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30,000 Tulips
Tulip Garden At Jammu & Kashmir’s Sanasar Attracts Tourists From Far & Wide

Tulip Garden At Jammu & Kashmir’s Sanasar Attracts Tourists From Far & Wide

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Snowfall In Kashmir Valley
WATCH: Fresh Snowfall In Kashmir Valley Disrupts Normal Life

WATCH: Fresh Snowfall In Kashmir Valley Disrupts Normal Life

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Winter Carnival
WATCH: Winter Carnival In Jammu & Kashmir

A three-day winter carnival has been organized at Kulgam in Jammu & Kashmir

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Snowy Adventure!
Winter Wonderland: Snow Skiing Attracts Tourists From Far & Wide To Shimla

Winter Wonderland: Snow Skiing Attracts Tourists From Far & Wide To Shimla

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Kashmir Is Heaven!
WATCH | Snow Envelops Dal Lake In Srinagar, Tourists Share Their Experience

WATCH | Snow Envelops Dal Lake In Srinagar, Tourists Share Their Experience

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All India Tourist Permit Through Online Mode From April 1
All India Tourist Permit Through Online Mode From April 1

New Delhi: Aimed to promote tourism across the states, the government has announced a new scheme under which any tourist vehicle operator may apply for an “All India Tourist Authorization or Permit” through online mode from April 1. The permit will be issued after relevant documents are submitted and fees deposited within 30 days of […]

Eco Retreat Festival
Eco Retreat Festival At Bhitarkanika, Hirakud From December 1

Bhubaneswar: To boost the tourism sector in the state which is badly hit due to the pandemic situation, the state tourism department will kick-off  three month-long ‘Eco Retreat Festivals’ at two iconic places of tourist attraction in the state—the  Bhitarkanika National Park and Hirakud Dam– from December 1. While at Bhitarkanika, the country’s second largest […]

Kalijai Temple In Chilika Lake
Odisha Govt Plans Cruise Service To Boost Tourism Potential

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to operate day cruise service at five selected water bodies with the participation of the private sector, an official said on Saturday. The tourism department has invited proposals from prospective applicants for organising day cruises at Chilika Lake, Mahanadi, Bhitarkanika, Satkosia George and Hirakud reservoir in Odisha. #Odisha plans […]

Covid-19 pandemic: Entertainment, tourism to take severe hit even after resumption of biz activity

New Delhi: Even after business activity resumes in a couple of months, assuming the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, some sectors like entertainment, tourism, hospitality, electronics, retail, gems and jewellery and logistics are likely to take a big hit, with recovery possible only in the medium to long term. According to an analysis by Dun & Bradstreet, […]

Column: Marketing Our Heritage

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for tourism and culture, Prahlad Singh Patel’s announcement that the Konark sun temple will soon find a place in the list of country’s iconic sites to be developed by the central government must have re-assured the people of Odisha who had been hurt by its non-inclusion in the original […]

Govt Identifies 16 Islands In Andamans, 10 In Lakshadweep For Development

New Delhi: The Centre has identified 16 islands in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 10 in Lakshadweep for holistic development by promoting tourism and offering facilities for the export of seafood and coconut-based products. This was disclosed at the sixth meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA), chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on […]

Nepal Bans Vehicles With Indian Number Plates From Plying In Pokhara

Kathmandu: Nepal has banned vehicles with Indian number plates from plying in the tourist hub of Pokhara ahead of the new year, a move that has sparked an uproar among tourism entrepreneurs. Nepal aims to attract two million tourists, mostly Indians, by 2020 and Pokhara is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the […]

Eco Retreat Carnival On Puri-Konark Marine Drive Kicks Off

Puri: With an aim to boost tourism and attract more foreign tourists to Odisha, the State government has started the Eco Retreat carnival along the Puri-Konark marine drive which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. The 49-day event is being organised on the Ramachandi beach, and will continue till January 31. The marine […]

Will Tourism Get A Boost After CM Naveen’s Photo Quiz?

