Free entry to national monuments in India till August 15, Palace on Wheels to be back on tracks by September and more in top stories of the day.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Free entry to national monuments in India till August 15
India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2022. Also occasionally referred to as a Diamond Jubilee, a 75th year celebration is a big one and India is leaving no stones unturned to make this celebration as great as possible.
One way to celebrate the grand 75th year of Independence is by paying a visit to as many national monuments as possible. And this can be done for free from August 5-15 as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Govt. of India, has announced that entry to all monuments protected under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will be completely for free, as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign.
There are a total of 3,693 monuments under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Out of these, there are 116 ticketed monuments and 32 museums under the protection of ASI. Monuments including the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, Tughlaqabad Fort, Old Fort (Purana Qila), Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Konark Sun Temple, Golconda Fort, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Charminar, Shaniwar Wada, are some of the many monuments that are also very popular tourist attractions.
Palace on Wheels to be back on tracks by September
India’s famous luxury train, Palace on Wheels, will be back on the tracks by September. Referring to this, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) Chairman Dharmendra Rathore stated that Rajasthan’s famous luxury train will run on the tracks from September in all likelihood.
As for the luxury train, RTDC in association with Indian Railways has been operating it since 1982. If reports are to go by, this train has been inspired by the personal coaches of erstwhile rulers, and features all enhanced facilities amid a heritage backdrop. Every coach features several chambers, whereas each chamber is further decorated with furniture and details in accordance with local heritage.
Hong Kong: Hotel quarantine reduced to 3 days for inbound travellers
Hong Kong is all set to shorten the COVID-19 hotel quarantine period for all arrivals to 3 days from 7 days, thereby taking another step to gradually unwind strict pandemic rules. Reports have it that people who are in quarantine will be issued a red code on a government mandated app, which will eventually change to a yellow code once they leave quarantine, which will signify that they may not be allowed to enter crowded premises.
Earlier, quarantine was continued for as long as three weeks, followed by all arrivals required to spend at least a week in hotel quarantine and comply with frequent testing orders, and fill out multiple forms.
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