Shri Gautam Gambhir

Q. Sir, we at AsiaOne, really appreciate the various socially beneficial endeavors undertaken by your organization, ‘The Gautam Gambhir Foundation’ under your exemplary leadership. Please throw light on all the initiatives which your organization has undertaken especially during a pandemic, especially the recent ones.

A. See, first I want to start off with from where we started this foundation, the base of this foundation was to serve the martyrs family – children, because as you all know, I’ve always wanted to be in the army. So we started this foundation supporting 16 families of the Sukma victims, and then later on then, now we sponsor 100 children of all the paramilitary forces. So whether it is BSF, CRPF, CISF, all the paramilitary forces.

And at the same time, the second initiative which we took was to sponsor the 10 girls of the sex workers. And that is something which is very, very close to my heart, because the most important thing when you sponsor the education of a sex worker, the girl from the sex workers family is that you can’t disclose the identity. Me, myself doesn’t know the girl to be honest, I don’t even know the identity or anything. So that is something which is very, very satisfying.

And then the third thing which we did was started this community kitchen, which serves 1100 people every day at Rupee One. And the quality of food which we give is probably anyone can eat, I can eat, you can eat all of us can eat. And I go there randomly just to check the quality of food because exactly one that food should be served with respect. And that is the reason why we’ve kept one rupee. So that one, once someone enters that kitchen, or that canteen, he should feel proud of himself. Because self respect is probably the most important thing. Yes, you want to give free food you want to give free water, free electricity, but you got to give it with self respect as well. So that is the reason why we had kept one rupee for community kitchen. And at the same time during the pandemic, the foundation actually, what gave 50,000 odd kits, ration kits. So we had distributed five lakh kgs of ration, especially to people who were in desperate need of it. And then we had supplied PPP kits, we had supplied mask, sanitizers, all those things. That all happened through the foundation. So I think the base of the foundation is to Martyrs family, that we can support try to support as many children’s as we can, started with 16. Now, we have around 100-150 children, which we support from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. There are children from different places, and we look after their not only their studies until the time they want to study they can get into that education. Plus they can choose the school as well. It is not that 90% of these children’s are studying in convent schools or public school, or some of them are even studying in boarding schools. At the same time, we sponsor they’re stationary, we sponsor their uniform at the same time, we counsel their mother as well, because counseling the mother becomes equally important. So this is where this foundation started. And we are all very proud it is not, again, my individual effort, it is the team effort, which has actually taken this foundation to where it is now. But the most content thing is that when we started these two community kitchens, so that when we see nearly people come out there and eat quality food, and with respect that is something which is very, very satisfying.

Q. Sir, you are a social icon, a youth icon, in fact, the national icon. The youth of the nation, look forward to you for inspiration! As a youth icon, and a young leader dedicated to nation building, what’s your message to the youth of the nation?

A. See, my message has always been very clear. I think when people talk about good people should get into politics, I absolutely believe in it. They should get into politics. Till the time good people will not get into politics, I think this country will not change. When you get into the politics with only one mindset and intent is to give it back not taking anything from the people and that is something which is very important and get that contentment and satisfaction when you try and serve people because you can have loads and loads of money, but this effort or this belief of giving it back to your own people. This is what actual nationalism is all about when people talk about what is nationalism, nationalism is everywhere. Nationalism is serving someone food, nationalism is probably when you come, when you’re coming back from the airport at two o’clock in the morning or two o’clock at night, following the traffic rules, stopping on red light even when you know that there is actually no one looking at you. Not throwing litter on the road, respecting women, which is very important. Yes, we can make use of the CCTV cameras – all these technologies are very important. But behavioral change is far more important, I believe. We must respect women, whether it is at home. So all of us, we have to go to start respecting our mothers, grandmothers, wives, and children. So that is how behavourial change will happen. And that is when the crime against women will start going down.

So my message to all the young people is that I think nationalism is everywhere. Just follow it and be proud to be called as Indians because this country is giving you the biggest thing that’s your identity, that’s your name. And no one else can give you that you go to anywhere in the world, you’re not known by your name, you know, but by the name of your country. And you feel proud when you call yourself as Indians. Every minute of my life, I feel proud to be called as an Indian. And I’m very, I’m very, very proud!

Q. AsiaOne Magazine has also forayed into the digital media from print during the pandemic, taking a cue from PM Modi ji’s call of ‘turning adversity into opportunity.’ So what’s your message for this Greatest Brands and Leaders Series by AsiaOne magazine in which we aim to bring to fore those leaders who have not only made an impact on the economies of India and Asia but also on their societies as well.

A. First, I want to congratulate AsiaOne for this new venture at the same time, I feel that it’s a great initiative when you try and bring leaders try and interview them try and get them into the main front, when they deliver for the people of this country, when they do something really impactful. So I really want to congratulate and I hope AsiaOne grows even stronger in future. And it’s just the start hopefully, there’s a lot of success in coming years. Thank you so much!

