Flori-tourism in Sikkim, high altitude cooking tips, initiatives to improve access to popular and remote destinations…

Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism news from December 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013 

December 31, 2012 

Adventure for the sake of setting a travel record 

Types of adventures could be varied. For instance, Jonathan Thompson and Mark Chilvers planned 50 U.S. States in 30 Days trip. The catch is traveling and seeing more in less time. Such trips require shrewd planning and survival skills. The journey during winter ( January) involves different latitudes and longitudes requiring different type of attitude, gear and skills.

60th anniversary of the first successful climb of Everest 

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary successfully scaled the Mount Everest for the first time. This year sixtieth anniversary of the great feat would be celebrated on May 29. Adventure travel companies are designing special packages for the occasion. For instance, The Adventure Company is organizing an Everest expedition.

Adventure travel services for LGBT 

ALT, a new full service travel business based in California, specializes in adventure and luxury travel and caters to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travel market.

Active vacations in 2013 

2012. Top Five High End Travel Trends for 2013 from Luxury Travel Ltd. Press Release.

This press release contains a list of five luxury travel trends for 2013. According to Luxury Travel Ltd., the first luxury travel and tour operator of Vietnam, the travelers would prefer active vacations that include short treks and drives within the country. Get more information about travel trends 2013 at http://www.pr.com/press-release/463886.

Other News 

  • The first winter ascent of Gasherbrum won the Best of ExplorersWeb 2012 Award. 

January 1, 2013 

Mix adventure with business 

The uniqueness of SearchCycleIndia 2013 event is combining activity travel with “business /marketing.” The event is aimed at technology professionals, entrepreneurs and digital business community. During 25-day Gillian Muessig led event starting on January 5, 2013 from Red Fort (Delhi), the participants will bicycle across India to see places and discuss business.

550 crore loan for H.P. 

Government of India sanctioned Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) Development Policy Loan worth INR 550.00 crore. About 90% of the loan has already been transferred to the state. The World Bank loan would be used for sustainable development and green growth in different sectors, including tourism. 

Other news 

  • Adventure Sports Festival was hosted in Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Air Mantra may start flights to Kargil within the first two weeks of January 2013. 

January 2, 2013 

Guidelines for Kailash Mansarover Yatra 2013 

Government of India releases guidelines for Kailash Mansarover Yatra 2013 scheduled for June 9-Sep 9, 2013. The last date for submitting the online application is March 4, 2013. Get more information about this 22-day religious adventure at http://www.incredibleindia.org/images/docs/media-pdf/kmy2013information.pdf .

International Flower Show-Sikkim 2013 for flori-tourism 

Sikkim is organizing the 5-day International Flower Show-Sikkim 2013 from February 23, 2013. The show venue is Saramsa Garden in East Sikkim District.  The Garden is about fifteen kilometers from Gangtok, the state capital. The show would give a boost to flori-tourism.

Satbaran Caves are state protected monument 

The government of Jammu and Kashmir declared Satbaran Caves as a state protected monument. The caves, located in Kupwara District, features seven carved stone doors.

January 4, 2013 

Tips for baking at high altitude 

Thecla Press releases The Encyclopedia of High Altitude Baking, the first of its kind. The book offers useful tips to make the cooking easier. However, the book focuses on the American states.

January 5, 2013 

Conductor-less buses for women in H.P. 

The government of Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) planned to introduce conductor-less buses for women in Dharamshala, Kangra, Shimla and some other big towns. The bus service would be available between 5 PM and 10 PM. The mobile number of the State Transport Minister would be displayed in the bus.

10% additional discount for women staying at H.P.T.D.C. properties 

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (H.P.T.D.C.) announced 10% additional discount for its female guests. They can also avail off-season discount. The special offer is valid from January 5- March 31, 2013.

Other News 

  • H.P. proposed 25-km mono rail project worth INR 5,000 crore to decongest Shimla.
  • Tourist Informer launched “Tourist Informer” book, a travel guide for Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) would host a week-long Kashmir Festival in the U.S.A.
  • The Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir would host Lori Festival on January 11, 2013.
  • During winter, snowfall and rain disrupt the road transport in Jammu and Kashmir. As a result, airfares soar, impacting the tourist flow.
  • Pakistan Museum of Natural History (P.M.N.H.) declared the Poonch River in Pakistan Controlled Jammu and Kashmir as Mashasheer National Park to preserve mahasheer.

January 6, 2013 

Helicopter service for tribal areas in H.P. 

The government of Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) took M/S Pawan Hans helicopters on lease to connect the tribal areas with major towns in the state. The helicopter service to Dodra Kwar in Shimla District would start on January 8, 2013. The service would also give access to tribal areas in Lahaul & Spiti and Chamba districts.

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