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    Last year, the Patels showcased their collection at an exhibition in Vadodara. This May, they were invited to showcase selected pieces an exhibition organised by the municipal corporation of Surat. “We were told that in Surat, about 2 lakh visitors saw the locks,” said Patel. “I believe it’s important for people to know about these old locks. A lock, after all, is a symbol of trust.” (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    Last year, the Patels showcased their collection at an exhibition in Vadodara. This May, they were invited to showcase selected pieces an exhibition organised by the municipal corporation of Surat. “We were told that in Surat, about 2 lakh visitors saw the locks,” said Patel. “I believe it’s important for people to know about these old locks. A lock, after all, is a symbol of trust.” (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    Dashrath Patel holds up a lock in the shape of undivided India, part of the Patel family collection in Hamirpura village, Kheda district, Gujarat. The family’s collection of about 3,500 are a mix of originals and replicas. The heaviest weighs 41.5 kg and requires eight keys to open. The tiniest at 4 gm, and 1 inch high. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    (L-R) Dharma Patel and his son Dashrath Patel sit surrounded by a selection from their family’s lock collection. Traditionally farmers, they’ve been collecting metal and wooden locks for four generations, and over a century. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    There are pin locks, combination locks, trick locks, cylindrical locks and even one made of solid silver, traditionally used to lock a bride’s dowry box. Another has an inbuilt alarm. There’s a lock that has a concealed keyhole that is only revealed when you press the right rivet. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    “When my grandfather [Gopal Patel] started his collection, people didn’t lock doors in the village,” Dashrath Patel, 50, the third-generation custodian of the collection said. “It was when thieves entered his home and stole a pot of ghee that he went in search of one. It turned into a hobby and he started collecting them – first by trading silver coins and later, buying them for three or four paise each.” (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    The Patels bring out their heaviest lock. In 19th century India, the type of lock used told a story. Temple locks would often have motifs relating to the deity. A padlock that took five keys to open could indicate a joint family of businessmen who didn’t trust one another and only wanted the secured chest to open if each was present. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    Dharma Patel shows an exhibit. To buy his first lock, his father Gopal Patel travelled about 55km, from Kheda to Khambhat (formerly Cambay), a port town known in the 19th century for its sturdy locks. The best ones are found in Gujarat and Rajasthan, where lock-making used to be a thriving business because of the busy ports, and the growing wealth of traders. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    “In pre-Independence India, parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat were individual principalities with trading communities and a lot of wealth. Since they had precious materials to safeguard, lock-making became an important part of the culture and they’ve been primary states to source locks from ever since,” said V Raghunathan, 63, a Bengaluru-based former banker, academic and author who has been collecting locks for three decades. (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    “More than artistry or quality, the Indian locks were known for their functionality and ingenuity,” Raghunathan said. “There are locks where you can see the keyhole and have the key in your hand, yet the method of inserting the key is so complex, such a spatial puzzle, that it can take one half a day to open it.” (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
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    Last year, the Patels showcased their collection at an exhibition in Vadodara. This May, they were invited to showcase selected pieces an exhibition organised by the municipal corporation of Surat. “We were told that in Surat, about 2 lakh visitors saw the locks,” said Patel. “I believe it’s important for people to know about these old locks. A lock, after all, is a symbol of trust.” (Nandan Dave / HT Photo)
     
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    Ministry of Tourism
    19-September, 2018 18:20 IST
    Paryatan Parv celebration reaches the nook and corner of the country

    Heritage Walks, Cultural Evenings and competitions being organised to promote tourism

    The celebration of Paryatan Parv (16th-27th September 2018) organized by Ministry of Tourism has reached its 4th day, with a series of activities and events in Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi and across the country. The events are being organized by the India Tourism domestic offices, Central / State Government organizations and other Stakeholders.

    Some of the highlights of Paryatan Parv across the country during the first three days are as below:-

    Day one (16th September, 2018):-

    • A Glimpse from the cultural events held at Paryatan Parv, in Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi


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    • Heritage Walks were conducted at Bhopal and other places in Madhya Pradesh, Kangla Fort in Imphal, Gate Way of India (Mumbai), Khajuraho (Gwalior) by respective India Tourism Offices, in coordination with State Tourism Departments. Also, Cultural Evenings were organised at several places like at Lumbini park in Hyderabad and Mahabalipuram in Chennai. In addition, several events like ‘Run for Tourism’, painting and quiz competitions along with Swachhta events were conducted at several places like Gwalior, Goa, Shillong, Jaipur, Guwahati.


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    Day two (17th September, 2018):-



    • Glimpses from the cultural events held at Paryatan Parv, in Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi


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    • Indiatourism Delhi organised a Heritage, Food and Swachhta awareness programme at Old Delhi. The walk started from Red Fort and concluded at Jama Masjid. The highlight of the day was discovering hidden treasures in the form of Mughal-era Havelis and the delightful flavours. The walk had participation from India Tourism officials and representative from the Tourism Guide Association of India.


