Newsletter Vol. 14

Buddhist Circuit to Receive Big Boost as per Government’s Budget 2014

Buddhist circuit received the anticipated boost in the form of ambitious schemes declared by the newly elected Government of India in their maiden General Budget 2014. As per this, the Buddhist circuit infrastructure will be improved as per the global scale. In addition to this, the Buddhist pilgrimage tourism will also be promoted to give rewarding pilgrimage experience to tourists and pilgrims alike.
Also, special Buddhist circuit train will be launched to accelerate the pilgrimage footfall to the region as per rail budget 2014. All such progressive schemes will definitely promote the Buddhist circuit tourism on the whole.

International Buddhist Conclave 2014

Keeping up with the initiative of promoting the Buddhist circuit tourism worldwide, Government of India is organizing International Buddhist Conclave in Bodhgaya and Sarnath from 26th to 28th September, 2014.

This event will serve as a meeting place for all the stakeholders like tour operators, hospitality industry and overseas Buddhist circuit promoters who share common interests of promoting the Buddhist-Pilgrimage. Top Travel and Tours (P) Ltd., a prime Buddhist circuit tour operator will also be participating in this special Buddhist circuit event.

E-Visas to be Issued in India in Phases
Tourism is one of the great revenue earners for a country. Many economies in the world thrive on tourism which makes it an important revenue generator. India too has realized the importance of growing inbound tourism by relieving visa norms. For doing this, it has introduced the facility of Electronic Travel Authorization (e-Visa) in a phased manner at nine different airports. This mighty announcement was made during Budget 2014 tabled this month in India.
Necessary infrastructure would be put to support the e-Visa issuance within the next six months. The countries which will be free to avail this special visa-on-arrival facility (VOA) will also be identified during this time. These initiatives will definitely help Incredible India drive in huge numbers.


High Speed Railways – A Part of Railway Ambition in India

Travelling over the bullet and high speed trains is the dream of every Indian. Connecting rural areas to urban, trains are the lifeline of India. This year, the lifeline of India is going to get a great boost with the announcement of Indian Railways dream project, i.e. Bullet Train. The first Bullet Train in India will be run on Mumbai Ahmedabad route.
In addition to this, the speed of the train will be increased on the following routes – Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, and Hyderabad-Secunderabad. All such developments surely will bring out the best of rail travel experience in India.

Fairs & Festivals

Id-ul-Fitr – This festival marks the illustrious end of pious Ramadan, the 30 day long fasting period for Muslims. The date of the festival depends upon the sighting of the crescent moon. A special namaz is held at different Indian mosques and celebrations begin by hugging family and friends & relishing Sewaiyan. This year, Id will be celebrated on July 29, 2014.

Raksha Bandhan – Raksha Bandhan is much more than a festival. It is a bond of love wherein girls tie sacred threads (rakhis) on their brothers’ wrists and receive gifts in exchange and a promise of everlasting protection. This year, the festival will be celebrated with full gusto on August 10, 2014.

Independence Day – This is a national holiday, commemorating India’s success in achieving the freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947. As a part of this celebration, the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from the Red Fort Complex in Delhi and hoists the flag in memory of independence.

Janamashtami – This festival, marking the birth of Krishna is celebrated with great reverence among Hindus all over India. Tourists make special plans to visit Mathura and Brindavan in Uttar Pradesh to participate in the gala celebrations there. These two villages showcase the life, childhood antics, frolics and most popularly redolent melodies of Krishna’s flute. The festival is scheduled on August 17, 2014.