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  1. Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee gets IMF award

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    Veteran journalist Manik Banerjee, who is also an acclaimed mountaineer was presented with the 'Life Time Achievement Award' by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

    Banerjee was presented the award in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering over a period of four decades.

    The former sports journalist has made invaluable contribution in promotion of mountaineering and allied adventure activities in various media besides his service in spreading the spirit of adventure activities among the under privileged.

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  3. India’s first Adventure Sports Academy to come up in Kadapa

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    India’s first Adventure Sports Academy is all set to come up at Gandikota in Kadapa district. The cost for the entire project has been estimated at a whopping Rs 271 crore. This academy will foster adventure sports on land, water, and air. Eventually, the officials will zero down on three locations to organise these activities on a much larger scale.

    It has been learned that the government of Andhra Pradesh has struck a deal with Shekhar Babu Bachinepally. Shekhar is acknowledged for mentoring many mountaineers in India. A report in Times of India quoted state tourism secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena saying, “Andhra Pradesh, with its unique geographical features, has every kind of terrain for adventure activities on air, water, and land. As adventure activities are entirely different from other sports and it needs coordination with various departments for organising them, specialised skilled persons are required. This academy will promote adventure tourism and encourage the youth to participate in them”.

    The academy will try and identify areas in other parts of the state to spread its wings. Sub-centres for various specialisations like camping, rock-climbing, ae...
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  5. Students pedal from Jhansi to back adventure

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    Travelling a distance of 605km on a six-day adventure cycling expedition from Jhansi, around 24 students and teachers from Scindia School, Gwalior, reached Nagpur, their final destination.

    The team, including 18 boys and 6 teachers, covered the Satpura Range in Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha to promote the spirit of adventure and create awareness about health.

    Speaking to TOI, one of the teachers Raksha Siriah, said, "Our focus is to inculcate the spirit of adventure and teamwork among students and help them realize the importance of nature and people rather than doing a google search. The expedition is conducted annually and this is the first time the team has come to Nagpur." Students had to undergo a selection process and the selected ones were allowed to join the expedition.

    Another teacher Manoj Mishra, said, "Children learnt life skills and worked as a team rather than individuals during the expedition. The journey taught children the essence of bonding and making friends. Our focus was to give students a wholesome experience so that they can gain broader perspectives of life."

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  7. Wall climbing meet in November

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    Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) will offer rookies a platform at the upcoming East Zone Sport Climbing Competition.

    The zonal event will be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Bistupur on November 11 and 12. Besides host Jharkhand, Bengal, Bihar and Odisha are taking part in the event that will be conducted on two artificial walls.

    Besides the existing one, a new separate 50-feet fibre-based speed climbing wall will also be used. While lead and bouldering categories will be conducted on the existing wall, speed climbing will take place on the new facility being built at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh.

    The two-day competition is being organised by TSAF under the auspices of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

    Chairman of IMF Col. Ajit Dutta and his counterpart at the eastern zone committee Manik Banerjee will grace the occasion.

    "We are not conducting any selection trials for forming the Jharkhand squad for the zonal meet. We are giving an opportunity to our 27 trainees (boys and girls) to take part in the event," said TSAF route setter Bibhas Roy.

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  9. Ministry of Tourism conducts workshop on innovation in tourism

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    The workshop was chaired by K. J. Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and attended by approximately 50 participants representing various segments of tourism industry viz hotels, tour operators, travel Agents, adventure tour operators, tourism professionals, media representatives and Trade Associations.

    Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and other senior officials also participated in the workshop.

    The workshop deliberated extensively on various issues affecting Indian tourism and the came out with innovative solutions to overcome such issues and in order to position India as the most preferred destinations.

    Some of the key innovative ideas that emerged in the workshop included effective promotion of Buddhist circuits and opening of land border at Piprahwa, countering negative publicity by putting in place an integrated ‘Reputation Management’ strategy and appointing a dedicated PR agency, constituting a Crisis Management Cell making available quality tourist guides (including those proficient in foreign languages), engaging with travel bloggers for generating positive stories on India on social media , setting up of a comp...
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  11. Rs 10 crore grant for Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering

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    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, an adventure school in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

    The Union minister announced the grant while chairing the 8th meeting of the 3rd executive council of the institute situated in Pahalgam area of the district, an official spokesman said.

    He said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present at the meeting which was held after a gap of 10 years.

    “The Minister for Defence, who is also the chairperson of the executive council, directed the institute management to work in tandem with local Tourism and Education Departments for popularising mountaineering and adventure sports among students. She announced a grant of Rs 10 crore for meeting the expenses of the institute,” the spokesman said.

    Speaking on the occasion, Mehbooba stressed on the need for popularising adventure sports and mountaineering among school children so that they can understand and explore the state in a better way.

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  13. First Indian gets Piolets d'Or; Harish Kapadia does country proud

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    3rd November, 2017 in Seoul, Korea, mountaineer and author Mr. Harish Kapadia was awarded the Piolets d'Or Asia Life Time Achievement Award.

    As the first Indian to be awarded this prestigious award, he has made the country proud and provided a much needed boost to the climbing community.

    Harish Kapadia, Piolets dor

    In appreciation of his authorship of many books and his stewardship of The Himalayan Journal as an Editor for 35 years he was further honoured by the Korea Alpen Book Club and made an Honorary member of the Club.

    Harish Kapadia, Piolets dor

    Piolets d'Or Award Asia is the official award for Asian mountaineers and under UIAA the world mountaineering body. Started by a mountain magazine in France it got its name which mean "Golden Ice axe". The Korean magazine "Man and Mountain"? picked up the idea and in association with the world body awards Asian mountaineers. Of many awards the award for the "Best Climb" of the year by an Asian and the Life Time Achievement award for an Asian mountaineer are the highest awards. The award of "Golden Shoe" is given to the b...
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  15. Honourable Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran Inaugurates the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India

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    Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Honourable Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), organized on the theme of 'Emerging Pathways' in the presence of Mr. Satyajeet Rajan, Director General Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Dr. V. Venu, IAS, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Kerala.