    • Indiatourism Imphal organised a cultural dance competition, for school students & prizes were given to merit holders.


    • Indiatourism Patna in association with tourism stakeholders at Gandhi Ghat on river Ganga. All participants were given Swachhta hi Seva and Paryatan Parv branded T-shirt and caps and locals, ghat users visitors/tourists were educated.


    • Indiatourism Hyderabad organised Paryatan Parv at Golconda Fort, along with IHM and NITHM Hyderabad, and conducted a Heritage Walk covering Bala Hissar Darwaja, Clapping Portico, Silakhana, Rani Mahal etc. and Nukkad Nataka’s to spread the awareness of Paryatan Parv.


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    • Indiatourism Kolkata & Institute of Hotel Management Kolkata, jointly organised an Inter-College Quiz on ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ & ‘Swachha Bharat’ and Tree Plantation as part of Swachhata hi Seva drive and the quiz was focused on the destinations of country.


    • Indiatourism Guwahati organised Paryatan Parv in two phases. Indiatourism (North East) in association with State Tourism Department of Arunachal Pradesh, organized a bike rally from Ganga Lake to Itafort and organized a rally at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh




    • Indiatourism Shillong celebrated Paryatan Parv at the famous single-man made Museum, popularly known as the Ever living Museum. The tourists and the staff of the Museum were briefed about the purpose of the Paryatan Parv celebration.


    • Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board celebrated Paryatan Prav by organizing a quiz competition at Burhanpur and a painting competition at IHM, Gwalior. IHM Gwalior celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing intra-college cooking competition and organizing cleaning of the Gwalior airport and railway stations. India Tourism Indore conducted a workshop on Adventure Tourism and a Bike Ride in association with IHM Gwalior with guest speaker Ms. Shilpa Balakrishnan, a biker from Mumbai, and also organized a heritage walk of Gwalior, in association with Taj Usha Kirton Palace Hotel and IITTM students.


    • NIWS/IITTM Goa organized a Paryatan Parv Rally at Dona Paula tourist destination, from Dona Paula Circle to Dona Paula Jetty.
    • Indiatourism Mumbai celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing a Colonial Heritage Walk of Mumbai and Yoga sessions in Nashik and Shirdi.


    • Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. organized a photography and poster making competition, an exhibition with the themes - life of Mahatma Gandhi, wildlife of Gujarat, Statue of Unity and heritage destinations, Seema Darshan Exhibition. A light and sound show and home stay policy awareness program is also ongoing.


    • Indiatourism Goa celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing a Heritage Walk of Fort Aguada in association with IHM Goa, Department of Tourism of Goa and local shopkeepers.


    • IHM Bhopal celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing a nature walk and cleaning drive at Ekant Park.


    • IHM Chennai, in association with Indiatourism Chennai and Govt. of Tamil Nadu, celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing a rally at Kasturbai Nagar.




    Day three (18th September, 2018):-



    • Glimpses from the cultural events held at Paryatan Parv, in Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi


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    • Indiatourism Imphal organised a historical tour for school students at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Thoubal District, Manipur.


    • Indiatourism Jaipur in association with IHM, Jaipur organised a cycle rally from Hotel Khasa Kothi to Albert Hall, which was flagged off by Shri Pradeep Kumar Borar, Special Secretary and Director (Tourism), Rajasthan and other Dignitaries.


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    • Cleanliness drive organised at several places across the country viz: Bangalore, Vijayawada, Bada-Gwalior, Kultali Sunderban-Kolkata.


    • Indiatourism Bangalore held a discussion on destination promotion of India in the domestic and overseas market. A photo and blog contest, with the theme of Hampi, was also launched in association with Malligi Hotel and is ongoing.


    • Indiatourism, Shillong celebrated Paryatan Parv at the famous traditional drum makers’ village, Wahkhen, Meghalaya. Around 67 children of the institute joined along with the village elders and heads.


    • IHM Guwahati celebrated Paryatan Parv by organizing a programme in Kamakhya Temple, in association with Indiatourism North-East, and lectures on Swachhata for students of IHM Guwhati.


    • Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, organised a drawing competition at Govt. Science college and a workshop on tourism in Jabalpur, a rangoli competition at Wind & Wave Hotel Bhopal, cleanliness drive at Lal Bagh Palace in Indore and a Heritage walk was organized in Vidisha.






