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1. The ‘Most Instagrammed Cultural Heritage Site in the World’ – Taj Mahal
With over 2.4 million hashtags on Instagram, the star of our Agra tour packages, the Taj Mahal is the ‘Most Instagrammed Cultural Heritage Site in the World’. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this ‘Monument of Love’ defeated popular tourist attractions like the Palace of Versailles in France and the Statue of Liberty in the USA to gain the top spot.
2. Inaugurated in Bangalore, India’s First 3D Printed Post Office was completed in 43 days
India’s first ever 3D printed post office, Bangalore’s Cambridge Layout Post Office was virtually inaugurated on August 18, 2023, by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The Union Minister said, “The new picture that you saw today in terms of this 3D-printed post office building, that’s the spirit of India today. That’s the spirit with which our country is progressing today.”
3. Indonesia to soon launch Indonesia Golden Visa
In a bid to attract more foreign businesses and entrepreneurs, Indonesia plans to launch its Golden visa policy soon. The Indonesia Golden visa will be valid for 5 to 10 years and allow the visa holders to own property in Indonesia and eventually gain Indonesian citizenship. Since Indonesia provides Indonesia visa on arrival to Indians, how about a holiday in Indonesia until more details about the Indonesia Golden visa are revealed?
4. France announces 5 year Schengen visa for Indian Students
As per the recent announcement, Indian students who have spent a semester in France will now be eligible for a 5 year short stay Schengen visa. According to the announcement, in order to be eligible for the 5-year Schengen visa, students must have studied in France for at least one semester and have reached a Master’s Degree level or above from a recognised university in India, France or any other country along with fulfilling the other Schengen visa requirements.
5. Dates for F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023 announced, Flight Ticket Prices increase
F1 fanatics mark your calendars, the dates for F1 Singapore Grand Prix 203 are out! The exciting, and thrilling event is scheduled to take place from September 15 to September 17, 2023, in Singapore. Eager fans have already started their preparations by applying for their Singapore visa and booking their flight tickets to Singapore online, causing flight ticket prices to rise. If you want to avoid high costs, we suggest you book your flight tickets now!
6. ‘Path of Love’ Italy’s famous hiking route reopened after more than 10 years
After 10 years of closure, ‘Path of Love’ Italy’s famous hiking route is now reopened. A must to include in your holiday in Italy, Italy’s Via dell’Amore, is known as “the world’s most romantic walk,” and is a cherished trail among the 75 miles of Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage trails. Following a landslide in 2012, it was closed to public and now its initial segment has reopened for summer, with the full trail scheduled to reopen in July 2024.
7. Caravan Tourism coming soon to Andaman
Soon your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands will get more exciting. The Directorate of Information, Publicity & Tourism, A&N Administration, has initiated a Caravan Tourism Policy to promote eco-friendly tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Focusing on growth and ecological preservation, the Caravan Tourism policy will allow travellers to explore pristine beaches and natural islands ecologically, encouraging sustainable tourism in the region.
8. 9 Heritage Sites in Uttar Pradesh to be converted into 5-Star Hotels
As per the reports, 9 palaces and forts in Uttar Pradesh will be turned into 5-Star Hotels. This decision was taken to boost rural tourism and the economy along with providing employment opportunities to the youth of the region. Heritage properties like Chattar Manzil, Barua Sagar Fort, Barsana Water Palace, etc. have been shortlisted for the project.
9. Great Nicobar Island’s Campbell Bay now accessible to Tourists
Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai recently announced Campbell Bay, on Great Nicobar Island, is now open to tourists. Home to Indira Point, India’s southernmost tip, and captivating marine life, it was restricted for tourists as it has restricted areas safeguarding indigenous tribes and delicate ecosystems. As a part of Andaman’s sustainable tourism policy, tourists can explore this hidden gem, full of breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora, and fauna with special permits.
10. Shaheedi Park – India’s First-ever Outdoor Museum inaugurated in Delhi
Dedicated to the national heroes of India, the Shaheedi Park was inaugurated in Delhi by CM Arvind Kejriwal recently. Spread over 4.5 acres, this park features artifacts depicting modern, ancient, and medieval Indian history. The park was built by utilising over 250 tons of scrap under the Waste to Art theme and includes a food kiosk, 3 galleries, and over 100 2D and 3D statues.
11. Indian Railways announces special Train from Panvel to Nagercoil for Onam
A special Panvel to Nagercoil train for Onam has been announced by the Indian Railways. This train will operate on August 22, 29 and September 5, 2023, and will take passengers from Panvel to Nagercoil via Mangaluru, Ernakulam, Kottayam, and Thiruvananthapuram while travelling on the Konkan route.
12. Airline Updates:
- IndiGo to operate Flights to Tashkent and Almaty from September 2023 – As per the announcement, from September 22, 2023, IndiGo will be operating 4 times weekly direct flights from Delhi to Tashkent in Uzbekistan, and from September 23, 2023, 3 times weekly direct flights from Delhi to Almaty in Kazakhstan.
- IndiGo’s new Flight Routes – IndiGo has launched a direct Mumbai to Jakarta flight from August 7, 2023, along with flights from Ahmedabad to Jeddah and Abu Dhabi from August 11, 2023, and nonstop Delhi to Baku flights from August 11, 2023.
- First-ever direct Flight from Belarus to India landed in Delhi – On August 12, 2023, first direct flight from Belarus arrived in India. The flight travelled from Minsk to Delhi and was operated by the Belarusian Airline Belavia.
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