    With the aim to position India as the adventure capital of the world, ATOAI has proposed Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to declare 2018 as the Year of Adventure Tourism in India. Over 300 delegates from all over India have come together for the annual convention.


    Speaking about the re-branding of Kerala, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala said, "Over the years, the tourism industry has been changed rapidly, with tourists preferring to go beyond the historic temples, monuments and modern sights. Interestingly, tourists these days prefer to explore hills, waterfalls and forests through indulging in adventurous activities. Henceforth, Kerala aims to be re-branded as 'the land of adventure' to woo the younger generation by offering...
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  17. Adventure races will promote Kashmir globally: Dir Tourism

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    Expedition India completes 2nd leg

    Srinagar: The Expedition India 2017 – 450km Adventure Race completed its second leg at Sonamarg where teams had to do 28km hike at an altitude of 13000 feet.


    The teams left for Leh to complete leg 3rd to Leg 7 different 350km adventure activities.

    It will be first ever international adventure event where athletes will move through Land of High Mountain Passes at an average altitude of over 3500m, breathtaking Valley’s, and beautiful rivers making it one of the most fascinating and highest adventure races in the world.

    Earlier in the first leg on Wednesday, the teams were flagged off jointly by Secretary Tourism M H Malik and J&K Bank CEO and Chairman Parvez Ahmad at Shankaracharya hill On the same day, the teams left for Sonamarg for the second leg which was held on Thursday. At Sonamarg, The teams hiked 28kms at an altitude of 13000 feet to complete 2nd leg.


    In Leh, the third leg has 75 kilomters of rafting, 43 kilometers of mountain biking of 4th leg, 53 kilometers of trekking and uphill running of 5th leg, 120 kilomters of mountain cycling of 6th leg and 59 kilometers of camel safari in Nubra Valley of 7th and final leg which will also mark the culmin...
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  19. Gulmarg to host All India ski, snowboarding championship

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    In order to make preliminary preparations for winter sports an Executive Committee meeting of Winter Games Association of J&K (WGAJK) was held here.

    The meeting was presided over by its president and MLA Gulmarg Mohammad Abass Wani.

    Director Tourism Mahmood Ahmad Shah, district representatives, other office bearers of the association were present in the meeting.

    The main agenda of the meeting was to conduct ski camps and competitions from district levels to national in different snow sports and to make the forthcoming winter season a grand success.

    Speaking on the occasion, Abass Wani stressed on the need of homologating the ski slopes at Kongdori and getting them certified from International Ski Federation for holding major events here.

    Abass also informed that the Tourism Department is facilitating the association by providing some accommodation for use of local athletes.

    The meeting appreciated the Tourism Department for procuring the competition equipment for local youth without which they were not permitted to take part i...
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  21. IMF Mountain Film Festival inaugurated

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    The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Mountain Film Festival was inaugurated by Director Youth Affairs, D K Dinglow at the Directorate for the first time in the state.

    During the festival, adventure films on land base, air base and water base and two special shows on indigenously-made documentary films on Team Arunachal Mt Everest Expedition 2011 and Mt Gorichen Expedition 2013.

    This Mountain Film Festival – 2017 is expected to encourage adventure tourism in the state and also encourage the youths for taking up mountaineering and other adventure activities as a profession.

    The department has already drafted Youth Policy and Mountaineering Act, which has been submitted to the government for approval.

    The department intends to involve youths for their overall development by sending them for various adventure courses in different institutes across India and enable them to generat self employment opportunities.

    The Director also appreciated IMF New Delhi and North East Adventure Foundation for arranging the film festival at Itanagar.

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  23. Year of Adventure Tourism’ to make J&K blink on world tourism map: Priya

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    Minister of State for Tourism, Education, Technical Educa-tion, Culture, Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi said that J&K intends to celebrate remaining 2017 as Year of Adventure Tourism to attract people from all over the world and make State blink on international tourism map. Summers witnessed mixed response from tourists and now adventure sports like white water rafting, skiing, snow skating, mountain climbing, stay in tree house, snowboarding and trekking will all be encouraged to attract more tourists.

    She said that biggest attraction during coming Navratras in Jammu is going to be ‘Manokamana Yatra’ which will be first of its kind and stake holders from Kathua, Bani, Basohli, Rajouri, Udhampur and even Poonch will be taken onboard for purpose.

    She was speaking during a meeting with various representatives of tourism associations regarding promotion of tourism destinations in Jammu. Commissioner Secretary Tourism, M H Malik and Director Tourism, Smita Sethi were also present in the meeting. Jammu, she added in months to come is going to be an independent tourism destination.

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  25. Himachal Pradesh Governor flags off Hero MTB Himalaya biking rally

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    Governor Acharya Devvrat flagged off Hero MTB Himalaya, Asia’s oldest mountain biking organized by Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) and Hero Cycles from here. The race comprises of an exciting and excruciating nine day journey ahead from Shimla to Dharamshala. As many as 91 riders from 17 countries are participating in the rally.

    The Governor urged the riders from India to promote the Indian culture amongst their fellow international riders. He said, “Pollution is not just of the environment but also of thoughts, and I request all the Indian national riders who will be taking on this journey of MTB Himalaya to promote our culture amongst the international riders.” He thanked the international riders for promoting pollution-free transport as a means of travel and encouraging them to have pollution free and environment friendly trip.

    President, HASTPA Shri Mohit Sood apprised about the participants and added that this year 13 women were participating in the event.

    The Governor honoured national champions Akshit Gaur and Ashish Sherpa on the occasion.

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  27. Nepal to measure Mount Everest next year to see if it lost height

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    Nepal will measure Mount Everest afresh to settle a controversy over height of the world’s tallest peak, especially after some estimates suggested it became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago, officials said.

    Nepal, home to Mount Everest and half of the world’s 14 highest mountains, has never measured the peak on its own and uses its snow height of 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) that was measured by the Survey of India in 1954.

    Many western climbers use the height of 8,850 metres (29,035 feet) determined in 1999 by the National Geographic Society and Boston’s Museum of Science, in a survey that used satellite-based technology to measure the peak.