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    Ministry of Tourism
    19-September, 2018 15:15 IST
    Tourism Ministry organizes ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ activities across the country

    The Ministry of Tourism is organizing the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign at various important tourist sites across the country from 15th September to 2nd October 2018. On these days, cleanliness and awareness activities are being conducted through Regional offices of the Tourism Ministry with active participation from local communities, Institutes of the Ministry, State Governments and Stakeholders. The campaigns are being popularized at 47 tourism sites in the country including all tourism Iconic sites. Following are some of the major Swachhta activities carried out from 15th to 17th September 2018 at various tourist sites across the county:-



    15th September 2018

    DighaliPukhuri, Guwahati: Swachhta Hi Seva campaign launched at DighaliPukhuri, Guwahati by Indiatourism Guwahati in association with Assam Tourism Department Corporation. Students of IHM also performed a street play (Nukkad Natak) for spreading awareness among public on cleanliness.

    Indian Museum, Kolkata: Indiatourism Kolkata in association with Indian Museum, IHM Kolkata and members from travel trade including guides undertook Swachhta Hi Seva cleanliness drive in and around Indian Museum and Sadder street.

    Porbander, Gujarat:Indiatourism Mumbai launched the Swachhta Hi Seva campaign from Iconic site of Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prabhatpheribegan from KirtiMandir with over 300 school children, travel trade members, Swachhta workers and local administration team participated and the cleanliness drive culminated at Porbandar Beach front with the cleaning of the beach.

    Western Group of Temples Khajuraho, MP: A Tour guides heritage walk for tourists & students and Swachhta awareness rally was organized for locals at Iconic monument by Indiatourism Indore.

    Tipu Sultan Palace, Bengaluru: India Tourism Bengaluru in close collaborationwith IHM Bengaluruundertook the cleanliness drive at Tipu Sultan Palace, Bengaluru.

    Mamallapuram Shore Temple and Beach, Tamil Nadu: Cleanliness activity was undertaken by Indiatourism Chennai and students of IHM Chennai at Mahabalipuram. Sensitization drive on cleanliness was also organized for the local shopkeepers along with Tourist Police. All the above events were organized in co-ordination of Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.



    16th September 2018

    Elliots Beach, Chennai:Indiatourism Chennai and IHM Chennai jointly undertook the cleanliness activities at Elliots beach behind AsthaLaxmiTemple and Velankanni Church.

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    Golconda Fort, Hyderabad:Indiatourism Hyderabad and ASI Hyderabad jointly organized a Swachhta drive at Golconda Fort with Indiatourism staff, guides and ASI staff.

    Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar: Swachhta Hi Seva campaign organized at Lingaraj Temple, foreign and local tourists also joined in cleanliness drive.

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    Victoria Memorial, Kolkata: Indiatourism Kolkata in association with IHM Kolkata, Victoria Memorial, IATO, ADTOI and HRAEI organized a Heritage walk from Victoria Memorial to Indian Museum cleanliness activities were undertaken at Victoria memorial and India Museum.



    17th September, 2018

    Dona Paula Jetty & View Point, Goa: A cleanliness drive undertaken by Institute of Water sports Goa at Dona Paula Jetty & View point by the students of IITTM, Gwalior.



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    Gwalior Railway Station: Swachhta Hi Seva campaign was organized by 45 IHM students in association with Railway staff members of GRP at Gwalior Railway station.

    Gandhi Ghat on River Ganga, Patna:Indiatourism Patna with tourism stakeholders organized cleanliness drive at Gandhi Ghat. A stretch of 500 mtrs. Ghat area was cleaned by the participants and awareness created among locals.

    Gwalior Fort, MP: Indiatourism Indore organized a Heritage walk and awareness campaign for tourists and shop keepers in association with Taj Usha Kiran Palace Hotel at Gwalior Fort.



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    Ministry of Tourism
    21-September, 2018 16:07 IST
    ParyatanParv celebrations continue in full swing throughout the country

    The celebration of ParyatanParv (16th to 27th September 2018) organized by the Ministry of Tourism reached a high note on its 4th and 5th day, with a series of activities and events being held across the country. The events with an aim to sensitize people about Sustainable Tourism, Swachhta, and to promote tourism were organized in collaboration with the India Tourism domestic offices, Central / State Government organizations and other Stakeholders.

    Following are the key highlights from 4th and 5th day of the Parv across the country:

    19th September 2018, Day 4:

    • Glimpses of events at Rajpath lawns , New Delhi


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    • Apart from the events in Rajpath Lawns, IndiatourismDelhi organized an inter school drawing competition themed ‘DekhoApnaDesh’ in which 370 MCD Schools participated. Hon'ble Mayor Sri B.B. Singh and the local councilor graced the event, participated by the Regional Director and distributed prizes. A Yoga Session was also organized at the ALT center, Ghaziabad, in collaboration with Vihangam Yoga Sansthan. JamiaMilliaIslamia in collaboration with Indiatourism Delhi organised a NukkadNatak on the theme ‘Hindustan Dekho’,Cleanliness Drive and the students also took a swachhtashapath


    • Bangalore: IHM Bangalore-Students cleaned the public parking pathway in front of IHM Gate. The main focus of ParyatanParv celebrations was on sanitation and the importance of maintaining a hygienic environment. A sensitization programme for street side vendors was also organized. India tourism Bangalore in association with KLE College organized a seminar on “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”, in KLE College. Indiatourism Bangalore celebrated ParyatanParv by organizing a Sketching and painting competition at Hospet.


