Delhi airport bags cleanest airport award in Asia Pacific, Nepal bans solo trekking for foreigners from April, Indian Railways to run Bharat Gaurav train to Northeast India on March 21 and more in top stories of the day.
Delhi airport bags cleanest airport award in Asia Pacific
Delhi airport has been declared as one of the best airports as well as the cleanest airport in the Asia Pacific region by international grouping ACI. The ACI (Airports Council International) is a non-profit organisation of airport operators.
Revealing this news, the DIAL stated that the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) programme is the world’s leading airport customer experience measurement and benchmarking programme, and that this recognition is based on live research via surveys gathered at the airport — direct from the traveller — rating their satisfaction on the day of travel. Reports have it that the airport bagged the award for ASQ, and best airport for 2022 in the category of over 40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA). Plus, it has also been named as the cleanest airport in the Asia Pacific region.
Nepal bans solo trekking for foreigners from April
As per the latest development, Nepal has decided to go ahead with barring solo or independent trekkers from going trekking in Nepal starting from April 1, without the help of a guide. This was recently announced by a senior official of Nepal Tourism Board.
This decision has been taken after considering the safety of such trekkers. The spokesperson also added that they have received around 40 to 50 cases of trekkers being out of contact during the treks annually, which has been sending out the message to the world that Nepal is not a safe destination. He also added that because of this reason that they have decided to promote an organised trekking in Nepal with this decision, and that another reason behind this decision is to create more employment opportunities in the country.
Indian Railways to run Bharat Gaurav train to Northeast India on March 21
The Indian Railways (IRCTC) is all set to introduce the Bharat Gaurav Deluxe Tourist Train, and will commence its journey from the New Delhi Safdarjung railway station on March 21 this year. The train will take its passengers to a complete North East Circuit which will cover Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.
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The theme for the North East circuit is North East Discovery: Beyond Guwahati. As per the reports, this train tour will start from Delhi Safdarjung railway station on March 21, 2023, and will cover some of the most beautiful places of Northeast India, such as Sivasagar, Guwahati, Jorhat and Kaziranga in Assam, Agartala’s Unakoti, Tripura, Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland, along with Shillong and Cherrapunji in Meghalaya during the 15 days tour.
As regarding the cost of the ticket, the ticket price range starts from INR 1,06,990 per person in AC 2 Tier, INR 1,31,990 per person for AC 1 cabins, and INR 1,49,290 per person for AC 1 coupe. Also, the ticket includes hotel stays, train journeys, all vegetarian meals, sightseeing and transfer costs, travel insurance, among others.
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