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Boost in Agra Tourism Industry! Taj City to Connect with Seven Major Cities through Air Connectivity

This week, the Air India flight connecting Delhi with Khajuraho, Varanasi via Agra began operations

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The tourism industry in Agra has welcomed the news and is hoping for a major boost in coming tourist season, which usually begins from September 27, the World Tourism Day. Pixabay

Decks have been cleared for early introduction of flights from Agra to seven major Indian cities. Replying to a question by Agra City MP S.P. Singh Baghel in the Lok Sabha this week, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri gave an assurance that the tourism industry’s long-pending demand for air connectivity between the Taj city and major destinations would soon be addressed.

He said airlines were ready with plans to start flights connecting Agra with Varanasi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi and Jaipur. The Minister announced that four of these flights will begin in December.

This week, the Air India flight connecting Delhi with Khajuraho, Varanasi via Agra began operations. Another flight is set to begin from August 15, connecting Agra with Jaipur and Jaisalmer. The tourism industry in Agra has welcomed the news and is hoping for a major boost in coming tourist season, which usually begins from September 27, the World Tourism Day.

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This week, the Air India flight connecting Delhi with Khajuraho, Varanasi via Agra began operations. Pixabay

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Rakesh Chauhan, President of the Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association said: “We welcome the news, but until the air connectivity promise is fulfilled, we have to keep up the pressure, as promises made in the past are yet to translate into action.”

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Baghel said he had also demanded separate route to the Agra Airport to avoid hassles to passengers having to go through the Air Force station. Work on the new airport terminal building is held up due to restrictions imposed on construction by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The government should soon give the clearance, he added. (IANS)

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Incredible India Website Boosts Wildlife Tourism

Government website features wildlife pictures in tune with 'Man vs Wild' show

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appear in an episode of "Man Vs Wild" on Discovery Channel, on August 12. IANS

The Tourism Ministry on Sunday updated the Incredible India website to boost wildlife tourism. The website that earlier featured pictures and videos of mostly monuments and tourist spots now showcases landscapes, waterfalls and tiger reserves. Pictures from Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park and other national parks now feature on the home page of Incredible India.

These pictures and videos would stay on the website for about two months, said an official. The new theme is said to be based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appearance in Discovery channel’s wildlife adventure show ‘Man vs Wild’. In the episode, slated to be aired on Monday, celebrity host Bear Grylls shares screen space with Modi.

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Pictures from Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park and other national parks featured on Incredible India website. Pixabay

The episode is intended to create awareness about animal conservation and environmental change.

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As the Prime Minister was the biggest ambassador for tourism, we decided to back his initiative by adopting the wildlife theme on the website, said Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. (IANS)