Goa Tourism News

Films best way to build bridges between nations, says Mexico’s tourism minister
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Panaji: Mexico’s minister of tourism Miguel Torruco Marques on Sunday expressed his delight at the special section on Mexican films curated at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (Iffi). “I have always thought that movies are the best way to remove differences between people and build bridges between nations,” said Marques, who participated in a session at Iffi via video conferencing .“It is an honor for me to share with you this very important moment at the 53rd International Film Festival of incredible India in Goa. Mexico is known for its unique culture and diversity. And a very important part of this heritage is our cinema. We are a land of great movie directors and actors who are considered legends. Our films have received many awards around the world,” said Marques. He said Mexican cinema was born as an expression of the social and the cultural environment of the country. The minister also said that he is proud of the fact that his mother, María Elena Marques, and father, Miguel Torruco, were beloved Mexican actors from the ‘Golden Age’ of Mexican cinema.“ Mexico currently has fantastic creativity and production capacity in the international film industry which leads us to a new era in cinema. We are proud of the participation of Mexican films in this unique festival. I want to extend our greatest support and admiration to all of those who are part of this beautiful event.”Alejandro De Icaza, producer of the film Red Shoes, said that the Mexican government has a fund for cinema under which they promote films, including arthouse movies. “These kinds of films are difficult to produce without government incentives because they are difficult to commercialise,” he said, adding that he is exploring making a joint production with India about a wedding. “In both countries, weddings are big, colorful and last for many days. These kinds of cultural similarities can lead to other projects in the future.”

Films best way to build bridges between nations, says Mexico’s tourism minister
My character is fragile, vulnerable in Three Of Us, says Shefali Shah
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Shefali Shah and Jaideep Ahlawat spoke about their film Three of Us starring Swanand Kirkire along with the two actors and directed by Avinash Arun. The film about love and longing was screened at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India, Goa. While talking about the film being screened under the Indian Panorama section, Shefali said, “It’s an honour that our film is being screened here. It’s impossible to explain the film in words, it’s an emotion that can only be felt.” Talking about the shooting experience, the actress said, “The film was shot in Konkan, we used to have really long days because we were trying to catch morning light. Our first shot used to be at 5.30 in morning but every place we shot at, was just exquisite. This film looks like a Konkani tourism film. It is beautifully shot, each frame almost looks like a painting. Our director Avinash has shot the film beautifully.” Talking about her character Shefali said, “I will cherish this film experience all my life. When Avinash told me about the film, it was a one liner and a very short synopsis of the film. Though I am known for playing strong characters on screen, what I liked the most is, my character Shaileja is very fragile, vulnerable and that is the beauty of this woman.” On being asked if there is any difference as an actor, in doing films for theatrical vs OTT, Shefali said, “Just because you are working in a certain medium, the way you work doesn’t change but the advantage of doing OTT is that you get to explore your character much more.” Jaideep on asked the same question, said, “for actors, there is no difference as such because we need to convey the emotions, conflict and other nuances to the audiences. For the makers there must be a difference, but for actors, apart from long hours, I don’t think there is much of a difference.”

My character is fragile, vulnerable in Three Of Us, says Shefali Shah
Khaunte: Centre has assured support for our tourism projects
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Panaji: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Friday said that the Centre has assured full support to various tourism development projects planned by his ministry.Khaunte recently held a detailed discussion with Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy during his recent visit to Delhi. “Tourism has become the backbone of Goa’s economy after the collapse of the mining sector. While the pandemic dealt another major blow to the economy, tourism has been a major sector reviving it. It is important that tourism-oriented projects are given a boost. I have conveyed this to Reddy,” Khaunte said.The Union tourism minister, Khaunte said, also informed that Goa has made its mark as a popular international destination which is evident from the fact that foreign tourists visiting India do not leave the country without coming to the state. Domestic tourists are also attracted to Goa’s rich ecology, and their interest is not limited to the beaches, he said. “We discussed how important it is to have new tourism projects in Goa,” the tourism minister said. The tourism department has directed its focus on eco, hinterland and adventure tourism.Khaunte, who also holds the IT portfolio, said that Goa’s pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) has received a huge response from leading IT companies. Chief minister Pramod Sawant visited IITF on Friday.The IT minister briefed various representatives of companies about the Goa government’s plan to bring a paradigm shift in the IT sector of the state. “They were informed about our facilities to enable tourists to work flexibly and also enjoy their stay,” he added.

Khaunte: Centre has assured support for our tourism projects
Mopa airport will be inaugurated soon: PM
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Mopa airport will be inaugurated soon.He made the announcement during his virtual address at the Rojgaar Melava organised by the state government at Raj Bhavan. The event saw the government distributing joining letters to 1,250 candidates for jobs in the police department, directorate of fire and emergency services, agriculture department, and in the directorate of planning, statistics and evaluation.“The new greenfield international airport at Mopa, constructed at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore, will be inaugurated shortly. During the construction of the airport, a lot of people have got employment. Similarly, ongoing connectivity and infrastructure projects will also generate employment for the people of the state,” the PM said, while pointing out that in the last eight years, the Centre has invested thousands of crores of rupees in the development of Goa.He commended the state government for taking the right steps in providing employment to the people of the state. With as many as 900 joining letters given to candidates by the Goa Police alone at Thursday’s Rojaar Melava, the PM said it would not only strengthen the department, but would also help in keeping Goans and tourists safe.“I congratulate the youth who have received joining letters, and their parents,” Modi told the candidates during his virtual address. “Now, you have to see to Goa’s development and have to work to achieve the goal of making a New India by 2047.”The PM said that the Swayampurna Goa vision has not only improved basic infrastructure but is also improving other infrastructure in the state. “Through the Goa tourism masterplan and policy, the state government has created an account for Goa’s development, too. This will not only attract huge investment in the tourism sector but will also increase possibilities for employment generation,” he said.Stating that the government has also taken steps to provide financial stability to villages and to generate employment by engaging people through traditional farming, Modi said that farmers involved in fruit processing and the production of paddy, coconut, jute and spices are being linked to self-help groups. “These efforts are creating many new opportunities for employment and self-employment in Goa,” he said.

