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LUDHIANA: An all-inclusive participation of Jammu & Kashmir delegation in the 3 days Tourism Exhibition organized at Ludhiana by India Travel Mart(ITM) from 18th -20th August 2017 enhanced the scope of making all three regions viz-a-viz JAMMU, KASHMIR and LADAKH of the state of J&K as destinations of high esteem. Dr Umesh Shan, Assistant Director Tourism lead the delegation of officials/non-officials and stakeholders at the ITM. The team presented the state as a collective bouquet of diverse tourism interests. The Assistant Director gave details about the significance of new tourist circuits and also deliberated upon the upgraded tourism infrastructure.

 

The high point of the event was earmarked by an introductory circuit of “SAMPOORAN MATA VAISHNO DEVI JI TIRATH” and tourist destinations in and around Jammu city within the radius of 40 Kms, adding a refreshing dimension of scenic / spiritual essence to the existing pilgrimage circuit of Jammu region, an initiative of Directorate of Tourism, Jammu, followed by highlighting new tourism destinations of VALE OF KASHMIR in complementation to fresh verticals of KARGIL and LEH. While appreciating the efforts and support of J&K Tourism Department, Ajay Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, ICM Group announced, that he will initiate an information dissemination cell about these new tourist circuits and facilities, announced by J&K Tourism in all the travel fairs and events organized by his group in order to provide sleeper effect to the initiatives of the J&K Tourism

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NEW DELHI: A Food Festival was inaugurated by Principal Resident Commissioners of J&K  and Tamil Nadu, R.K.Gupta, Jasbir Singh Bajaj and N. Muruganandam respectively at J&K Guest House Chanakya Puri, New Delhi today. This Food Festival has been organized by Jammu and Kashmir and its pairing state Tamil Nadu under the programme “EK BHARAT SHRESHTA BHARAT” (EBSB) launched by Prime Minister to undertake mutual engagements of states/UTs with one another according to a structured plan i.e.  Tamil Nadu will organise its food festival today  at J&K Guest House, Chanakya Puri, and J&K shall organise food festival on 27th of August, 2017 at Tamil Nadu House.

 

As part of this exercise the state of Tamil Nadu has organised the Food Festival as per the EBSB pairing and prepared its food and offered at J&K Guest House. The novelty of the programme is to show case the Culture Diversity, Culture Ethos, through Art and Craft Exhibition. The special attraction of todays festival was the display of Traditional Handloom and Handicrafts of Tamil Nadu. The officials said that the occasion provided an opportunity to intermingle the culture of both the states through the flavour of tasting food which shows the feeling of National Integration and also to achieve an aim of greater bonding amongst the people of different states. The officers and officials of both the states were also present on the occasion.

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NEW DELHI: A scheme of booking e-ticket online and making payment after 15 days through ‘ePaylater’ powered by M/s Arthashastra Fintech Pvt. Ltd., as a pilot project, has been introduced by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC). Under this scheme, a customer has the option to pay after 15 days of booking an e-ticket through IRCTC website.

The service charge levied on using ‘ePaylater’ scheme is 3.50% of transaction amount and applicable taxes. Online ticketing through IRCTC website is gaining popularity and its share vis-à-vis counter tickets is increasing. Further, online ticket booking is also being promoted as a cashless mode of transaction.

ePaylater as a payment option is displayed at the payment page of IRCTC website to make people aware about the availability of this payment method. Details about its service charge and ‘Terms & Conditions’ of the scheme are also provided at the payment option page. This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.