    • IndiatourismImphalorganised an awareness programme on “The Importance of Tourism”, for JCRE students.


    • NIWS/IITTM Goa organized a ParyatanParv Rally in association with India Tourism, Goa Tourism and IHM Goa. The rally started from Kala Academy and reached to Miramar Beach. The participants were from NIWS/IITTM Goa Staff, IHM Students, and India Tourism staff. India tourism Goa organized an Incredible India run from Kala Academy and Miramar Beach, in association with Goa Tourism and IHM Goa.


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    • IndiatourismVaranasi organized Yoga Sessions in collaboration with SadguruSadafalDeoVihangamYogSansthan at SwarvvedaMahamandirUmahara,Varanasi, which was attended by more than 75 people.


    • IndiatourismHyderabad in association with Bhongir Rock climbing school organized a trek to Bhongir fort and also organized a motivational speech by Ms. Jai Bharati and Ms. Shanti, who completed 17000 KM by road in 50 days in 7 countries, directed at 200 girl students of various schools. IHM Hyderabad organised a Swachhta drive at the College, as part of the celebrations.


    • Indiatourism, Chennai organized a ‘Heritage Walk’ around Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. There was a lecture by Madurai Kamaraj University on the importance of tourism and heritage of Madurai. A shadow play was also conducted at two schools in Madurai vizRajan Matriculation School and VKK Playgroup Matriculation School, based on the themes ‘Importance of Tourism’ and ‘Clean India’.


    • IndiatourismMumbai organized five Heritage walks in Mumbai, Yoga sessions in Nashik and Shirdi. Indiatourism also organized a water ride for school students and BastarMahotsav, in association with Chhattisgarh Tourism Board.


    • IndiatourismAurangabad organized a Heritage walk as a part of the ParyatanParv celebrations.


    • IndiatourismIndore organized an Asthanga Yoga and Pranayama session in KV, Indore as a part the ParyatanParv celebrations.


    • IHM Guwahatiorganised a painting competition on the theme of ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’. Lectures were also organized on ‘Assam as a Tourist Destination’, by Dr. AnirbanBaishya and on ‘Digitalization of Tourism Services’, which was delivered by Dr. Amit Dey.


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    • IHM Gwalior conducted a painting and collage making competition among our students with the theme, “Importance of cleanliness in Tourists Site” and “Tourist awareness regarding cleanliness”. A waste management workshop was also organized by a retired professor of ofJiwaji University, Gwalior.


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    • Indiatourism Mumbai organised two heritage tours of Mumbai. The first tour was a walking tour of Colonial Heritage sites of Mumbai and the second tour focussed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mumbai which is a collection of Art Deco buildings.It also organised a Yoga Session at Shirdi and Nasik.


    • Indiatourism Indoreorganised a session to promote the lesser known destinations of Madhya Pradesh with the students of KendriyaVidyalaya at Indore.


    • IndiatourismImphal organised a cultural programme at Khonoma Village, Nagaland.




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    • Government of Gujarat took an initiative to make people aware about cleanliness around pilgrimages through Play and walk for swachhta.They also organised a wildlife exhibition in Vadodara.


    • IHM Guwahatiorganised an Awareness program on Hygiene in their campus.ASwachhta Parade was also held from IHM Guwahati to BarbariChowkat.


    • Government of Arunachal Pradesh with support of the Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operator Association (APTOA) organised an orientation on Homestay hospitality and Rural Tourism at Sangdupota under Papumpare district in Arunanchal Pradesh.


    • Indiatourism Delhi organized a Sensitization program for taxi and Auto drivers at Lodhi Road.


    • IHM Hyderabadorganised Demonstration of compositing with the help of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at college premises. Awareness towards segregation of wet & dry waste and its importance were the main elements.


    • Indiatourism Varanasi organised Yoga session in the premise of Indiatourismoffice.It was attended by hoteliers, travel operators, RLG guides, other stakeholders of tourism, local residence and indiatourism officials.


    • Indiatourism, Chennai in association with U.S. Consulate General, Chennai and Puducherry Tourism, organized two Interactive Sessions on “Sustainable Tourism”. In the forenoon, the interactive session was held at Pondicherry University and in the afternoon the workshop was held at Hotel The Sunway Manor, Puducherry.