Mopa airport will be inaugurated soon: PM
  • Mopa international airport in Goa to be inaugurated soon: PM Narendra Modi
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Mopa airport will be inaugurated soon. He made the announcement during his virtual address at the Rojgar Melava organised by the state government at Raj Bhavan. The event saw the government offering joining letters to 1,250 candidates for jobs in the police department, directorate of fire and emergency services, agriculture department, and in the directorate of planning, statistics and evaluation. “The new greenfield international airport at Mopa, constructed at a cost of over Rs 3000 crore, will be inaugurated shortly. During the construction of the airport, a lot of people have got employment. Similarly, ongoing connectivity and infrastructure projects will also generate employment for the people of the state,” the PM said while pointing out that in the last eight years, the Centre has invested thousands of crores of rupees in the development of Goa. He commended the state government for taking the right steps in providing employment to the people of the state. With as many as 900 joining letters given to candidates by the Goa Police alone at Thursday’s Rojgar Melava, the PM said it would not only strengthen the department, but would also help in keeping Goans and tourists safe.

Goa: Tourism department files police complaint over death of gulls
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

VASCO/MARGAO: A recklessly-driven SUV on Arossim beach ran over a flock of brown headed gulls on Monday resulting in the death of two birds. Following the incident, deputy director, department of tourism, Margao, lodged a complaint with the Verna police station against the driver of the Telangana registered vehicle as driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches is among a number of activities declared as “nuisance” by the government under the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, 2001. In the complaint, the deputy director stated that on Monday at 3pm, the SUV “was found to be recklessly and illegally driving at Arrosim beach, and ran over a flock of brown headed gulls, resulting in the death of two gulls”. “By this act, the vehicle driver has violated the above mentioned order promulgated by a public servant and has committed an offence under Section 188 of the IPC,” the official stated in the complaint. “”In view of the above, I hereby request you to register an FIR agaist the owner/driver of the vehicle under Section 188 of the IPC as well as other relevant provisions in force, and initiate further criminal proceedings against the accused,” the deputy director stated in the complaint. The incident prompted outrage from locals and visitors who demanded action against the culprits involved in the act. Speaking to TOI, Verna police station in-charge Diogo Gracias acknowledged receipt of the complaint from the deputy director of tourism. “We will discuss the issue with the higher-ups and act accordingly,” Gracias said. An official from the forest department said, “The killing of birds is a criminal act and the culprits involved in the crime are liable to be booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.”

Goa: Tourism department files police complaint over death of gulls
Ex-Cricketer Yuvraj Singh Served Notice Over "Unregistered" Goa Villa
Ndtv | 2 weeks ago | |
Ndtv
2 weeks ago | |

Yuvraj Singh tweeted saying would be hosting an exclusive stay at his Goa home.Panaji: The Goa Tourism Department has issued a notice to former cricketer Yuvraj Singh for his alleged failure to register his villa in Morjim with the tourism department before putting it for up for homestay online and called him to appear before the authority for personal hearing on December 8.The Tourism Department has initiated proceedings under the Registration of Tourist Trade Act for failure to register the villa, situated in Varchawada, Morjim, with the department.I'll be hosting an exclusive stay at my Goa home for a group of 6, only on @Airbnb. This is where I spend time with my loved ones & the home is filled with memories from my years on the pitch. Bookings open Sep 28, 1pm IST at https://t.co/5Zqi9eoMhc 🏖️#AirbnbPartner@Airbnb_inpic.twitter.com/C7Qo32ifuE— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 21, 2022The notice issued by Deputy Director of Tourism Rajesh Kale, on November 18 addressed to the cricketer-owned villa, 'Casa Singh', located at Morjim in North Goa, reads, "It has come to the notice of the undersigned that your residential premises located at Varchawada, Morjim, Pernem, Goa is allegedly functioning as a homestay and is being marketed on online platforms like Airbnb."The tourism department also quoted a tweet by the former cricketer in which he said he would be hosting an exclusive stay at his Goa home."I will be hosting an exclusive stay at my Goa home for a group of 6, only on @Airbnb. This is where I spend time with my loved ones and the home is filled with memories from my years on the pitch," Singh had said in a tweet.The deputy director of the tourism department further said that "every person intending to operate a Hotel/Guest House before operating it, has to apply for registration to the Prescribed Authority in the Prescribed manner.""Therefore, notice is hereby given to you as to why penal action should not be initiated against you for default in registration under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982," the notice said."Further, you are directed to appear before the undersigned on 08.12.2022 at 11:00 am. in the chamber of the Prescribed Authority for a personal hearing, to defend your interest," it added.The notice further said that if no reply is received within the said date (December 8), then it will be assumed as a violation of the act and it will be punishable with a fine which may extend upto Rs 1 lakh."If no reply is received within the said date mentioned in this Notice, it will be assumed that the grounds mentioned in this notice are correct and on such assumption under Section 22 or in violation of any of the provisions of this Act you shall be punishable with a fine which may extend upto Rs 1 lakh," the notice said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The Day"Why The Haste, Tearing Hurry?": Supreme Court On Election Body Appointment

Ex-Cricketer Yuvraj Singh Served Notice Over "Unregistered" Goa Villa
  • Goa: Yuvraj Singh runs homestay sans registering, gets notice
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: The state tourism department on Tuesday summoned cricketer Yuvraj Singh on December 8 for allegedly illegally running a homestay without registering under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act. Deputy director of tourism Rajesh Kale in a notice to Singh said, "It has come to the notice that your residential premises located at Varchawada, Morjim, Pernem, Goa, is allegedly functioning as a homestay and is being marketed on online platforms." The tourism department said that Singh tweeted about the homestay from twitter handle namely @yuvstrong12 on September 21. "I'll be hosting an exclusive stay at my Goa home for a group of 6, only on Airbnb. This is where I spend time with my loved ones & the home is filled with memories from my years on the pitch. Bookings open Sept 28, 1pm," Singh tweeted on September 21. Kale said every person intending to operate a hotel or guest house has to apply for registration to the prescribed authority in the prescribed manner before operating the facility for tourists. “A surprise inspection was held by tourism department officials on November 11 at your bungalow. Now, therefore, notice is hereby given to you as to why penal action should not be initiated against you for default in registration under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982,” Kale said in the notice. “You are directed to appear before the undersigned on December 8, at 11am, in the chamber of the prescribed authority for personal hearing, to defend your interest. If no reply is received within the said date mentioned in this notice, it will be assumed that the grounds mentioned in this notice are correct and on such assumption under Section 22 or in violation of any of the provisions of this act you shall be punishable with a fine which may extend up to Rs 1 lakh,” the deputy director of tourism said.

