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State can woo more visitors with butterfly tourism: Experts

Dehradun: With over 500 species of butterflies found across Uttarakhand, experts said that “butterfly tourism” can give fillip to the state’s branding as a tourist destination. It is also the second state in the country, after Maharashtra, to have the ‘Common Peacock’ as a state butterfly.

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Gold rush at climbing meet

Jamshedpur: Climbers from Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) bagged 28 medals - 10 gold, nine silver and nine bronze - on the concluding day of the 23rd East Zone Sport Climbing Competition at JRD complex on Sunday. Talim Ansari, the lone international climber...

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Navy marathon a runaway hit

Navy marathon a runaway hit

A mix of more than 12,000 professional and amateur runners headed to Beach Road on Sunday much before the dawn to show their dedication towards fitness and join hands for the fourth edition of the Vizag Navy Marathon – 2017.

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All set for hot balloon festival

All set for hot balloon festival

The three-day event will be a grand spectacle, says Ganta Over 6,200 persons have registered for the Araku Balloon Festival that is set to brighten up the skies above the Eastern Ghats from November 14 to 16. Announcing this at a press conference here on Sunday, HRD...

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Odisha to host National Bird Festival at Chilika in January-2018

Odisha to host National Bird Festival at Chilika in January-2018

BHUBANESWAR: In an attempt to bring Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, in the world tourism map Odisha government has planned to host National Bird Festival in January-2018. The festival is expected to attract tourists, bird watchers, wildlife photographers, painters and researchers from across the globe.

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Odisha Tourism shines in World Travel Market 2017

Odisha Tourism shines in World Travel Market 2017

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism has participated in World Travel Market held in London. A special stall has been inaugurated to showcase state’s tourism products. Some of the highlights of the Odisha stall are exhibits on cultural heritage and sand art animations,...

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Nagaland’s famed Hornbill Festival from Dec 1

Kohima, Nov 7 Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival that lasts for 10 days will be celebrated at the picturesque Naga Heritage village, Kisama, from December 1, officials of the state tourism department said. The festival is an annual tourism promotional event of the state government, jointly organised by the Tourism and Art and Culture Departments, to showcase the rich traditional heritage and colourful culture of the Naga people.

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Tourism Minister launches new unique initiative ‘AyurBodha’

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 7 (UNI) Adding to its portfolio of innovative products, Kerala Tourism Department has launched a unique initiative ‘AyurBodha’ which gives Kerala-bound tourists not only an opportunity to savour the unmatched grandeur and beauty of the state but also enlightens them with the basics of life-changing Ayurveda and its virtues as a holistic wellness system.

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Sikkim woman flies high in paragliding

Kalimpong: Cheden Bhutia, a young paragliding enthusiast from Sikkim, has become the first person from the Himalayan state to win a medal at an international event when she won a bronze at the Open International Competition in Nepal last week.

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3rd Amur Falcon Festival from Nov 10

The third Amur Falcon Festival, scheduled to be held at Tyrso village, Ri Bhoi district is an amalgamation of sensible thoughts. It will help protecting these migratory birds that can bolster wildlife tourism, besides acknowledging the role of these bird species that rejuvenate the farming community by helping them to get rid of the tormenting pests in the fields.

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Women bikers rule the roads

Women bikers rule the roads

BHUBANESWAR: Vroom, throttle and screech are no more confined to male domain on streets of Odisha. The first all-woman bikers’ team of the state and Odisha chapter of Bikerni has broken the glass ceiling.

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Save our tigers, Cambodia tells India

Save our tigers, Cambodia tells India

With an eye on reviving their extinct tiger population, a high-level delegation of the Cambodian government made a two-day visit to Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, in October end to study its successful tiger reintroduction programme.

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Project to make peace with jumbos

Project to make peace with jumbos

Villagers along the Nagaon-Karbi Anglong foothills chose to make peace, not war, with the wild elephant herds that stray in to their areas in search of food.
Chasing wild elephants with sticks, daos and fire had become part of life in these villages.
On Sunday, residents of at least 50 villages took up the initiative to restore food and water sources for these elephants, to check attacks on their villages.

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Narendra Modi went paragliding in Himachal, and this is that story

Narendra Modi went paragliding in Himachal, and this is that story

We can now confirm, beyond all doubt, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a thing for flying. “It was a wet day and though the rains had taken a break, many tourists were skeptical and backed out,” Roshan Thakur says, recalling that day from 1997, when he was running tandem paragliding flights from the slopes of Solang, Himachal Pradesh.

