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1. Top 50 Cities In The World: Mumbai Only Indian City In List
A Time Out survey has ranked cities around the world in its eponymous annual list of the top 50 cities that are ideal to live in. Mumbai is the only Indian city to make it on the list.
From New York City in the USA to Melbourne in Australia, here are the top 20 best international cities.
- New York City, US
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Berlin, Germany
- London, UK
- Madrid, Spain
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Liverpool, UK
- Tokyo, Japan
- Rome, Italy
- Porto, Portugal
- Paris, France
- Mumbai, India
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Chicago, USA
- Manchester, England
- São Paulo, Brazil
- Los Angeles, USA
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Melbourne, Australia
2. Kejriwal Government Likely To Sponsor Travel Of Devotees From Delhi To Ayodhya
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday hinted that they may sponsor free travel for devotees from the capital city to Ayodhya. At the gathering, he also hailed the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Arvind Kejriwal said, “We will try our best to sponsor the travel of devotees from Delhi to Ayodhya Ji. On the one hand, while we have to devote ourselves to Lord Ram, on the other hand, with utmost honesty we have to dedicate ourselves to the welfare of our nation. If we tread the path of Lord Ram, no one can stop India from becoming the world’s number 1 country.”
He further also informed the people about various schemes of the Delhi Government that are inspired by ‘Ram Rajya’. Recently there has been a spike in search for cheap flights to Ayodhya as well as Ayodhya Tour Packages from across the world.
3. Book Your Safaris To See Odisha’s Exclusive Black Tigers At Similipal Tiger Reserve
Following Indian Forest Service Official, Parveen Kaswan’s post about the ‘pseudo-melanistic’ tigers in the Similipal Tiger Reserve of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj, CM Naveen Patnaik took to social media saying, “Glad to announce that Odisha is setting up an exclusive Melanistic Tiger Safari Near Simlipal Tiger Reserve in #Mayurbhanj. Tourists and visitors can now have a glimpse of the rare and majestic species found only in Odisha.”
4. Pench Tiger Reserve To Become India’s First Dark Sky Park
The Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh will provide visitors a chance to witness celestial wonders unfold on starry nights, as it has recently been marked the country’s first Dark Sky Park. This is possible due to the restriction of artificial light pollution. This will help stargazers to study and understand the universe while promoting astronomy. The ‘Dark Sky Oasis’ concept has been suggested for this DSP.
5. Vietnam’s Incense Village Attracting Tourists For Instagram-Worthy Photos
In the Northern Vietnamese village of Quang Phu Cau, Dang Thi Hoa ties up bundles of freshly dried incense sticks ahead of the Lunar New Year. For years, this mesmerising view has been watching a line of tourists for some Instagram-worthy pictures. Generations of families have been dyeing these incense sticks scarlet red or magenta pink, which is a beautiful sight to see. It costs about 50,000 VND ($2) for clicking photos with these incense sticks. If you are visiting Vietnam during Tet (Lunar New Year), a Vietnam Visa and all-inclusive Vietnam Tour Packages are all you need to visit this incense village.
6. Himachal Likely To Witness Snowfall, Await The Wintry Magic
After what was a quite dry spell for the rather snowy Himachal Pradesh this weekend. The local meteorological department has predicted the chances of snowfall in isolated areas along with some rainfall. Lowest temperatures will be witnessed in Kufri at 0.1 degrees, 0.2 degrees in Mandi and 0.7 degrees in Manali.
Want to witness this snowy magic, book a Himachal Pradesh getaway right now.
7. Visit Qatar Launches New Qatar International Food Festival 2024
Visit Qatar will be hosting its 13th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival 2024 (QIFF 2024). It will be held at Family Zone Doha Expo 2023 at Al Bidda Park from February 7 to February 17th, 2024. Along with the original kiosks of over 100 food stalls, live cooking shows by world-class chefs and masterclasses for all food enthusiasts, QIFF 2024 will also include additions like new games and competitions, Dining In The Sky and screenings of football matches.
Qatar Tourism’s Head of Marketing and Planning, Sheikha Hessa Al Thani commented, “We are delighted to launch a spectacular campaign announcing hosting once again the popular Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), this time at Doha Expo 2023. With Qatar’s world-class hospitality and tourism, we welcome residents and visitors to enjoy a pleasant culinary feast at QIFF.”
The new QIFF Instagram page will also keep visitors updated so they can apply for their Qatar Visa if interested.
8. Emirates Looking To Boost Services Between Brazil And Argentina
Emirates Airways is announcing an additional weekly flight on Saturdays, a fifth frequency on the Dubai- Rio de Janeiro route from 7th December 2024. This will provide increased capacity to support the demand. This will further help the airline meet the demands of the Buenos Aires route further.
9. UNWTO’s List Of ‘Top Destinations to Visit in 2024 Before Peak Season’
Looking for new adventures in the new year? The UNWTO shares its list of top off-the-beaten-path destinations to visit in 2024 before peak season hits this summer.
- Schladming, Austria – For ski enthusiasts and culture lovers
- Chacus, Peru – For nature fiends and adventurers
- Sehwa, South Korea – Perfect for beach lovers
- Oku-Matsushima, Japan – For history buffs
- Tân Hoá, Vietnam – For nature enthusiasts
- Ericeira, Portugal – A haven surfers paradise
These undiscovered rural treasures offer unique experiences at these lesser-explored destinations, promising unforgettable memories.
10. Saudi Arabia Takes Major Step In Direction Of Luxury Ecotourism With Zardun
Saudi Arabia will be taking a major leap to promote luxury ecotourism in the region. An exclusive sanctuary resort will be developed which will be a sustainable region in Northwest Saudi Arabia- Zardun. This unique destination is looking to perfectly blend luxury with nature along with coastal assets.
Zardun will offer the ultimate premium ecotourism experience with views of mountains to the seashore, a state-of-the-art experience centre with a 360-degree observation deck and three luxurious boutique hotels with about 100 rooms and suites with an array of experiences.
11. A New Era In Travel Accommodations With Homestays 2.0
Homestays have found a new pedestal in travel accommodations as more visitors are choosing conscious travel and responsible tourism practices. Homestays are now prioritising eco-friendly initiatives, integrating renewable energy sources, waste management systems and sustainable practices. Many prefer homestays for their authentic stay experience. There are many types of homestays in India, from beachside homes to farm stays.
12. Japan: Mount Fuji To Limit Daily Climbers And Impose Toll Charges This Summer
To address the heavy rush and pressure on Japan’s Mount Fuji, the Japanese government will now introduce a toll and a daily limit on the number of individuals permitted to climb the iconic mountain. Governor Kotaro Nagasaki, during a conference on December 20 2023, mentioned regulations like a daily cap of 4,000 climbers on the popular Yoshida trail from July 1st and restricting climbers from starting the trail between 4 PM and 2 AM. A toll will also be introduced for maintenance and additional facilities like shelter tents and toilet facilities.
If you are planning to add Mount Fuji to your Japan Tour Packages make your enquiries beforehand.
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