Tourists prefer Varanasi over Taj Mahal…

…Now that is the CHANGE Varanasi has witnessed after becomming  PM’s constituency and UMA BHARTI as Water Resource Minister, responsible for the mammoth task of Ganga Cleaning and YOGI ADITYANATH as CM focussing on developing tourism.

I can across this article in today’s Economic Times ( Dt. June 18, 2017) bringing out the data supporting the claim…thought of sharing it with you.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/travel/uttar-pradesh-government-data-for-2016-domestic-tourists-prefer-varanasi-over-taj-mahal/articleshow/59168569.cms

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Article courtesy: Economic Times

Nepal braces for Himalayan Jam at Everest

Around 400 climbers, along with support  workers, to trek this season, according to Tourism Department

Nepalese officials are bracing for a “traffic jam” at Mount Everest this season due to a surge in the number of climbers eyeing to conquer world tallest peak.

This time, there would be around 400 climbers who will embark on the journey to scale the 8848 – meter high Mt. Everest, according to Department of Tourism in Nepal. As climbers are accompanied by high –altitude workers, who usually outnumber climbers, there could be around 1000 individuals on their way to the Summit.

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Expedition teams have started arriving at the base camp a month before the start of the season to acclimatize.  “Everyone will be in a hurry to reach the peak when the weather clears, there is no management up there to fix turns for the climbers,” says Sonam Sherpa, who has scaled Mt. Everest five times working as an aid to climbers.”

“So there is the possibility of a traffic jam this year. Returning climbers, in general, have depleted stock of Oxygen with them which means life hangs in balance,” he adds.

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Those with 2014 permission are likely to return to scale the peak this year as, in 2015, the Government introduced a new allowing climbers a three years’ window to scale Mt Everest with a single permit and fare. “This is the final year of the three-year period and the climbers a three years window to scale Mount Everest with a single permit and fare. “This is the final year of the three-year period and the climbers who had taken permission earlier have also arrived to ensure that they do not miss the chance,” Durgadatta Dhakal, Information officer quoted.

The year, 267 climbers have already started trekking from Namche to the Everest base camp. Around 290 climbers had arrived at the base camp after acquiring permission to climb Mt. Everest last year when hundreds were able to reach the Summit following two years of disasters on the mountain.

Source: PTI

 

Gigi Hadid in Mumbai as a part of #TogetherTour

Super Model and new age style icon Gigi Hadid making a stop-over here in Mumbai on April 27, 2017.

Hadid, the daughter of a Palestinian – American father and a Dutch – American mother, who made her modeling debut for Baby Guess at the age of two, will be in Mumbai as part of her Global #TogetherTour to celebrate her collective fashion endeavour TommyXGigi’s Spring 2017 Collection. Interestingly, the Tommy Hilfiger brand ambassador will be joined by Home-Grown fashionista and Bollywood Star Sonam Kapoor for a discussion on all things fashion and design. Gigi will also interact with fans and bloggers, and present her favorite looks from the Collection’s latest seasonal offerings. After her recent stopovers in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Milan, London and Paris, the Mumbai visit will conclude Hadid’s Tour for the all – American Fashion Label.

“Travelling around the world to meet fans and present the TommyXGigi Collections has been an amazing experience…I look forward to visiting Mumbai and celebrating our final #TogetherTour stop this season,” said Hadid in an official release.

UDAN to take UDAAN….

The Government recently said it was close to resolving a dispute with major Indian carriers over levying regional connectivity charges. It also unveiled a list of successful bidders and routes under the scheme, called Udan.

Project-UDAN

Five operators will operate on 128 routes and connect 70 airports, most of which are not well connected by airlines now. “This is a unique scheme, which is completely market-driven,” Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation, said. “Through a corpus of only Rs. 205 crore, we will create around 1.3 million seats, which will kick-start the underdeveloped regional aviation market.”

Agra, Shimla, Nanded, Kanpur and Jamshedpur are among the many airports that would see connectivity under Udan. Experts have said the scheme has good business propositions.

Major established players such as Alliance Air (subsidiary of state-owned Air India) and Ajay Singh-owned SpiceJet emerged as successful bidders, along with lesser known players such as Air Odisha and Truejet. G R Gopinath’s (known as Captain Gopinath) Air Deccan, which pioneered low-cost travel in India, made a comeback through the scheme to connect 15 airports.

Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said Udan would leapfrog India’s aviation sector. “From a rate of one airport annually, we have leapfrogged to connecting 33 airports in a single year,” Choubey said, adding the routes have a uniform spread across the country.

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The process saw intensive bidding for prime routes. For instance, SpiceJet outbid Alliance Air for the Delhi-Kanpur route, which Air India was operating till today. “It’s a great day for Indian aviation,” said Amber Dubey, India head of aerospace & defence at global consultancy KPMG. “This will give a huge fillip to investments, tourism and job creation in the interiors of India.  Good to see that the regional connectivity scheme routes are spread out across all corners of the country. Operators should try and synchronise their schedules and enter into code-share agreements with larger carriers.”

The Udan scheme offers 50 per cent subsidy to airlines on these routes, route monopoly for three years and a host of other concessions at landing airports. It expects the airlines to cap fares at Rs 2,500 a seat an hour rate on regional flights.

On the tussle with airlines over levying regional connectivity charges, the minister said: “We are very close to a solution over this matter. We had multiple rounds of discussion with the airlines and the issue will be resolved soon.”

