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Mudpack therapy to keep Taj dome out of sight for a year

For the first time in the history of Taj Mahal, mud-pack therapy will be done on its main dome to remove yellowness from the white marble. According to Archaeological Survey of India officials, this process will take more than a year to complete. Iron scaffolding will be tied all around the dome for this purpose. The therapy will be carried out by the ASI's science branch which has sought a no objection certificated from its civil department. It has also sought a report from the engineering department on the load bearing capacity of the main structure as iron scaffolding is required to be tied round for carrying out the work. The cleaning of the main dome is the part of the conservation plan of the monument submitted to the Parliamentary standing committee on environment, which has raised serious objections over black and yellow spots on the marble surfaces, especially minarets.

A senior ASI official informed that the conservation work on three minarets out of four have been completed. This work will only after completion of the forth minaret. At present, therapy on the facade in going on. We will try and start the work by April next year." In the interim plan, the department, keeping in view the height of the dome and its special architectural features, had said it would first conduct technical studies in association with specialized institutions before starting the actual work. The deadline of March, 2018, has been fixed for this in the interim plan.

Golden Tulip opens Royal Tulip Kufri - Shimla

Golden Tulip Hospitality group, South Asia has announced the opening of Royal Tulip Kufri- Shimla. This will be the group's first luxury property in the Himalayas. Located at 8,600 ft above sea level in Kufri, Royal Tulip Kufri is a world class resort that captures the beauty of its pristine wilderness. With views of the Himalayas spread over acres of Cedar forest range, Royal Tulip Kufri is a luxury resort that embodies the charm of a small hill station, overlooking the valley. Royal Tulip Kufri is a family holiday destination and also has a Club Kufri, a hub for children with various fun activities such as – billiards, games center etc. Royal Tulip offers banquet venues that can accommodate over 800 guests, ideal for destination weddings, events, corporate off sites and get togethers. There is also a spa and an indoor pool area. Those who are more adventurous can enjoy several outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as trekking, golf at Naldhera and skiing during season.

JW Marriott enters East India; opens in Kolkata

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio with the opening of its eighth hotel in India, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata. The first hotel in Kolkata and East India by Marriott International, the property towers over JBS Haldane Avenue and is located in the heart of the city, minutes from the old central business district. The hotel will feature an elevated guest experience with exceptional comforts and personalised service, housed within a warm environment designed to reflect the spirit of the Kolkata. Comprising 281 spacious rooms, the hotel boasts of the largest ballroom in the city. In a first for the city, the hotel features a unique bridal room, offering brides an exclusive, private space available for pre-wedding preparations. In addition to 38,370 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces measuring, the hotel offers five intimate studios for meetings, each one equipped with cutting-edge facilities. Among the F&B offerings, JW Kitchen, is the all-day restaurant featuring residential-style kitchens, prepares made to-order dishes with four interactive cooking stations. Vintage Asia is a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Thai and Chinese dishes. JW Lounge, a casual meeting space, is the venue of choice for freshly baked items and afternoon tea or crafted cocktails and a premium wine and spirits selection in the evening. Gold, a chic nightclub, impresses with its sleek design and refined opulence. The Roof Top Lounge on the 24th floor takes dining to new heights with views overlooking the surrounding lush greenery. For European flavours, the Tuscan Grill specializes in Italian dishes and Mediterranean delicacies.

The Pushkar Camel & Cultural Fair - 8th to 14th November, 2016

This Camel & Cultural fair in Rajasthan is indeed a grand event cherished with life bubbling with activities that circumvent a plethora of cultural and musical events, in addition to some lifetime thrills in form of camel safari tours. This year in 2016, the hustle and bustle of the annual Panorama would be witnessed from 8th to 14th November, comprising of bounteous and gratifying festivities at the Pushkar Camel & Cultural Fair which take its horizons to another level, thus epitomizing Rajasthan on global map for its vibrancy and culture galore. The world famous Pushkar Fair is incidentally termed as one of the largest cattle fair on the planet.