Tourism dept files police complaint over death of gulls
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Vasco/Margao: A recklessly-driven SUV on Arossim beach ran over a flock of brown headed gulls on Monday resulting in the death of two birds.Following the incident, deputy director, department of tourism, Margao, lodged a complaint with the Verna police station against the driver of the Telangana registered vehicle as driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches is among a number of activities declared as “nuisance” by the government under the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, 2001.In the complaint, the deputy director stated that on Monday at 3pm, the SUV “was found to be recklessly and illegally driving at Arrosim beach, and ran over a flock of brown headed gulls, resulting in the death of two gulls”.“By this act, the vehicle driver has violated the above mentioned order promulgated by a public servant and has committed an offence under Section 188 of the IPC,” the official stated in the complaint.“”In view of the above, I hereby request you to register an FIR agaist the owner/driver of the vehicle under Section 188 of the IPC as well as other relevant provisions in force, and initiate further criminal proceedings against the accused,” the deputy director stated in the complaint.The incident prompted outrage from locals and visitors who demanded action against the culprits involved in the act.Speaking to TOI, Verna police station in-charge Diogo Gracias acknowledged receipt of the complaint from the deputy director of tourism. “We will discuss the issue with the higher-ups and act accordingly,” Gracias said.An official from the forest department said, “The killing of birds is a criminal act and the culprits involved in the crime are liable to be booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.”

Tourism dept files police complaint over death of gulls
Modi expected to attend Ayurveda Congress: Shripad
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend the World Ayurveda Congress that will be held in the state from December 8 to 11. Union Minister of State of ports, shipping and waterways and tourism Shripad Naik who made the announcement on Tuesday also said that during the visit the Prime Minister will also inaugurate the new greenfield airport at Mopa, the All India Institute of Ayurveda at Pernem and one lane of the new Zuari bridge.“The World Ayurveda Congress is held once every two years in India and this year it will be held in Goa. There are two more programmes for which the PM will come to Goa. The PM has not finalised the date, but he has given a tentative date,” Naik said.Naik said that the All India Institute of Ayurveda is ready. It will have two colleges, including one post graduate college, while the Ayurveda hospital will have 150 beds, a research centre and out patient department (OPD).Stating that the work of constructing a cruise terminal at Mormugao Port Authority is in progress, the Union minister said, “We will provide facilities for cruise ships to arrive in Goa. Lots of tourists want to come to Goa and cruise tourism will get a boost in the state.”Last week, chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that December 11 is the tentative date finalised by the state for the inauguration of the Mopa airport, but that Modi is yet to confirm the date. Sawant said that once the PM confirms the date, it will be officially announced.Under the Rozgar Mela, Naik handed over 64 appointment letters to recruits in Goa. Addressing the new recruits, Naik said that the Rozgar Mela is a step towards fulfilling the commitment made by the government to accord the highest priority to employment generation.

Modi expected to attend Ayurveda Congress: Shripad
CM: Co-op sector holds key for Goa to be swayampurna
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: For Goa to become self reliant, the cooperative sector has a huge role to play, said chief minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday. Sawant urged cooperative societies to work towards skill upgradation and using the Government eMarketplace (GeM) portal to sell Goan products across the country. Sawant, who was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the state-level cooperative week, urged stakeholders from Goa’s cooperative sector to proactively work to implement the Centre’s schemes.“If Goa has to become swayampurna, then it can happen only through the cooperative sector. The cooperative sector staff has a great responsibility. This is one sector that can make the most impact,” Sawant said. “The Center and the state have so many schemes with so much funding and all we need to do is implement it. The government is with the sector.” Minister for cooperative societies Subhash Shirodkar concurred with Sawant and urged cooperative societies in Goa to think beyond the traditional sectors. “If a person has to be come atmanirbhar, it can happen only through cooperative sector, agriculture, animal husbandry and water resources. Today there are no cooperative societies that have not ventured into many sectors for example exports, tourism, fisheries, farmers societies,” Shirodkar said. Sawant asked the various cooperative societies to registered themselves on the GeM portal. “Goan products should be put up on the portal and should be available all India. From food products to handicrafts and cloths, everything can be put on the GeM portal. The market is now accessible from your home. It is the responsibility of the cooperative societies to make sure that the product from their sector is available on the GeM portal,” he said.The chief minister said that cooperative societies have only focused on disbursing money and recovering money with no efforts being taken to see the entrepreneurship and business grow. “We need to upskill the people in the cooperative sector through apprenticeship. The Centre will pay a stipend and the state will also provide a stipend so that in the next one year there will be 10,000 to 12,000 skilled manpower in the state,” Sawant said.

CM: Co-op sector holds key for Goa to be swayampurna
Chiranjeevi named Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

The 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Sunday honoured Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi with the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award.Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur made the announcement at the IFFI opening ceremony here.In his film career spanning more than four decades, Chiranjeevi has starred in more than 150 feature films in Telugu, as well as some in Hindi, Tamil and Kannada. The 67-year-old was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2006 and served as union tourism minister between 2012 and 2014.Others who were felicitated with special honours at the event included actors Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal, Suneil Shetty, Manoj Bajpayee and writer and Rajya Sabha MP V Vijayendra Prasad.Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the event, Anurag Thakur said, “We want to turn India into a hub for film production, content creation and post-production. Several new initiatives at IFFI are aimed towards that.”“Every village in India has a story and the whole world wants to see such stories,” he added.India is an economical destination for film shoots and post production. “It can be a big source of revenue and job creation. Technology can be the gamechanger for India,” Thakur added.Goa Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and MoS for I&B L Murugan were present.The 53rd IFFI is the first full-fledged physical edition of the festival following the COVID-19 pandemic. The last two editions were held in hybrid format. Total 280 films from 79 countries will be screened at the IFFI. The festival runs till November 28.(The writer is attending the event at the invitation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