The Federation of Indian Airlines — which consists of IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir, and has around 80 per cent market share — had moved court contesting that the government had no authority to impose a levy in the nature of tax on air services. Major airlines opposing the government’s move had put a question on the viability of the scheme and the government found it difficult to mop up fund to set up a corpus for Udan.

Successful bidders  

Alliance Air

SpiceJet

Air Deccan

Air Odisha

TruJet (Turbo Megha)

On the flightpath

No. of routes: 128

Total airports: 70

Prime routes: Delhi-Kanpur; Delhi-Shimla; Delhi-Agra; Mumbai-Porbander; Kolkata-Jamshedpur

Courtesy: Business Standard

 

 

The Silk Route: Triveni’s enchanting Art Silk Collection

This season Triveni brings for you the The Silken Valley – a distinct collection of Art Silk sarees in beautifully assorted prints. The collection based on art silk – regenerated and engineered to provide design, comfort and durability. The fine sarees are made keeping in mind the modern feminist – the ever ready woman to take new challenges with utmost grace and dignity.

Worked on enticing color palette of Beige, Mustard, Turquoise Dust and Charcoal Black, the collection boasts of floral and geometric patterns. Combinations of Matte Pink – Beige, Greens, Charcoal Black and Reds, Yellow and Basic Brown impart a minimalist yet sophisticated look. Designs suit to formal wear wardrobe maintenance of the saree is easy with easy to iron fabric with excellent color fastness providing total value to product.

Triveni, promises quality with every woven yarn and stands for its customer value.

Each saree is complemented with beautiful blouse piece which you can style according to your choice. A saree from the collection deserves a place in your wardrobe.

Accessorize with statement ear-rings and neat slick hairdo and let the charm radiate with that elegant fall!

Stock these beautiful art silk sarees for your office!

US ban on carry-on e-gadgets will hit Indian travellers hard

One out of every two passengers who fly from India to the US transit through airports in the Middle East like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and from Saturday they will need to check in all electronic devices sized larger than a smart phone like laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, electronic games, DVD players, etc. Apart from not having their personal device for work or entertainment at airport lounges and on board ultra-long haul flights, air travellers will have to worry about the possibility of their e-gadgets getting lost, misplaced or stolen from their checked in bags.

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On Friday, the US department of homeland security banned “all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone” from the carryon bags (bags carried on board by the flyer) of passengers who board direct flights to the US from the airports in Amman (Jordan), Cairo (Egypt), Istanbul (Turkey), Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait, Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (see box). Airlines were notified by the US government at 3am EDT (12.30pm IST, Friday) about the ban and have been given 96 hours within which to comply.

As for the passengers who transit from any of these airports, they will have to pack their electronic goods into their check-in bag at their airport of origin. So a passenger booked on a Mumbai-Dubai-Dallas flight will have to check in the laptop at Mumbai itself. The new security measures don’t apply to passengers booked on Air India. But those booked on Jet Airways will need to check if their flights will transit through any of the above listed airports.

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Apart from passengers from the countries that are on the list, it will be those from India who would be the most hit as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha are popular transit halts for passengers from India flying to the US.

The US National Travel and Tourism office data on international travellers to the US and the countries they come from has Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, China and European nations in the top ten lists. Passengers from none of these countries would generally transit through any of the 10 listed airports to reach the US. But that’s not the case with India, which stands at the 11th position on the list. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), in the fiscal year 2016, of the 2.69 million passengers who flew from India to the US, 1.3 million flew on airlines like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar that transit through airports like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Kapil Kaul of CAPA said that he sees the new security measures as a “serious passenger inconvenience and nothing more”. He added that it might result in some business class traffic moving to carriers that are not affected but given the very high demand and high passenger load factors there won’t be any significant movement. “It’s poorly executed and communicated but we expect it to be a short term measure,” Kaul added.

Anil Punjabi, president of Travel Agents’ Federation of India, said: “The restriction, first by the US and then by the UK, has scared travellers. They feel that if intelligence agencies believe that terror outfits may explode a bomb on a plane that originates from the Gulf, they should avoid it altogether. Even elderly people travelling to their children living abroad want to avoid the flights. Though most of them don’t carry the restricted items, there is fear of delay at airports in the Gulf.”

Source: Times of India

 

 

Sri Harimandir Sahib in all its glory & splendor

My colleague Ms. Manisha Chandwani along with her friends visited Holy Golden Temple Amritsar on Holi Weekend and she clicked some photographs of the Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar in its full glory and splendor for our blog. She along with her group of friends visited Golden Temple on the wee hours ( 7 AM) and in the evening (7 PM) when it was well lit. The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

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Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, (on account of its scenic beauty and golden coating for English speaking world), is named after Hari (God) the temple of God. The Sikhs all over the world, daily wish to pay visit to Sri Amritsar and to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib in their Ardas.

I take pleasure in sharing these photographs with our readers:

The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than of description.

As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) of Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest.

Guru Arjan Sahib, the Fifth Nanak, conceived the idea of creating a central place of worship for the Sikhs and he himself designed the architecture of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Earlier the planning to excavate the holy tank (Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar) was chalked out by Guru Amardas Sahib, the Third Nanak, but it was executed by Guru Ramdas Sahib under the supervision of Baba Budha ji. The land for the site was acquired by the earlier Guru Sahibs on payment or free of cost from the Zamindars (landlords) of native villages. The plan to establish a town settlement was also made. Therefore, the construction work on the Sarovar (the tank) and the town started simultaneously in 1570. The work on both projects completed in 1577 A.D.