Round-up of adventure travel and tourism, and the Himalayan tourism and travel news for the week of August 12-18, 2013
August 12, 2013
Landslide interrupts Pathankot-Jogindernagar rail service
A landslide interrupted the 165-kilometer-long narrow gauge rail track between Pathankot (Punjab) and Jogindernagar (Mandi, Himachal Pradesh). The toy train service stopped because heavy downpour damaged the rail track at various places. The track near Kangra was affected the most.
[Source of information: HP Wire. (2013, August 12). Pathankot – Jogindernagar rail track in Himachal closed for repair! Hill Post. Retrieved from http://hillpost.in/2013/08/pathankot-jogindernagar-heritage-rail-track-in-himachal-closed-for-repair/94745/.]
Keylong hosts half marathon at 10,354 feet
Keylong in Lahaul Spiti District hosted a half marathon at an altitude of about 3,140 meters (10,354 feet) during 3-day tribal festival.
[Source of information: HP Wire. (2013, August 12). Half marathon at 10,354 ft in Himachal Pradesh! Hill Post. Retrieved from http://hillpost.in/2013/08/half-marathon-at-10354-ft-in-himachal-pradesh/94743/.]
August 14, 2013
MoT to launch Himalayas campaign from Auli
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), India might launch “777 days of the Indian Himalayas” campaign from the ski resort Auli, Uttarakhand on the World Tourism Day, September 28, 2013. The campaign is designed to attract foreign tourists to the Indian Himalayas, accounting for 73% of the Himalayas, during the summer season.
MoT also hosted a meeting to revive tourism in flood ravaged Uttarakhand. The highlights of the meeting include
- Facts about the state were brought to the knowledge of the participants: (1) Only 20% of the state was affected. (2) The remaining part is safe and open for the tourists.
- The state government would offer land to reconstruct the tourism infrastructure.
- A proposal to open the airstrips and operate more scheduled airline flights to the state was made.
[Source of information: Kumar, P. Krishna. (2013, August 14). MoT plans to launch ‘777 days of the Indian Himalayas’ campaign from Uttarakhand. Hospitality Biz India. Retrieved from http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?aid=17343&sid=1.]
August 17, 2013
Pre-World Cup Paragliding: Oct 24-30, 2013
Located in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, Bir-Billing, one the five leading paragliding sites in the world, would host Pre-World Cup Paragliding-2013 between October 24 and 30. Billing Paragliding Association (B.P.A.) and State Tourism department would make the arrangements for the event. Approximately 100 professional pilots, including 25 Indian pilots, would participate in the championship. The cash prize ranges from INR 40,000 to 250,000.
A standby helicopter would facilitate better handling of emergency situations during the championship. The hosts also planned a first of its kind paragliding acrobatic show during the event. Pre-World Cup Paragliding Championship website was launched to simplify the registration process.
[Source of information: Press Note. (2013, August 17). CM launches Pre-World Cup Paragliding Website. Information & Public Relations, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh. Retrieved from http://himachalpr.gov.in/pressreleaseEng.asp?id=9676.]
More than 3.5 km of Rohtang Tunnel is laid
Approximately 3,700 meters of the Rohtang Tunnel has been laid. The work is in progress from both the sides: north and south. The North Portal is accessible only for six months, whereas the South Portal is open throughout the year. The 1,500 crore rupee all-weather tunnel project, started in 2010, would connect Lahaul-Spiti District with the world for all 12 months in a year.
[Source of information: (2013, August 17). Work on Rohtang tunnel on. Daily Post. Retrieved from http://www.dailypost.in/regions/himachal-j-k/1620-work-on-rohtang-tunnel-on.]
Adventure travel events
Buxton Adventure Festival: November 2-3, 2013
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Tourism Fest 2013: December 5-7, 2013
Travel & Adventure Show: November 2-3, 2013
Dallas, United States of America