    Everest straddles the border between Nepal and China, and in 2005 Chinese mountaineers and researchers put its height at 8,844.43 metres (29,017 feet).

    Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, director general of government’s Survey Department, said an expedition would be made next year to settle the debate.

    “We are now developing a methodology for the measurement which will be discussed with ...
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  29. ATOAI invites Tourism Minister to upcoming convention

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    The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) team met with the Union Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma in his office to invite him to their forthcoming convention which is slated to take place from 18 – 21 September at the Backwaters Ripples Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala.

    This year being the 13th edition of the convention, the event is expected to draw more than 300 participants comprising adventure tour operators, hotels, DMCs, state tourism boards, travel trade from Kerala, officials from the Ministry of Tourism, bloggers, influencers, travel trade media and other key media companies.

    There will be networking sessions and a buyer-seller expo where companies may take up table space to promote their products and services.

    ”We are excited by the new destination and the buzz it is creating in the fraternity and are enthused by the widening prospects of adventure travel beyond the Himalayan frontiers,” said Rajesh Ojha, Convention Chairman and Secretary, ATOAI.

    The team thanked the minister for supporting the formation of a National Task Force for adventure and nature tourism.

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  31. Adventure sports fast gaining popularity among females in India

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    India provides a plethora options for almost every major adventure sport and today, many operators provide women-centric services, while there are several dedicated clubs for such activities where one can join to connect with like-minded individuals.

    The increasing participation of women reflects in the figures, as per last year it was seen that 41% women travellers partaking in mild adventure activities like kayaking tours, short treks (1-3 days), water sports and so on.

    In terms of international backpacking tours, women participation is close to 32%, with travels to Norway, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and even South America being most preferred. When it comes to Indian terrain, most popular treks among women are the MarkhaValley trek and the Valley of Flowers.

    Also, Indian women are growing warm towards activities like Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, Zorbing in Gulmarg, Paragliding in Solan Valley, Hot Air Ballooning in Rajasthan and so on. Although safety is a major concern for women in India, such progressive advancements are cementing the growth of extreme sports and in no time will we see Indian women shining in this field, highlighted Niharika Nigam is the Director - Business Development at Jumpin Heights, an Adventure Sports brand.

    She further added that the perception of femininity has changed for a progressive turn- with power and equality being the new mantras of the day. The observation of women being the weaker sex has taken a tailspin as an increasing number of women are opting for the unique thrill of adventure sports over the basic shopping and clubbing activities.

    Moreover, the dynamisms of career and household functionaries have urged women to seek out adventure activities to unwind. Women have savoured the culmination of their identities as gender roles form blurred spectrum, where inter-changebility of one’s lifestyle remains at the paramount.

    Today, women tend to take up more challenges and push oneself at the physical front, to enliven their sense of being. So the demand for adventure sports like treks, rafting and bungee jumping has gone up among women, she feels.

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  33. 5 Awesome Ocean Adventures in Goa

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    Goa - A land of Enigmatic Beaches


    Goa, known as the Konkan is a state in India within the coastal region. It is bounded by Karnataka to the east and south and Maharashtra to the north with the Arabian Sea. Owing to the location and biodiversity hotspot, Goa has rich flora and fauna. Goa is one of the best beach destinations in India that offers some of the most thrilling ocean sports like kayaking, yatch, wakeboarding, scuba diving, windsurfing, parasailing, sunset cruises, and diving, water skiing, etc.

     

    Some Adventure Sports offering Unlimited Fun and Thrill

     

    Kayaking – Kayaking is a wonderful water sport that is more peaceful and calming than any other hard-hitting and thrilling water adventure that takes you deep into the ocean. Palolem Beach, Hollant Beach and Dona Paula Jetty are some of the beaches for kayaking in Goa. While kayaking you can explore the beauty of the Natural Ecosystem of Goa in the mud-flats, backwater, and mangroves while just moving freely using a paddle. The best season to enjoy Kayaking is October to May. While enjoying Kayaking it is important to wear a life jacket to avoid risk.

     

    Yatch– To relax and chill out in the beautiful surroundings of the Arabian Sea and to witness the beauty of the ocean, you need to experience a Yatch ride in Goa to collect the magical moments of your trip. Activities like sunbathing, dining and eating, fishing and of course romancing are some of the best options to cruise in the Arabian Sea. Mandovi River, Miramar Beach, Palolem Beach are some of the best Yatch trip available in Goa. Yatch in Goa is also enjoyed in the season of October to May. It is essential to carry swim outfits, sunglasses, and casual clothes while enjoying yatch in Goa.

     

    Wakeboarding – Wakeboarding is one of the most budding adventurous water sports. In this ride, the rider rides on a single board towed behind the board so that one can glide through the waters. Less speed and focus on balance are needed in Wakeboarding. Rajbaga beach, Mayor beach, and Candolim beach are some of the major destinations in Goa. It is one of the newest water sport which is being practiced by the travelers visiting Goa from different parts of the world. The best season to visit Goa and enjoy Wakeboarding is also October to May.

     

    Water skiing – Water skiing is another popular tricky ocean adventure to enjoy in Goa. This wave hitting adventure is played on a surfboard in which one end lies on a surfboard through a rope while the other end is tied to a speed boat. The major destination for water skiing in Goa are Candolim Beach, Mobor Beach and Baga Beach. The rider needs to be alert and physically fit while enjoying this ride and should maintain a balance when the boat start otherwise he/she might fall down if pulled suddenly. The best season to enjoy this ride is winter season i.e from October to February.

     

    Windsurfing – Windsurfing is one of the most exciting and thrilling ocean adventure practiced by a large number of tourists visiting Goa. Windsurfing is performed by the one having a good balance on the board and should be able to move according to the changing wind directions. Dona Paula Beach, Baga Beach, and Vagator Beach are some famous destination to practice Windsurfing. It is best practiced from January to March.

    Destination you cannot ignore on Holidays to India


    Goa offers fun and thrill to every visitors whether you are an expert or a beginner. The adventurous ocean activities enable you to discover and explore the hidden treasures which you have never seen before. So it's time to plan your trip before it's too late.

