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Russia Keen On Attracting Indians, Promotes Moscow Tourism. What Can Indian Travellers Expect?

As it prepares to welcome business partners, visitors, and vacationers, the Moscow City Tourism Committee is advertising the city not just as a cultural capital but also as an economic powerhouse. In order to promote the city’s tourism potential, Moscow has organised business trips and hosted familiarisation tours for delegations from allied nations.

Moscow is enhancing its infrastructure to better serve tourists. While signs are now available in Chinese and English, all public transit announcements are now repeated in English. Hotels are also making adjustments to better serve travellers from other nations and ensure a comfortable stay.

According to Bulat Nurmukhanov, head of the international cooperation division of the Moscow City Tourism Committee, they are still working towards restoring the flow of Indian tourists to Moscow as it used to be before the pandemic.

Visitors can stay in hotels in a range of pricing ranges in the city. They can indulge in authentic Indian delicacies and continental dishes that have been prepared to the finest standards, in addition to enjoying traditional Russian cuisine.

Facilities To Assist Tourists

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As of August 1, 2023, visitors from India and 54 other nations can apply for an electronic visa to enter Russia, making travel to Moscow easier. Additionally, the Russian government intends to release a digital “Foreign Tourist Card” that will allow for cashless purchases for a variety of services. “Discover Moscow” is a navigation and travel website portal about Moscow, and “RUSSPASS travel service” is an online travel planning tool for Russia, both of which make it simple for visitors to get around the city.

Tourists can get all the necessary information for a trip to Moscow on the website by using the RUSSPASS travel service, including details on visa and currency requirements, lodging alternatives, and transportation choices in the city.

There are 10,000 cultural venues in Moscow, including theatres, museums, libraries, parks, movie theatres, concert halls, and more.

Just 45 Mins Away From Udupi Lies A Group Of Islands With Unique Rock Formations & Beachside Bliss


Situated off the coast of Karnataka’s Udupi lies a hidden gem of a group of islands leading to awe-inspiring wonders. There are unique geological formations, crystal-clear waters, and lush greenery all around. Known as St. Mary’s Island, this unparalleled beauty captivates the hearts of travellers and nature enthusiasts alike.

St. Mary’s Island: A Natural Wonder in Udupi

One of the most captivating aspects of St. Mary’s Island is its geological history. The islands are primarily composed of basaltic rock formations. This could be the result of volcanic activity that took place over millions of years. These hexagonal-shaped rock columns, often likened to giant stepping stones, are a rare sight in India. These stunning rock columns resemble a honeycomb pattern and create a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere on the island.

The islands are surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches. Here, visitors can bask in the warm sun, take leisurely strolls, or simply relax by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Moreover, the contrast between the dark basaltic rocks and the soft, powdery sand creates a visual spectacle.

Beyond its natural beauty, St. Mary’s Island also boasts a rich historical legacy. According to popular belief, it was on these very islands that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first set foot in India in the late 15th century. So, this historical connection adds a layer of intrigue and allure to the islands.

Beachside Paradise

The crystal-clear waters are home to a vibrant underwater world. While the geological formations and beaches are the primary attractions of St. Mary’s Island, the islands are also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Visitors to the islands can spot a variety of birds, including seagulls, kingfishers, and herons. The island’s well-maintained pathways and trails provide opportunities for leisurely strolls and exploration, allowing visitors to get up close to the remarkable rock formations.

To reach St. Mary’s Island, one must take a boat ride from the mainland of Udupi. The boat journey itself is an adventure, as it provides panoramic views of the coastline and the open sea. Upon reaching the islands, visitors are free to explore and marvel at the natural wonders that abound.

Fire Breaks Inside Dahod-Anand MEMU Train Travelling Towards Gujarat’s Godhra, No Casualties Reported

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On Friday, a train headed for Godhra in Gujarat had its engine completely consumed by flames. The event occurred on the Dahod-Anand MEMU train number 9350 at Jekot station in Dahod district of Gujarat. Thankfully, by far, no casualties have been reported. 

Fire Breaks Inside Dahod-Anand MEMU Train

The Dahod-Anand MEMU train was travelling towards Godhra when a fire broke out in one of the coaches. With smoke and flames,the passengers became alarmed and panicked. Firefighters managed to put out the fire, and there were no reported casualties. According to reports, every passenger was secure.

When the fire started, the train had just arrived in Jekot after leaving Dahod at around 11:38 am. The train’s passengers were told to disembark at Jekot railway station.

Videos and images from the site surfaced on the internet. These videos demonstrate firefighters putting out the flames. The images showed that the train’s engine was burned.

Train’s Last Compartment Was On Fire

There had reportedly been a leak in an AC coach on the train. Authorities were then alerted, and representatives from the Ratlam Division showed up at the scene. The Dahod fire department was informed and sent to the scene in addition to the train authorities.  

Senior railway officers and the Dahod Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) were also on hand when the event occurred. The fire started in the MEMU train’s last compartment, according to ASP K Sidhant, and it didn’t spread to the other coaches.

Domestic Air Travel In India Sees A Major Boom! 1.24 Passengers Took Flights In August Alone

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Passenger traffic in domestic air travel has witnessed a major uptick in the past month. The aviation industry in India is seeing significant growth and demand and the numbers of August is the biggest proof. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) shared some interesting details and numbers about the previous month’s air travel diaries that represent the major surge in domestic air traffic.

Domestic Air Travel In India Reported A Stunning Surge In August!

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After a long halt in flying and travelling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the aviation industry is indeed booming and bouncing back with some great numbers. In August 2023, domestic air traffic jumped to 1.24 crore. This states that about 1.24 passengers have taken domestic flights in a span of only August. This is a significant rise and air travel increased by 22.81 per cent in the past month, according to a report by the Economic Times.

The domestic air travel number was 1.01 crore back in August 2022, as shared by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The latest data from the aviation regulator shows how domestic air travel is bouncing back to normal. Taking all the airlines into consideration, the overall number of passengers in the first 8 months of this year is 10.06 crore. In comparison to the first 8 months of 2022, the airlines carried a total of 7.70 crore flyers back then. This is a huge rise of 30.55 per cent, according to a report by dailyO.

Airlines & The Number Of Passengers They Transported

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Many airlines provide domestic services and take passengers to their destinations every day. Here are the numbers of passengers who took off with India’s most well-known airlines.

  • IndiGo transported 78.67 lakh passengers in the last month, according to a report by Business Standard. This airline held the majority, 63.3 per cent of the overall domestic air travel traffic number. IndiGo also recorded the highest on-time performance.
  • Vistara transported a total of 12.17 lakh passengers. In comparison to the other domestic airlines, this airline had the highest load factor last month with 91.3 per cent.
  • 12.12 lakh passengers flew with Air India.
  • For AIX Connect, the number was 9.78 lakh passengers.

Source : Curley Tales