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Measures to prioritise the safety and welfare of the the double-humped Bactrian camel, which are native to the region of Ladakh, are underway. Photo by: Dmitry Rukhlenko / Shutterstock

Ladakh’s Nubra Valley to add new attractions for visitors

Ladakh’s Nubra Valley, home to the double-humped Bactrian camel, is set to undergo a revamp. Visitors will soon be able to experience the valley as a multi-destination. Significant changes are to be expected for safety and welfare of the camels, better connectivity in the region, sanitation development and recreational activities. Much-awaited desert safaris in Sumoor desert and astro tourism are also underway. Travellers can soon opt for nature walks and Silk Route heritage walks in the near future.

 

Singapore Airlines to increase frequency of flights to India

Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group, currently serving 13 destinations across India, plans to scheme a higher number of flights to India. The group is currently exercising at almost 75 per cent of its pre-pandemic capacity. Passengers will have the option to opt for a full service carrier, Singapore Airlines or Scoot—a low-cost carrier. Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial at Singapore Airlines applauded the Indian market for recovering “very strongly”, furthermore announcing that the newly added flights will hopefully be planned over two schedules; winter schedule starting from October or the next being pushed to 2023.

 

India-Bangladesh passenger trains resume service after two years

Maitree Express and Bandhan Express—two passenger trains resumed services between Bangladesh and India two years after they were halted owing to the pandemic as stated by the Bangladesh Railway officials. The former—a 465-seater train once carrying about 300 passengers on a daily average—departed with mere 165 passengers on board from Dhaka Cantonment Railway Station to Kolkata on May 29. Regardless of the poor response on the first day, Maitree Express will be running five days a week.

Whereas Bandhan Express, scheduled to run two days a week, reached Bangladesh covering the country’s southwestern Khulna and Kolkata route. Both these expresses are equipped with air-conditioned chair cars and executive class compartments. Meanwhile, Mitali Express, a third train,was inaugurated on June 1 to service between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal’s northern region and Dhaka. The tourist train offers nationals from Bangladesh a convenient option to reach Darjeeling and Dooars’ forests and tea gardens.

 

Qatar may give preference to FIFA World Cup 2022 ticket holders over other tourists

1.5 million visitors are expected to attend the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. In turn, the country may restrict tourists for the month of November and December, when the sporting event will be held, in order to accommodate the sports enthusiasts. Limited space and housing facilities are key concerns. “No final decision has been made in this regard,” said vice president of international markets for Qatar Tourism, Philip Dickinson. “However, it’s likely that those without a World Cup ticket, unless they are residents or locals, might be restricted to enter Qatar from November till the end of December”.

 

Oman removes all travel restrictions

Oman’s COVID-19 Supreme Committee on May 22 announced the decision to lift all travel restrictions. Reportedly, the country has also discontinued its track-and-trace programme and RT-PCR test requirement. Oman Air, the national carrier, is bracing to welcome visitors. After neighbouring countries Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. eased up their travel restrictions earlier this year, Oman snags a spot of being another tourist destination in the gulf.

 

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  • Vamika Singh is a visual-narrative artist working closely towards exploring gender disparity and social dynamics in the South-Asian culture. You can also find her making music playlists, browsing sneakers and getting profusely attached to non-living things—even a laptop sticker for that matter.

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