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Visas on Arrival to be offered to U.S. Citizens

Posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:39 by easytours
 

During a recent trip to New York City Narendra Modi, India’s recently elected president, announced that the Indian government would be extending visa on arrival services to U.S. citizens as early as the first of next year.

Modi made the announcement during a speech delivered in front of a crowd of thousands at Madison Square Garden during his first trip to the U.S. as the President of India.


Modi’s government is hoping that an easier visa process will lead to more international tourism traffic in locations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.

The current government is predicting the new, easier visa process to lead to a boost in inbound tourism to the Indian subcontinent. To accommodate the predicated increase in travelers, new facilities are being planned and current facilities will be upgraded to handle the potentially increased workload.

It’s likely that visa on arrival services will be similarly extended to other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada, but full details regarding the roll out of the new program have yet to be made available.


Taj Mahal may expand moonlight viewings

Posted on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:44 by easytours
 

Travelers looking to catch a moonlight glimpse of Agra’s most famed attraction, the Taj Mahal, may soon find it to be a much easier endeavor.

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Travelers in Agra may soon have more opportunities to see the Taj Mahal at night under the moon.

Catching the Taj Mahal in the light of the moon has been a much vaunted itinerary item for decades, but a lack of facilities has severely limited the Agra Tourism Department’s ability to hold nighttime viewings of the ancient Mughal monument. That could all quickly change if the city’s talks with the Archeological Survey of India, the federal body in charge of many of India’s treasured historic places, go according to plan.

Mehtab Bagh, a Mughal garden from the 17th century, faces the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. While current night viewings of the Taj Mahal are limited to four or five days a month at the front gates of the monument, the ASI and city of Agra hope to create new facilities at Mehtab Bagh to accommodate 500 people nearly every night of the year.


Thousands of new trees will link two national parks; provide new habitats for India’s endangered tigers

Posted on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:13 by easytours
 

A number of local businesses are partnering with the governement of Madhya Pradesh and the United Nations’ Environment Program to plant thousands of trees throughout the state in one of India’s largest-ever reforestation projects.

The project calls for 300,000 new trees to be planted over the course of the next three years to increase the total forest cover between Kanha Nationial Park and Pench National Park in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The project will link the two national parks, some 70 miles away from each other using the local highways, with an unbroken chain of protected forest officials hope will enlarge wildlife populations.

“This project also hugely focuses on encouraging tiger breeding and movement in the Kanha-Pench corridor,” a local business leader working with the project recently told the Times of India.

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The reforestation project hopes to create new habitats to encourage growth in the national parks’ tiger populations.


Agra havelis to be restored, opened to travelers

Posted on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:40 by easytours
 

The tourism department of Uttar Pradesh recently detailed plans to renovate a number of havelis (traditional mansions) and open them to the public as tourist attractions.

Local officials say the havelis chosen for the project are recognized as excellent examples of Mughal architecture.

“A list comprising nine havelis was prepared by the district administration last year for restoration purposes,” regional tourist officer Dinesh Kumar recently told the Times of India.

Some of the historic properties on the list include: Aslat Khan, Mahawat Khan, Azam Khan, and Mughal Khan.

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A number of havelis in Agra are set to receive renovations.


Delhi’s iconic India Gate is set for a digital makeover this summer with 3D projections

Posted on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:55 by easytours
 

After months of debate, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission cleared a 3D projection show that will display the cultural heritage of each Indian State through a series of still images exhibited on façade of India Gate. Concerns over traffic and pedestrian safety delayed the project through the summer.

India Gate
India Gate is set for a 3D mapping project detailing India’s heritage.

The project will use a series of projectors to display hi-resolution images of numerous monuments around India on the edifice of the India Gate. The 3D projection mapping will display the images between one and five minutes apiece to give pedestrians and drivers enough time to view each picture.

Concerns regarding the safety of vehicle commuters and pedestrians led to a number of delays for the 3D mapping project. The display will have no audio-accompaniment, local police are planning to increase the number of traffic supervisors in the India Gate area to ensure the area’s safety. Each of India’s 29 states will have several images, such as the Taj Mahal in the State of Uttar Pradesh, to represent the area’s identity.

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