Santiniketan's Historic UNESCO World Heritage Status: A Triumph of Culture

Santiniketan's Historic UNESCO World Heritage Status: A Triumph of Culture

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Published on September 20, 2023

In a momentous announcement, Santiniketan, the renowned town in West Bengal, has achieved a coveted spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This recognition comes after India’s persistent efforts to secure UNESCO status for this cultural treasure in the Birbhum district.

Santiniketan’s journey began in 1901 when Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore founded it as a residential school and center for art rooted in ancient Indian traditions. Tagore’s vision extended beyond religious and cultural boundaries, emphasizing the unity of humanity. In 1921, it evolved into a ‘world university’ known as Visva Bharati, a testament to its commitment to global unity.

Santiniketan’s architectural style stands apart from British colonialism and European modernism of the early 20th century. Instead, it embraces a pan-Asian modernity that incorporates elements from ancient, medieval, and folk traditions across Asia. This distinctive blend makes Santiniketan a cultural treasure trove.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Santiniketan’s inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a moment of national pride. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her joy, emphasizing the role of the people of Bengal in nurturing this heritage.

Today, Visva-Bharati, situated in Santiniketan, stands as one of India’s most esteemed universities. Offering a wide range of degree programs, it upholds Tagore’s vision and legacy, now further solidified by its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Santiniketan joins a distinguished group of Indian sites with UNESCO recognition, including the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Khajuraho Temples, Qutub Minar, and the Western Ghats.

Santiniketan’s UNESCO status reflects its historical and cultural significance. This achievement is a source of pride for both Santiniketan and the entire nation.

This UNESCO recognition not only honors the legacy of Tagore but also brings global attention to Santiniketan's unique cultural tapestry. As the world recognizes its significance, Santiniketan's rich heritage promises to thrive and inspire generations to come.

With its UNESCO World Heritage status, Santiniketan joins the global effort to preserve and protect cultural treasures. This recognition ensures that future generations can continue to explore its unique blend of ancient traditions, fostering unity and celebrating humanity's diversity.

For travelers and culture enthusiasts, Santiniketan now stands as a must-visit destination, offering a deep dive into India’s cultural and intellectual heritage. Explore its architectural marvels, walk in the footsteps of Tagore, and immerse yourself in a living legacy that has earned its rightful place among the world’s cultural treasures.

In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, every step tells a story of unity, diversity, and the enduring power of human creativity.


Shangri-La Muscat's Immersive Experience

Shangri-La Muscat's Immersive Experience

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 20, 2024

Located along the serene shores of the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Muscat beckons travelers on a journey infused with Omani culture, art, and architecture. From its Turath Café, paying homage to Oman’s maritime history, to the architectural marvels echoing the nation’s rich heritage, the resort offers a harmonious blend of modern luxury and traditional charm.

Architecture aficionados will be captivated by the resort’s design, with Al Bandar showcasing elegant townhouse-inspired architecture and Al Waha offering a familial retreat with its lazy river inspired by traditional falaj irrigation channels. Perched atop the cliffs, Shangri-La Al Husn evokes the ambiance of a regal castle, complete with indigenous representations and curated artworks celebrating Oman’s vibrant culture.

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For a truly immersive experience, guests can indulge in the Essence of Oman program led by Oman’s first accredited frankincense sommelier, Khalid Al Amri. From private tours to the resort’s frankincense garden to culinary delights infused with local flavors, every aspect of the journey is designed to deepen guests’ understanding and appreciation of Oman’s treasured traditions.

At Turath Café, guests can savor aromatic coffees and pastries infused with dates and honey while immersing themselves in Omani heritage. The café also features a mobile museum and art gallery, offering a glimpse into the nation's vibrant culture.

To complete the sensory experience, Shangri-La Al Husn boasts the Luban Spa, the region’s only spa featuring frankincense treatments renowned for their healing properties. Guests can unwind and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings, indulging in ancient rituals that soothe the mind, body, and soul.

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Beyond the resort, Muscat awaits with its wealth of attractions, including the Bait Al Zubair museum, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and bustling Muttrah Souq, each offering a glimpse into Oman's storied past and vibrant present. 

Whether exploring the city's landmarks or simply soaking in the natural beauty of the coastline, guests are sure to be enchanted by the timeless allure of Oman.


Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 18, 2024

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has once again been named the world's busiest airport for international travel, marking a decade of dominance in the global aviation industry. This announcement was made by the Airports Council International (ACI), which released its preliminary report on the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2023.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expressed immense pride in this achievement, emphasizing the strategic efforts that have contributed to DXB's success. "Throughout this decade, DXB has set numerous records and achieved many milestones, from welcoming our billionth passenger to expanding our terminals and enhancing our service offerings," Griffiths stated. These efforts underscore DXB's commitment to maintaining a leading position in the global aviation sector.

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The 2023 ACI report highlights significant shifts in international air travel dynamics, with DXB playing a pivotal role in these changes. Factors such as China's reopening and a sustained interest in international travel have fueled the global travel industry, with DXB at the forefront of this resurgence.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General, noted that global air travel in 2023 was primarily driven by international traffic, which has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. "Dubai International Airport's strategic location and world-class facilities have continually attracted a vast network of international flights, making it a central hub in global air traffic," said de Oliveira.

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The report also underscored the critical role airports like DXB play in enhancing global connectivity and supporting economic growth. With ongoing initiatives to expand and innovate, Dubai Airports is focused on maintaining DXB’s status as a top international hub in the years to come.

As DXB looks to the future, Griffiths reaffirmed the airport's commitment to innovation and excellence. "We are determined to sustain our leadership position by enhancing every aspect of the passenger experience and continuing to expand our global reach," he concluded.

This recognition not only reflects Dubai’s capacity to handle vast numbers of international travelers but also its strategic importance in linking the East and West, making it an essential player in the ongoing growth and development of the global aviation landscape.


Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

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Published on April 18, 2024

Telangana Tourism has rolled out an enticing opportunity for Hyderabad residents seeking solace and spirituality amidst the scorching summer months. The "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package promises a serene three-day journey filled with exploration, set to kick off on select dates in April, May, and June.

Priced at Rs 7,500 for adults and Rs 6,000 for children, the tour ensures a tranquil start from CRO Basheerbagh at 6:30 pm. Embark on a spiritual odyssey as day one unfolds with an early morning arrival at Kanipakam, allowing ample time for refreshments and check-out before delving into the sacred Kanipakam Temple. Journey onward to Thiruvanamalai, indulging in a leisurely lunch at TTDC Aalayam Hotel before immersing in the divine aura of the Arunachaleswara Temple. Wrap up the day with a delectable dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at TTDC Aalayam Hotel.

Day two unveils further enchantment as travelers explore the Sripuram Golden Vehicle in Vellore, relishing in lunch and marveling at the exquisite Sripuram Golden Temple. Bid adieu to Vellore as the return journey to Hyderabad commences in the late afternoon, accompanied by dinner en route.

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The package encompasses twin-sharing accommodation and transportation, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience throughout the expedition. Excluding expenses for temple visits and additional meals, the tour offers a perfect blend of spiritual encounters and leisurely escapades.

Telangana Tourism's initiative underscores a commitment to providing immersive experiences tailored to diverse interests, promising a rejuvenating getaway amidst the serenity of Arunachalam. For bookings and inquiries, reach out at +91 98485 40371.

Experience the allure of spirituality with Telangana Tourism's "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package, where every moment is a step closer to inner peace and tranquility.

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