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Nearly 400 tourists rescued from North Sikkim by Army IAF on helicopters

Gangtok, October 9: Nearly 400 tourists, including 13 from Bangladesh, were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Army from the Lachen and Lachung towns in North Sikkim on Monday, officials said. The MI-17 and Chinook helicopters of the IAF conducted 10 sorties, moving 354 tourists out of the disaster-hit areas, they said. These tourists were brought to Pakyong airport, they added. The Army shifted 45 tourists from Lachen to Mangan on helicopters, officials said. These tourists were stranded in Lachen and Lachung after a cloudburst over Lhonak Lake...
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3,000 tourists stranded in Lachen, Lachung in Sikkim

GANGTOK, October 7: Over 3,000 tourists are stranded in Lachen and Lachung, situated in the Mangan district of Sikkim, following a flash flood that severed all road connections. Officials have confirmed their safety on Saturday. Despite efforts by the Indian Air Force to conduct rescue and relief operations using Mi-17 helicopters, they were unable to take off from Bagdogra and Chaten due to adverse weather conditions, including low-lying cloud cover and poor visibility in the Lachen and Lachung valley. The roads leading to Lachen and Lachung have been severely damaged,...
North East

1000-yr-old Tripura archaeological site, 2 others beckoning tourists

Agartala, July 15: Pilak, an over 1000-year-old archaeological site in Tripura, is set to woo more travellers as the state government has initiated steps to develop it as a historical tourism circuit with two other places. The place, nestled in Jolaibari, about 100 km from here, formed part of a chain of Hindu-Buddhist sites on the tri-junction of East Bengal (now Bangladesh), Tripura and Arakkan (Myanmar) region. “It is a famous tourist spot in Tripura’s South District which is visited by people from different parts of the country. We have...
North East

Army rescues 300 more tourists stranded in North Sikkim

Gangtok/Jalpaiguri, June 19: The Indian Army rescued 300 more tourists who were stranded in North Sikkim district due to landslides and roadblocks, an official statement said. The troops of Striking Lion Division, Trishakti Corps on Sunday assisted 300 stranded tourists at Chungthang in North Sikkim to cross over the temporary bridge for further move towards the state capital Gangtok, it said. The stranded tourists were provided food, resting place and medical comfort by the Army. On Saturday, the troops of the Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army assisted the Sikkim...
North East

All stranded tourists evacuated from North Sikkim, no permit to be issued to tourists for time being: DC

GANGTOK, JUNE 18: The North Sikkim District Collector (DC) Hem Kumar Chettri on Sunday said that no fresh permits will be issued to tourists to visit the picturesque district in view of weather-related vagaries and restoration works underway for roads damaged extensively due to landslides even as all 2,464 stranded tourists have been rescued. He said that the evacuation of all 2,464 tourists stranded following torrential downpour for 3 days was completed on Saturday evening. All tourists and 60 students of Namchi College have left for their respective destinations by...
North East

5 forest ranges of Kaziranga National Park reopen for tourists

Nagaon/Kaziranga, October 28: Five forest ranges of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) opened for tourists after the World Heritage Site was closed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent monsoon season in Assam. Park authorities said Kohora, Bagori, Burhapahar, Dhania, and Laokhoa ranges scattered in Nagaon, Golaghat, Sonitpur, and Karbi Anglong districts reopened on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.Talking to reporters on Wednesday, KNP Director P Shivakumar expressed hope that after a long period of restrictions due to the pandemic across the world, people will now...
World

COVID: Germany lifts ban on tourists from India, UK, other countries

BERLIN, JULY 6: Germany's public health institute said on Monday the United Kingdom, India, Portugal and Russia were no longer "areas of variant concern", reducing travel restrictions for people arriving from those countries. All 4 countries had been downgraded to "high incidence areas", the Robert Koch Institute said, meaning their citizens can now travel to Germany and quarantine on arrival for 10 days.The quarantine period can be shortened to 5 days if they test negative for COVID-19, and people who are fully vaccinated can avoid quarantine altogether.Prior to the change...
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