Latest in Travel: India Records First Monkeypox Case, Ladakh’s Glaciers Threatened and More

In other emerging travel developments, Auli to be turned into an international tourist destination, and Spain to make train commutes free on selected routes.

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The Tourism Minister has proposed that Auli be turned into a world-class adventure tourism destination. Photo by: Yogesh Raut / Shutterstock

Auli to be turned into a world-class adventure tourism destination

Come winter, Auli in Uttarakhand is transformed into a skiing paradise every year. Now, the Tourism Minister has proposed that the village be further developed in the summer. Addition of myriad adventure tourism activities, including hiking, trekking, and rock climbing, will be promoted to boost Auli as a year-round, international tourist destination. Further details are awaited.

 

Study shows Ladakh’s glaciers threatened by growing vehicular emissions

Findings from a recent study published by the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research show that 77 glaciers located in close proximity to the national highway are receding. The research is based on satellite images of the said glaciers in the Drass basin of western Himalaya, observed over two decades, from 2000 to 2020. The area in Ladakh decreased from 176.77 square kilometre to 171.46 square kilometre.

Growing vehicular traffic in the region is said to be another reason attributing to the effect. The zone is also witnessing a massive build-up of military on both the sides of Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 2020.

 

Latest In Travel: India Records First Monkeypox Case, Ladakh's Glaciers Threatened And More

Spain will allow free train journeys on selected commuter and medium-distance routes starting September 1. Photo by: pedrosala / Shutterstock

 

India reports first confirmed monkeypox case in Kerala

A Kerala native has tested positive for monkeypox on Thursday, making it India’s first confirmed case of the infection. The man returned from the U.A.E. and landed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Tuesday, state Health Minister Veena George said.  The person has been isolated for treatment and kept under observation at the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) and is “quite stable, with all vitals normal,” she said.

A team of experts from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have stepped up to assist the state at the behest of the central government. Monkeypox, rarely reported outside Africa, has become a cause for concern with rising cases in Europe and America.

 

Spain announces free train journeys from September

Starting September 1 until the end of the year, Spain will allow free train journeys on selected commuter and medium-distance routes across certain parts of the state-owned rail-network, Renfe. The move, implemented by the Spanish government, aims to tackle the cost-of-living crisis engulfing the country.

“This measure encourages to the maximum the use of this type of collective public transport to guarantee the needed daily commute with a safe, reliable, comfortable, economic and sustainable means of transportation, amid the extraordinary circumstances of the steady increase of energy and fuel prices,” the Spanish Ministry of Transport said in a statement, reported CNN.

Commuters will have to avail multi-journey tickets including a minimum of 10 return trips. The measure excludes single-journey tickets, and long-distance travels.

 

Citizens of China, India and Iran can now travel to Kazakhstan without a visa

Kazakhstan’s new system permits citizens of China, Iran and India to visit the Caspian country visa-free for a period of 14 days. This new system came into force on July 8, replacing a special 72-hour visa-free transit arrangement for citizens of China and India.

According to reports, visitors are allowed to travel for business, private and tourism purposes, but not for employment or any other paid work in Kazakhstan.

 

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  • Pooja Naik is Senior Sub-Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She likes to take long leisurely walks with both hands in her pocket; channeling her inner Gil Pender at Marine Drive since Paris is a continent away.

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