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When an official meeting turned towards JAL MAHOTSAV!

It is highly unlikely that an official meeting would turn the tide towards Jal Mahotsav in Madhya Pradesh, but it happened just yesterday. My guests told me that they handle the account of M.P. Tourism and mentioned that I should visit Jal Mahotsav currently on…my curiosity as a travel blogger grew and I wanted to know more about this water carnival of Madhya Pradesh. The State is very close to my heart as it is India’s heartland and the land of my childhood too.  The water carnival, which is currently on, will last until January 2, 2018.

So for the uninitiated, including me, Jal Mahotsav is set up in the lap of Hanuwantiya Island besides the pristine waters of Indira Sagar Dam on Narmada river, where the picturesque escapade compliments the joy that lies in the spirit of adventure. The water festival has now made the culturally rich Madhya Pradesh is known for its adventure tourism too. It gives one more reason to the people to tour to Madhya Pradesh. Along with celebrating the spirit of adventure, the festival also celebrates the spirit of MP. The absolute brilliance of the local artisans and craftspeople, melodious folk music and performances and lip-smacking cuisine – all these precisely describes and defines what “The Heart Of India” truly stands for.


Once an unexplored place, now a destination where India’s largest water carnival is held. Close to Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh, lies an island in the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam on River Narmada. Hanuwantiya Island, has now turned into an adventure hub with the support of MP Tourism. Derived from local village name with the same name, MP Tourism found Hanuwantiya suitable for water tourism activity. This is the story behind the makeover of Hanuwantiya from an untouched island to an adventure addition in Madhya Pradesh tourism packages.

Flying above the sparkling waters or speeding through it, India’s one of its kind water festival is full of land, water and air adventure activities all set on one canvas called Jal Mahotsav. The festival also represents the culture of Madhya Pradesh – a culture that stands for the rich skill set of its artisans, rich heritage and not to miss out, sumptuous cuisine! MP Tourism Jal Mahotsav is truly a dream for every adventure lover and a desire of every individual who seeks a holistic rejuvenation.

Here’s how the grand festival – MP Tourism Jal Mahotsav became possible. In its efforts to make Madhya Pradesh known for its adventure tourism too, MP Tourism revamped the unexplored and untouched Hanuwantiya Island and turned it into a small city in itself. A tent city where people can rejoice and relax while at the same time be adventurous! In a small span of its inception, Jal Mahotsav has now become a very important part of Madhya Pradesh Tour packages with more and more people coming over to Madhya Pradesh to discover a completely new face of the state.
Here you can lose your heart and soul to the beauty of state where “The Heart of India” lies!!

Once an unexplored place, now a destination where India’s largest water carnival is held. Close to Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh, lies an island in the backwaters of Indira Sagar Dam on River Narmada. Hanuwantiya Island, once an unexplored and unknown place, has now turned into an adventure hub with the support of MP Tourism. Derived from local village name with the same name, MP Tourism found Hanuwantiya suitable for water tourism activity. This is the story behind the makeover of Hanuwantiya from an untouched island to an adventure addition in Madhya Pradesh tourism packages.


Nestled in this Hanuwantiya Island is Jal Mahotsav – a striking contrast of adventure with serenity, of excitement with relaxation. An extravaganza to rekindle the spirit of adventure within oneself, India’s one of its kind water festival is all set to rule the hearts of all the adventure lovers once again! Well, if you aren’t an adventure buff, you shouldn’t be disappointed since the place unwinds surprises for everyone. Those in search of relaxation and a break from routine life can treat themselves to the comfort of a luxury tent, sit back and feel the cool breeze relaxing every nerve of your mind and body.

 With the vision of Honourable Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan to make “the heart of India” known for its adventure tourism, a dream called Jal Mahotsav was born.

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Travel boosters on FMs platter this Budget!

Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley announced the introduction of electronic visas (e-visas), creation of heritage and religious theme-based tourism circuits and financial support for the development of a Convention Centre in Goa in his maiden Budget speech yesterday, July 10, 2014. The government has also enhanced duty-free allowance for Indians returning from abroad to Rs. 45,000 from Rs 35,000.

Not only this, FM also announced the development of new airports in Tier-I and -II cities but gave no relief to the aviation sector in terms of lower taxes on jet fuel. Air India received an additional infusion of Rs. 1,000 crore above the Rs. 5,500 crore committed in the interim Budget in February. The government said no custom duty will be payable on aircraft engines imported for repair and maintenance by airlines.

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Jaitley said in his Budget speech, “Despite the increase in air connectivity, air travel is still out of reach of a large number of aspirational Indians. The scheme for the development of new airports in Tier-I and -II cities will be launched for implementation through the Airports Authority of India (AAI) or PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships).”

Details are yet to be revealed with regard to list of airports to be developed under the scheme. Last year the government had announced the development of 14 AAI-run airports through PPP. It started the process for Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Guwahati. But the proposal got deferred.

Similarly, the AAI had marked 50 towns for airport development. These included towns with unused airstrips and those with potential for air traffic. Kapil Kaul of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, said, “We will need more clarity from the civil aviation ministry on the airport development proposal. We were expecting recognition from the government that the sector is in trouble and the announcement of a few incentives. But that has not happened.”

The government announced the introduction of the e-visa facility at nine airports in six months. Other measures include the creation of five tourism circuits with Rs 500-crore Budget support, viability gap funding for a convention centre in Goa and service tax benefits to tour operators. “Services provided by Indian tour operators to foreign tourists in relation to a tour wholly conducted outside India is being taken out of the tax net,” the minister said.

Travel agents also welcomed the steps for enhancing women safety. “This step will not only help the residents feel safer, but will also increase the security for solo women tourists, domestic and inbound,” said Vikram Malhi, managing director (Asia) of travel portal Expedia.
“While the travel & tourism sector received both monetary and policy-level encouragement, we expected more in the civil aviation sector. Some rationalisation on tax on jet fuel, to bring it in line with international levels, would have resulted in a level-playing field for Indian airlines,” said Deep Kalra, founder and group chief executive of MakeMyTrip.

“The decision of introducing e-visa will provide the much-expected boost to the tourism sector in India. A strong focus on regional infrastructure and connectivity will also benefit in bringing in investments from foreign airlines as well for generating employment,” said Ankur Bhatia, executive director, Bird Group.
Source: Business Standard