Latest in Travel: IRCTC’s announces Ladakh packages, railway station for Nagaland in 119 years and more

New updates for connectivity in the northeast and boost to ecotourism in Odisha mark the latest developments in the world of travel.

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IRCTC is offering travel packages for Leh, Sham Valley, Nubra, Pangong and Turtuk.

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Odisha approves 13 new eco-tourism spots

In a bid to boost ecotourism, Odisha has greenlit 13 new eco-tourism spots. Under the project, 10 destinations have been accorded the status of overnight lodging sites while the remaining will be utilised as daytime nature camps. The new eco-cottages are coming up around Kotia and Deomali hilltop, Jakam, Nawana, Muhana Muhana, Silviculture Garden, Mahendragiri, Khadakhai dam, Kanjipani Ghat and Hadagarh dam. Local communities are expected to benefit from the influx of tourists with job openings in the hospitality and maintenance sectors. The project targets conservation of the sites with involvement from the region’s indigenous people to aid them in earning a livelihood. The latest eco-tourism spots will make Odisha home to 63 eco-retreats and nature camps across the state.

 

Nagaland welcomes first railway station in over a hundred years

After Dimapur Railway Station, which was inaugurated in 1903, Shokhuvi in Nagaland is set to welcome the state’s first railway station in over a hundred years. To mark the historic event, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio announced the expansion of the Donyi Polo Express that once ran between Guwahati in Assam and Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh to include Shokhuvi Railway Station in its map. The extension of the passenger service train will facilitate to direct railway connectivity between Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. The development is a major milestone for connectivity in the Northeast.

 

 

Here’s what the elimination of domestic airfare caps means for travellers

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has done away with ceilings on domestic airfare in effect 31st August, 2022 onwards. The price caps were implemented upon the resumption of nationwide air travel in May 2020 after a pandemic-induced halt. Airlines will now have increased flexibility in determining ticket fares on domestic routes. However, airfare prices are expected to remain stable. In fact, flyers can expect hefty discounts and offers to attract travellers on select routes, and hikes in others based on demand. Tourists planning trips during the festive season can expect a price rise owing to suppressed demand from relaxation of travel restrictions.

 

Spain imposes these travel restrictions on tourist landmarks

Spain’s picturesque landscapes are under threat from over-tourism. With the intention to protect its natural wonders, scores of tourist destinations have imposed visitor restrictions. Doñana National Park in Andalusia, famed for its marshlands and flamingos, has capped tourist numbers at 886 per day on the routes between Huelva to El Acebuche and El Rocío while the country’s largest marine park, Maritimo-Terrestre de Cabrera National Park, has mandated online application for passes prior to visit and has strictly prohibited scuba diving.

With a footfall of 15 million visitors a year, Mount Teide National Park’s efforts to combat over-tourism also include booking measures, accompanied by a visitor cap of 200 per day. Reservations are also compulsory to visit the sandy beaches of Praia das Catedrais, renowned for its towering natural rock formations. A study conducted by Eco-Union revealed that tourist inflow into Spain has skyrocketed by 77 percent over the course of two decades, making it a close second to France on the list of the most-visited countries in the world.

 

Indian Railways offer exciting travel packages to Ladakh

Planning a trip to Ladakh to for the approaching winter season? This September, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is presenting tour packages for travellers headed to the famous tourist destination at reasonable price points. The trips are mapped to cover serene highlights of the region such as Leh, Sham Valley, Nubra, Pangong and Turtuk. The Discover Leh-Ladakh ex-Kolkata package will see travels from Kolkata to Delhi and on to Leh at ₹41,500 per person while ‘Discover Ladakh with IRCTC-LTC approved’ locks airfare, accommodation, meals and excursion at ₹38,900. Travellers from southern India can consider the ‘Leh with Turtuk ex-Hyderabad’ and ‘Best of Ladakh ex-Chennai’ at ₹38,470 and ₹44,200, respectively. ‘Magical Ladakh ex-Dehradun’ and the ‘Magical Ladakh ex-Agra’ packages cap bus and train fares, accommodation, meals and sightseeing at ₹43,900 for 7 nights and 8 days. Click here for bookings and further details.

 

India’s first commercial space situational awareness observatory underway

Uttarakhand is set to welcome India’s first commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) observatory. Digantara Research and Technologies, a Bangalore-based space-tech start-up, has shouldered responsibility for the project to monitor objects as small as 10cms in space and add to the company’s constellation of observational resources. The observatory will aid in keeping an eye on military satellites, space operations as well as shifts in space debris. Observers will be capable of scanning the geostationary, medium-Earth, and high-Earth orbits for events. The development also marks India’s first step towards independent monitoring of space debris activities outside of the US’ control. The Garhwal-based observatory will function as an important data source for deeper understanding of the cosmos. 

 

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