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1. India – The Second Most Visited Country in the World

According to a recent report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), India has emerged as the Second Most Visited Country in the World, after China, in 2023. The report revealed that India received 143 million international tourists, an increase of 12% from the previous year. China topped the list with 156 million visitors, while the United States came in 3rd with 141 million visitors. The report attributed India’s popularity to its rich cultural heritage and diverse natural attractions which one can explore with our India tour packages, along with improved connectivity and infrastructure. 

2. Ferry Service between India and Sri Lanka to start from October 14, 2023

Neighbouring nations India and Sri Lanka to start passenger ferry service that will connect Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu with Kankesanthurai in Jaffna – a must-visit during your holiday in Sri Lanka. The service, which was inaugurated on October 10, 2023, can accommodate up to 150 passengers and will operate twice a week covering the distance in 3 hours. The ferry service is a revival of the historical maritime links between the two countries and is expected to boost tourism, trade, and cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka. 

3. Udaipur to Become India’s First Wetland City 

Aerial view of Udaipur City Palace
Aerial view of Udaipur City Palace
Image Credit: Sean Hsu

The key highlight of our Rajasthan tour packages, Udaipur – the city of lakes, is on its way to becoming India’s “First Wetland City”. The Rajasthan Government has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to declare Udaipur as a Ramsar site. A Ramsar site is a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty that aims to conserve and sustainably use wetlands. 

4. Taste Atlas Announces the World’s Best Bean Dishes, India’s Rajma grabs the 18th Spot 

Rajma, a popular North Indian dish made with kidney beans, has been ranked among the “Best Bean Dishes in the World” by Taste Atlas, a global food catalogue and review website. Rajma has made it to the list twice, once as a curry on the 18th spot and once as a combination with rice on the 24th spot. Rajma is a simple yet satisfying vegetarian meal that is flavoured with various spices and was introduced to India from Central Mexico and Guatemala.

5. Thailand’s famous Bikini Beach Race to take place on October 28, 2023  

The Central Pattaya Bikini Beach Festival 2023, Thailand’s largest beach running event, will be back for its 5th edition on October 28, 2023. The festival features four running categories and is expected to attract over 10,000 runners from around the world, who will enjoy the scenic views of Pattaya Bay and the Gulf of Thailand. The festival is organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Central Pattaya, and Move Asia, with the aim of promoting Pattaya – the star of our Thailand tour packages, as a world-class sports and tourism destination. Want to be a part of this exciting event? Then get your Thailand visa now!

6. Amsterdam to introduce Tourist Tax for travellers staying overnight or visiting on Cruise ships from 2024 

One of the most popular tourist destinations in our Europe tour packages, Amsterdam is planning to raise its tourist tax by 3% in 2024. The city council said that the increase in tourist tax is necessary to cover the costs of maintaining the city’s infrastructure, culture, and environment, as well as to reduce the negative impacts of mass tourism on the quality of life of the residents. The city expects to collect an additional 105 million euros per year from the higher tax rate. 

7. Cultural Troops from over 20 Countries to Arrive in Himachal Pradesh for Kullu Dussehra Festival 2023 

Himachal Pradesh is all set to host the 9th edition of the International Kullu Dussehra Festival 2023, a grand celebration of culture, heritage, and faith. The festival will take place from October 24 to October 30, 2023, in Kullu and will showcase the performances of cultural troupes from over 20 countries, such as Romania, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Thailand, Panama, Taiwan, Maldives, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, South Sudan, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Ghana. 

8. Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve to Reopen for Tourists from October 15, 2023 

The home to the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos, the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam, will reopen for tourists from October 15, 2023. The park which is a must-visit during your holiday in Assam, has been closed to visitors since May due to the monsoon season. Considering the road conditions that were impacted due to the monsoon the park will currently be only partially accessible for the jeep safaris and will temporarily remain closed every Wednesday afternoon.  

9. Lahaul and Spiti Receive the Season’s First Snowfall, turn into a Winter Wonderland 

Lahaul and Spiti, the most scenic destinations of our Himachal Pradesh tour packages, have received fresh snowfall ahead of the winter season. This has brought relief from the heatwave and transformed the hills into a winter wonderland. Tourists from across India and the world are flocking to witness the beauty of the snow-clad landscapes. Lahaul and Spiti are ready to welcome travellers who want to experience their winter magic.

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