Shri Kiren Rijiju

Q. Hon’ble minister sir, you are a minister to whom the youth of India looks up to. You are really popular on the social media where you consistently inspire and motivate the nation to adopt a healthier lifestyle. You are also working on some great initiatives under the Modi government to promote sports and youth empowerment. Please throw some light on your ministry’s strategy to contribute towards Fit India Movement.

A. Our objective is very clear; we have to engage the youth of India. We always say that youth are our assets but until or unless we engage them gainfully and utilise the energy of the youth, we won’t be able to reap the benefit, the… huge huge population, which we have in India into nation-building. So, we are looking forward to create an atmosphere where the youth will play a very critical role in nation-building. We have launched some important programmes like Khelo India, Fit India Movement, this will create an enormous situation in our country where the youth will drive all the important programmes of the government. And Fit India Movement is something, which I take very close to my heart. Honorable Prime Minister Modi ji had launched Fit India Movement and I am driving it. When I drive it, I enjoy it also because youth are becoming very conscious of their health, fitness. So, I think now majority of the youth are turning into fitness as a part of their daily regime. At the same time, Khelo India is the programme to create sports as a way of life, to make sports as a culture and which is very important and in the days to come – our aim to transform India into a global sporting powerhouse will be met with the sporting culture which we have able to create so far.

Q. What is your vision for Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi ji’s call for Vocal for Local and Aatmnirbhar Bharat? Under your able leadership, how the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports would be contributing to it?

A. See ‘Vocal for Local’ is basically to create confidence amongst ourselves. If we identify our own talent, our own potential, then only we will be able to strengthen ourselves. If we don’t identify or we don’t realise our potential, how do we drive ourselves? So, for example, we have indigenous games, we have to identify those indigenous games. I am trying to bring up the local Indian talents, coaches. Of course, right now we are dependent on the foreign coaches for the high-performance directors and for some of the coachings and subsequently, my aim is to have more or less, you know, Indian coaches in our system of training the educating the young athletes. So, these are some of the steps from my ministry where we will be contributing to the Aatmnirbhar Bharat, which Prime Minister had launched; means we have to be self-reliant, we have to depend on our own indigenous local talent. So, whether it is a product, commodities, or human resources, we have to ensure that we identify local talent, local products and on top of that, my ministry has 75 lakhs, youth volunteers, under the Department of Youth Affairs. So, I am utilising these 75 lakhs, youth volunteers, to drive the Aatmnirbhar Bharat launch by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. And our youth are going to the extreme level to all the nook and corner of the country, to galvanize the youth of the nation to reach out to every part of the country, to ensure that we all must become self-reliant and that is the theme of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

Q. Sir, we, at AsiaOne, really admire you as a leader who leads by example. As I stated earlier, you are one big motivational force for the youth of India and we really appreciate your efforts towards motivating each and every citizen of the nation to adopt any physical activity of their choice and you have been so active at the social media platforms. You yourself post your physical activity videos and you have, Sir, off late, emerged as a really popular youth icon. What’s your message to the budding young entrepreneurs, aspiring sportspersons, and all others who look up to you for inspiration?

A. See, as a public person, we have to be an example to the younger generation. As a minister, as an elected person, we are something, so we have to show everything with our own right approach. So, I am trying to lead a very normal life and show it to the younger generation. For example, my daily routine life – despite my busy schedule, very-very intensive touring programmes and all, I try to show that no matter how busy, how occupied you may be but you can do certain things to make your life better, your life more disciplined and focused. So, there is a regime which you follow every day. So, I try to tell the youth that adopt, don’t forget to maintain your fitness level. So, that is all about, you know, making your health better, your thinking process positive, so that you can become a useful citizen for your country. A youth cannot be a burden to the nation. A youth has to be strength of the nation. So, there are certain things which I have done, for example, reaching out to the youth, interaction with the athletes, all the sportsperson, all the stakeholders. I make myself available to those who want to interact with a minister. So, I cannot be inaccessible to the people. So, I try to show that I lead a very simple, very-very easy life. So that, you know, people will learn something basic from a minister. And at the same time, I would like to tell the youth of country that problems are there, issues are there, challenges are a part of life, but that should not discourage in any manner in your progression in life or in fulfilling your dreams. All the problems and all obstacles are, if tackled in a positive manner, then you will overcome everything. That is how I have come from a very small remote village in Arunachal Pradesh and be in the parliament, I am able to convey my feelings in a bigger platform and at the same time I try to ensure that I remain relevant all the time, to new challenges in the life challenges before the nation. So, these are certain things. My message to the youth is that only think positive. Don’t bring negative thoughts in your life. Because there are positives, both and there are negatives. But if you think only positive then you will do positive things but if you start giving importance to all the negative things then you might end up doing all negative stuff. So, be positive and lead a successful life. When we talk about making India a great, prospering nation, it will only be possible if youth of India think positive and do positive.

Q. What do you feel about this new series by AsiaOne Magazine titled ‘Greatest Brands and Leaders,’ considering the fact that AsiaOne has been consistently promoting Asian brands and leaders throughout the world and our aim is to counter the perception that western brands are superior as compared to their Asian counterparts. And what’s your message for AsiaOne Magazine and Mr. Rajat Shukal?