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    • IndiatourismPatna in association with BTMC, IHM and SIHM,Bodhgayaorganised a special Swachhta activity at Bodhgaya. The students and officials spread the message of Cleanliness through a Rally with thematic message- wielding placards &banners,collection and disposal of garbages and educating locals about benefits of Swachhta through NukkadNataks.


    • Government ofTelangana and Indiatourism Hyderabad organized awareness campaign on importance of water bodies & cleanliness drive at Neknampurlake, Hyderabad.There was a Talk on importance of water bodies by Sri. Tirupathaiah, Director General (Additional PCCF),a NukkadNatak by students of IHM Hyderabad, Cultural dance by School children and a Heritage walk around the lake. Cleaning of the lake was also undertaken.


    • IHM Gwalior conducted an essay competition,arangoli competition and a painting competition at their campus.


    • Indiatourism Jaipur organized Heritage Walk from World Heritage Site - JantarMantar. IHM Jaipur, Tourist Guide Association, Hotel & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Travel Agents Association of India, Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators, owners of B&B Establishments beside members of general public participated.


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    The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Shri Alphons Kannanthanam visiting an exhibition at the 53rd annual convention of FHRAI, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on September 21, 2018.

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    The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Shri Alphons Kannanthanam visiting an exhibition at the 53rd annual convention of FHRAI, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on September 21, 2018.

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    The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Shri Alphons Kannanthanam addressing at the 53rd annual convention of FHRAI, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on September 21, 2018.
     
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    25-September, 2018 18:04 IST
    ‘ParyatanParv’reaches all tourist locations across the country;

    Tourist sensitisation drives conducted at several places includingDelhi

    The celebration of ParyatanParv(16th-27th September 2018) organized by Ministry of Tourism has reached its 10th day, with a series of activities and events inRajpath Lawns, New Delhi and across the country. The events are organized by the India Tourism domestic offices, Central / State Government organizations and other Stakeholders.

    Following are the key highlights from 7th, 8th and 9th day of the Parv across the country:

    Day Seven (22nd September, 2018):-

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    • IndiatourismDelhiorganized a Yoga session at District Park, Sector 14, Rohini in association with Vihagam Yoga. India Tourism Delhi also organised a Heritage Walk to Feroz Shah Kotla Fort Complex in association with the Heritage Society of St. Stephen’s College (Delhi University).
    • IHM Hyderabad, in association with Indiatourism Hyderabad and Telangana Tourism organized a workshop on “Importance of Water Bodies”, at Lake Neknampur, Hyderabad. India Tourism Hyderabad and Telangana Tourism organised a cultural evening at Nritya Forum, comprising Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dances, Carnatic fusion music recital and more. IHM Hyderabad, conducted a “No spit” & “AtithiDevo Bhava” campaign at D.D. Colony, Hyderabad.
    • IndiatourismKolkata, in association with Kolkata Port Trust, organized a ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ drive, a city tour, and a sit and draw event, at Man of Water Jetty near Vidyasagar Bridge.
    • National Institute for Water Sports,Goa organized painting competitions, slogan writing, and quiz competitions for the students of Government High School, Dona Paula. A lecture on “the importance of tourism industry in India and its contribution towards Indian economy” and “relevance of PARYATAN PARV” was also organized. India Tourism Goa in association with Goa Tourism, Konkan Railway and IHM Goa organised a sensitization programme for the unorganised sector at Madgaon Railway Station. A street play on safety and security of the tourists and the theme, ‘atithidevo bhava’, was also organised.
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    • India Tourism Indore organised a workshop for class X and XII students of KendriyaVidyalaya. The subject was to create awareness about the Ministry of Tourism, its different roles and functions and the career options in tourism and hospitality sector.Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board arranged a cleanliness drive in Bhimbekta. In Delawadi, a ‘Swachhta drive was organized in association with Sagaun Retreat, Pathari. In Bhopal, a cleanliness drive was organized in association with Winds n Waves restaurant. A drawing competition was held in Damoh, a cycle rally was held in Gwalior, and a city walk and electronics cleaning drive was organized in Jabalpur.
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    • India Tourism Aurangabad, in association with Global Nomads, organised a 23 Km Cycle Rally.
    • IndiatourismImphalorganised a tour for students, at Loktak Lake, Moirang.
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    • Indiatourism, Chennai and IHM Chennai organized a grand Musical & Dance Evening at IHM Chennai. The events included Ghazal rendition, Bihu Dance Performance. Tamil Cine Star Shri R. Sharath Kumar was the chief guest for the evening. The event was graced by Shri GyanBhushan, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Tourism; members of the hospitality and travel Industry; State Tourism officials; students of IHM and other colleges. Indiatourism, Chennai along with Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, INTACH, Thanjavur Chapter &Thanjavur Tourism Promotion Council organised a BharataNatyam Program at the Brihadeeswarar Temple.


