Kolkata is celebrating ‘Tramjatra’ to mark 150 years of tram system in the city, Himachal Pradesh to soon run houseboats to boost tourism, Get 6-month Russian tourist visa on the basis of hotel reservation and more in top stories of the day.
Kolkata is celebrating ‘Tramjatra’ to mark 150 years of tram system in the city
The tramways carnival is back in Kolkata after a gap of four years, to mark 150 years of the only operational tram system in the country. The city first saw the tram rolled out on the tracks on February 24, 1873.
Since 1996, Tramjatra has been a global collaboration of artists, tram enthusiasts, communities, and environmentalists, which is celebrated in Melbourne and Kolkata. This festival celebrates the value of trams through awareness campaigns for healthy living, cultural heritage, and sustainability. The theme of this year’s festival is Heritage, Clean Air and Green Mobility. During this 5-day festival, colourful trams will be travelling across the city displaying artworks, including posters and paintings, with sustainable development goal themes. As per the reports, local youths will be performing theatrical and musical acts inside moving trams, while Roberto D’ Andrea, who is a retired tram conductor from the Australian city, would be distributing specially designed Tramjatra cards to passengers.
Himachal Pradesh to soon run houseboats to boost tourism
Himachal Pradesh will soon start house boasts in a bid to promote tourism in the region.
Reports add that the tourism department is working on a plan to start running houseboats and high-end cruises and making all efforts to introduce house boasts, as popular attractions in the region, in the dams and lakes. Preparations are being made to run houseboats and cruises in Chamera, Pong, Bhakra and Koldam.
Get 6-month Russian tourist visa on the basis of hotel reservation
Russia has recently approved the new visa regime for 19 countries including India – Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines.
As per the new visa regime, travellers from the aforementioned countries can now get a six-month tourist visa on the basis of their hotel reservation. This most recent development comes within a week of Russia announcing its plans to introduce visa-free travel for 11 countries and easing up of tourist visa requirements for some countries including India. If reports are to go by, come early June, we can also expect to hear more on Russia’s plan to introduce electronic visas for 70 countries.
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