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  35. National Adventure Award for Premlata

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    Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has selected renowned mountaineer Premlata Agarwal for this year’s Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

    Premlata will receive the award along with Rohan More Dattatreya, Ved Prakash Sharma and Ashok Abe from President Ramnath Kovind on the occasion of Sports Day on 29th August at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    The Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air. A cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a certificate of honour is given to each awardee.

    This Award is at par with the Arjuna Award for sporting excellence. Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards are conferred by the President of India, along with Arjuna Awards, in a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the month of August every year.

    Premlata is the first Indian woman to scale the Seven Summits, the seven highest continental peaks of the world. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013 for her achievements in the field of Mountaineering.

    On May 20, 2011, she became the oldest Indian woman to have scaled the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest (29,029 ft.), at the age of 48 years. She also became the first person from Jharkhand state to scale Mount Everest.

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  37. ATOAI and other 34 delegations call on Union Minister for Home, Rajnath Singh

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    Around 35 delegations comprising various social, trade, travel and business organizations from across Kashmir Valley today called on Union Minister for Home, Rajnath Singh, who is currently on a 4-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

    The delegations which met the Union Home Minister included Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK), TASK Travel Agents, Adventure Tour Operators Association, LoC Traders Association, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Association, Pahalgam Hotel Owners Association, Kashmir Hoteliers Club, Kashmir Shikara Owners Association, House Boat Owners Association, Travel Agents Association of India, Kashmir Tour Operators, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Youth Delegation, Kashmir Pandit Sangrash Smiti (KPSS), Shri Gurdawara Parbhandak Committee Srinagar, Fruit Growers & Dealers Association, JK Shia Association, All Gujjar & Bakerwal Conference, Pahari association, Shri Gurdwara Parbandak Committee Budgam, Self Employed Women Association and Shilp Group State Award Union and others, an official handout said.

    The delegations apprised the Home Minister about the “varied problems relating to their respective organizations and submitted written memorandum and requested for their resolution on priority.”

    Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba and Additional Secretary Home, B R Sharma were also present.

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  39. 3rd Chaliyar River Challenge to start on 22 September, 2017

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    The third edition of the 'Chaliyar River Challenge 2017' will be held this year from 22 to 24 September. the 68-km paddling event aims to promote the usage of rivers for recreation and raise funds to clean up the rivers while attempting to draw tourists and the youth. The starting point of the event is from Nilambur, located on the foothills of Western ghats and in close proximity to Nilgiris. The ending point is at Beypore in Kozhikode district, where the river meets with the Arabian Sea.

    The three day adventure, a 'leave no trace' camping concept offers opportunities at various levels from beginners, non- swimmers to well-established water sports enthusiasts. 'Leave No Trace' refers to a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors. It is built on seven principles: plan ahead and prepare travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors.

    The event will include camping, bonfire, team activities and healthy tummy authentic Kerala delicacies. On the riverbank at Marina Convention Centre in Kozhikode at the end of 68 km, the organisers will host an outdoor music concert. For those on the water for the first time, kayak lessons will be offered on the first day to prepare for the adventure. Stand up paddlers are also invited to join the SUP contingent. Each participant will be given a one person tent at check in. The team leaders will be around to help out new comers to the world of outdoor activities. The tents will have eco-toilet which is ideal combination of comfort and functionality to accommodate full facilities for everyone who refuses to compromise on comfort and hygiene.

    Rivers are neglected in our country because we don't really have any connections with them. Water adventure sports like rafting take place in hill stations only where water is fresh but on plain lands, rivers have reduced to a drain as they are used more for commercial than recreational purposes.

    Chaliyar was earlier a polluted river from the effluents of nearby factory that destroyed the marine life and caused cancer in the local villagers. The Chaliyar Action Committee fought for the cause of river with the support of villagers which resulted in the closure of the factory. Since then the river has come a long way to regain its original beauty and now the organisation of a programme like kayak for a cause is helping in creating more awareness about the conservation of river.

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  41. Kerala Tourism organises roadshow in Gurugram

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    Kerala Tourism showcased new products to the travel trade during a roadshow in Gurugram at Hotel Leela Ambience on 17 August.

    "Although Kerala is seen as a laid-back destination, the state's varied topography ensures ample opportunities for adventure lovers. The recently held Malabar River Festival, Wayanad Splash Monsoon Carnival prove to be the best examples," said Kadakkampalli Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Kerala.

    For art aficionados, the state endorses Fort Kochi and a pilgrimage to the Kochi Muziris Biennale which has changed the landscape of contemporary Indian art today and has helped make Kochi the art capital of India and for history buffs looking to transport themselves to another era there is the Muziris Heritage Project. The remains of a once thriving harbour offering pepper, gold, silk and ivory to Arabs, Romans, Egyptians as early as the first century BC is today preserved across 25 museums as the largest heritage conservation project in India. Another offering in the historical space is the Spice Route Culinary Festival that rekindled the 2000-year old ancient sea links and shared culinary legacies with 30 countries.

    "There's a little something for everyone in Kerala and with our active digital marketing efforts aim to increase the domestic footfalls further. We have explored various platforms including WhatsApp to present a virtual tour guide called Maya who answers all queries about tourism in Kerala and an app, GoKerala that help you plan a dream holiday. With this roadshow, we aim to augment Kerala’s pull as a destination that serves every kind of traveller," said Dr. Venu V, Principal Secretary (Tourism).

    The state registered a remarkable increase in domestic and international tourists in 2016. While international tourist arrivals to Kerala during 2016 was 10,38,419 an increase of 6.25% over the previous year’s, the domestic tourist arrival was 131,72,535 marked a 5.67% increase. The total revenue has also seen a whopping increase of 11% -12% over the last year’s figure.

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  43. Kargil being developed as major tourist destination: Naeem

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    Over 800 athletes from different states of India participated in the Kargil Marathon run making it one of the major events in the country. Besides being a sports event, the marathon projected the Kargil as one of the most beautiful and bewitching tourist spots in the country.


