Newsletter Vol. 6

India celebrates World Tourism Day with a Tourism Walk
This September 27, 2013, the world celebrated the World Tourism Day themed on ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future.’ India also celebrated this global day for tourism by organizing the “Incredible India Tourism Walk” from Air India building to Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai. This walk saw participants from many tour and hotel associations and leading travel institutes and hospitality colleges.

India has a lot of water resources; hence it becomes the responsibility of the country to protect and conserve its wealth of water sources. Surrounded by seas from three sides, the country has many rivers, lakes, and natural backwaters to its credit. These natural resources need eco-friendly initiatives for their preservation and conservation for the future generations. Surely, this walk raised awareness for tourism’s role in water conservation and its contribution to a more sustainable water future amongst the travel industry.

Tourist Visitor Centres at Ajanta and Ellora
Last month, the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves (Aurangabad) received a makeover with the addition of two world-class visitor centres near them. Ajanta Visitor Centre near the cave complex is spread over 17,936 square metres and features the replicas of four main caves (No. 1, 2, 16 and 17). The replication of caves is based on simulated stone technology which took care of shaping the stones, colouring, carving etc. Similarly, Ellora Visitor Centre has been built over 12,090 square metres boasting a real-life replica of Kailasha Temple of 1/10 scale.

Both the cave centers have audio-visual cave presentations, library, cafeteria, amphitheatre and ample parking space in order to support tourism at Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

Goa Tourism promotes the state as a cultural destination
Goa is a unique cultural destination.  The state’s distinctive cultural heritage adds a unique charm to its leisurely attractions. If Goa’s cultural tourism is promoted effective, the results will be outstanding. Understanding the rich potentials of this, Goa Tourism has decided to promote the state as a cultural destination.

Being an all season destination, Goa has rich tourism potentials. A paradise for beach lovers and adventure enthusiasts, the state’s cultural wealth bears great potentials that can be utilized by promoting it as a cultural destination.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals

Gandhi Jayanti – Every year, 2nd October is hugely renowned as Mahatma Gandhi’s day of birth and is widely celebrated as a national holiday.

Dussehra – This ten day long celebration marks the episodic dramatization of Lord Rama’s adventures during exile and eventually slaying the demon king Ravana. The celebration of Dussehra marks the victory of good over evil and during the festival celebration; the staging of Ramleela in different parts of the country is a common practice.  Alternatively in Gujarat, Dandiya Dance is performed with great excitement during the same period as Navratri Celebrations. In West Bengal, Durga Pooja and Vijayadashami is celebrated amidst the cheer and colourful spree of pandals dedicated to Mother Goddess.

Eid ul Azha – This prominent Islamic festival celebrates the spirit of sacrifice amongst Muslims. Prominently known as Bakr – Id amongst locals, this festival commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son, Ismail. Since then, a goat is symbolically sacrificed, keeping the tradition. Later on the prayers are offered and special delicacies are served as a part of the celebration. This year, Eid ul  Azha will be celebrated on Oct 14th, 2013.

Diwali – Literally, the festival of lights, Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in the country.  Spread over five days, this festival has a lot of importance in every Hindu household. The first day is Dhan-Teras during which purchasing precious metals is considered auspicious. The second day is Choti Diwali is celebrated to respect Goddess Kali or Shakti. On this day, people take a vow to abolish the darkness and laziness from life. The third day, Diwali is the prime festival wherein the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi along with Lord Ganesha is worshipped prominently during this celebration to invoke wealth and prosperity throughout the year. Also, the festival marks the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile in Ayodhya. Fireworks, illumination, sweets, shopping and gift exchanges – all form the part of the grand Diwali Celebrations.  The last festival i.e. Bhaiya Dooj celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters apply Tika on the forehead of their brothers and pray for their success and long life, and brothers in turn give gifts to their sisters.  Diwali will be celebrated during first week of November this year.

Pushkar Fair – The holy destination of Pushkar reverberates in the month of November with a great celebration in the form of Pushkar Fair. This celebration hosts the Asia’s largest camel, horse and cattle fair in this pilgrim town. Also, the visitors to the town also take a holy dip in Pushkar pond