    • IndiatourismVaranasi organised a Buddha Belly Dance Drama at ShastriGhat. The theme of the play was Karunamay Buddha. More than 300 local people and 20 foreign tourists, attended the play.
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    • Indiatourism Patna, in association with Tourism Association of Bihar, organized a ‘Tourism Sensitization Workshop for Service Providers’ at KadamKuan, Patna.


    Day Eight (23rd September, 2018):-

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    • Cleanliness drives were organized at Gwalior, Delhi and Goa by IHM Gwalior, IHM Pusa Delhi and NIWS/IITM Goa respectively in coordination with state Tourism Departments.
    • Heritage walks were organized at Ahmadabad, Vadnagar, Thanjavur and Mumbai by respective Tourism India Officers in coordination with State Governor and education tours were organized for students at Imphal and Patna.


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    • IndiatourismKolkata organized an “Incredible India Run’ at Lake Club, Kolkata.
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    • IndiatourismAurangabad organised a yoga programme for the youth.


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    • Department of Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with APTOA, organised an Awareness Campaign cum Training for Women Stakeholders, on Rural Tourism and Homestays in Miao, Changlang district.
    Day Nine (24thSeptember, 2018):-

    • Events at Rajpath lawns , New Delhi
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    • IndiatourismDelhi organisedTourist Sensitisation Programme for Police personnel. DG (Tourism), Shri. SatyajeetRajan, was the chief guest and he suggested the police personnel to look into type of grievances/queries received from tourists and let the Tourism Ministry know the same to further evolve its helpline system. He also called for innovative technical solutions from the personnel to be implemented to ensure safety of tourists.
    • Cleanliness Drives were conducted at various places like Bangalore, Rajasthan, Goa, Guwahati and Hyderabad.


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    • Heritage walks were conducted at several places, namely, Bangalore, Siddhpur in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
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    • IndiatourismImphalorganised an awareness programme on “The Importance of Tourism” to the service providers (Boat drivers) of Loktak Lake at Loktak Inland Water Transport Complex, Sendra, Moirang.
    • NIWS/IITTM Goaorganized a tourism workshop for the students, Quiz competition, and workshop, with video presentation and interactive session, participated by the NIWS Staff and Students.
    • Painting and poster making competitions were organised at Guwahati and Gwalior by respective IHMs.


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    26-September, 2018 15:50 IST
    Transfer (disinvestment) of incomplete projects of Hotel Gulmarg Ashok, Gulmarg and Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna to the State Governments of Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar respectively


    In continuation of the disinvestment policy of the Government of India, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to further disinvestment of ITDC properties / units / JVs by way of transfers of Incomplete Project of Hotel Gulmarg Ashok, Gulmarg to the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna to the State Government of Bihar respectively.

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    As per the disinvestment policy of the Government of India, it had been decided to lease /sublease the India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) hotels / properties / units / Joint Ventures (JVs) jointly with the State Governments and where State Governments were not agreeing to the proposal of leasing / sub-leasing, the properties may be returned back to the State Governments at its officially valued price. The policy had been formulated keeping in view that running and managing hotels on professional lines is not the job of Government or its entities.

    In pursuance of the disinvestment policy of the Government of India, with the approval accorded by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) and the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), the ITDC has to date transferred the properties / units / JVs of ITDC of Hotel Lake View Ashok, Bhopal; Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Guwahati; Hotel Bharatpur Ashok, Bharatpur; Hotel Janpath, New Delhi (to Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs); Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore; Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok, Itanagar and Hotel Jaipur Ashok, Jaipur to the concerned State Governments.

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    Ministry of Tourism
    27-September, 2018 17:31 IST
    Tourism Minister presents the National Tourism Awards, 2016-17; Launches Incredible India mobile App

    Tourism industry in the country should lay emphasis on improving hospitality services: K J Alphons

    The Union Minister for Tourism (IC), Shri. K.J. Alphons, presented the National Tourism Awards 2016-17) on the World Tourism Day, in New Delhi, today. The Minister also launched the ‘Incredible India Mobile App’ and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Tourism Minister said that India has taken great strides forward in the field of tourism during the last four years of the Government and added that tourism, today, is the cornerstone of the Indian economy, as it is a major source of employment and foreign exchange, and in order to tap the full potential of this sector, industry has to join hands. Congratulating the awardees, Shri K. J. Alphons also shared the concern that the tourism sector needs to improve its hospitality services since it is the hospitality offered which is the distinguishing feature of India and gives it an edge over other countries. He also added that it is the responsibility of every citizen to build the image of the country as safe for anyone to travel.

    The Minister also announced that, India will be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. The theme for the World Tourism Day 2018 being “Tourism & Digital Transformation”, the Minister recounted the various digital initiatives taken by the Ministry in harnessing technology for tourism promotion, which include, launch of a new Incredible India website; 24 X7 Chat bot interface on this website; launch of a new website on Buddhism in India and many more initiatives..