    The marathon was organised by Sarhad Pune, J&K Tourism department, Run Buddies, SEWAK, All Kargil Tour and Travel Association, SEMOK etc, with support from LAHDC Kargil, Indian Army and J&K State Sports Council. The marathon saw the participation of the people from all ages including the tourists both domestic and foreigners.


    The marathon started from Tourist Facilitation Centre (TFC) Kargil and concluded at the same venue covering Drass War Memorial, Kaksar Harka Bahadur and muc...
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  45. High-end ropeway project in Goa to promote tourism

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    Goa Tourism has tied up with a private operator to provide ropeway, zip-line and sky diving services near the state capital, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the state assembly.

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    Goa Tourism has tied up with a private operator to provide ropeway, zip-line and sky diving services near the state capital, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the state assembly.

    Ajgaonkar said the "state-of-the-art project" will incorporate international ropeway systems and also have recreation and entertainment tourism activities such as a 4D aquarium, revolving restaurant, artificial skiing and artificial surfing facilities etc.

    "The project will be unique and will attract tourists to Goa. The project is to be taken up on DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) mode. GTDC (Goa Tourism Development Corporation) has already executed an agreement with Royal Rides Private Limited," Ajgaonkar said in a written reply.

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  47. Road map to promote adventure tourism

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    Kerala Tourism’s plan to promote the destination as ideal for adventure tourism depends largely on safe facilitation of these activities. It is different from tested and proven leisure holidays and the State should tap the sector to increase footfall, according to experts who attended the ‘Let’s talk Adventure,’ a session organised by Kerala Tourism to prepare a road map for adventure and activity-oriented tourism.

    “Kerala has everything except snow and ice,” Sam T. Samel, Managing Director, Kalypso Adventures, a pioneer in adventure tourism, said. He suggested that the State can take up zip line, high ropes, artificial climbing wall, parasailing and kite surfing. The annual meeting of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India would be held at Kumarakom this year, Mr. Samuel, who is an executive council member, said.

    Director of Tourism P. Balakiran said the adventure and activity-oriented tourism would help the State achieve the target of drawing 2 million foreign tourists and 19 million domestic tourists by 2021.

    Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran, who inaugurated the deliberations, noted that activity-oriented programmes had helped the growth of tourism.

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    Kerala Tourism’s plan to promote the destination as ideal for adventure tourism depends largely on safe facilitation of these activities. It is different from tested and proven leisure holidays and the State should tap the sector to increase footfall, according to experts who attended the ‘Let’s talk Adventure,’ a session organised by Kerala Tourism to prepare a road map for adventure and activity-oriented tourism.

    “Kerala has everything except snow and ice,” Sam T. Samel, Managing Director, Kalypso Adventures, a pioneer in adventure tourism, said. He suggested that the State can take up zip line, high ropes, artificial climbing wall, parasailing and kite surfing. The annual meeting of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India would be held at Kumarakom this year, Mr. Samuel, who is an executive council member, said.

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  49. Making India the Adventure Capital of the World

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    * India is the only country in the world that offers every possible adventure activity.

    * Unfortunately, India has not been able to fully capitalize on its advantages and position itself as the preferred adventure destination at a global level.

    * ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India) has taken upon itself to develop and market India as the adventure capital of the world.

    * Emerging Pathways is thus the theme of the 13th Annual Convention of ATOAI taking place in Kumarakom, Kerala from September 18 - 21, 2017.

    * Agenda to thus cover issues related to meeting these goals. It will encompass policy, capacity creation, Responsible Tourism and marketing.

    * Deliberations will be held amongst key stakeholders including Government, tourism boards, industry, experts and media.

    NEW DELHI:

    The ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India) will hold its 13th Annual Convention at Backwaters Ripples Resort, Kumarakom, Kerala from September 18 - 21, 2017. 

    The theme for this year’s edition is EMERGING PATHWAYS. The global tourism industry is undergoing significant changes, with travellers increasingly preferring adventure and active holidays. The niche has not only become mainstream but is now leading it. 

    The new traveller is driven by a desire for physical and mental transformations, feeling healthier and more alive in the process. He or she seeks to achieve this through discovery, learnings, unique experiences, meaningful stories, fun, thrills, new friendships and an expanded worldview. These are all inherent in adventure travel. Trends such as these will have implications on how travel business is conducted in the coming years.

    INDIA IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO BE A LEADER IN ADVENTURE TOURISM

    Every country has some adventure to offer, but India is a country that offers almost every adventure and active holiday experience that one can seek. Even as the definition of adventure has expanded, India has upped its game to offer all this. From mostly a mountain and wildlife destination, the country now offers much more: Skiing, water rafting, treks, road trips, off-road adventure, biking, cycling, scuba diving, river cruising, angling, bungee jumping, ballooning, caving, birding, adventure parks, nature retreats, culture, food, mountaineering and more. At any given time of the year, one can do most of these at some location in the country.

    Despite all this, India may not have got its due as the preferred destination for adventure seekers. Since 1994, ATOAI has been at the forefront of influencing policy, helping members create capacity, training, establishing safety standards, ensuring sustainable practices and marketing. The year 2017 marks a watershed when the association has taken upon itself to raise the bar. 

    A NEW START IN KERALA

    The annual convention is supported and hosted by Kerala Tourism but ATOAI is inviting all stakeholders to contribute in its resolve to make India the adventure capital of the world. These include Government, tourism boards, industry, experts and media.

    The agenda will include sessions on how to achieve these goals, networking amongst delegates, exhibits by state tourism boards and industry players, and FAM trips and a day of adventure to showcase Kerala as a unique tourist destination. 

    ATOAI has ensured that its annual convention and events travel to different parts of the country to connect all stakeholders in the adventure tourism and to draw attention to host destinations. 

    ABOUT ATOAI

    The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India was founded in 1994 with handful of members. Now it is a national body comprising hundreds of members from across the country and abroad, actively promoting adventure and eco-tourism in India. The association was founded with an aim to create awareness about the immense potential for adventure tourism in India and to harness this potential in a safe, sensitive and environment friendly manner. 