A. First of all, I would like to compliment Rajat Shukal for coming out with this AsiaOne Magazine which is itself telling AsiaOne. We have to build the brands of our own, the Asian brand, the Indian brand and need to say that 21st century is going to be Asian century. So, the magazine is starting on a very very positive note and I think with this positive mindset and approach the magazine, your all the efforts, will bring a tremendous change in the way we look at things and to influence the youth. So, my best wishes to the entire team!

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Q. Sir, under your able leadership, E-learning in the country is currently thriving by turning adversity into opportunity. We, at AsiaOne, appreciate the fact that for promoting innovation in the online education ecosystem in India you recently launched a week long ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ campaign for crowdsourcing of ideas from some of the best brains in India to overcome constraints of online education while promoting the available digital education platforms and reviewed the suggestions personally. Please share some insights on the success of this campaign.

A. The unprecedented crises of COVID-19 have led to a paradigm transformation in education. The education institutions were closed in the second week of March even before Lockdown was imposed. All Exams and evaluations got postponed. The Ministry of Human Resource Development came forth to mitigate the impact of school closures and found ways to make sure that ‘Learning doesn’t stop’. Adapting to the multi-modal delivery of transactions of the curriculum including digital learning helped us to lessen the impact of the crises. We stood advert to our commitment to provide education based on the foundational pillars of access, equity, quality, affordability, and accountability as outlaid in the Draft New Education Policy.

As a step forward, we initiated a campaign a week ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ for crowdsourcing of ideas for intensifying digital education in India. We have received more than 10, 500+ suggestions from students, teachers, academicians, and scholars. The suggestions have been analyzed by NCERT. The valuable suggestions are being incorporated into the guidelines and implementation of digital education. Recently, we have also launched PRAGYTA – guideless for digital education which provides a roadmap for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education.

Q. Sir, what are your views on PM Modi Ji’s call for “Vocal for Local” and “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.” How are you planning to further this agenda?

A. The ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ vision of the Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will make India a self-reliant nation among the global powers. I along with the whole Ministry of Education will work for achieving his mission in a mission mode manner.

The higher education institutes have come forward to solve the myriad of challenges with innovative measures to tackle the pernicious situation which has made an unparalleled impact globally. From research to the rescue, our HEIs have shown a great degree of responsibility by contributing to different dimensions to combat the CoVID-19 challenge. To up strong the challenge and their participation, we are conducting various hackathons such as Drug Discovery Hackathon, ‘Fight Corona IDEAthon’, and Smart India Hackathon.

I am delighted to share that we have launched COROSURE – a testing kit of COVID-19. Researchers at IIT Delhi Kusuma School of Biological Science (KSBS) has developed a detection assay for COVID-19 which has been approved by ICMR. The assay has been validated at ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%. This makes IITD the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time PCR based diagnostic assay. The frugal CoVID-19 testing kit developed by IIT Delhi is a great example of PPP.

Be it ventilators, testing kits, mask production, sanitizer units mobile-based contact tracking applications, various web portals for resource mobilization, our HEI have done world classwork. IIT Roorkee has developed a low-cost ventilator Prana Vayu. IIT Kanpur has started an indigenous mask production facility. Covid19 Test Bus developed by IIT Alumni has been launched in Maharashtra. I am certainly proud of the ample work being done across IITs, IIITs, NITs, and IISERs.

I am also thankful to the Union Finance Minister, Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman for announcing various transformative initiatives for transformative education under the Economic Relief Package. The initiatives include PM E- Vidya, Manodarpan, expansion of online education in higher education, and decision on the initiation of National Curriculum and Pedagogical Framework and A National Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission.

Q. Sir, you are a multi-talented leader with a Poet, Social Worker, and Writer all rolled into one. You have numerous publications to your credit and have also been actively associated with various social activities such as ‘Swaran Ganga’ drive. Despite hailing from a humble background, you have risen to a position of prominence, owing to hard work and dedication. You are an inspiration for umpteen aspiring students and others who aim to make it big. What’s your message for the youth of the nation who looks up to you for inspiration?

A. As propounded by Swami Vivekananda, education should not only be a collection of information, but something more meaningful; it should strive to achieve ‘satchitananda’ (existence, consciousness, and bliss). While gaining knowledge the students should widen their horizons to incorporate the learnings from the Indian traditions, culture, morals, and ethos. The righteous knowledge should be a blend of the traditional system and the advancement of the 21st century. I am sure that the teachers are working hard for the same.

Keeping a foresight on the global transformations that are taking place and abiding by our movement towards ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ I am expecting a magnificent contribution from the youth for a prosperous development of the society. The youth of the country has to lead the country with solutions for the transformation of the education system, economic issues, climate change, poverty, health, and other traversed global issues.

Trust me, I am counting on you to emerge as the world leader!

Q. Sir, what do you feel about this new series by AsiaOne Magazine titled “Greatest Brands and Leaders” and what’s your message for AsiaOne Magazine and Mr. Rajat Shukal?

A. I congratulate AsiaOne Magazine & Mr. Rajat Shukal for this new series titled “Greatest Brands & Leaders” which showcases awe-inspiring success stories of top Asian brands and leaders from across the globe who have enabled Asia to acquire a unique and distinguished status in the world.