    The Minister also said that the Ministry of Tourism has formulated a voluntary scheme for Approval of Operational Motels, with effect from 25th September 2018 with an aim of recognizing the Motel segment as a component of the overall tourism product, and set standards of facilities and services of Motels.

    Shri K J Alphons also informed the industry that the flood-stricken Kerala is now ready to receive tourists since the hotels and tourist sites are now operational. He also added that the state is rapidly recovering from the disaster and it is now the time for the tourism industry to support the state’s tourism sector.

    Delivering the welcome address, the Union Tourism Secretary, Smt. Rashmi Verma said that in the last four years, India has aggressively implemented its promotion strategies in branding, advertising, and selling of its tourism potentials. Smt. Rashmi Verma also added that the Ministry in tune with the changing times, has brought in new initiatives like the Adopt a Heritage scheme wherein collaboration with corporate, schools and other stakeholders was initiated to improve facilities at monuments, initiation of 12 iconic sites, MoUs for bilateral tourism with countries, first ever India Tourism Mart and the International Buddhist Conclave 2018. The Secretary also congratulated the industry stakeholders without whose partnership the achievements in the Tourism sector in the last few years, would not have been possible.

    The Ministry of Tourism annually presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. These awards are being given since the early 1990s and are presented to State Governments / Union Territories, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations, in recognition of their performance in their respective fields, and also to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism.

    The National Tourism Awards have over the years emerged as a prestigious recognition of achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. This year, a total of 77 awards were presented to the tourism industry stakeholders, State Governments, central agencies and individuals. The list of award winners is at Annexure.

    The Certification programme launched today, is the only one-of-its-kind of online learning, aims to brand the country in a positive light, through these facilitators, by building capacity of the key touch points for tourists, desiring that each interaction result in superior experience for the visitors. This online learning platform has been developed by Wipro Limited.

    The Incredible India Mobile App, showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences, such as spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. The mobile app has been designed keeping in mind the preferences of the modern traveler and follows the trends and technologies of international standards. The app has been equipped with features to assist the traveller in each phase of their journey to India. The app has been developed by Tech Mahindra.

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    03-October, 2018 20:36 IST
    Rejuvenated Lake and Illumination of Purana Qila inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in Delhi, today.

    The goal of the Govt. is to make Heritage monuments public friendly and within the reach of common man so as to instil pride in the History of the Nation: Dr. Mahesh Sharma.

    The rejuvenated lake and illumination of Purana Qila was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/c) for Culture, today in the presence of Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament. Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri. Arun Goel, Director General, ASI, Smt Usha Sharma, CMD, NBCC, Dr.Anup Kumar Mittal, were among the other dignitaries present.

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    Addressing the gathering Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/c) for Culture said that its our responsibility to project our rich Cultural heritage on the world platform. Appreciating the efforts of Archaeological Survey of India in conceiving the project, he also highlighted the continuous efforts of the Government of India in making the major tourist attractions visitor friendly and also said that this would give youth an opportunity to know the country’s history and culture better. He also said that the goal of the Ministry is to make heritage monuments public friendly and within the reach of common man to instil pride in the History and culture of the Nation.



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    Speaking at the event Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliamentthanked the Ministry of Culture for having done a great job at Purana Quila that falls in her constituency. She said that Delhi's history is incomplete without Purana Quila and is of great interest to everyone. She said that this was an ideal Example of Use of modern technique to protect heritage

    Highlighting the introduction of various facilities for the benefit of visitors like various amenities, an attractive publication counter, which will house the ASI publications, both research and popular ones, the Secretary (Culture) Shri. Arun Goel, informed the efforts of Government of India in bringing more monuments, both in Delhi and other parts of the country, for developmental works as well as making them tourist friendly, so that more and more tourists visit these historical places and develop a sense of our history.

    Earlier in the welcome address DG ASI, Smt. Usha Sharma said that the developmental works at Purana Qila in association with NBCC under CSR are estimated at a cost of Rs. 30 crores of which NBCC contributed about 15 Crores as part of their CSR Intiative and the rest by ASI. She also said that as part of decision to implement NGT orders and as eco-friendly measure there would be no entry of food items or plastic water bottles within the Purana Quila. She said that the public could avail the newly inaugurated facilities with an entry ticket of Rs 20 only to the moat and enjoy the evening illumination. She also said more facilities in terms of a museum of antiquities and excavation site would be inaugurated for Public viewingsoon.

    Speaking at the event Dr.Anup Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC said that all the development work as part of CSR initiate was completed in less than 4 months and it gave immense pleasure to say NBCC had contributed in the development activities of historical heritage of the country in Purana Quila. He also said NBCC would be happy to maintain the facilities at Purana Quila for more years than agreed in the MoU i.e more than 2 years.