    ATOAI members are recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

    They are committed to:

    a) strictly follow environmental practices,

    b) promote employment of the local community,

    c) promote social responsibility.

    Mission Statement

    "To facilitate the delivery of responsible and sustainable adventure travel experiences; fostering growth and partnerships amongst members."

    Our Vision Statement: 

    - To help India become the best and the largest adventure travel destination in the world.

    - To be inclusive and grow membership to 1000 responsible members by 2020.

    - To help India become a 12-month tourism destination through adventure travel.

    - To help members operate in all 7 continents by 2020.

    Our Core Values

    Exploration | Safety | Challenge | Passion | Excellence | Transparency | Responsible Tourism | Knowledge | Innovation | Conservation | Inclusiveness | Sustainable Growth

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  51. Triumph Expands India Footprint, Opens Showroom In Bhubaneshwar

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    Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt. Ltd has opened the company's new dealership in Bhubaneshwar, expanding the British motorcycle manufacturer's dealership network to 14 cities. Triumph already has dealerships in Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Vijaywada, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kochi and Kolkata. The new dealership, called Shri Bharat Motors, will offer the entire range of motorcycles from the new dealership, spread across five broad categories - modern classic, roadsters, supersports, cruisers, and adventure and touring models. Triumph will be offering 100 per cent finance on certain models through HDFC Bank.

    The opening of this dealership will strengthen the Triumph marquee in eastern India and extend the reach of our comprehensive suite of after-sales services to our esteemed customers. Our customers are not just Triumph owners but active riders who not only travel extensively but also want to learn the best ways to make the most of their motorcycles. We remain committed to delivering a true riding experience with the most advanced technology and styling," said Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India Pvt. Ltd.

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  53. J&K bags best award in adventure tourism destination

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    The J&K Tourism Department has received the award in the category of 'Best Adventure Tourism Destination and Eco-Tourism Destination' at a 3-Day event organized by Indian International Travel Mart, Chennai Deputy Director Tourism (Publicity) Peerzada Zahoor who was representing the J&K State received the award. During the Travel Mart, J&K stall which was beautifully decorated attracted huge visitors mostly locals and travel agents. Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah said the department is trying to tap the South Indian market who are very keen to visit J&K.

    “South Indian is a good market for Kashmir. Our participation in travel marts is helping the state tourism as we are trying to dispel the misconception among the travellers about Kashmir,” said Shah. During the Travel Mart, the Department Of Tourism also interacted with the travel agents who are willing to organize tours for schools and business houses.

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  55. ATOAI and ATOM Host First Aid Workshop

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    ATOAI and ATOM Host First Aid Workshop

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    Yacht Rides at Hussain Sagar Lake
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  57. GST will impact tourism—this is how!

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    By now, you must be flooded by predictions pouring in for GST and its probable effect on your wallet. While most of the travellers keep away from number crunching, the coming of GST might have some direct implications on their travel plans. Part rosy, part not so rosy, its implementation is assumed to bring in a drop in economy class airfare, budget hotel stays while a hike in business class airfare as well as luxury accommodation options.

    If you are planning all your year trips now, this is what you should know about GST and the way it will have an impact on your trips.

    1. GST Impact on Airfare GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos Economy class fans will have a reason to rejoice with the tax coming down to 5% from 6%, paving way for cheaper flights. But then, Business Class users might see a hike in the same with an estimated hike from 9% to 12%. Going by this, you might want to book your tickets to Ladakhafter July 1 and rush up for for that trip to Bangkok rightaway if you do not fancy the cramped leg space on long haul flights. And then, there is Paris.

    2) GST Impact on Hotel Tariffs GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos The speculated change of GST on hotel tariffs is again happy news for travellers on a budget. As per the estimates, hotels with a tariff between INR 1000 to INR 2500 will see a drop to 12% on taxes from the previous 15% to 20%.Going by the finding that hotels bring in chunk of revenue for the travel and tourism sector, this will bring in more money for sure. Luxury seekers, again, might have bear the pinch again as hotel tariffs between INR 2500 to INR 7500 will attract surpassing a flat rate of 18%; tariff beyond INR 7500 would see it soaring to 28%.

    3) GST Impact on Restaurant Bills GST will impact tourism—this is how!Credit: ThinkStock Photos One of the main components of travelling, eating out is where you might have to shell out more money after July 1. As estimated, GST will add to the food bills, taking the tax up to 12% from 6% for non-AC restaurants and 18% for AC restaurants. Add to it the fact that GST will bring in 5% tax for smaller restaurants that have an annual turnover of less than 50 lakhs. Quite a steep hike, this one is where frequent travellers will end up paying more. With the three major travel components seeing speculated changes, you might want to work out an arrangement that includes flying economy and a budget stay rather than eating out at a non-AC restaurant in a typical Indian summer. Also, a big yay from the backpackers and travellers in for slow, not so lavish travel experiences! GST might just be the good news that you are waiting for if full time travelling or taking up a job that’ll make you travel is high on your mind. And yes, a slow groan from the luxury lovers; but then, travelling is not a cheap hobby to have, right?

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    If you are planning all your year trips now, this is what you should know about GST and the way it will have an impact on your trips.

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  59. India Adventure Week-22-30 April

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    The India Adventure Week is happening from April 22-30, 2017. Many companies have already listed their trips and are reaping the benefits of promotions for the same. Have you listed your trip yet? Don’t miss out on the opportunity - to enhance your brand equity, generate leads and promote adventure tourism in India. Read on for more. The India Adventure Week is a set of adventure trips and events that will take place across the country over a week, including treks, road trips, mountaineering, rafting, paragliding, caving, cruises, safaris, heritage walks, and the works! With many deals and discounts to make the experience more worth it! IAW is an event by the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) to draw attention to and promote adventure in the country. The association has tied up with Kunzum to curate and manage the event under the banner of #IndiaisCalling. This is a great opportunity to put India Adventure on the global map if we all join in.