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Poochi’s ladybirds & butterflies in a book

Poochi’s ladybirds & butterflies in a book

No matter what kind of animal or bird appeared, Venkataraaman seemed to focus only on the insects. Jokingly, they called him ‘Poochi’ Sir and Venkataraaman took it in jest. Nineteen years later, today he is known as ‘Poochi’ Venkat, Chennai’s insect man who has been photographing insects for over 25 years.

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Tribal watchers to train 17 rapid response teams

Tribal watchers to train 17 rapid response teams

Following the success of ‘Wayanad Commandos’–a specialist team, comprising of tribal watchers, handling wildlife straying incidents –the forest department has decided to send personnel from 17 rapid response teams (RRTs) across the state to Wayanad so that they can learn tribal animal-tracking techniques

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Vizag to develop three waterfalls

Vizag to develop three waterfalls

 The APTDC has identified three more waterfalls in Vizag Agency for development where they want to start a cafeteria and build view points to draw visitors. Presently, the Katika waterfalls has been attracting adventure tourists from various parts.

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Kayaking expedition takes off

Kayaking expedition takes off

Opening a new chapter in the adventure tourism sector in the district, the two-day Dharmadam kayaking expedition through Anjarakkandy River began at Dharmadam beach here at Thalassery on Sunday.

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Chembra Peak to open today

Chembra Peak to open today

Chembra Peak which was closed in February due to a massive wild fire allegedly set by some tourists, will be opened on Friday, the South Wayanad DFO said in a press release. However, the forest department has decided to restrict the number of tourists per day to 200.

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HIGH ALTITUDE TREK OF ARMY FLAGGED OFF

The Tripeak Brigade of the army successfully completed a unique initiative with one of its Commanding Officer leading a motivated group of young officers from the Sangla Valley, across the daunting 18000 feet Lamkhaga Pass, into Harsil across the mighty Zanskar Range which had commenced on August 13.

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200 swimmers trained at Nigeen Water Sports Centre

200 swimmers trained at Nigeen Water Sports Centre

Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 25 2017 - Tourism Deptt Gives Away Certificates To Swimmers, Extends Coaching Camp Ending. Department of Tourism Kashmir today gave away certificates to around 200 swimmers after successfully completing the course at Nigeen Water Sports...

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Relook into man-animal conflicts

Relook into man-animal conflicts

State Wildlife Advisory Board to appoint panel to look into contributing factors With deaths and losses due to man-animal conflicts increasing, the Forest Department is once again looking into the obvious and hidden reasons behind the perennial issue. The department...

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Mangroves, our natural coast guards

Mangroves, our natural coast guards

If you are taking a stroll near a tropical sea shore and find a dense mat of trees that appear to be standing above the water with their roots pointing up, you are witnessing one of the rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems in the world — a mangrove forest.

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Bad weather cannot stop this city cadet from scaling peaks

Being her first mountaineering expedition, she admits it was challenging. “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t! Like the weather for instance — it rained continuously and we had to share sleeping bags to stay warm. But, I would say it was a different experience where we had to sacrifice our comfort zone,” shares the BSc Physics student from Guru Nanak College.

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Steering clear of wild jumbos, digitally

Steering clear of wild jumbos, digitally

It is an early warning system for wild elephant movement in and around habitations that uses crowdsourced information, digital displays and mobile phone technology. People in Karnataka’s Sakaleshpur taluk, who face frequent conflicts with elephants, see the alerts on a public digital display.

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Off-road car racing event held in Vadodara

Off-road car racing event held in Vadodara

Vadodara (Gujarat), July 09 (ANI): As many as 40 rallyists took parts in an adventure off-road car rally in Gujarat’s Vadodara city on Sunday to test their driving abilities. The race was held at a natural mud track, created after monsoon rain in Ampad village, which...

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Volunteers from Mumbai get lessons on handling stranded turtles

Volunteers from Mumbai get lessons on handling stranded turtles

In the wake of increased sea turtle strandings this monsoon, WWF India, along with Marine Life of Mumbai(MLOM) and zoologist and wildlife rescuer Bhushan Bhoir organised a sea turtle rescue workshop for citizen volunteers on Sunday. The volunteers were provided guidelines about correctly handling injured turtles and field rescue techniques to prevent further exhaustion and ensure maximum survival of the animals.

