Bengaluru’s iconic Lalbagh Flower Show has made a comeback in the scenic city gardens of the same name. The 10-day affair commenced on August 5. However, the most anticipated of these is an Independence Day-special flower show with an expected footfall of 10-15 lakh. Anthophiles will witness over 50 varieties of native blossoms and 50 from across the globe, including hydrangea, tulips and hypercium berry. Over 20 temperate blossoms from the picturesque hill station of Ooty are also expected to grace the show. In line with sustainability measures, the event will be zero-waste, zero-plastic and zero-litter.
Post resuming entry of commercial flights in April, Myanmar has released revised visa requirements for international applicants. Inbound travellers will be mandated to submit official COVID-19 certificates, a colour photo clicked within three months of handover and a passport valid for six months from the time of applying for the visa. Minors (travellers under the age of seven) with the same passport as their guardians are required to have additional information such as their name and date of birth mentioned in the minor section of the visa. The visa is valid for one-time entry to the country for a maximum 28 days of stay. Re-entry into Myanmar will require a new visa.
In a bid to promote religious tourism, waterways on the Yamuna will be advanced to incorporate a cruise line between Mathura and Vrindavan. The service will connect the pilgrim sites of Gokul, Mathura and Vrindavan with a stop in Agra to attract tourists to the circuit. According to Union Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, talks are currently underway with the Uttar Pradesh government over the development. Known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, the twin cities attract thousands of tourists and pilgrims embarking on spiritual passages every year.
Upon agreement between the Chile Government and island authorities, Rapa Nui, popularly known as Easter Island, has reopened to tourists after two years. Centuries-old anthropomorphic monoliths line the island in hundreds, attracting travellers from across the globe. However, compliance with COVID-19 protocols is in order to pay a visit to the heritage site. Tourists are mandated to present negative RT-PCR reports no older than 24 hours from boarding. Children aged six or under are required to produce antigen test results. International tourists arriving straight to the island will undergo entry-point screening via an antigen test.
In a step towards easing travel to the city, Hong Kong has reduced the hotel quarantine period to three days as opposed to the previous one-week mandate. Upon arrival at the international airport, travellers will have to undergo compulsory quarantine in an approved hotel. If test results come out negative, travellers can self-monitor at their home or in a hotel for another four days. If tested positive, arrivals will be directed to a community isolation facility. The Asian financial centre has been watchful with reopening, after an Omicron takeover earlier this year, even as the rest of the world races towards pre-pandemic life. News of reduced hotel quarantine period comes after suspension on flight bans in the previous month.
Having witnessed a terrible forest fire last month, the Yosemite National Park in the U. S. is opening gates for visitors again after the fire forced a closure of some of its sections. The Mariposa Grove, famously home to over 500 towering sequoias, will reopen along with the rest of the National Park. According to reports, the Washburn fires, which began on July 7 and engulfed 4,888 acres, failed to threaten any of its treasured ancient sequoias. The 3,000-year-old trees have been witness to several wildfires, owing to which fire scars cannot be traced back to one in specific. While the Washburn trail, the western portion of the perimeter trail and the trail from Wawona to Mariposa Grove will remain closed, most famous trails have commenced.
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