This would certainly inspire and motivate the aspiring young Asian entrepreneurs, sportspersons, socialist activists, philanthropists, and achievers in various spheres to follow the footprints of these greatest leaders and enable the Asian continent to acquire a position of prominence on the world map.

Rwanda

Land of Natural Wonders

Rwanda offers an adventurous and exciting vacation to tourists from all over the world as they try to soak their spirits into the warmth of incredible experiences gathered in this marvelously beautiful country of thousand hills, exhilarating savannah, deep valleys, copious wildlife and soothing nature. Exceptionally beautiful, visitors love Rwanda for its numerous adventurous activities including safaris, and lake & beach adventures

By His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda, Mumbai

Gradually improving their economy, Rwandans are generally living healthier and wealthier lives, considering its past devastations. Rising up to fight all challenges, today it is one of the fastest growing economies in Central Africa, driven by construction, services, agriculture and manufacturing. Making big strides towards gender equality, it has also improved its life expectance, literacy, primary school enrollment and spending on healthcare.

Tourism Opportunities

Full of sights and delights, Rwanda is an ideal place for spiritual experiences as visitors move around to spectacular mountains, forests, ridges, rivers and lakes. Some of its main tourism destinations include the following:

Kigali:

It is beautiful with its mountainous and scenic landscapes along with exceptional national parks, and historical & cultural sites. In addition, tourists would love to visit its magnificent architecture, museums, mouth-watering cuisine, bustling markets and spice-scented street stalls.

Huye:

Founded in the earlier colonial era, it is a centre of academia today, and is still called by its old name by the locals – Butare. It has a respectful history, and is home to the National University and the National Institute of Scientific Research, in addition to countless other prestigious learning centers. Its cultural attractions are ample, and tourists like to hear tales of the old Tutsi monarchs at the National Museum of Rwanda, eat exotic food and buy mementoes from numerous stalls and handicraft emporiums.

Volcanos National Park:

Named after the chain of dormant volcanoes, it is said about these almost 15,000- feet tall volcanoes covered with rainforests that one would shiver more than sweat at the top. These are truly breathtaking with the expanse of lush montane forests and thick groves of African redwoods. The Park serves to protect the steep slopes the stunning mountain range, and is home to the endangered mountain gorilla, bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.

Musanze:

This city’s strategic location in the foothills of the Virunga Massif makes it attractive for not only tourists, but also businessmen and farmers. It offers activities such as gorilla tracking & caving, and heavenly experiences through its various boutique lodges that offer spectacular natural views.

Karongi:

As Rwanda is a landlocked country, Karongi is a very popular beach retreat that offers majestic vistas, tranquil atmosphere and, of course, easy access from Kigali. Not only are the hillsides covered in pines and eucalyptus have a great tranquilizing effect on tourist seeking to relax, but the singing of local fishermen during dawn and dusk makes one feel they are meant to live here forever. Birdwatchers always move from here to the Mukura Forest where over 150 recorded species are found. One may opt for kayaking or relishing Sambaza fish here.

Rubavu

It is a beautiful waterfront town on the shores of Lake Kivu, at a distance of about an hour from the Volcanoes National Park, visited by tourists moving over to Nyungwe after gorilla tracking and looking for a place to relax their senses. Lake Kivu here offers red sandy beaches and warm & clean water. While unwinding, visitors may watch the birds and enjoy various water sports. The city of Rubavu also houses old colonial buildings, palm-lined avenues, and marks the beginning of the Congo Nile Trail, which may be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike, with endless lake views & friendly hamlets. It is also visited for its several tea and coffee plantations and the Gishwati-Mukura National Park.

Nyagatare:

It may be explored while on your way to the Akagera National Park or the Rusumo Falls.

Tea Garden:

Rwanda is one of the countries that produce tea in Africa, and is globally famous for the quality of tea, while offering the natural beauty of the tea garden and its surroundings to visitors. It may be found in the country’s highland region spreading on slopes and makes for a great spot for sightseeing.

Ethnographic Museum:

Received in gift from Belgium in 1989 to commemorate 25 years of independence of Rwanda, it’s a magnificent museum with a stunning architecture making it undoubtedly one of the most beautiful structures in the city and one that houses, in the form of seven exhibition halls, the best ethnological and archaeological collections in the entire region.

Maldives

THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE!

The Maldives is an archipelago with more than a thousand coral islands scattered in the middle of the Indian Ocean. These coral islands with their white sandy beaches are encircled by its crystalclear waters, turquoise blue lagoons and vibrant reefs surrounded by the magnificent ocean.

By His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Jinah, Ambassador of the Republic of Maldives to the Kingdom of Thailand

Here, sun, sea and sand with spectacular underwater life stretching out miles position across the equator. Maldives is popularly known to travelers as paradise on earth.

STAYING IN THE MALDIVES

The Maldives offers different options and standards of stay catering to the specific needs and wants of travelers. Be it an exclusive high-end private island, a luxury resort island, a familyfriendly resort, a mid-range hotel, a simple guesthouse on a local island or an array of liveaboards from luxury safari yachts to diving or surfing safari boats.