Chiranjeevi named Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI
Iffi ‘Cannes’ Still Do It
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Away from New Delhi’s blue winters and red tape, when the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) landed in Goa for the first time in 2004, the coastal state appeared to be just the change the festival needed.It was Manohar Parrikar’s pet project. The former chief minister relentlessly pursued his request with former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy and ensured that the festival had a new home.“Iffi would turn Goa into Cannes, boost tourism,” was Parrikar’s common refrain, adding that it will be like the Cannes Film Festival, but with a Goan flavour. He felt Iffi could expand Goa’s presence on the world map for a different purpose as well.Even the festival dates were advanced from the original November 29 to December 9 to avoid clashing with the feast of St Francis Xavier. There was a Rs 100-crore investment to build infrastructure like roads, under Parrikar’s personal and round-the-clock supervision.November 2023 will see Iffi’s 20th edition in Goa. But some filmmakers, and those closely associated with the organisation of the festival in the past, feel that its handling needs to be rethought along the lines of Parrikar’s vision.Excessive political and bureaucratic interference has caught up with Iffi’s management in its journey from the Capital to Goa, says multiple National Award-winning filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.“While shifting the festival to Goa, it was announced that Iffi in Goa would be made to match Cannes, but alas, efforts have not been made to build it to international standards,” says Adoor. “Despite having gone through six decades of existence, it cannot claim a position amongst any of the significant world festivals.”Adoor says that festival films and its culture are a different ball game altogether, while Iffi continues to be in the hands of bureaucrats ‘who have no knowledge or commitment to the cause of cinema’.“Presently, Iffi is run like an event where politicians and occasionally stars make their obligatory appearance and the opportunity is used to dole out lifetime achievement awards to leading stars who are in no way connected with festival films or its culture,” says the filmmaker.A long-serving former member of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) — the state vehicle created for organisation of Iffi — recollects Parrikar’s plans to eventually have an autonomous body run Iffi.“Parrikar wanted the directorate of film festivals (DFF) to do the hand-holding only for the first couple of years in Goa. But now the ESG is being fully run by politicians and political workers. Under Digambar Kamat as CM, he ensured that DFF set up an office in Goa. But today the office only exists in structure and all strings are pulled from Delhi. Foreign delegates coming to Iffi are almost as good as nil today,” says the member.Iffi was to be a platform for the Indian film industry to showcase its “products” and also promote Goa as a tourism destination.Filmmaker Bardroy Barretto, whose Konkani film ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ won a National Award, feels efforts have not been made to develop a film culture within Goa to create the right atmosphere for Iffi.“Iffi has a brand value as a festival and it is one of the better film festivals,” says Barretto. “They wanted to take advantage of brand Goa as a destination, which they have done over the years. As a filmmaker, Iffi does give us access to better films. But there is nothing more to it. The Goa government doesn’t look at it as cultural but only as entertainment.”He suggests that instead of leaving auditoriums vacant throughout the year at the ESG complex, they should be given to Goan filmmakers to screen their movies, as theatre releases are not financially feasible for them.“We don’t even need the film finance scheme. If they allow us access to the screening facility it is a win-win situation,” he says.As one film critic who attended Iffi in Goa says, ‘to run an international festival you need faith in world cinema as opposed to Bollywood and Hollywood’.“Some of us have been impressing upon the government that the festival should be made independent of governmental interference and the government’s participation should be limited to yearly grants. We must take lessons from festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto,” says Adoor.Another former ESG member agrees that the festival should be organised by an autonomous body, as Parrikar had wanted.“The central government is only spending Rs 3-4 crore, the rest almost Rs 20 crore is spent by the Goa government, but it does not have the courage to say that Goa needs more control of the festival,” he says.

Iffi ‘Cannes’ Still Do It
India’s presidency begins Dec 1: Centre looks Northeast for hosting G20 meets; Aizawl, Itanagar on list
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

During India’s year-long G20 presidency, several meetings of the inter-governmental grouping are likely to be held in the country’s Northeast, including in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar, the Indian Express has learnt.Sources said the Centre is also considering proposals for Guwahati, Imphal, Aizawl and Agartala as venues, of which Guwahati has been shortlisted and is expected to host four meetings.Aizawl will be hosting one of the meetings, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, who was in Aizawl for the 10th International Tourism Mart, which kicked off Thursday, said.“We are planning to have some G20 meetings in the Northeast region,” he told reporters although he did not name any city except the Mizoram capital.India, which was handed the G20 presidency baton by Indonesia President Joko Widodo in Bali on Wednesday, will take charge of the leadership role on December 1.In the next 12 months, the country will host 215 G20 meetings spread across 55 locations. Ten places have already been finalised: Srinagar, Goa, Siliguri, Khajuraho, Hampi, Bhubaneswar, Agra and Amritsar, besides the Rann of Kutch and Delhi.The final list of the Northeastern venues is likely to be prepared after deliberations with the stakeholders on the sidelines of the Tourism Mart, which is focused on “Priorities of G20 for Tourism Track”.The event is also being attended by Tourism Ministers and senior officials from the Northeastern states, and heads of Tourism & Hospitality Associations.Reddy said the government has decided to form a tourism task force for the Northeast region with the help of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and other ministries.The task force will enable all stakeholders, including partnering ministries and state governments, to come together and work on tourism-related initiatives in mission mode.Besides, as many as 100 viewpoints will be developed in the region, of which 22 have been sanctioned and likely to be completed in the next six months.These will have special structure for vantage view and selfie points, and wayside amenities such as toilets, cafeteria and local handicrafts shops.

India’s presidency begins Dec 1: Centre looks Northeast for hosting G20 meets; Aizawl, Itanagar on list
651 passengers arrive in Goa on cruise liner
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Vasco: The first international cruise liner of the season ‘MV Viking Mars’ arrived at Mormugao port on Wednesday with 651 passengers and 452 crew on board. Mormugao MLA Sankalp Amonkar greeted the passengers while Usgao-based musical troupe Shiv Sanskriti Sansthan and women from Headland-Sada dressed in traditional outfits welcomed them.Amonkar said the government must declare Mormugao port as a port of call where cruise ships can stay for two to three days.Currently, domestic and international cruises arrive in the morning and leave by evening and passengers get only five to six hours for sightseeing. “To get a feel of Goa, tourists need to stay for a minimum of two to three days and this will be possible only if cruise ships halt of two or more days,” said Amonkar.While tourism suffered during the pandemic, the MLA said that restarting of cruise liners has given stakeholders a ray of hope. “Tourism stakeholders in Mormugoa and other parts of the state will benefit,” he said. Commenting on speculations about the closure of the Goa International Airport at Dabolim after commissioning of the greenfield airport at Mopa, Amonkar said that chief minister Pramod Sawant has assured him that it will remain operational.