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A week of adventure and thrills

It is going to be the ideal opportunity to see the best of off-roaders in action with the fourth edition of the Force Gurkha RFC India, to be held in Goa from July 22- 30, discovers Team B&C

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Pedalling for a cause

Pedalling for a cause

Two cyclists from the city will embark on a journey of over 20,000 kilometres across the country to promote the cause of literacy, healthy and amity. The cyclists are aiming at achieving the feat over a course of 200 days. They will commence from August 15 and they also aim to enter into the Guinness World Record.

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Kannan: The famed eyes and ears of Periyar Tiger Reserve

Kannan: The famed eyes and ears of Periyar Tiger Reserve

With 37 years of roaming the 925 sq km forests behind him, as guide, boat driver and watcher, Kannan knew Periyar inside out. Young IFS officers and famous conservationists sat with bated breath, as he dug deep into his wisdom, seamlessly traveling back and forth between the purely scientific to the enchantingly mythic of the woods.

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Road trip to create awareness on endangered species

Road trip to create awareness on endangered species

Five wildlife enthusiasts, in association with Coimbatore-based NGO Environment Conservation Group, embarked on a 25,000-km road trip on Saturday to raise awareness on endangered species of Indian sub-continent under its project named ‘Save Endangered Endemic and Key species (SEEK)’.

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New species of frog found in state again

New species of frog found in state again

A new species of the burrowing frog has been discovered in Pune wildlife sanctuary by three researchers and two forest officials. The team, which had set out to find out if fungal diseases affected amphibians in western Maharashtra, stumbled upon the species, which has been named ‘Sphaerotheca pashchima’.

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Tigers to roam in Mukundra National Park by December again

Tigers to roam in Mukundra National Park by December again

Plans are afoot by Rajasthan wildlife and forest department to quickly reintroduce tigers at the Mukundra Tiger Reserve.
Though the National Tiger Conservation Authorit (NTCA) had approved the reintroduction of tigers in Mukundra Hills in Kota by December 2018, the state forest department is planning to do so a year earlier, additional chief secretary (forest and wildlife) Nihal Chand Goyal said.

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Techie heads out to save the wild

Techie heads out to save the wild

A 28-year-old is on a one-man mission to save wildlife reserves and forests. Prabhakar will talk to the participants about the importance of wild animals and forests and help them understand the forest ecosystem, besides his photography lessons on everything ranging from aperture and shutter speed to composition rules and post processing using the latest software.

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Ray of hope for Thar’s endangered wildlife

Ray of hope for Thar’s endangered wildlife

In an attempt to reduce mortality of endangered wildlife in Thar desert, new “rescue wards” have come up in the far-flung rural areas of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. These will provide quick treatment to animals injured in road accidents, dog bites and fights.

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Nothing is impossible, says Everester Anshu Jamsenpa

Anshu Jamsenpa, a mother of two, who hails from Bomdila, the headquarters of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on May 22 last became the world’s first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in five days. The ace mountaineer’s double ascent of the world’s highest peak was her fifth overall, and the second after May 16.

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3 new IBA’s give boost to bird conservation in Goa

Systematic data collection and conservation intent of Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) has led to the inclusion of three new Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas from Goa in the latest book ‘Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA): Priority Sites for Conservation’ authored by noted ornithologist Dr Asad Rahmani along with two other co-authors, published by Bombay Natural History Society.

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News

  • State can woo more visitors with butterfly tourism: Experts

    Dehradun: With over 500 species of butterflies found across Uttarakhand, experts said that “butterfly tourism” can give fillip to the state’s branding as a tourist destination. It is also the second state in the country, after Maharashtra, to have the ‘Common Peacock’ as a state butterfly.

  • Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering holds Executive Committee meet after 10 yrs,CM, DM chair

    Pahalgam, November 12, (Scoop News)-Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed the need for popularising adventure sports and mountaineering among the School children so that they can understand and explore the State in a better way.

  • Gold rush at climbing meet

    Jamshedpur: Climbers from Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) bagged 28 medals – 10 gold, nine silver and nine bronze – on […]

  • Navy marathon a runaway hit

    A mix of more than 12,000 professional and amateur runners headed to Beach Road on Sunday much before the dawn to show their dedication towards fitness and join hands for the fourth edition of the Vizag Navy Marathon – 2017.

  • All set for hot balloon festival

    The three-day event will be a grand spectacle, says Ganta Over 6,200 persons have registered for the Araku Balloon Festival […]


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