RESORTS

Almost all the resort islands vaunt the tropical scenery with the lush green vegetation, and the attention given to the tiniest details adding to the ambience and the experience of the guests. One island – one resort; each resort hotel is on a separate individual island; with luxury facilities and caring staff attentive to guest requests throughout their stay, mindful of their privacy. For an exclusive stay, stay at a private island resort, most of these hideaways accessible only by private yachts. Romantic pool residencies, ultra-private residencies above the lagoons have some of their own private chefs and butlers.

GUESTHOUSES

With currently more than 500 guesthouses scattered across the island, a Maldivian guesthouse is an underrated blessing allowing you to experience the beauty of Maldives on a low-budget. Maldivians are friendly people with their own traditions and culture. The local island guesthouses provide the opportunity to share the simple lives of the local Maldivians without the frills. The stay options are great with stunning views of the seaside, try local dishes and enjoy a number of water sports options while observing the local culture up close on a modest budget. Serenity will surround you on the secluded sandbanks, excursions to nearby islands, and the fishing trips will provide a homely feel.      

LIVEABOARDS

The liveaboard cruises the stunning Maldivian waters, offering desirable itineraries especially to divers enthusiastic to dive alongside popular pelagic like mantas. These liveaboards come with complimentary bars, hot tubs and even spa packages. Be mesmerized by the shades of the sky and the seas all day long.

EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES IN THE MALDIVES

Numerous activities can be enjoyed in the country depending upon your requirements:

FOR THE ROMANTICS

Seclusion and privacy being a priority, a resort can cater as a private ‘love nest’. Elegant over-water villas are sought after by couples, especially honeymooners, due to its secluded location. The villas are secluded surrounding lush vegetations or even above an isolated lagoon, some even come with glass-bottomed floors through which you can view marine life. The veranda provides a panoramic view of the beauty of nature; waves lapping the beach with coconut palms just waving in the breeze. Most villas come with opento-the-stars bathrooms, private plunge pools and steps directly down into the lagoon. This is ideal for those in love, celebrating an anniversary or merely just spending some quality time together away from the humdrum of daily life with may be a candlelit dinner under the starry skies.

FOR THE FAMILY

Maldives have a number of accommodation options catering to families. Exclusive kids’ clubs cater to children’s entertainment offering age appropriate activities such as sand-filled playgrounds and shallow swimming pools. There are cooking classes, painting and even reading time to keep the younger ones entertained. The older kids will love jumping off the deck straight to the ocean and go scuba diving. Onsite marine biologists in a number of islands provide educational activities such as learning about the fragile environment through a coral-planting session or planting a commemorative coconut palm tree.

FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKERS

Secluded in the ocean is rewarding for the country by being one of the world’s leading water sports hubs with almost a minimal effect on the environment. It could be paddling in a canoe around the lagoons to just gliding high above on a parachute. Almost every resort and even the inhabited islands with guest houses have a fully-equipped sports centre to enjoy various waterbased adventures.

DIVING

Maldives is the seventh largest coral reef in the world. The unique coral formations with a diverse marine life make it one of the most famous diving locations here. The southern atolls are renowned for spotting sharks and barracudas while the northern atolls house amazing coral formations. Famous points include the Manta Point for the manta enthusiasts, Furana Thila for caves frequented by sharks and Colosseum is the home to schools of eagle ray, whitetip reef shark, leopard shark, batfish and an occasional Whale shark can be spotted.

SPA

The spas in Maldives are achieving global recognition for their impeccable services. The design of the spa matches the luxurious standards of the resorts. Built over lagoons, surrounded by lush vegetations or even on the beach, the ambience reflects on peacefulness of both body and mind. More spas are now catering to adults and children alike, providing unforgettable memories to the whole family through creativity and organic spa treatments.

FLIGHTS TO THE MALDIVES

Maldives is easily accessible since numerous scheduled and chartered flights fly to the Maldives every day. The airport near the capital Male’ is the Velana International Airport which has become an international hub in recent years. There are a number of flight connections available from different parts of the world; including many alliances and non-alliance airlines. Major scheduled flights operate directly from Dubai, Singapore, Istanbul and Doha. Notably, Singapore Airlines, Bangkok Airways and Sri Lankan operate direct daily flights and many other flights connect from Middle East and Europe daily. For a more luxurious experience, a chartered flight would be desirable. The ability to land on smaller airports scattered along the atolls would reduce the need for local transfers. Along with this flexibility, private flights fly at a much faster speed.

Sweden

INCREDIBLY PROGRESSIVE & RECEPTIVE

A country with one of the best benefits in the world, in terms of universal healthcare and education, it has also been reported by the World Economic Forum as the most advanced country for women, and has developed one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems in the world. It’s also a country where you can really enjoy yourself through swimming, kayaking, walking, or picknicking, and be yourself

By Her Excellency Ms. Ulrika Sundberg, Consul General of Kingdom of Sweden in India

Sweden is a powerhouse of ideas and innovations, and is ranked as no. 1 in the EU and as no. 2 globally by the World Economic Forum. The economy is strong and exports to Asia went up with 28% in 2017. The Swedish Government’s overarching priorities are job creation, lifelong learning, sustainable development and fighting climate change. Sweden has also pledged to be the first fossil-free country in the world by 2030 and zero CO2 emissions by 2045.

