UNWTO List Unveils Dhordo as a Top Tourist Village in India for 2023

UNWTO List Unveils Dhordo as a Top Tourist Village in India for 2023

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Published on October 24, 2023

In a significant development that marks India's prominence on the global tourism map, Dhordo in Gujarat has been honoured with a spot in the distinguished UNWTO list of Best Tourism Villages. This scenic village, nestled in the culturally rich region of Kutch, is now internationally recognised, thanks to its unique banni hospitality, intricate mud craft, and the famed Mutwa embroidery.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) unveiled its list of 54 Best Tourism Villages for the year 2023, spotlighting Dhordo among the esteemed ranks. This recognition underscores the village's exemplary commitment to nurturing rural regions while safeguarding landscapes, cultural diversity, local values, and culinary traditions.

Dhordo's inclusion shines a light on its hosting of the renowned 100-day Rann Utsav, a festival that showcases the village's cultural opulence and offers a peek into the lives of the local artisans and craftspeople. Every corner of Dhordo tells a story of tradition, artistry, and an unwavering commitment to cultural preservation.

Adding to India's accolades, Madla in Madhya Pradesh is soon to join the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network as part of the Upgrade Programme. This expansion reflects the continuous efforts of Indian villages in upholding high standards of tourism and cultural preservation.

The UNWTO’s initiative is designed to promote rural development and inclusion, combating depopulation while encouraging innovation, value chain integration, and sustainable practices in tourism. Each selected village is a testament to the power of tourism as a catalyst for local development and well-being.

Every accolade and recognition, like that of Dhordo’s, is a step closer to making rural India a globally recognized hub for sustainable and culturally rich tourism. The future is bright, with ongoing efforts to uncover and uplift hidden gems of incredible India, bringing them to the world stage where they rightfully belong.

The 2023 UNWTO list of Best Tourism Villages also features remarkable villages from around the globe, including Al Sela in Jordan, Barrancas in Chile, and Biei in Japan. Each village exemplifies a harmonious blend of culture, nature, and innovation in tourism.

As we look ahead, the anticipation builds for the first months of 2024, where yet another call for submissions will unfold, ready to unveil the next set of rural wonders that continue to make our world a vibrant mosaic of cultural treasures. In the heart of every village lies a narrative waiting to be told, a culture waiting to be explored, and an experience waiting to be lived. In Dhordo, these tales of splendor await your discovery.


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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