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    India Adventure Week-22-30 April

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    India Adventure Week-22-30 April
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  61. Yacht Rides at Hussain Sagar Lake

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    The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) launched two new catamaran yachts for the Hussain Sagar Lake at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad. The yachts were inaugurated by tennis star Sania Mirza who is also the brand ambassador for Telangana State. The new catamaran boats have been procured from the USA and became available to ferry the public from yesterday at the Hussain Sagar Lake. The boats can accommodate 12-15 members per trip. TSTDC has also introduced the luxury ride package with these two new boats, which will be priced at Rs. 100 per person. Additionally, it has launched party packages priced at Rs. 2000 per hour at these luxury boats. The party packages will begin post 8:30 pm and can be availed up to 12:00 am. The boats will not only provide a luxurious ambience to tourists but also have a lower seating which is closer to the water during the ride. Speaking at the inauguration, Sania Mirza said, “I am pleased to launch the two new luxury yachts at Hussain Sagar Lake. I had a wonderful experience through the ride which brought back the memories of my childhood. The Telangana Tourism Corporation is very proactive in not only assessing the needs of the tourists but also introducing exciting opportunities for the local crowd. I am sure that the tourists will have a great experience with the new yachts. Source: https://www.voyagersworld.in/article/telangana-tourism-launches-yacht-rides-hussain-sagar

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    Yacht Rides at Hussain Sagar Lake

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  63. Mysuru to promote adventure tourism

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    Mysuru Tourism department are planning to attract tourists to Mysuru through Adventure Tourism activities. They are aiming to introduce adventure activities such as water and aero sports. Plans are to open an adventure activity school to promote sports like hot-air ballooning, paragliding, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and para motoring. The tourism department is aiming to introduce more related activities, such as water and aero sports. Plans are afoot to open an adventure activity school to promote sports like hot-air ballooning, paragliding, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and para motoring. Also on the books are heli rides, which were introduced during the Dasara festival for a period of one month, will be a permanent feature.

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    Mysuru to promote adventure tourism
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  65. ATOAI Fellowship Meet

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    ATOAI organised the fellowship dinner on 18th March at the Karma Lake lands in Gurgaon. The event was well attended by ATOAI members. A presentation was also made by Sky High on sky diving in India. The team also inspected the venue. Over 40 members of ATOAI attended the Fellowship Meet. The Karma lakelands arranged for a site inspection of their property. During the meet Capt. Swadesh Kumar- President ATOAI informed about the membership growth in the association. Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, Sr. Vice President requested all members to introduce themselves and briefed everyone present about the new safety guidelines being re worked by the team. He also informed members about the workshop which will be conducted by ATOAI inviting all stake holders to launch the safety guidelines. Mr. Rajesh Ojha- Secretary of ATOAI informed members about the next convention, which most likely will be held in Kerala in September end

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    ATOAI Fellowship Meet
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  67. IMF Mountain Film Festival 11-12 February, 2017

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    Welcome to India's FIRST Mountain Film Festival, an opportunity to see a number of short adventure films all originating from India. Through this festival the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) wishes to showcase the amazing adventure opportunities across India and also offer adventure film makers a platform to share their story. The movies which will be shown at the festival cover a number of adventure disciplines including kayaking, mountain biking, ice climbing, snowboarding, trekking, mountaineering, bouldering and rock climbing. Also in the list are movies on climate change and mountain stories. The films have been shot across India t various popular adventure destinations which include Sikkim, Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal, Zanskar, Gulmarg, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Western Ghats and Kerala.

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    IMF Mountain Film Festival 11-12 February, 2017
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  69. Leh and Ladakh- a trek to remember

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    Leh and Ladakh is one of the most picturesque regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as the cold desert, Ladakh is a barren wonderland full of jaw-dropping lakes, mountain passes and valleys. The snow covered peaks, and the panoramic views of the valleys are the most popular attractions of Ladakh. These sites attract tourists who visit Ladakh every year in large numbers. Leh which located in the laps of Himalayas is at the height of 11500m above sea level and is the capital of the Leh region. Large alpine deserts, as well as beautiful landscapes, surround this region from all sides. Take a trip to Leh Ladakh from June to September during the monsoon months and get absorbed in the beauty of the region. In Ladakh, there are regions which are nestled deep among the snowy peaked mountains. These almost frozen areas of the mighty Himalayas become the breeding grounds of trekkers from all across the globe. Some trails are known all across the world for its breathtaking beauty such as the 'Chadar Trek’. This trek is popular because of the thick blanket of snow which covers it throughout the year, is considered the world over as one of the most challenging and tricky treks at present. Once you start this trek, there is no turning around as the only way to conquer it is to carry one with the trek till the end through all the snowy peaks and the icy rivers. Why should Ladakh be your next vacation spot? • The wonder of nature- Located between the mighty Himalayas and the impressive Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh is mostly untouched by the modern world and unaffected by its hustle and bustle. It has a very serene demeanour and leaves lasting impression on everyone’s mind with its timeless beauty. Kashmir is credited to be the Paradise on Earth and Ladakh is no less a paradise in itself. In terms of the sheer scenic beauty of the region, Ladakh can be considered the best tourist destinations in the world. Some of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Ladakh include the Nubra valley and also the famous lakes of the region- Tsokar, Tsomoriri and Pangong. • Exotic food and cuisines- Ladakhi food are very similar to the Tibetan cuisine in terms of the flavours and the most popular food items are thukpa (noodle soup) and also tsampa, which is known in Ladakh as ngampe . The tsampa is particularly useful during trekking expeditions as it does not require any cooking. Another very popular dish of Ladakh is skyu which is a very heavy pasta dish cooked with lots of root vegetables. Like the other parts of the Asian continent, tea is very popular in Ladakh and is made using strong green tea leaves combined with butter and salt. The cuisine of Ladakh is very simple and at the same time very delicious. Every local café of the region serves momos that are delicate little dumplings which are cooked with different type’s of meat or vegetables and contain various spices and herbs. In this region, most of the surplus barley is fermented and converted into an alcoholic drink called chang which is drunk on all festive occasions. • The culture- Ladakh is home to the indigenous culture and practices of the Indo-Tibetans. Throughout the year there are various auspicious festivals which take place such as Losar, Hemis, Tak, Naro Nasjal, Dosmoche, Kalachakra and also phyang. These are some of the most vibrant and unique festivals of Ladakh. The more you travel to the remote areas of the region the more you become aware of the stories and beliefs behind the rituals the more you will fall for the region. • Photographer paradise- Instead of selfies for Facebook and Instagram, photographer, can shoot the scenic beauties of Leh and Ladakh to his heart’s content. The number of colours that are created during the sunset and sunrise among the mountains will take your breath away. For anyone who is planning to ride towards Khardung La pass or even further, carrying a camera along is a must. Conclusion The magical charm combined with the breathless beauty of Ladakh has been able to attract tourists for many years. From the snowcapped mountain peaks to the crystal clear lakes or the gruelling trekking routes, the valley of Ladakh has it all. During the months of summer, this region is thriving with vibrant and colourful trees and plants which make it very pleasant time to visit. Whereas in winter months the region is covered by heavy snow, and there is little contact with the outside world. But the journey is in itself an experience especially when it is on the bullet. So even now if you are still wondering whether to visit the Ladakh region or not, then just stop thinking and plan a trip with your friends to nature’s paradise.