HOLISTIC AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

To achieve these goals, it is focusing on Industry 4.0, life science and health, digitalization, start-ups and SME, research and development, environmentally sustainable production as well as fighting climate change. Our industries are constantly incorporating new technologies like AI or blockchain and have adopted the circular economy. The Swedish Government is a strong supporter of United Nations Agenda 2030 and the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was among the first countries to present an implementation report in June 2017. Sweden was the first country in the world to adopt the Climate Act, which binds future generations and governments to attain the goal of keeping global warming at maximum 2 degrees Celsius as set out in the Paris Agreement.

TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Tourism from India to Sweden has steadily increased in the last decade. In August 2017, Air India introduced a direct line New Delhi-Stockholm. Their Dreamliner airplane flies four times per week. In 2017, 220,000 hotel nights were registered by Indian tourists. This figure does not cover house rentals or Air B&B. Many Indians come to experience our wild beautiful and green nature, our archipelago and the Northern light. The fact that we have “Allemansrätten” – a right to room freely – has attracted a lot of attention. globally. This unique right allows you to set up a tent for 24 hours on other people’s property anywhere in the country as long as you stay out of sight from any permanent dwelling or house. Another recent development is that Sweden is now 99% cash free. You need to bring your credit card and other smart payment solutions like Klarna or Izettle.

MY EFFORTS TOWARDS CORDIAL RELATIONS

The India-Swedish relations are excellent and I would argue that we are at an all-time high. Former President Mukherjee paid an official visit to Sweden in 2015. Swedish Prime Minister Löven visited the “Make in India” in Mumbai in 2016. Sweden hosted the first “Make in India” outside of India in Stockholm in October 2017. Prime Minister Modi visited Prime Minister Löven in April 2018, and he also met with the other Nordic Prime Ministers in Stockholm. We have signed over twentyfive MoUs in key areas like health, environment, sustainable development and smart cities. A Joint Declaration with an accompanying Action Plan has been signed by our two prime ministers. A joint strategic innovation partnership was also signed in 2018 and the implementation modalities are being worked out.

STRENGTHENING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

There is a lot of complementarity between India and Sweden and a long-term commitment exists on both sides. Sweden and India have mutual interests and share many values. A very close partnership is of mutual benefit. Both countries can learn from each other. We make a very good match despite the differences in size.

POTENTIAL IN INDIA

India is among the fastest-growing economies and is poised to be the most populated country in the world in the next decade. The choices which India makes will have a global impact. Sweden stands ready to share its lessons learnt, e.g. in transforming a society into a green and sustainable one. Best practices need to be exchanged. Sweden looks forward to setting up joint projects with the aim of creating future-proof solutions and life styles, based on life cycle costs and circular economy principles. Many key reforms have been enacted in India in recent years, like Aadhaar and GST, which will allow India to strive economically and plan appropriately for the future. Still more reforms are needed. Some are being pushed by the private sector like connectivity and ICT. Currently, there is an important debate about public sector reform, also an area where Sweden has experiences from its transformation in the 1990-ties.

Kuwait

UTTERLY FASCINATING, PEACEFUL & SAFE

Famous for Kuwait Towers and the Grand Mosque, people in Kuwait own fanciest clothes, some of the most expensive cars in the world, and love to travel to Europe, while holding close to their heart their own traditions of the desert. It’s a truly captivating country where the traditional meets modern, and creates an incredibly charming and engaging culture

By His Excellency Mr. Mansour Saad Al-Olaimi, Consul General of State of Kuwait in India

The futuristic vision for the State of Kuwait speaks about the measures being undertaken by the State to develop all sectors, including the tourism sector. In view of its importance, the State has made provision for more jobs to promote and cater to this sector, which will in return contribute to increase in GDP by 2% to 4%, and will attract Foreign Investments, in line with the promising development plan, namely (Kuwait 2035). For example, one of these promising projects is the Islands development project. This huge project is estimated to cost more than 450 Billion Dollars. As well as tourism sector is one of the bases which contribute on making Kuwait a Financial & Commercial hub.

TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Kuwait established The Kuwait Hotels Company in 1962 a year after getting its independence, and joined the World Tourism Organization a year after. It initiated building infrastructures required to set up a number of economic projects in that period, which are still going on, and in addition to other projects which are established subsequently. Some examples are as follows: Kuwait Towers – Cinema Halls – Theaters – Public gardens – Green Island – Commercial Complexes – Al Mubarakiya Market – Amusement City – Pool Complex and Ski lounge – Museums – Scientific Centre along an Aquarium with a wide variety of fish, and a museum of ancient ships – Liberation Tower which is considered the second-largest tower in the world with a height of 372 meter. There are some ancient monuments around Kuwait, such as Old Gates of Kuwait City, whose walls have been demolished and gates kept as witness of events which occurred in the State of Kuwait. Red Palace in Jahra city, and Seif Palace in addition to Failaka Island which were formally called (Icarus) and which have some archeological sites. As the State of Kuwait is interested in environmental tourism, it has established Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Natural Reserve (reservoir) and Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmed Marine Reservoir.

