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Newsletter Vol. 3

Six Rajasthan Forts declared as World Heritage Sites
The heritage hub of India, Rajasthan this month received the most prestigious and anticipated recognition from UNESCO. Rajasthan’s royal medieval heritage in the form of six hill forts is now recognized as World Heritage Sites. As per this declaration, the six hill forts in Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer, Ranthambhore (Sawai Madhopur), Gagaron (Jhalawar) and Amber (Jaipur) are now the recent additions to the world heritage sites in India. Displaying the impeccable Rajputana architecture, these forts built atop the Aravalli hills display the most impregnable military aesthetics due to natural defenses offered by the landscape. This recognition will surely boost the tourism in this hospitable state and promote the old world heritage of Rajputana worldwide.

Government set to invest in infrastructure, targets 60 new airports
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month set an investment target of Rs. 1.15 lakh crore in PPP (public private partnership) projects in order to boost airport and rail infrastructure. The plans include two international airports in Bhubaneshwar and Imphal. Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be taking up 50 new low cost airports. Along with this, eight Greenfield Airports at Navi Mumbai, Juhu (Mumbai), Goa, Kannur, Pune (Rajguru Nagar Chakan), Sriperumbudur, Bellary and Raigarh will be initiated this year in PPP mode. In all, there will be 60 airports that will surely boost the tourism infrastructure of the country.

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh to jointly promote tourism
The two neighbouring Deccan states, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have joined hands last month to promote tourism. Both the states have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining the operational framework of the work. This collaboration is expected to boost cultural similarities and contribute to the wholesome experience both the states have to offer.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals

International Mango Festival, Delhi – A two day annual celebration centering on mango, the king of fruits will be held during the 25th International Mango Festival in Talkatora Stadium, Delhi. During this event, more than 550 types of mangoes from different parts of the country will be displayed for visitors to view and taste. Besides this, there will be various competitions and cultural programmes that surely will make the mango celebrations more interesting.

Puri-Jagannath Rath Yatra, Odisha – The famous Ratha Yatra festival of Puri will be celebrated on the July 10th, 2013. During this spectacular festival, the presiding deities of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra are taken out in a procession in mammoth wooden chariot cars or rathas, pulled by thousands of devotees. This is a major tourist attraction of Puri, inviting hordes of pilgrims to the sacred pilgrimage.

Champakkulam Boat Race, Kerala – Boat Races are seen as a great cultural celebration in Kerala. Champakulam boat race marks the onset of the boat race season in this southernmost state of India. Named after a village, this race is held on the River Pamba’s course. The snake boat race here is seen as the crucial test of endurance, synchronized hand eye coordination, speed and skill. Each team consisting of 100 rowers goes for rigorous training prior to the participation.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Kerala – The world renowned Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race in Allapuzha or Alleppey is falling on August 10th, 2013. Named on the first Indian Prime Minister, this year the annual water gala will be celebrating the 61st year of its initiation this year. Alleppey is famous for a serene backwater stretch and this upcoming celebration will surely present this alluring destination at its best.

Bangalore Flower Show, Karnataka – This is a spectacular flower show held at the blooming Lal Bagh or Botanical Gardens in the city. Here, blooming and exotic flowers will be exhibited in their full glory as a part of India’s Independence Day celebrations (15th August).