Bhubaneswar: The world got a glimpse of a scenic landscape in Odisha after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared a picture on social media on November 24. From his official Twitter handle, Patnaik shared the photograph and asked people to guess the location. Though most people got the answer right, Patnaik himself came to the rescue […]

Odisha Govt To Hold Marine Drive Eco Retreat Festival

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to organise Marine Drive Eco Retreat festival near Konark from December 14 to January 14. It was decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Saturday. The move is aimed to attract foreign tourists to the state. The Chief Minister directed the concerned departments to […]

Security beefed up in Ayodhya

Ayodhya: Security is being further beefed up in Ayodhya following intelligence inputs of a possible terror attack. According to sources, the office of the Director-General of Police (DGP) has asked the Additional Director Generals (ADG) of Bareilly, Kanpur and Prayagraj zones to identify 100 constables each who are ‘competent, incorrupt and have a clean image’. […]

Sea Erosion Across Odisha Beaches Raises Serious Concern

Puri/Ganjam: Over the years, Odisha has witnessed drastic change in shorelines in several parts of the State due to tidal waves. Be it the case of Kendrapara’s Satabhaya or Ersama in Jagatsinghpur district, rising sea level and high tides have always posed a serious threat for the coastal communities and tourism. Recently, such extreme weather […]

Ayodhya Ram statue project runs into rough weather

Ayodhya: The installation of the tallest statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya seems to have run into rough weather with strong resentment brewing over acquisition of land for the project. The land for the project is to be acquired in Mirpur area, near the highway bridge on the banks of the Saryu river. The proposed […]

Odisha suffers loss of Rs 732 crore in tourism sector post cyclone Fani

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has lost around Rs 732 crore in the tourism sector in last two months following the widespread devastation caused by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani which made landfall near Puri before razing through several other coastal districts of the State on May 3. Odisha Tourism & Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi informed […]

Odisha Tourism Showcases its Offerings as India's Best Kept Secret

Mumbai: Tourism Minister of Odisha Mr. J. P. Panigrahi last evening led a delegation at a roadshow organised by FICCI in Mumbai. The roadshow witnessed the participation of over 150 tour and travel operators from the city, who conducted rapid B2B networking with 18 leading tour operators from Odisha, who were part of the delegation. […]

Tourism limping back to normalcy in Cyclone Fani-ravaged Satapada

Puri: Almost one-and-half months after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani ravaged the serene and sublime Satapada area on Chilika lake in Puri district, tourism continues to limp back to normalcy in the coastal town. In view of the rise in inflow of tourists, local boatmen have either borrowed money or taken loans to repair their […]

Tourism from SCO countries could easily be doubled: Modi

Qingdao: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said only six per cent of foreign tourists in India are from the SCO countries and this number could easily be “doubled” as he underlined the need to boost tourism among members of the grouping. Speaking at the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, Prime Minister Modi […]

Kerala tourism to unveil world's largest bird sculpture

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala tourism will inaugurate the world’s largest bird sculpture, Jatayu Earth’s Centre, here on July 4, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said on Tuesday. The replica of the bird ‘Jatayu’ — a character in the Ramayana — is 200 feet long, 150 feet wide, 65 feet tall and is positioned right at the top of […]

Tourist's death in J&K may negatively impact tourism

  Srinagar: A day after a tourist from Tamil Nadu died due to head injury suffered during stone-pelting here, Tourism department and stakeholders have expressed apprehensions that the incident may negatively impact the arrival of visitors to Kashmir. A 22-year-old tourist, R Thirumani, from Chennai was critically injured in a stone pelting incident at Narbal […]

Adivasi Gram: A glimpse into tribal lifestyle through an array of display

Bhubaneswar: Tribal way of life and artefacts have always been a rage among tourists as much as creative aficionados from all over the state and country. Be it their normal lifestyle, produce, food, utensils or way of dressing, one gets enamoured by all of it. But what has been a major draw this  Adivasi Mela-2018 […]

Pradhan seeks Centre’s intervention to speed up projects to boost tourism in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday sought Centre’s intervention regarding speedy completion of several projects under flagship Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) and Swadesh Darshan Schemes. In a letter to KJ Alphons, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Electronics and IT, Pradhan cited tardy progress of a seven component project proposed […]

