Latest in Travel: Sariska burns, UNESCO honour for Meghalaya and more

Even as a forest fire ravages Sariska Tiger Reserve, Meghalaya’s iconic living root bridges are one step closer to gaining World Heritage Status.

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Meghalaya’s living root bridges are now on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. Photo by: PhonePhotographerMomo

India deemed low-risk for U. S. travellers

The steady decline of active COVID-19 cases in India—including the daily number dropping to single digits recently—has prompted the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the U. S. to shift India to Level 1 from Level 3 of its risk categorisation for international travel. Flyers are still advised to be fully vaccinated before travelling.  

“Make sure you are vaccinated and up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travelling to India. Even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19. Anyone 2 years or older should properly wear a well-fitting mask in indoor public spaces. Follow all requirements and recommendations in India,” the CDC said.

 

Taliban bans women from taking flights alone

Afghan women were banned from boarding domestic or international flights without a male chaperone by the Taliban’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. The ministry apprised airlines of their decision via a letter sent on Saturday, according to two unnamed sources that Reuters quoted. This ruling comes close on the heels of the regime banning girls from secondary education, in a much-condemned backtracking from their its declaration about progressive steps for women.

 

Meghalaya’s root bridges in UNESCO’s tentative list

A paragon of indigenous construction practices in Northeast India, Meghalaya’s living root bridges are renowned the world over. And now, they’re a part of UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. James K. Sangma, the state’s forest and environment minister, communicated the news via a series of tweets on March 28.

 

 

Also Read | The World’s Newest Heritage Sites

 

Major blaze in Sariska Tiger Reserve

Even as choppers ferry water from Siliserh Lake to douse the flames burning down Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve has raged on for three days now. The authorities claim to have the wildfire under control, but at one point, it was reported to have spread over 10 square kilometres inside the reserve. Sariska is home to 27 tigers, and the area under the impact of the fire is said to be frequented by nine of them—four adults and five cubs. The cause of the fire hasn’t been ascertained yet.

 

France kicks off celebrations with open-air cinema experience

French filmmaker Éric Besnard’s 2021 comedy Delicious is coming to Sofitel Mumbai BKC on Saturday, April 2. The film will be screened as part of Bonjour India 2022—a pan-India festival slated to take place from March to June across 10 Indian cities, and organised by the French Overseas Network, including the French Embassy, the French Institute in India, and the network of Alliances Françaises all over India. The open-air cinema experience, conducted by the Sunset Cinema Club, will kick off the celebrations, which mark 75 years of India’s independence and thus 75 years of diplomatic relations between the country.

When: 6.30 pm, April 2

Where: Sofitel, C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai

Book your tickets here

 

India’s biggest gin festival is coming to Delhi

Gin lovers can sample a selection of 14 homegrown and international gins—from Samsara and Monkey 47 to Tanqueray and Beefeater—at the fourth edition of India’s biggest gin festival that is now coming to Delhi. The festival will travel to Mumbai on May 7-8 this year. The festival lineup also boasts food pop-ups and live acts with The Gin Explorer’s Club. 

When: April 2 to 3 

Where: DLF Promenade

 

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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