creating an urban art movement. Maqtha has now been declared an art district.
ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata amply reflects ITC’s signature luxury combined with the charm of old world hospitality. Centrally located near the city’s business hub, on offer are 456 spacious rooms and suites, including 18 lavish 1-2 bedroom service apartments, 6 fine dining destinations. The decor is a synthesis of Bengali aristocratic culture with contemporary design, complemented by elegant furniture, Italian marble, timber floors and warm ambience. Fine dining destinations serve the finest local, national and global cuisine. Also on offer is 5360 sq ft of banquet space with state-of-the-art facilities for grand events. Indulge yourself at Kaya Kalp-The Royal Spa. Hotel Sawai Vilas, Ranthambhore Situated at Village Khilchipur in the vicinity of the Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger Reserve, Hotel Sawai Vilas offers sophisticated charm and utmost luxury amidst absolute wilderness. On offer are luxurious rooms and suites with all modern amenities and high speed WiFi. The in-house restaurant serves delectable global cuisine coupled with excellent staff and service, whereas the bar/lounge is an ideal place to relax with the choicest spirits. Enjoy a few laps at the pool followed by a rejuvenating spa massage and traditional stress-relieving therapies. Explore and discover the wild with jeep/ canter Safaris.
Onam Date: September 1-13, 2019 | Place: Kerala. Onam is the most significant harvest festival celebrated all over south India, especially Kerala, in the lunar month of Chingam (as per the Malayalam Hindu calendar). The festivities which are spread out over 13 days, are an integral part of Keralite culture and tradition, and bring family and friends together in harmony. As per popular legend, the Asura King Mahabali was humbled by Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Onam is celebrated every year on King Mahabali’s annual visit to his kingdom from the netherworld. People dressed in all their new finery offer prayers at temples and install an idol of Onathappan in their homes decorated with flowers and kolam (evocative patterns on the entrance of homes made with stone and rice powder), cook traditional feasts (Onam Sadya comprising 11-13 dishes served on a banana leaf), and exchange gifts. Onam festivities include vibrant and masked dances (Pullikkali or the Tiger Hunt dance - an ode to heroic valor and manhood), colorful pageants, and scintillating Vallamkalli (snake boat races) – the most thrilling highlight of the festivities, held at pampa river before a frenzied crowd of onlookers, the most significant ones being the Aranmula Uthrattathi boat race and Nehru Trophy Boat race.
Malindo Air to add Varanasi to its network from July 18 Malindo Air, affiliated to Lion Group’s Malaysian counterpart, will commence operations on the Kuala Lumpur -Varanasi route from July 18, 2019. Boeing 737-800 will be flying thrice a week on this route (Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays). Malindo, which is the only airline flying this route, also flies to Amritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Tiruchirappalli. Vistara adds 3 new routes for summer season Vistara has announced the addition of 14 flights to meet summer rush (April 16 – July 15, 2019), during which 3 new routes will be added (Mumbai-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Hyderabad, and Mumbai-Kolkata). The airline will also operate the Pune- Hyderabad route from April 7 – April 30, 2019. Raipur (with double daily flights to/from Delhi) and Dibrugarh (with daily flights to/from Delhi via Bagdogra) have also been added to the airline’s network. GoAir launches 28 new flights to 12 destinations GoAir has announced 28 additional flights offering multiple FlySmart options to its fliers, connecting 12 destinations -- Mumbai (8 flights), Delhi (7), Nagpur (3), Ahmedabad (2), Goa (1), Chandigarh (1), Ranchi (1), Jaipur (1), Lucknow (1), Patna (1), Pune (1) and Kochi (1). New flights introduced are: Delhi-Nagpur-Delhi and Delhi-Kochi-Delhi. The 28 additional flights cover almost the entire country and will help relieve the inconvenience caused to passengers due to the Jet Airway’s flight cancellations. In Mumbai, all flight numbers starting from G8 2000 to G8 2999 will depart and arrive at Terminal 2, with effect from April 26, 2019. SpiceJet launches 28 additional daily flights on Spice Jet from April 26 SpiceJet has launched 28 daily flights connecting Mumbai and Delhi to other cities on its domestic network from April 26, 2019, considerably relieving the current pressure of flight shortages. New non-stop international flights to Hong Kong, Jeddah, Dubai, Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Bangkok and Kathmandu from Mumbai will also operate from end of May, 2019. The new flights from Mumbai will connect to Jaipur, Amritsar, Mangalore and Coimbatore. Additional frequencies have also been initiated from Mumbai to Patna, Hyderabad and Kolkata. IndiGo to operate daily flights to Allahabad, Bhopal and Patna from Delhi from May 25 IndiGo is launching 6 additional daily non-stop flights from May 25, 2019 from Delhi to Allahabad, Bhopal and Patna in an effort to provide convenient options to both business as well as leisure travellers.