651 passengers arrive in Goa on cruise liner
  • Goa: First international cruise liner to dock at Mormugao port today
  • Times of India

    VASCO: The first international cruise passenger vessel of the tourist season is scheduled to dock at the international cruise berth of Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) on Wednesday. The cruise liner MV Viking Mars, which originated from Norway, has onboard 1,103 passengers and 452 crew and will arrive in Goa via Dubai and Mumbai. It will then proceed to Colombo. MPA and Goa tourism have made arrangements to welcome the travellers of the first cruise liner of the season. Tourists taxis from the port town operated by locals have also geared up for the season. Most cruise liners usually make a brief halt at Mormugao port that last for a day or less.

  • First international cruise liner to dock at Mormugao port today
  • Times of India

    Vasco: The first international cruise passenger vessel of the tourist season is scheduled to dock at the international cruise berth of Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) on Wednesday. The cruise liner MV Viking Mars, which originated from Norway, has onboard 1,103 passengers and 452 crew and will arrive in Goa via Dubai and Mumbai. It will then proceed to Colombo.MPA and Goa tourism have made arrangements to welcome the travellers of the first cruise liner of the season. Tourists taxis from the port town operated by locals have also geared up for the season. Most cruise liners usually make a brief halt at Mormugao port that last for a day or less.

  • International cruise ship docks at port after 2-year gap
  • The Indian Express

    International cruise ships are returning to India after a span of two years. M V Viking Mars is the first international cruise ship, operated by Switzerland-based Viking, to dock at Mumbai Port on November 13 where it will stay till November 15. Carrying 834 passengers, said cruise has come from Oman (Muscat) and is on its way to Goa.As per the Mumbai Port Trust, which is the authority for cruise ships anchoring at the city shoreline, 28 international cruise ships will visit in the cruise season that starts from October and ends in May. In 2019-2020, before Covid-19 pandemic, five Indian ports handled 149 international ship movements with 2,26,329 passengers. The maximum number of international cruise ships were handled by Mumbai and Cochin at 44 each, followed by Mormugao (38), and New Mangalore (21) that year.According to Mumbai Port Authority, India has an opportunity to attract international cruise operators. Indian ports are focusing on this segment targeting to receive around 955 ships and 40,00,000 passengers by 2041, out of which Mumbai port is expected to handle around 700 ships and 32,00,000 passengers.

Goa: Co-working space on four beaches approved, one within turtle centre
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has cleared the decks for the creation of co-working spaces proposed by the department of information technology near four beaches-Ashvem, Morjim, Miramar and Benaulim. The idea first came up as the concept of 'workation' became popular during the pandemic. At Miramar, the co-working space will be created near the Manohar Parrikar Samadhi complex, while in the case of Morjim there will be a co-working space cum turtle nesting interpretation centre, as this stretch of the coast in Pernem sees nesting by Olive Ridley turtles. The GCZMA expert member said in his report that many tourists visit Morjim thinking they will be able to witness turtle nesting but cannot as the activity takes place at night. Therefore, these tourists can be offered an interpretation centre near the co-working space. "We need to be careful with the approach to the Morjim site. At the time of construction, care must be taken to ensure that no harm to the beach profile and its vegetation cover is caused. The beach is known for turtle nesting. The proposed site falls in the sustainable tourism zone as per the Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Management Plan," the GCZMA expert member said, based on which report the authority granted its NOC for the co-working space. Part of the co-working space may be converted into the sea turtle information centre and be managed by the Goa forest department to promote and create awareness about sea turtles and responsible tourist behaviour, GCZMA said. The space identified for co-working is presently used to store shack material during the rainy season and the GCZMA has said that an understanding can be struck with shack owners, who will benefit from the working space through sale of food and beverages. It has, however, said that the structure must be strictly on stilts and wooden as proposed by the department of IT. In the case of the co-working space at Miramar, adjoining the Manohar Parrikar Samadhi, the IT department has been asked to take care to ensure there is no damage to the beach ecosystem at the time of construction and thereafter and efforts are to be made to keep the surrounding as natural as possible without harm to the beach vegetation. The co-working space at Benaulim will come up in front of the Tourism Information Facilitation Centre where facilities already exist for parking, toilets, etc. Similarly at Ashvem, the space chosen is partially a parking area, while part of it is being used by fishermen to park their boats .

Goa: Co-working space on four beaches approved, one within turtle centre
  • Co-working space on four beaches approved, one within turtle centre
  • Times of India

    Panaji: The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has cleared the decks for the creation of co-working spaces proposed by the department of information technology near four beaches—Ashvem, Morjim, Miramar and Benaulim. The idea first came up as the concept of ‘workation’ became popular during the pandemic.At Miramar, the co-working space will be created near the Manohar Parrikar Samadhi complex, while in the case of Morjim there will be a co-working space cum turtle nesting interpretation centre, as this stretch of the coast in Pernem sees nesting by Olive Ridley turtles.The GCZMA expert member said in his report that many tourists visit Morjim thinking they will be able to witness turtle nesting but cannot as the activity takes place at night. Therefore, these tourists can be offered an interpretation centre near the co-working space.“We need to be careful with the approach to the Morjim site. At the time of construction, care must be taken to ensure that no harm to the beach profile and its vegetation cover is caused. The beach is known for turtle nesting. The proposed site falls in the sustainable tourism zone as per the Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat Management Plan,” the GCZMA expert member said, based on which report the authority granted its NOC for the co-working space. Part of the co-working space may be converted into the sea turtle information centre and be managed by the Goa forest department to promote and create awareness about sea turtles and responsible tourist behaviour, GCZMA said. The space identified for co-working is presently used to store shack material during the rainy season and the GCZMA has said that an understanding can be struck with shack owners, who will benefit from the working space through sale of food and beverages. It has, however, said that the structure must be strictly on stilts and wooden as proposed by the department of IT.In the case of the co-working space at Miramar, adjoining the Manohar Parrikar Samadhi, the IT department has been asked to take care to ensure there is no damage to the beach ecosystem at the time of construction and thereafter and efforts are to be made to keep the surrounding as natural as possible without harm to the beach vegetation.The co-working space at Benaulim will come up in front of the Tourism Information Facilitation Centre where facilities already exist for parking, toilets, etc.Similarly at Ashvem, the space chosen is partially a parking area, while part of it is being used by fishermen to park their boats .