MY EFFORTS TOWARDS CORDIAL RELATIONS

India and Kuwait traditionally enjoy friendly relations, rooted in history and have stood the test of time for about hundred years. India has been a natural trading partner of Kuwait, and Kuwaiti Commercial ships have been frequenting India, especially to Mumbai city and other states for trade. Until 1961, Indian Rupee was the legal tender in Kuwait. We take this opportunity to specify some of the steps taken by the Consulate in this regard: Speeding up the process of approval documents of the Indian companies regarding Export & Import from and to Kuwait. Holding regular meetings with Senior Officials in Mumbai city to see their points of view regarding matters related to both the countries (Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Police Commissioner and Customs Commissioner and Indian Chamber of Commerce). Participating in a number of seminars & meetings related to economy, so that we can be aware of the new investment opportunities and can take part in it. The consulate also attends a number of other formal & informal functions. It arranges and facilitates trade delegations and assignments from both the countries using measures to get the required visas and other required diplomatic formalities. It facilitates measures of Work agreements for Indian workers who are interested to travel to Kuwait. The mission carries out this particular work at present to further develop and strengthen relations between both the countries.

STRENGTHENING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Indo-Kuwait relation is considered as one of the best and has a historical significance to it, because Kuwait had significant relations with India during different political eras of India. For example, volume of trade exchange between the countries reached to (15000) million dollars in 2017, and trade balance continues to flourish.

POTENTIAL IN INDIA

To speak about India’s prospects, we can say that these prospects speak on their own, and are quite clear to all that India has a highly trained level of manpower. India has a distinguished geographical site, and is a mega global market; hence, we find that a number of global companies are choosing India as their headquarters like Amazon Company, etc. In addition, we find a number of countries and a Consortium of companies that are keen to reach to an understanding by sorting out economic problems in India. In brief, we can say many great prospects are available at present in India. India is among the Asian countries which play a pioneering role in the region, and especially in the Asian continent. As India has developed economically, technically and commercially, the trade balance for India has been considered to be very high in comparison with its population. Due to these facts, the future of Indian growth looks promising and flourishing for the decade.

Bulgaria

HEAVEN IS NEARBY

Very close to being a heaven on earth, Bulgaria is not only famous for its 378 km Black Sea coast made up of golden, sandy beaches, but also the charming coastal outcrops, such as Nessebar, the “Pearl of the Black Sea” and a Unesco World Heritage site. Of course, the beaches are just the beginning of Bulgaria’s beauty as the country’s remarkably picturesque mountains with tempting hikes, glistening lakes, masterpiece monasteries, stunning cathedrals, delicious dishes, rugged castles and cavernous caves complete the picture

By His Excellency Mr Petko Doykov, Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria in India

Bulgaria is a small but beautiful country in the South Eastern part of Europe with a long history and many attractive features. Established in 681 A.D. the country has gone a long way to become the modern contemporary state of today. A member of the EU and NATO, Bulgaria comes to the foreigners as a country with a lot of opportunities for cooperation and joint projects, yet with a lot of interesting places to enjoy and discover as well.

RELIABLE & PREDICTABLE PARTNER

In the recent years, Bulgaria has constantly been a reliable and predictable partner of all European countries. Projecting stability has inevitably been on the agenda of the Bulgarian government. During the first half of 2018, Bulgaria held for the first time the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Promoting the European perspective of the neighbouring countries of the Western Balkans as a way of furthering stability and prosperity on the continent was one of the main priorities of the first-ever Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The reason for the country’s stability should be sought in the unity of the Bulgarian people. “United We Stand Strong” is our main slogan. It is enshrined in our Constitution and it is clearly visible on the façade of the main building of the Bulgarian parliament in downtown Sofia. Bulgaria is a country of tolerance where representatives of different religions, such as Orthodox Christianity, Islam, etc., have been peacefully coexisting for centuries. The spirit of tolerance is behind our unity and domestic stability. In turn, they constitute an important prerequisite for the country’s economic development and our people’s prosperity. A very important part of the Bulgarian economy is centered on the sectors of manufacturing and services. Traditionally, Bulgaria is also famous for its strong agricultural traditions. Equally important are sectors such as tourism, education, etc. Just to mention here that there are currently more than 50 universities in Bulgaria and their doors are open equally to students from Bulgaria and abroad.

TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Blessed with outstanding nature and abundant natural resources, Bulgaria comes third in Europe in number of cultural artefacts and second in number of natural spring resources. Our tiny EU country has everything from rich culture and ancient history, mountainous rivers and sea to four seasons, delicious food and the famous Bulgarian wines. All that is packed in a territory of only 111 square kilometers, and it inspires the travelers to visit Bulgaria again and again. By welcoming more than 8.8 million tourist arrivals in 2017, more than its own population of slightly above 7 million, Bulgaria reached a milestone of 7.6% increase in foreign tourist arrivals in 2017, which is a remarkable growth in the context of the European tourism industry. The number of Indian tourists in Bulgaria reached 12000 in 2017, registering an impressive growth of 22% in comparison to the preceding 2016. Indian travelers also discovered Bulgaria, voting for it as the “Best Emerging Tourism Destination in the World” in the “Travel & Leisure” Awards for 2016.

