Kashmir organises Aharbal Festival to promote tourism, World’s largest museum of Harappan culture to be set up in Haryana’s Rakhigarhi village and more in top stories of the day.
Kashmir’s Aharbal Festival to boost tourism
In a bid to promote tourism, Aharbal Festival was organised near Aharbal waterfall in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday. The ‘Mela’ was organised by the District Administration of Kulgam in collaboration with the Department of Tourism. The waterfall, which is a popular tourist spot for both local and international tourists, especially over the summers, makes for scenic pictures, too, and served as the perfect location for the festival.
The Aharbal Festival had several stalls installed by departments such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Sheep, Animal Husbandry, Tourism, KVIB, Apiculture, Floriculture, Handicrafts and more, to promote local cuisine, culture and means of livelihood. Local wares were also displayed in these stalls. What’s more, to keep children engaged, the Aharbal Festival saw painting competitions with students from various schools participating in the event. Along with this, cycling and trekking events were also organised, which were flagged off by Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Kulgam Dr. Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat, reports media.
World’s largest museum of Harappan culture to be set up in Haryana’s Rakhigarhi village
Haryana is all set to become home to the world’s largest museum of Harappan culture. Rakhigarhi is a village in Hisar district of Haryana, situated some 150 km from Delhi. The village is also a famous archaeological site from the Indus Valley civilisation period. As per officials, the museum will display some 5000-year-old Indus Valley artifacts.
For those who don’t know, the village of Rakhigarhi was part of the Indus Valley Civilisation from 2600-1900 BC. Not only this, the place was one of the largest settlements of the ancient civilisation located in the Ghaggar-Hakra River plain. However, the site remains largely unexcavated and only about five percent of the village has been excavated till date.
Japan to waive off tourist visa requirements to ease border controls
Japan is planning to all set to waive tourist visa requirements from some countries, as it plans to further ease border controls that were put into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, reports have it that the Japan in all likelihood will scrap the daily cap on arrivals by October.
Japan has apparently raised the daily cap of inbound travellers from 20000 to 50000, and also eliminated the requirement for pre-departure COVID tests to lure more and more visitors to the country. Therefore, those visiting Japan will from now on be exempt from taking COVID-19 tests 72 hours before departure, if they have been vaccinated by three shots.
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