‘No pre-Liberation destroyed religious structure identified in Goa’
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: The state government's plan to restore and reconstruct religious and historic structures, destroyed during the Portuguese regime, may have hit a roadblock as no one has come forward with documents to identify such sites. The department of archaeology, in a public notice, had invited the general public, NGOs and historians, among others, to provide information of religious sites which were destroyed during the Portuguese regime after the state government did not find any documents to identify such sites. We have received a lot of representations from temple committees and from others, but that is not what we have asked them to provide information, archives and archaeology minister Subhash Phal Dessai told TOI. "Basically, people have come to us seeking to restore existing temples or religious sites and that does not come under this," Phal Dessai said. The last date to submit details for restoration under this scheme is November-end. The minister said that the department will scrutinise all the representations and information. We will once again start a study to find out if there is any document with the department which can point out if religious structures were demolished during the Portuguese regime," Phal Dessai said. "Right now we don't have any information related to religious structures which were demolished during the Portuguese regime." Once such sites are identified, the department will take up work on the sites one after another, he said. 'Will reconstruct temples at sites where there are no land disputes'Phal Dessai had said that the state government will reconstruct and restore temples and heritage sites destroyed during the Portuguese era at locations where there are no land disputes. In a first, the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 20 crore for reconstruction and restoration of temples and heritage sites destroyed during the Portuguese era. "Our places of worship are symbols of our rich cultural heritage. At many places in Goa, we find several temples in a dilapidated and neglected condition. During the Portuguese regime, there was a systematic effect to destroy these cultural centres. Considering tourism development, we have made a provision of Rs 20 crore for reconstruction and restoration of these temples and sites," the chief minister had said in his budget speech. In December 2021, Sawant had said that in the 60th year of Goa's Liberation, he wanted to initiate reconstruction of temples that had been destroyed by the Portuguese.

‘No pre-Liberation destroyed religious structure identified in Goa’
  • No pre-Lib destroyed religious structure identified in state
  • Times of India

    Panaji: The state government’s plan to restore and reconstruct religious and historic structures, destroyed during the Portuguese regime, may have hit a roadblock as no one has come forward with documents to identify such sites.The department of archaeology, in a public notice, had invited the general public, NGOs and historians, among others, to provide information of religious sites which were destroyed during the Portuguese regime after the state government did not find any documents to identify such sites.We have received a lot of representations from temple committees and from others, but that is not what we have asked them to provide information, archives and archaeology minister Subhash Phal Dessai told TOI.“Basically, people have come to us seeking to restore existing temples or religious sites and that does not come under this,” Phal Dessai said. The last date to submit details for restoration under this scheme is November-end.The minister said that the department will scrutinise all the representations and information.“We will once again start a study to find out if there is any document with the department which can point out if religious structures were demolished during the Portuguese regime,” Phal Dessai said. “Right now we don’t have any information related to religious structures which were demolished during the Portuguese regime.”Once such sites are identified, the department will take up work on the sites one after another, he said.Phal Dessai had said that the state government will reconstruct and restore temples and heritage sites destroyed during the Portuguese era at locations where there are no land disputes.In a first, the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 20 crore for reconstruction and restoration of temples and heritage sites destroyed during the Portuguese era.“Our places of worship are symbols of our rich cultural heritage. At many places in Goa, we find several temples in a dilapidated and neglected condition. During the Portuguese regime, there was a systematic effect to destroy these cultural centres. Considering tourism development, we have made a provision of Rs 20 crore for reconstruction and restoration of these temples and sites,” the chief minister had said in his budget speech. In December 2021, Sawant had said that in the 60th year of Goa’s Liberation, he wanted to initiate reconstruction of temples that had been destroyed by the Portuguese.

President Droupadi Murmu likely to visit Canacona on December 9 for tribal festival
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MARGAO: Assembly speaker Ramesh Tawadkar said that President Droupadi Murmu has accepted his invitation to attend the tribal festival Lokotsav being held from December 7 to 11 at Adarsh Gram, Amone, Poinguinim. The President's visit is likely to be scheduled for December 9, reports Govind Maad. Organised by Adarsh Yuva Sangh, the Lokotsav is an annual event showcasing folk tradition and culture of the tribal community. This is the event's 22nd edition. It is organised by Adarsh Yuva Sangh. Tawadkar, who is also the organising body's president, said that the President's attendance at the festival will help attract nationwide attention to the festival. The objective of Lokotsav is to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of the tribal community,” the Canacona MLA said. “Goa’s promotion as a tourist destination all these years has been with a focus on beach tourism, while Goa’s village culture has been largely ignored. We have a strong demand that the state’s culture and traditions be showcased to the world. This will also generate employment for the locals. Not all tourists are interested in beach tourism. They want to explore heritage and culture.” Stalls exhibiting tribal cuisine, herbal medicines used by the tribal community, traditional arts and artefacts will be set up at the five-day event. Folk dances and folk songs will be among the highlights of the festival, while indigenous games and adventure sports will also be organised.

