Deadly Episodes of Terror Attacks are Not Good for Travel Trade
Evil doers who go to any extent to achieve their political and religious ambitions and feel life is cheap have affected our psyches, compelling us to beef up security in all critical establishments, like airports. Men and women in khaki, black or olive uniforms are not difficult to find in public events and establishments. However, an unanswered question- Why most of the time criminals outsmart security personnel?- resurfaced in my mind while watching news of explosives found on Bangalore-Trivandrum flight of Kingfisher on Sunday (March 21, 2010). I think a thorough and timely introspection is required at all levels to find out why we can not protect ourselves. Do we lack patriotism? Do we need more training? Are we too self-centered? Or Do we like cheap thrill and cheap money?
In fact, security failures cripple day-to-day life and adversely impact the industry, especially travel and tourism industry because no tourist barring an adventure traveler would like to spend a holiday in an unsafe place. For instance, deadly episodes of terror attacks have almost killed the tourism industry in Jammu and Kashmir,India.
Delhi: Art and Food
If you are in Delhi(India) on this weekend,
browse through works of the Russian masters at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Nicholas Roerich’s works at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA),
enjoy performances of traditional Indian music gharanas at the Front Lawn of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and / or
sample a variety of food at Aahar, the International Food Fair, at Pragati Maidan.
Russian Winter Exhibition at RCSC:March 13, 2010 (10.00 A.M. to 6 P.M.)
Nicholas Roerich: An Eternal Quest exhibition at NGMA:March 13-14, 2010(10.00 A.M. to 5 P.M.)
The Gharana Festival at IGNCA: March 13, 2010(6.30 P.M.)
March 14, 2010 (10.00 A.M. &6.30 P.M.)
Aahar at Pragati Maidan:March 13-14, 2010(10.00 A.M. to 6 P.M.)
Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials
In all my big and small adventure expeditions to remote areas, organizers ensured that participants should carry only the essentials contrary to desire of participants, especially teenagers and rookies who pack a dress a day, a sweater a day, make up and shaving kits and other fancy items to look their best in no man’s land. Organizers advise do not walk like a coolie (porter), travel light, enjoy beautiful surroundings and reach the destination in time, happy and relaxed.
There is nothing wrong in looking good. However, beyond snowline, in deep recesses of forests, deserts or other similar environs where public conveniences are non-existent bathing and cleaning are itself an adventure. Then, what is the use of make-up kits? In fact, growing beard in extreme climates protect the skin from harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Traveling light saves energy and keeps fatigue related problems at bay. Some travelers may argue that mules and porters can be hired but both require money and at many places, these luxuries may not be available.
Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past
Nature in raw state or wilderness is enthralling despite challenges it throws to people wishing to enjoy its beauty. Many people have dared and learned to survive it and health benefits of spending time within a wilderness area are well known. However, the U.K.-based Wilderness Foundation organizes trips to natural environments and wilderness areas for reviving self-esteem of teens with disturbing and frustrating past. Jo Roberts, chief executive of the foundation, has rightly pointed out (“Wilderness treks helping troubled teens in U.K” by Louise Tickle) that nature cannot be changed so we have to learn how to endure it. We can neither negotiate nor be angry with nature.
The Sport and Exercise Science Department of Essex University is testing the theory that taking disturbed teens to natural environments could act as a catalyst for a complete personality change.
YHAI Announces 2010 Summer Biking, Trekking Programs
Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) has announced 2010 summer biking and trekking programs including Sar Pass trekking expedition, the most popular program, andSarkundiPass expedition. If you want to joinSarPass trek in May 2010, book today as places get filled very fast. Booking can be done online and via traditional mail.
I spent about 7 hours in annual Surajkund Crafts Mela, hosted by Haryana Tourism at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana, India, on Feb 6-7 and loved every bit of it though I could visit only a few stalls and attend just five dance performances. If you want to see everything, stay…