Sand Art Park to come up in Puri soon

Puri: In a bid to promote sand art and attract more tourists to State, the Odisha Government has earmarked land to set up a permanent ‘Sand Art Park’ at Puri beach. Culture and Tourism Secretary Mona Sharma, Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal and other officials of Tourism department finalised place near Banki muhan beach after conducting […]

SC orders demolition of parking lot near Taj Mahal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today ordered demolition of a parking lot, which is being built within a kilometre of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. The apex court’s order came two days before the scheduled visit of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the historic monument on October 26. Adityanath had recently said […]

Odisha looks to showcase tourism potential on global scale

Bhubaneswar: The State government has decided to showcase Odisha’s rich untapped tourism potential on a global scale this year. Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Wednesday said the department looks to take part in the upcoming Global Travel Marts to be held in London, Singapore and Berlin where State’s diverse and rich tourism […]

Cooking in open by tourists groups banned in Goa: Minister

Panaji:  After announcing a ban on swimming on Goa’s beaches after sunset, a meeting of tourism industry stakeholders chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday, ordered the police to crackdown on cooking in public by tourist groups, claiming it was unhygienic and resulted in garbage being strewn in public areas. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told […]

Odisha eyes 30% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in 2017

Mumbai: The Odisha government is targeting a 30 per cent growth in foreign tourist arrivals at around one lakh travellers in the state this calender year. In 2016, the state hosted 76,361 foreign tourists, most of them from Sri Lanka, Japan, some European and South Asian nations. “We are witnessing a steady growth in foreign […]

Govt initiates major reshuffle of senior IAS officers

Bhubaneswar: A major IAS reshuffle was effected by the State government today. Five senior IAS officers have been given charge of new departments after the reshuffle. Mona Sharma has been appointed the new Principal Secretary of Culture and Tourism department which she will be joining after returning from a leave. Present Handloom, textiles and handicraft […]

Rath Yatra 2017: Tourism department offers special tour packages

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has launched special package tour programmes for the Rath Yatra like every year. With great rush for the tickets, most have been sold out but pilgrims can still avail few packages that will help them get a clear view of proceedings of the world famous festival. The OTDC […]

TN hotels, restaurants shut against GST

Chennai: Hotels and restaurants across Tamil Nadu downed shutters on Tuesday in protest against the levy of 12-28 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) which they said will affect tourism in the state. However, small and roadside eateries functioned as usual. The dawn-to-dusk (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) shutdown call was given by the Tamil […]

Odisha to develop Gandhi Circuits: Minister

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is planning to develop Gandhi Circuits by incorporating all the places visited by Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom struggle, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said on Wednesday. Mahatma Gandhi visited the state seven times on different occasions, said Panda. The minister was speaking on the occasion of the signing […]

Airlifting Odisha’s Tourism – Part 2

So it has been some time that the Part I of this piece was written. It dealt with outlining few of the major problems with tourism in Odisha. In this second part of the essay I shall attempt to delineate few measures that can offset these overriding concerns and help take Odisha tourism, abound with […]

Rail bridge over Chenab
'Tallest' rail bridge to be a boon for tourism, employment in J&K

Katra: A rail bridge over the Chenab river which, at 359-metre, is claimed will become the world’s tallest, will significantly improve Kashmir Valley’s connectivity with other parts of the country and also create tourism facilities that are expected to boost local employment. The construction work on the “engineering marvel” — slated to be completed by […]

rail tourism
Policy to promote tourism through rail connectivity

New Delhi: The Railways is formulating a policy to promote tourism by connecting tourist spots across the country through trains. The policy, a first-of-its-kind exercise by the Railways, aims at hassle-free and seamless movement of people across different tourist places. Seeking suggestions from stakeholders, the public and other bodies concerned, the public transporter has circulated […]

Cycle rally to promote tourism & green transport

Bhubaneswar: A cycle rally was organised in Bhubaneswar as part of a long-term plan to promote pollution free mode of transport and enhance tourism potential of the three top tourist destinations of Odisha Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar collectively called as the ‘Golden Triangle’. Over 60 persons including women took part in the rally organised by […]