President Droupadi Murmu likely to visit Canacona on December 9 for tribal festival
Goa: Canacona will get master plan to boost tourism, says Rohan Khaunte
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MARGAO: Minister for tourism Rohan Khaunte said that a master plan will soon be prepared for the development of Canacona constituency from the point of view of tourism. Introduction of air-conditioned bus service by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) from Panaji to Canacona for 'Canacona darshan' and development of various spots into places of tourist attraction are among the proposals that were discussed by Khaunte with speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar during the former's two-day tour of the constituency. Addressing reporters, Khaunte said that to provide a fillip to tourism activities in Canacona, the master plan will be divided into three categories - short-term goals, mid-term goals and long-term measures. While all infrastructure development works to be taken up under state government funds will be classified under short-term goals, financial assistance for the other two categories will be sought under the central government scheme, Prime Minister's Swadesh Darshan. Stating that some people are trying to misguide people over Mopa and Dabolim airports, Khaunte said that the government has maintained that no airport will be closed in Goa. He said that the government was committed for development of both South Goa and North Goa, equally, to improve the state's economy. "We plan to create a whole circuit with agro-tourism, wellness tourism, water sports, spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism. We will ensure one central package happens for Canacona and Sanguem talukas," Khaunte added. Stating that the nature of tourism has changed post-Covid with expectations of tourists changing with time, Khaunte stressed on the need for a course correction to maintain the most preferred tourist destination tag. "We are making Canacona a preferred destination among most preferred tourist destinations in Goa. We have identified new avenues such as eagle feeding, beach-coves, butterfly beach and honeymoon beach. We will ensure that water sports follow regulations and illegalities are curbed," the tourism minister said.

Goa: Canacona will get master plan to boost tourism, says Rohan Khaunte
  • Canacona will get master plan to boost tourism, says Khaunte
  • Times of India

    Margao: Minister for tourism Rohan Khaunte said that a master plan will soon be prepared for the development of Canacona constituency from the point of view of tourism.Introduction of air-conditioned bus service by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) from Panaji to Canacona for ‘Canacona darshan’ and development of various spots into places of tourist attraction are among the proposals that were discussed by Khaunte with speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar during the former’s two-day tour of the constituency.Addressing reporters, Khaunte said that to provide a fillip to tourism activities in Canacona, the master plan will be divided into three categories – short-term goals, mid-term goals and long-term measures. While all infrastructure development works to be taken up under state government funds will be classified under short-term goals, financial assistance for the other two categories will be sought under the central government scheme, Prime Minister’s Swadesh Darshan.Stating that some people are trying to misguide people over Mopa and Dabolim airports, Khaunte said that the government has maintained that no airport will be closed in Goa. He said that the government was committed for development of both South Goa and North Goa, equally, to improve the state’s economy.“We plan to create a whole circuit with agro-tourism, wellness tourism, water sports, spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism. We will ensure one central package happens for Canacona and Sanguem talukas,” Khaunte added.Stating that the nature of tourism has changed post-Covid with expectations of tourists changing with time, Khaunte stressed on the need for a course correction to maintain the most preferred tourist destination tag.“We are making Canacona a preferred destination among most preferred tourist destinations in Goa. We have identified new avenues such as eagle feeding, beach-coves, butterfly beach and honeymoon beach. We will ensure that water sports follow regulations and illegalities are curbed,” the tourism minister said.

Bring Ayurveda treatments under Ayushman: Goa CM Pramod Sawant to government
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday urged the Union government to cover 100% Ayurveda treatments under medical insurance so that Ayurveda reaches each and every household in the country. Currently, only a few Ayurveda procedures are covered by a few private medical insurance companies and in case all procedures are covered like other treatments, it will help the people, he said at the Ayurved Parva function at Nagpur. The chief minister said that the Union Ayush minister can take up this issue and cover all Ayurveda procedures under the Union government's Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. He said that there is a need to have some criteria to identify which procedures can be covered under medical insurance and which doctors are entitled for the same. "Being an Ayurveda doctor, it is my request to Union Ayush minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take up the issue of insurance claims with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India as it will help take Ayurveda to each and every household," Sawant said. He said that Goa is promoting wellness tourism and Ayurveda plays an important role in promoting wellness tourism. Sawant said that Ayurveda has been seeing 'achhe din' since PM Narendra Modi came to office. He also said that Ayurveda got recognised across the world and an Ayurveda practitioner can now practice anywhere in the world. The chief minister said that Ayurveda doctors in Goa are doing research to avoid dialysis for kidney patients. He also invited Ayurveda doctors to Goa to attend the Ayurveda congress. Sawant also said that Goa will have one of the biggest Ayush hospitals in India.

Bring Ayurveda treatments under Ayushman: Goa CM Pramod Sawant to government
  • Cover all Ayurveda treatments under Ayushman Bharat, Goa CM Pramod Sawant urges Centre
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday urged the Union government to cover 100% Ayurveda treatments under medical insurance so that Ayurveda reaches each and every household in the country. Currently only a few Ayurveda procedures are covered by a few private medical insurance companies and in case all procedures are covered like other treatments then it will help the people, he said at Ayurved Parva function at Nagpur. The chief minister said that the Union Ayush minister can take up this issue and cover all Ayurveda procedures under the Union government’s Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, then other private medical insurance companies will follow and it will benefit the people. He said that there is a need to have some criteria to identify which procedures can be covered under medical insurance and which doctors are entitled for the same. “Being an Ayurveda doctor, it is my request to Union Ayush minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take up the issues of insurance claims with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India as it will help take Ayurveda to each and every household,” Sawant said.