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    Leh and Ladakh- a trek to remember
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  71. ATOAI Fellowship Dinner

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    ATOAI organised the fellowship dinner on 3rd February at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event was co-hosted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism and was represented by the AMD Ms. Tanvi Sundriyal. Mr. Pushkar Singh, CEO of MP Eco Tourism Board was also present at the event. Ms. Sundriyal and Mr. Singh made a joint presentation on the adventure and nature tourism options in Madhya Pradesh. She informed about various sites available for adventure sports activities in MP. As a part of the 2016 Tourism Policy of the state, they have launched subsidy scheme for Adventure Tourism, Water Tourism, Water Sports, Cruise/House boat, Water transport, Amusement Park, Light & Sound show, Laser show, Camping(including tent). More information on the subsidy can be obtained from their office in Bhopal. This was the first time MP Tourism has made a public announcement on the subsidy as well as land allocation offers for tourism promotion in the state. MP Tourism also plans to establish over 300 wayside amenities on National and State Highways at every 40-50 km stretch to provide quality rest, food and amenities to tourists travelling by road. They have three business models for wayside amenities. MP Tourism is very open to have discussions with potential promoters/investors in order to develop the adventure tourism segment in the state. The fellowship dinner was attended by old and new members of the association. On the occasion the ATOAI team shared their thoughts on membership drive, new website of ATOAI and skill development workshops in other states also.

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    ATOAI Fellowship Dinner
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  73. ATOAI-MP Tourism 2nd Workshop

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    ATOAI organised its second skill development workshop in Bargi (near Jabalpur) on adventure & Nature Tourism. The second workshop had 22 youngsters from nearby villages from Bargi, in M.P. The program was conducted by the expert trainers from ATOAI. The students from first workshop are currently interning with ATOAI member companies. The objective of ATOAI is to create a pool of trained professionals for adventure tourism industry. The second batch of students are set to leave for the one month training at ATOAI member companies across various states in India. The students from Madhya Pradesh Villages are now getting an opportunity to work with some of the best adventure companies in India.

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    ATOAI-MP Tourism 2nd Workshop
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  75. Mountain Biking in Darjeeling

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    Tourists have one more reason to visit their favourite hill station Darjeeling. Besides trekking and other adventure sports, they can now go on a cycle ride in the mountains. This is the first dedicated cycle park in any hill station in the country. On Sunday, the Hill authorities inaugurated India’s first mountain cycle park along a 20-km stretch inside a forest in the Senchel wildlife sanctuary. Adventure adventure such as zorbing, paragliding and white-river rafting are already being popularised in the Darjeeling hills. Cycling in the mountains has become popular with the locals and this park will come as a big boost for them as well as the tourists. Chatakpur is situated at 6,800 feet and is about 20 km from Darjeeling town.

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    Mountain Biking in Darjeeling
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  77. vision document for Dima Hasao

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    Travel and tourism industry representatives came up with wide ranging suggestions to boost tourism in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. The discussions were a part of the initiative by the Department of Tourism, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, to come up with a Tourism Vision document for the district. Guwahati-based research think-tank, Centre for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS), organized the consultative meeting on behalf of the Council. More than 30 representatives, that included hoteliers, tour operators, adventure tourism professionals, and academics from hotel management institutes, attended the meeting. Director of Assam Tourism, Palash Barooah, and officials of India Tourism, also attended the meeting. Addressing the gathering, Kulendra Daulagupu, Executive Member, Tourism, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, spoke about the problems and prospects in developing tourism in Dima Hasao. He said that picturesque Dima Hasao had three of Assam’s highest peaks, abundant flora and fauna, diverse ethnic groups, waterfalls as well as megalithic remains of the past. He urged entrepreneurs to invest in the tourism sector in Dima Hasao that could act as the engine of growth in the otherwise under developed district. Some of the suggestions from the participants included organizing biking tours to the district, organizing calendar events so that tourists can plan their itinerary in advance and training local people in areas like hospitality (home-stays), adventure tourism and as tour guides. The participants also stressed the need for sensitization of police to make them tourist-friendly. CDPS will hold a similar consultative meeting at Haflong next month to be attended by various local stakeholders and Council and district authorities.

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    vision document for Dima Hasao
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  79. Indo-Japan Ties

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    ATOAI's Honrary Secretary Mr. Rajesh Ojha was invited by the Ambassador of Japan to participate in an evening reception to announce 2017 as the Japan-India Friendly Exchanges year. The occasion was also used to announce the launch of a Indo-Japenese movie ( Love in Tokyo) to be directed by famous Bollywood director, Imtiaz Ali. Speaking at the event, Mr Suresh Parbhu, the honourable Railway Minister, GOI, Mr Amitabh Kant of Niti Ayog and the Japanese Ambassador underscored the need of exchanges between the two old cultures and the potential of increasing travel trade between the two nations by many folds. The Japnese National Tourism Agency has decided to open an India office to facilitate travellers visiting from India to Japan and vice versa.

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