A Perfect New Year Gift for Climbers and Trekkers
Travelers who love enchanting, stark land of Ladakh have one more reason to rejoice: More than one hundred additional peaks are now accessible without “protected area permit.”
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Kullu Bus Stand Needs to Improve Basic Facilities
Recently announced new ‘Kullu-Manali Mega Tourism Promotion Circuit’ worth INR 50.00 crores is a welcome step because the state government needs to improve existing basic infrastructure on oversold Kullu-Manali circuit. For instance, the entry point, main Kullu Bus Stand, is in shabby state. It does not even have public conveniences like clean wash rooms and waiting rooms. One more important thing requires attention. Though buses arrive at and depart from the stand as early as 4 A.M., almost all counters and shops open after 6 A.M.
Economic Downturn Takes Its Toll on Long-haul travel
Tourists are opting for short-haul trips near home instead of long-haul to holiday within their budget that was badly affected by recession. In Europe, short haul trips recorded a decline of 6% whereas the long-haul registered a drop of 12%. Read full report at http://www1.messe-berlin.de/vip8_1/website/Internet/Internet/www.itb-berlin/pdf/Publikationen/worldttr_2010.pdf.
Olympics of Tourism 2010: Disparity Between Upper Age Limit for Men and Women
Hungary deserves kudos for starting Olympics of Tourism (http://www.olympicsoftourism.com/) that is exclusively organized for travel and tourism industry professionals. However, the organizers should reconsider the upper age limit of 45 years for female participants, unlike 55 years for their male counterparts. In today’s world, women have come forward and showed exemplary courage and their skills in almost every field. For instance, the Polish woman mountaineer Anna Czerwińska climbed Everest at the age of50 in 2000. Why can’t woman of 50+ age group participate in other sports?
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, do not stay at Shimla Youth Hostel (YH) located in an old house on a narrow street. I booked a deluxe room for one night stay during May 2006 in advance, but I was given a dingy room…