Deccan Odyssey may restart operations: Here are India’s other luxury trains you can travel in
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Deccan Odyssey, a luxury train launched to promote Maharashtra tourism, may start ferrying tourists again next year. The luxury train had halted operations for over 30 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Deccan Odyssey, which is operated by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), takes visitors on seven night-eight day trips across Maharashtra.Here’s a list of the major luxury trains in India:The train’s royal origins give it its name ‘Palace on Wheels’.  Its carriages once seated the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These luxurious coaches lay abandoned post Independence till 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage train for tourists visiting Rajasthan.Modifications and infrastructural changes were made to the coaches without losing the royal aesthetics and keeping the interiors intact.A Broad Guage version of the Palace On Wheels was introduced in 1996, where all the cabins had private attached bathrooms.In September 2017, new spacious train carriages were hitched to the Palace on Wheels giving travellers the option to book either Deluxe or Super Deluxe Cabins.This luxury train was introduced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The first proposal to launch a deluxe train tour in Maharashtra was made in 2001 and, accordingly, the MTDC and Indian Railways signed an MoU in the same year to turn this proposal into a reality.In 2003, the ‘Blue Limousine On Wheels’, as it is named, was ready. On January 19, 2004, the inaugural journey of the train set off from CST Mumbai.The Taj Group of Hotels collaborated with Deccan Odyssey to offer a 5-star hotel facility onboard to guests. Each of the 21 coaches of Deccan Odyssey are designed to give the traveller a taste of the elegant travelling style of the Maharajas of the bygone era.* Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai (CST) – Nashik – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Sindhudurg – Mumbai* Indian Odyssey: Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Mumbai* Jewels Of The Deccan: Mumbai (CST) – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai* Maharashtra Wild Trail: Mumbai (CST) – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai)* Indian Sojourn: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Jaipur – Delhi* Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir & Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera & Patan – Nashik – MumbaiAn MoU signed between the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways in 2002 resulted in the Golden Chariot, south India’s first luxury train. The luxury train was named after the famous stone chariot in Hampi.Then president Pratibha Patil on February 2, 2008 gave a ceremonial presidential flag-off to the Golden Chariot at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. On March 10, 2008, Golden Chariot chugged on its maiden voyage from Bengaluru to Goa, making its way through the picturesque destinations of Karnataka.The Maple Group was at the helm of hospitality services on board.It took almost 900 layouts by engineers to finalise the design of the train, and 200 carpenters to bring to fruition their ideas for the train to reflect the aesthetics of Dravidian cultural. “Purple and gold were chosen owing to their respective significance. While deep purple symbolises elegance and refinement, gold represents the golden jubilee celebrations of the state,” reads a description on the Golden Chariot official website.* Pride of Karnataka (6 nights, 7 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Halebidu – Chikmagalur – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bengaluru* Jewels of South: Bengaluru – Mysore – Hampi – Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom – Cochin – Bengaluru* Glimpses of Karnataka (3 nights, 4 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Hampi – Bengaluru* Majestic Karnataka (2 nights, 3 days): Bangalore – Mysuru – Hampi – Goa* Sojourn of India (3 nights 4 days)The Maharajas Express made its maiden voyage called ‘Gems of India’ on October 17, 2012. The train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas’ of India. The three-night-four-day journey, touring the ‘Golden Triangle’ covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, first began at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. The itinerary later expanded to include seven nights and eight days.The routes also now include The Indian Panorama, The Indian Splendour, The Heritage of India and Treasures of India (details below).* Indian Splendour (6 nights, 7 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai* Heritage of India (6 nights, 7 days): Mumbai – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi* Indian Panorama (6 nights/7 days): Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha and Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi* Treasures of India (3 nights, 4 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi

Deccan Odyssey may restart operations: Here are India’s other luxury trains you can travel in
  • Deccan Odyssey may restart ops: Here are the other luxury trains you can travel in
  • The Indian Express

    Deccan Odyssey, a luxury train launched to promote Maharashtra tourism, may start ferrying tourists again next year. The luxury train had halted operations for over 30 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Deccan Odyssey, which is operated by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), takes visitors on seven night-eight day trips across Maharashtra.Here’s a list of the major luxury trains in India:The train’s royal origins give it its name ‘Palace on Wheels’.  Its carriages once seated the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India. These luxurious coaches lay abandoned post Independence till 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage train for tourists visiting Rajasthan.Modifications and infrastructural changes were made to the coaches without losing the royal aesthetics and keeping the interiors intact.A Broad Guage version of the Palace On Wheels was introduced in 1996, where all the cabins had private attached bathrooms.In September 2017, new spacious train carriages were hitched to the Palace on Wheels giving travellers the option to book either Deluxe or Super Deluxe Cabins.This luxury train was introduced by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). The first proposal to launch a deluxe train tour in Maharashtra was made in 2001 and, accordingly, the MTDC and Indian Railways signed an MoU in the same year to turn this proposal into a reality.In 2003, the ‘Blue Limousine On Wheels’, as it is named, was ready. On January 19, 2004, the inaugural journey of the train set off from CST Mumbai.The Taj Group of Hotels collaborated with Deccan Odyssey to offer a 5-star hotel facility onboard to guests. Each of the 21 coaches of Deccan Odyssey are designed to give the traveller a taste of the elegant travelling style of the Maharajas of the bygone era.* Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai (CST) – Nashik – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Sindhudurg – Mumbai* Indian Odyssey: Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Ranthambore National Park – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – Mumbai* Jewels Of The Deccan: Mumbai (CST) – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai* Maharashtra Wild Trail: Mumbai (CST) – Aurangabad (Ellora Caves) – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai)* Indian Sojourn: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Jaipur – Delhi* Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai (CST) – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir & Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera & Patan – Nashik – MumbaiAn MoU signed between the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways in 2002 resulted in the Golden Chariot, south India’s first luxury train. The luxury train was named after the famous stone chariot in Hampi.Then president Pratibha Patil on February 2, 2008 gave a ceremonial presidential flag-off to the Golden Chariot at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. On March 10, 2008, Golden Chariot chugged on its maiden voyage from Bengaluru to Goa, making its way through the picturesque destinations of Karnataka.The Maple Group was at the helm of hospitality services on board.It took almost 900 layouts by engineers to finalise the design of the train, and 200 carpenters to bring to fruition their ideas for the train to reflect the aesthetics of Dravidian cultural. “Purple and gold were chosen owing to their respective significance. While deep purple symbolises elegance and refinement, gold represents the golden jubilee celebrations of the state,” reads a description on the Golden Chariot official website.* Pride of Karnataka (6 nights, 7 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Halebidu – Chikmagalur – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bengaluru* Jewels of South: Bengaluru – Mysore – Hampi – Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom – Cochin – Bengaluru* Glimpses of Karnataka (3 nights, 4 days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Hampi – Bengaluru* Majestic Karnataka (2 nights, 3 days): Bangalore – Mysuru – Hampi – Goa* Sojourn of India (3 nights 4 days)The Maharajas Express made its maiden voyage called ‘Gems of India’ on October 17, 2012. The train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas’ of India. The three-night-four-day journey, touring the ‘Golden Triangle’ covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, first began at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station. The itinerary later expanded to include seven nights and eight days.The routes also now include The Indian Panorama, The Indian Splendour, The Heritage of India and Treasures of India (details below).* Indian Splendour (6 nights, 7 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Mumbai* Heritage of India (6 nights, 7 days): Mumbai – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi* Indian Panorama (6 nights/7 days): Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Orchha and Khajuraho – Varanasi – Delhi* Treasures of India (3 nights, 4 days): Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi