UP to lure Arab world to ‘greener pastures’
After promoting the Buddhist circuit to woo international tourists, the Uttar Pradesh government has now picked up a novel theme — ‘Chasing the Monsoons’ — to invite tourists from the Arab countries.
This is part of the Indian Tourism Ministry’s ‘Incredible India’ campaign that was launched as Integrated International Media Campaign in Arabian Travel Market Convention concluded in Dubai on May 7. The media campaign was launched to promote India as a must-see tourist destination and focuses on both generic and niche areas to convert the country into a destination all year long.
In this campaign, Uttar Pradesh has invited tourists from Arab countries to UP to enjoy lush green environment and its unique circuits during the monsoon season.
Principal secretary (Tourism) Om Prakash, after returning from Arabian Travel Market Convention in Dubai said, “We have been taking various initiatives in the tourism sector with the sole objective of attracting more tourists. Infrastructural facilities in the country are being augmented in a well-planned manner. With an open-sky policy providing better air connectivity, the aviation system has been radically liberalised,” he said.
In order to overcome the shortage in accommodation, efforts are on to build more hotel rooms in the next four years under the new state hotel policy, he added. The new ‘Bed and Breakfast’ scheme has been launched to cater to the requirements of more tourists.
Besides infrastructure, the major destination for all tourists is Taj Mahal. In the Buddhist circuit, we plan to develop, Shrawasti, Kapilvastu and Kushinagar. There are also plans to develop Barsana, Vrindavan and Govardhan. The Department has also firmed up plans to develop the Mahabharata circuit around Hastinapur and all known places like Baghpat and Bijnore.
Keeping in mind Muslim tourists, importance has been given to the Sufi Circuit. The circuit includes Fatehpur Sikri, Rampur, Badaun, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kakori, Deva Sharif (Barabanki), Bahraich, Kichocha Sharif, Kade Shah - Kada (Kaushambi), Allahabad, Kantit Sharif (Mirzapur). All these places have shrines (mazars) or birthplaces of famous Sufi saints. These places are being developed by the department, added the principal secretary.
He said people from the Arab countries like fresh and lush green places as they come from places with dry weather.
The Lalbagh Botanical Garden's Independence Day flower show has been seeing swelling crowds and the police officials have been urging visitors to use public transport to avoid the traffic congestion around the Lal Bagh area. To encourage the visitors on using public transport further, BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited) has announced a paper ticket system which is going to cost a fixed Rs 30 to all metro stations from Lal Bagh Metro station.
The Gujarat high court has granted a three-year-old child's custody to his father after the latter filed a plea seeking whereabouts of his estranged wife and the inter-faith couple's son. The petitioner said his wife left home without any cause and prompted him to file a police complaint years after they got married under the Special Marriage Act in 2018. He alleged his in-laws illegally detained her and their son.
Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Friday morning as the minimum temperature was expected to be 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum 34 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the average 24-hour AQI was 75 in the satisfactory category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
A massive fire broke out at Alento hotel near Gujarat's Jamnagar on Thursday night around 8pm. The fire was doused and brought under control, police officials said. Of these 20 were staff members and 27 were guests at the hotel, KK Babariya, a police official who was present at the spot said. Most of them were safely out of the hotel within minutes of the fire. The guests at the hotel mostly comprised of employees and visitors of these factories.
Free bus services will be provided for the public across Bengaluru on August 15 as India celebrates 75 years of independence, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has announced. On Thursday, the BMTC issued a statement regarding their silver jubilee celebrations. The BMTC also announced that they will be offering 300 electric buses to the public which are going to be launched on August 14 at Vidhana Soudha of Bengaluru.