Govt. extends Visa further for Foreigners in India
According to the advisory on Travel & Visa restrictions by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt Of India, all existing visas issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations, those on Employment, Project visas and those who are operating aircrew of scheduled commercial airlines, and who had not yet entered India, stand suspended till May 03, 2020. However, visas of all foreign nationals already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/ conversion etc. Also, the OCI card of foreigners presently in India shall remain valid. Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders who are not in India presently, has been kept in abeyance till May 03, 2020.  Any foreign national (including OCI cardholder) who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for fresh visa.  
Flights Restrictions Extended

According to the advisory of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt Of India and Director General Of Civil aviation, all scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 1830 Hrs GMT of May 03, 2020. No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall take from any foreign airport for any airport in India till 1830 hrs GMT of May 03, 2020.

However, this restriction will not apply to international all cargo operations and  flights specially approved by DGCA.

Reach Sikkim In Two Hours

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone and IRCON International Ltd has proposed to construct the 44.98 km long Sivok-Rangpo railway line, which will enable travelling between Sivok in West Bengal to Rangpo in Sikkim in just two hours ! The Indian Railways line is all set to make a paradigm shift as the journey from West Bengal to Sikkim will be simple and much more convenient than before. Moreover the train will move through scenic mountain terrains, valleys and forest reserves making the trip amazingly beautiful.

According to an article of Financial Express, the construction has already started and likely to commission in the middle of next year i.e.2021.

Upcoming Events & Festivals 
July - August '20 


Karsha Gustor:
A unique Buddhist Festival

During the end of the month of July, the beautiful Ladakh gears up for one of the unique Buddhist Festival of India - Karsha Gustor. This is the largest and the most important festival that takes place in Zanskar, Karsha Monastery. Celebrated every year the festival marks the good over evil. From a Black Hat Dance performance to a Masked Dance performance by the monks, this festivity is full of uniqueness in every beautiful way. Needless to mention that Ladakh is one of the popular tourist destination in India due to its breathtaking horizons and valleys and in addition to that you will experience the joyful music and dance during Karsha Gustor.

 

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

This is one of the most spectacular and classic festivals in India that takes place in the month of August. With a thrilling boat race, organized at Punnamda Lake in Alleppey, thousands of men row snake boats and compete with each other. They are cheered by folk songs and lakhs of spectators including tourists from abroad all gathered to experience the fiercely fought boat race which is hugely popular in the region. 


#The final dates will be announced soon.

PLAN TO USE AROGYA SETU APP AS E-PASS
The Govt Of India has recently developed a COVID-19 contact tracing app named Arogya Setu App in order to trace the infection. The major purpose is to detect and track the user’s movement with the help of GPS and Bluetooth sensors by using its database and algorithms and send out a notification as and when the user comes in contact with infected people. 

As the Government of India announced a second phase of lockdown till May 3, it is also putting in place a graded system for relaxation in some safe areas. To add to this goal, the government is encouraging citizens to download and use Arogya Setu App as the plan would be using it as an e-pass for people to move around the city freely, provided the users’ app shows green colour with “you are safe” message on the screen.
 
THE LAND OF LADAKH

The land of jagged peaks and breathtaking barren landscapes is all awe inspiring as you visit one of the beautiful places of India - Ladakh. It is the largest province of Jammu & Kashmir bordered by the famous Karakoram chain of mountains in North and the great Himalayas in the South. With the Indus river flowing through the province, the land is divided into Leh, Nubra, Zanskar, lower Ladakh and Rupshu. The best time to visit this heavenly place is summer as you will experience a pleasant climate and a moderate temperature with clear views of mountains and plateaus. 

Apart from the popular Buddhist festival, adventure tourism can also be a prominent component of your tourism package. You can experience a thrilling white water river rafting expedition of 26 kms stretched from Fhey to Nimo along the mighty Indus River. And you won't believe that this is the highest possible point of river rafting in the world. The high altitude and mountains also make it a perfect gateway for paragliding, mountaineering, trekking and even skiing. If you are an archery enthusiast then the Ladakhis, being keen sportsman, can arrange archery contests at the village level.

For your future travel plans to Leh - Ladakh, connect with us now !

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