    Purana Qila has been one of the major tourist attractions in Delhi and combined with the Delhi Zoological Park, a large number of visitors throng to visit the historical vestiges, which date back to around 3000 years back. The major attractions inside the fort are the Qila-i-Kuhna mosque of Sher Shah Suri, Sher Mandal (a tower, which is traditionally associated with the death of Humayun), a stepwell and the remains of the extensive rampart, which has three gates, one each on the west, north and south.

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    The Archaeological Survey of India has initiated several developmental works at Purana Qila since May 2018, which include refurbishment of the moat to the west and northwest of the fort, illumination, landscaping the area, development of a Central Antiquity Museum, upgradation and repairs of existing pathway, installation of publication counter, installation of publication counter, introducing e-ticketing system with turnstile arrangement, conservation of excavated remains, development of garden, parking facility and souvenir shop for the benefit of visitors.

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    Ministry of Human Resource Development
    30-October, 2018 16:52 IST
    Shri Prakash Javadekar to inaugurate the ‘KVS National Integration Camp-Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat’ tomorrow at Vigyan Bhawan Lawns

    A unique opportunity to watch students of Kendriya Vidyalayas showcasing the cultural diversity of India and the world

    Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the 2018 edition of ‘KVS National Integration Camp-EK Bharat Shreshth Bharat’ at the lawns of Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday, 31st October 2018. The programme will remain open for public during all three days from 31st October to 2nd November and timings will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    The concept of National Integration Camp is unique in many ways. The 25 regions of KVS will cover 25 Indian States and 25 Countries altogether in terms of the cultural heritage- Dance, Music, Song, and Socio-Economic progress.

    This mega-event is a broad platform for the students to display their creativity, originality, artistic skills, etc. It gives them an opportunity to know about the culture, tradition, art and architecture of not only the other states of India but of the various countries of the world. In the process of satiating the thirst for information, they overcome many challenges and linguistic and geographical barriers and awaken a strong sense of national pride and widen their horizons with a better cosmopolitan outlook. In a nut-shell, the programme not only encompasses performing arts but also provides a glimpse of the processes through which they learn and acquire knowledge.

    This year following competitions will be conducted during KVS National Integration Camp – “Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat” & “Lit-Fest”

    “Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat”

    1. Group Song
    2. Group Dance ( State & International)
    3. Theatre
    4. On the Spot Painting
    5. Solo Singing
    6. Solo Classical Dance
    7. Display of Artefacts
    “LitFest”

    1. Debate (Hindi & English)
    2. Quiz
    3. Sanskrit Shloka Recitation
    4. Hindi KaavyaPaath
    5. English Elocution
    6. Creative writing
    7. Spell-Bee


    This year 1600 students are coming together to take part in this mega event. The unique feature of this event is that the students of one part of the nation exhibit the cultural diversity of the other part of the country and the world.



    KVS National Social Science Exhibition–cum-National Integration Camp is organized at School, Cluster, and Regional & National level every year. All the 25 regions of KVS are allotted one State different from their own State and one Country. The students prepare projects/exhibits on the culture, customs, dress, crops, economy, climate etc of the State and of the Country allotted to them. The States and Countries are exchanged /rotated each year.



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    Ministry of Tourism
    31-October, 2018 17:23 IST
    Shri K J Alphons presides over the Program and Budget Committee meeting of UNWTO

    India to chair the Programme and Budget Committee of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021

    The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Shri. K. J. Alphons along with a delegation of senior officials is attending the 109th session of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council in Manama, Bahrain. The three day Session of UNWTO Executive Council began on 30th October 2018. The Executive Council will discuss several topics on the agenda that are related to the development of global Tourism sector.



    During the opening day of the Executive Council meeting, Shri. K. J. Alphons chaired the ‘Programme and Budget Committee’ meeting of UNWTO. In his opening remarks, the Minister highlighted the role of tourism in socio-economic development through job creation, enterprise and environment development and foreign exchange earnings. As the chair of the Committee, the Minister informed the session that for the first time, UNWTO had a surplus budget and most of the arrears due have been paid. India will be the chair of Programme and Budget Committee of UNWTO Executive Council till 2021.

    At the sidelines, the Tourism Minister also met the Secretary-General of UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili and discussed on involving UNWTO in developing tourism as a strong agent for the better future of the world and establishing the Global Public Private Partnerships.



    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The UNWTO Executive Council represents the Organization’s governing body whose task is to take all necessary measures in consultation with the Secretary-General, for implementation of its own decisions and recommendations of the Assembly and report thereupon to the Assembly. The Council meets at least twice a year, the next to be held in Bahrain. The council consists of 35 Full Members elected by the assembly in proportion of one member for every Five Full Members, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure laid down by the Assembly with a view to achieving fair and equitable geographical distribution.





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