Tekdi Ganesh Temple in Nagpur Upgraded to Grade A Tourism Site

Tekdi Ganesh Temple in Nagpur Upgraded to Grade A Tourism Site

By Author

Published on March 13, 2024

The Maharashtra tourism and culture department recently announced a significant upgrade for Nagpur's esteemed Tekdi Ganesh Temple, bestowing upon it the status of a Grade A tourism site. This upgrade, issued through a government resolution, transforms the temple from a district monument of Grade C status to a recognized national monument, paving the way for central government funding towards its development and beautification.

Established over 300 years ago by Hemandri Pandit, the Tekdi Ganesh Temple has long been a focal point of spiritual and cultural significance in Nagpur. Situated on a hillock opposite the west side of the Nagpur railway station and near the Madhya Pradesh State Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) bus stand, the temple's strategic location makes it an accessible and visible landmark for both locals and visitors.

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The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has already outlined a comprehensive INR 170 crore plan aimed at enhancing the temple's surroundings and visitor experience. With the temple's newfound Grade A status, these ambitious projects can now seek financial backing from central government resources, ensuring that the vision for the temple's enhancement becomes a reality.

Highlighting the temple's rich history, social activist Bhushan Dadwe noted its evolution over the centuries, from its foundation to its construction in the 1970s, which spanned nearly 15 years. "The temple, which once stood on land owned by the Ministry of Defence and was inaccessible to the public until 1965, was released from MoD jurisdiction by then Defence Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, allowing common people to visit," Dadwe explained. Today, the Tekdi Ganesh Temple attracts daily footfalls of 5,000-10,000 devotees and around 1,000 foreign tourists annually, marking it as a significant pilgrimage and tourist site in the region.

The Maharashtra government's decision to elevate the Tekdi Ganesh Temple to Grade A tourism site status not only acknowledges its cultural and historical importance but also opens new avenues for its preservation and promotion as a key destination within India's rich tapestry of spiritual heritage.


Summer Escapes with Royal Stays and Nature Getaways: Unique Luxury Destinations

Summer Escapes with Royal Stays and Nature Getaways: Unique Luxury Destinations

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 30, 2024

Dreaming of a summer escape that goes beyond the typical? Consider indulging in extraordinary experiences at these luxurious havens. Whether it's immersing yourself in the grandeur of historical estates, reconnecting with nature amidst stunning landscapes, or uncovering hidden urban gems, these destinations promise a summer escape like no other.

Aurika Coorg: Nestled among expansive coffee plantations, Aurika Coorg is a nature lover's paradise offering breathtaking views and rich coffee experiences. It's the perfect setting for nature getaways, coffee enthusiasts, pet owners, and those planning destination weddings or relaxing staycations.

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TreeHouse Chail Villas, Himachal Pradesh: Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet within the Shivalik Mountains, TreeHouse Chail Villas offers stunning panoramic views and a charming escape in the hills. Wake up to the beauty of the valley or the starlit skies over Shimla, and enjoy activities like Valley Crossing and visits to Chail Sanctuary.

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Aurika Udaipur: Located amidst the majestic Aravalli Hills, Aurika Udaipur transports you to a regal era. With its impeccable service and architectural splendors, this destination is ideal for hosting grand weddings, corporate offsites, or those seeking a luxurious palace experience.

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Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur: Experience the life of royalty at the Royal Heritage Haveli in Jaipur. Built in the 18th century, this heritage property features traditional décor, serene courtyards, and exquisite service, perfect for those seeking an authentic glimpse into Rajasthan's regal past.

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Aurika Mumbai Skycity: Located in the heart of Mumbai, Aurika Mumbai Skycity blends the city's historic charm with modern luxury. Ideal for business travelers or hosting MICE events, the hotel's mid-century modern design celebrates Mumbai’s rich cultural history.

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This summer, choose from these diverse luxury destinations to create memories that last a lifetime.


Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Dive into the Ultimate Marine Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 26, 2024

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for guests to participate in the largest manta ray assembly on the planet. This spectacular event, hosted in collaboration with the Maldives Manta Conservation Programme, occurs annually from May to November in the plankton-rich waters of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

During the 2023 season, the conservation team recorded an astonishing 6,691 manta ray sightings, highlighting the area’s global significance as a manta ray hotspot. The nearby Hanifaru Bay alone accounted for 82% of these encounters, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for marine enthusiasts.

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This year, guests of Landaa Giraavaru can look forward to even more immersive experiences. The resort’s "Manta-on-Call" service ensures that guests don’t miss this underwater ballet, with alerts that send them directly to the action via speedboat. For those desiring a more educational encounter, the resort offers a Trainee Manta Biologist program, perfect for young marine biologists in the making.

In addition to the manta rays, guests might also spot whale sharks, the ocean’s gentle giants, making their experience in the Maldives truly unforgettable. To enhance guest engagement and education, the resort’s Marine Discovery Centre includes a life-size Hologram Room, where visitors can interact with digital representations of local manta rays.

With meticulously planned dates known as "Manta Hot Dates," the resort maximizes the chances of encountering these majestic creatures. These dates are carefully predicted to align with peak manta activities, ensuring that guests have the best opportunity to witness and interact with the rays.

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Visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru to be part of the greatest marine show on Earth. For bookings and more information, visit Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, email reservations.mal@fourseasons.com, or call (960) 66 00 888.

About Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru:

Located in the heart of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru combines luxury with unique ecological adventures. The resort is committed to conservation efforts and offers guests unparalleled experiences in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.


IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 25, 2024

Get ready to experience travel like never before as IndiGo, India's premier airline, announces its exciting new venture – Business Class services! Amidst the dynamic growth of India's economy, IndiGo is stepping up to redefine premium travel with tailor-made offerings, enhancing the journey for passengers across the nation's busiest routes.

With a fleet of over 360 aircraft and around 2,000 daily flights, IndiGo has been a cornerstone of India's aviation landscape for nearly 18 years. Now, the airline is set to revolutionize business travel with its innovative approach to service.

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"In a groundbreaking move to redefine business travel in India, IndiGo announces the plan to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes," says Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo. "As India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it's our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business."

The new Business Class service will offer a desired option for many passengers, catering to their evolving aspirations. Set to be operational before the end of the year, the service will be available on the busiest routes of the nation, providing a seamless blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

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Detailed information about the product offering, launch date, and routes will be unveiled in August, coinciding with IndiGo’s 18th anniversary. This milestone marks a significant step in the airline's evolution, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence in service.

As IndiGo continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of passengers, the introduction of Business Class is another testament to its dedication to providing exceptional travel experiences. Stay tuned for more updates as IndiGo transforms the way we fly, one journey at a time.

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