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2 New Mumbai Metro Lines Inaugurated By PM Modi
On January 19, PM Modi inaugurated lines 2A and 7 of the Mumbai Metro operating between Dahisar and Andheri. Metro line 2A will operate on the Yellow Line connecting DN Nagar to Dahisar and will have 17 stations over a stretch of 18.6 km. Whereas the Metro line 7 on the Red Line connecting Dahisar East and Andheri East will have 13 stations over a stretch of 16.5 km.
Goa International Airport Wins The Best Sustainable Greenfield Airport Award
For the excellent initiatives taken by GMR Goa International Airport (GGIAL) to implement sustainability, it received the award for the “Best Sustainable Greenfield Airport”. The award was presented by the Union Miniter of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia during the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India’s (ASSOCHAM) Conference cum Awards for Civil Aviation held on January 19. Meanwhile, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) received the award for the “Best Sustainable Airport of the Year.”
Sri Lanka Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
After dropping all the COVID -19 travel restrictions in December 2022, Sri Lanka has revised the entry requirements due to the rising COVID-19 cases worldwide. So if you are planning to book your Sri Lanka tour package and apply for the Sri Lanka visa for Indians online, please make a note. As per the latest guidelines, all vaccinated travelers arriving in Sri Lanka must provide their vaccination certificates, whereas unvaccinated travelers are required to present a copy of a negative PCR test report with the test taken at least 72 hours before their departure.
Delhi – Jaipur Vande Bharat Express To Start Soon
Vande Bharat Express is ready to cover more tracks in India. Soon the Delhi – Jaipur Vande Bharat Express will start its service between the 2 cities and cut down the traveling time from 4 hours to 2 hours! Currently, 8 Vande Bharat Express trains are running in different parts of our country which are available in our India tour packages. These premium trains provide a comfortable travel experience that’s even better than planes!
IndiGo Announces New Flights
One of the most well-known domestic airlines in India, IndiGo (GoFirst) is set to launch 28 new flights. Out of these 28, there will be 16 Republic Day Special Flights operating between January 19 and 26. The other 12 flights will start operations from February 1 in Raipur – Mumbai, Mumbai – Rajkot, Guwahati – Agartala, Kolkata – Guwahati, Bengaluru – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru – North Goa, Port Blair – Chennai, Chennai – Ahmedabad sectors. It was also announced that from February 5, new direct flights between Huballi and Pune will also begin operations.
Jammu To Soon Have A Bird Sanctuary In Gharana Wetland
Bird watchers will soon have one more reason to book our Jammu tour packages – the upcoming bird sanctuary in Gharana Wetland. Located approximately 35 km away from Jammu, the Gharana Wetland is a great place to spot 65 species of local and migratory birds such as Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwals, White Breasted Ibis, etc.
Gorakhpur To Compete With Kerala As Ayurveda Tourism Hub
Tourism Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Jaiveer Singh is certain Gorakhpur will soon surpass Kerala in terms of Vedic wellness. This statement came after the Tourism Minister witnessed the state of the art technology, hi tech resources, modern equipment, and other facilities on his visit to Mahayogi Gorakhnath University. The university also houses the Guru Shri Gorakshnath Institute of Medical Sciences (Ayurveda College), a hospital, and a Vedic-Ayurveda wellness center.
Travel From Kovalam To Goa Via Cruise Soon
If all goes well, you will soon be able to enjoy a holiday in India’s 2 best holiday destinations Kerala and Goa back to back. The Kerala Government has announced a Kerala to Goa cruise, which will connect major tourist destinations along the coast. After departing from Kovalam, the cruise will make stops at places like Kollam, Kochi, and Beypore along with Mangalore before finally touching Goa.
Jyotirlinga Yatra Special Tourist Train Launched By IRCTC
A special Bharat Gaurav train was launched by the IRCTC under the Dekho Apna Desh initiative of the government, that will take its passengers on a Jyotirlinga Yatra. Starting on February 4 and ending on February 12, this train will make a stop at cities like Veraval, Dwarka, Nashik, Aurangabad, and Pune in 8 nights and 9 days.
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Bangalore To Add Intra-City Helicopter Services Under The BLADE India Initiative
Good news for all those planning a Bangalore trip!! The most loved city of India, Bangalore which is also the IT hub of India is also famous for its traffic jams, but this may change soon thanks to the increase in helicopter services in Bangalore. The helicopter service will connect Banglore International Airport to Hosur in the city in under 20 minutes which otherwise takes nearly 3 hours!
Lahaul To Remain Closed For Tourists Till February 28
No Himachal Pradesh tour package is complete without visiting Lahaul. But, sadly this famous tourist attraction is closing its doors to tourists for 50 days with effect from January 15 to celebrate their local religious festivals such as – Halda, Dron, and Puna. As per the statement released by Gram Panchayat of Sissu, Lahual, “We need absolute silence in the region, so not only the village but also Sissu’s lake, nursery, and helipad will be closed. We want a few tourist-free days.”
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