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Newsletter Vol. 15

50 Indian Cities On The Way To Urbanization with New Airports

The Government of India has identified 50 locations for developing new airports in smaller cities and towns across the country. The locations for the new airports include cities like Kadapa, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Warangal (Andhra Pradesh); Daparizo, Pasighat and Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh); Jorhat, Rupsi and Silchar (Assam); Gaya and Raxaul (Bihar); Bilaspur and Raigarh (Chattisgarh); Daman and Diu (Daman & Diu), Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Kandla and Keshod (Gujarat); Hisar and Karnal (Haryana); Kishtwar (Jammu & Kashmir); Deoghar and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand); Belgaum and Hubli (Karnataka); Gwalior, Jabalpur and Rewa (Madhya Pradesh); Akola, Amravati, Jalgaon, Kolhapur and Solapur (Maharashtra); Jharsuguda (Odisha), Ludhiana (Punjab); Kishangarh, Bikaner and Kota (Rajasthan); Thanjavur / Tanjore (Tamil Nadu); Allahabad, Bareilly, Faizabad, Kanpur, Meerut, Moradabad and Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). This recent development will surely enhance the connectivity of smaller Indian cities and accelerate tourism.

Kashi To Go Kyoto Way, Smart City Pact Signed Between India – Japan

Kashi sees its future in Kyoto, an ancient cultural city with a modern outlook. Both the cities breathe religion every moment. Buddhist heritage is the binding force between Kyoto and Kashi. While Kyoto has many ancient Buddhist temples and shrines like Toji Temple and Kinkakuji, Varanasi has world famous Vishwanath Temple, famous Ganga Ghats, and Sarnath stupas.

As a part of Memorandum of Understanding signed between India and Japan recently, Varanasi will be developed as a smart city on the lines of Kyoto. This oldest cultural city of India will try to emulate the innovative Japanese vision of preserving the ancient heritage while embracing modernization in a special way.

Unesco And Kerala Tourism Sign Agreement To Promote Spice Route

Kerala Tourism signed an agreement with UNESCO to begin cooperation in promoting and protecting the ancient Spice Route heritage in Muziris near Kochi. Spice Route in Kerala is the legendary route that connected 31 countries, including India. Archaeological evidence from excavations carried out in Muziris, near Kochi, has already given a good start for the Spice Route project. In fact, the prestigious Muziris Heritage Project was also awarded the National Tourism Award 2013 for innovative tourism by Government of India.

The recent collaboration with UNESCO will resurrect the ancient 2000-year-old Spice Route back and restore it for future generations.



1. Onam – This ten day harvest festival of Kerala marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage. People buy gold and new clothes; prepare the special Sadya meal and decorate the portico with flower kolams to welcome the King. Snake boat races are also the part of special celebrations that will begin from September 7, 2014

2. Ladakh Festival – A cultural extravaganza, Ladakh Festival is the celebration of Ladakh and is a famous tourist festival. Special events like polo-match, music concerts, mask dances from the monasteries, motorbike/cycle expedition to Khardung-la, Thanka painting exhibition, archery, river rafting, and folk songs are a part of the festivities scheduled during September 20-26, 2014.

3. Navratri – This nine day festival celebrates the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Devotees worship and fast for seven / eight days according to their belief. The festivities sum up with Dussehra, the victory of good over evil, on the tenth day. The navaratri celebrations will continue during September 25-October 3, 2014.


4. Durga Pooja – In Bengal, Navaratri festival gains a rich vibrant interpretation in the form of Durga Pooja. The festival is celebrated in honor of warrior Goddess Durga. Beautiful pandals are erected and handcrafted idols of goddess are installed. The whole state wraps itself in the celebratory spree where people step out to pray, eat food and exchange wishes and blessings with the families and friends. On the last day of the festival, the statues are paraded around the city before being immersed in the river on Dashami (October 4th, 2014.)

4. Mysore Dasara – Celebrating Dussehra with a difference, Mysore Dasara is a part of royal tradition and heritage. The festivities are celebrated elaborately on a grand scale and are dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari, who killed the great demon Mahishasur. Many tourists participate in Mysore Dasara tour and witness the grandeur of festivities in India. This year, the festivities will continue from September 25-October 4, 2014.