Ayodhya Current Affairs - 2019
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Shri Ramayana Express, a special tourist train to run on Ramayana circuit to cover major spots related to Hindu epic was flagged off by Indian Railways from Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi. The pilgrimage circuit of Shri Ramayana Yatra will have two travel components — one each in India and Sri Lanka.
Shri Ramayana Express
In India, after leaving New Delhi, 800-seat Shri Ramayana Express will make its first stop in Ayodhya followed by Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple. Then it cover important destinations of Ramayana circuit such as Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram.
It will complete its journey till Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu in 16 days covering all important destinations associated with the life of Lord Shri Ram. The railways has decided the fare for 16-day trip at Rs. 15,120 per person.
The Sri Lanka leg of the tour will be charged separately as passengers opting for Sri Lanka leg of Ramayana Yatra package can take flight to Colombo from Chennai. Railways is currently offering five-night/six-day Sri Lanka tour package at cost starting from Rs. 47,600 per person.
India and South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. The MoU was signed between Union Ministry of Tourism and South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in New Delhi. It was signed during official four-day visit of First Lady of South Korea Kim Jung-sook (wife of incumbent South Korean President Moon Jae-in) to India. First Lady Kim is Chief Guest at Deepotsav event organized by Uttar Pradesh Government in Ayodhya and at ceremony of inaugurating new Memorial of Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya and Korea have historical connections. It is believed that lAyodhya’s egendary Princess Suriratna had traveled to Korea in 48 CE and married Korean King Suro.
South Korea is one of the leading tourists generating market for India from East Asia region. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) from South Republic in 2017 were 1, 42, 383 and during January- September were 1, 08,901. The signing of this MoU will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals to India from this source market.
It will expand bilateral cooperation in tourism sector, increase exchange of information and data related to tourism and encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators. It will also encourage Investment in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors and promote safe, honorable and sustainable tourism