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The festive season brings with it much cheer aside from the usual celebrations as India welcomes international travellers once again. Re-connect with friends and family you haven't had an opportunity to meet in the past year while exploring the rich heritage and diverse geographical beauty of India.
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For those looking to chase the winter sun, Goa is the perfect destination for a touch of sea, sand and susegad. Bond with family in the seclusion of an exclusive heritage bungalow or villa or lounge to the sound of the waves with friends at a resort of your choice. For a taste of life like the Maharajas and Maharanis of yore, gift the memories of your loved one of a lifetime with a royal getaway to the many authentic palaces across Rajasthan.
For wellness enhanced by the crisp mountain air, head to the Yoga Capital of the world - Rishikesh or explore the rolling tea gardens of Darjeeling, where one can indulge in myriad local experiences.
From serene backwaters to coffee plantations, culinary delights and mountain adventures that will satiate thrill-seekers, delight in India's fascinating kaleidoscope of experiences, rediscover the many facets of the country.
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Also read: Jibhi: The tiny virgin hamlet of Himachal Pradesh
Taj, Vivanta, SeleQtions and amÃ£ Stays and Trails feature properties across the length and breadth of the country, be it the breath-taking vistas of the snow-laden mountain ranges in Srinagar or the quaint town of Shimla, introduce your loved ones to India's white Christmas in style this December or on the sunny shores of Goa. (IANS/PR)
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India International Science Festival to be held from December 10 to 13 in Goa; Minister Jitendra Singh to inaugurate
Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the seventh edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) at Panaji.
Singh said the theme of IISF, to be held from December 10 to 13, is 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsava' - celebrating Creativity, Science, Technology and Innovation for a prosperous India.
This year, 12 theme-based programmes would be conducted during the mega event, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement.
Singh said that the series of IISF is an integral part of India's long-term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper for sustainable development and new technological innovations in India.
It also aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of science and technology.
The Minister informed that IISF will provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for exchange of knowledge and ideas and also support flagship programmes like 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', 'Swasth Bharat Abhiyan', 'Make in India', 'Digital India', 'Namami Gange', 'Unnath Bharat Abhiyan' initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last seven years.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that IISF will provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for exchange of knowledge and ideas.Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
He said, the main aim of the festival is to bring into use the innovations by the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
The IISF is a joint programme of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati, a swadeshi movement for science.
The programmes to be undertaken during these four days will include a Science Film Festival, Science Literature Festival, Engineering Students Festival, Science Village Festival, Traditional Crafts and Artisans Festival, Guinness Book of World Records, Festival of Games and Toys, Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats Meet, Eco-Festival, New Age Technology Show, National Social Organizations and Institutions Meet, a release said.
The first IISF was held in 2015. (IANS/JB)
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What is the best way to save Goa from deforestation?
Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Vaz also said that the promotion of feni was also in sync with the Prime Minister's vision for India to go "vocal for local". "There is no conglomerate, multinational company owning the drink. So every time we sell feni, it is a direct cash injection into Goa. If you sell a feni cocktail in Calangute (a popular beach village), it makes a direct impact in Valpoi and Bicholim, because this money is going down there," the Association official said at a press conference in Panaji.
The Association held the media briefing to announce a road map ahead for the feni industry, especially vis a vis streamlining aspects related to production, standardisation and marketing of the brew to make it popular in other Indian states and abroad.
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. | Photo by Ishvani Hans on Unsplash
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. "We request the government to allow the sale of feni in duty free stores in airports and cruise liner terminals. The government should also support us through the department of Tourism, so that feni can be promoted in its programmes. iIf you go to Scotland, they promote Scotch. Goa should promote its feni to Goa," Haldankar said, adding that traditional distillers should also be given subsidies and other measures should be taken to standardise feni, which he said, "would require further subsidies and financial assistance from the government".
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
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Whats your weekend plan? Care for a trip? Wear your sneakers, pack your backpacks, and escape the daily monotony of life. Read, sing, and dance to the tunes of your favourite song. Pick your buddies, drive through the astounding landscapes, and live in the moment. The beautiful destinations around you are beckoning you to experience the leisure of life.
If you are wondering where to go, here are some beautiful accommodations for an unbeatable weekend getaway that can be explored with your friends and family. While 2020 gave us several long weekends, the Covid-19 pandemic put a full stop to all our travel aspirations. However, the tides are changing. With staycations, revenge travel, weekend getaways gaining traction, this exclusive list of accommodations is a great blend of cosy and relaxing:
OYO Belvilla, Jaipur
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. From Hawa Mahal to City Palace, from aesthetical bazaars to the evening at the happening Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur has all you need to experience lifestyle, culture, and history. While you're in Jaipur and looking at a comforting place to stay, Belvilla The Umaid Vilas Royal Heritage Haveli is the right place for you.
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. Photo by Mitchell Ng Liang an on Unsplash
The Granary: Wooden Cabin on stilts, Coorg
For those seeking a serene break from the hubbub of city life, Coorg might just be the place for you. The timeless scenery, the friendly local community, the sheer bliss of nature is bound to stir your soul. You can experience the tranquillity of Coorg with its world-famous coffee. While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts!
While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts! Wikimedia
OYO Belvilla, Gurugram
For those in the national capital region and seeking a short-haul stay, look no further, Gurugram is the right place for you. A cup of tea in a private villa amid the lush green trees, surrounded by the scenic beauty of nature, at complete peace, with your loved ones is all that you need. While you're looking at spending this kind of evening in luxury, comfort, and peace, the Belvilla Private Villa may just be the right stay for you.
Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen) - Porphyrio poliocephalus in Basai Wetland near Gurgaon (Gurugram), Haryana, India. Wikimedia
Airbnb Penthouse, Goa
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. The scenic journey, the lush green trees, the wind that plays with your hair, the thrill of the night, the experience among new people, Goa is sure to leave you wonderstruck. While in Goa, you can choose to stay at Striking Penthouse With a Private Plunge Pool for an experience of a lifetime.
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. Photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash
OYO Belvilla, Udaipur
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. The enigma of the royal palaces, the picturesque lakes, the charming architecture will immerse you in an extraordinary experience. While you're in Udaipur and seeking an incredible place to justify the beauty of the City of Lakes, OYO Belvilla, Udaipur is the place for you.
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. Photo by Jainam Mehta on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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