MY EFFORTS TOWARDS CORDIAL RELATIONS

The main focus of the Embassy’s activities during the past few years was on the exchange of visits. We hosted in India the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism, two Deputy Ministers of economy, a Deputy Minister of science and education, and a number of delegations at a lower level. Many business delegations from my country also visited India. And we had Indian official and business delegations going to Bulgaria as well. Quite recently, from 4 to 6 September 2018 the Honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind paid a historic visit to Bulgaria. The last one at such a level took place 15 years ago. And we worked actively for the encouragement of people-to-people contacts which we deem as a backbone of the traditionally strong and excellent interaction between our two countries. With a view to improving the relations between Bulgaria and India in the field of economy and trade in September 2017, the India-Asia-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce was registered in New Delhi, which is the third bilateral commercial chamber established in the last 2 years. The chamber announced officially its existence on 28 November 2017 with its launching taking place at the premises of the Embassy of Bulgaria in New Delhi thus giving the Indo-Bulgarian business community yet another reason to celebrate. Bulgaria holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2018 created many new opportunities for the bilateral economic relations. In cooperation with FICCI, the Embassy organised a Bulgarian-Indian Business Forum in New Delhi in March 2018 and jointly with the India-AsiaBulgarian Chamber of Commerce we organised and conducted a Road Show in Tamil Nadu in April 2018 in order to better present the possibilities for business and investment in Bulgaria.

STRENGTHENING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

As mentioned above, the two countries have been enjoying excellent relations throughout the whole history of their existence. We recently had a state-level visit to Bulgaria and our ambition is this visit of the Honourable President of India to pave the way for a number of visits at the levels of Parliament, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, etc. Such visits would additionally boost the cooperation in the areas of mutual interest, with culture, education and people-to-people contacts being an important part of our endeavours to maintain and further increase the bilateral dialogue and interaction. A very promising area is the cultural exchanges. It is worth noting that the second-largest city of Bulgaria, Plovidv, which is the oldest living city in Europe, will be the European capital of culture in 2019. This in itself is representative of how significant Bulgaria’s contribution to the common European cultural heritage is. On the other hand, the International Day of Yoga was celebrated in 2018 in over 30 Bulgarian cities. These are just two examples of how broad are the perspectives and opportunities for cooperating with each other in the field of culture. The last decade recorded four-times growth in the bilateral turnover. Bulgarian exports to India increased by 83% in 2016 with the bilateral trade increasing by 14% in the same year and the trend is up with 7% growth of the bilateral trade in 2017. Yet, there is a huge potential for the further increase of the bilateral trade and investment relations. Bulgaria is among the fastest-growing economies in the European Union with 3.6% growth in 2017. The country is the second-best outsourcing destination on the European continent with the lowest corporate tax rates of 10%, highly educated workforce and free access to the 500 million EU market. Bulgaria’s debt stands the third lowest in the EU 28 (25.4% of GDP) as of 2017, and we have in Bulgaria competitive operational costs and labour level. At the same time, eight of every ten cars in Europe are equipped with some auto parts produced in Bulgaria. The tourism industry of Bulgaria reached the highest growth in tourism arrivals in Europe in 2017 and the results in 2018 are also impressive. To avail ourselves of this potential and to be able to unleash it, the Bulgarian Embassy in New Delhi and its Commercial Section will keep working closely with the Indian Chambers like FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD, etc. and the three bilateral chambers, namely India-Asia-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, Indian-Bulgarian Business Chamber and Balkan-India Business Association.

POTENTIAL IN INDIA

Today, India is considered as the fastest-growing major economy in the world, and we consider it as one of our strategic economic partners. Over the years, our countries have developed a longstanding amicable relationship, and businesses from Bulgaria and India have established mutually beneficial partnerships. It is our understanding that there is a scope for further expanding the Bulgarian exports to India. One category of goods that holds great potential is the agricultural products, food stuffs and beverages. Another one is the Bulgarian perfumery and cosmetics. Bulgaria is a famous producer and exporter of rose oil and rose oil-based products which have also attracted customers in other Asian markets. Finally, we can seek further opportunities to expand our exports of products on the higher end, such as pharmaceuticals, machines for the food processing industry, etc. Equally important, the interest of the Bulgarian business towards India has led to the implementation of large-scale projects under various programmes of the Indian government, such as Make in India and Clean India. We take pride in the fact that in recent years Bulgarian entrepreneurs have strengthened their position as one of the fastest growing Internet providers in New Delhi and Hyderabad. Bulgarian companies have established production facilities in India and are currently operating a manufacturing plant for veterinary medicines in Pune. In 2017, Bulgarian and Indian companies have launched ambitious investment projects under the Make in India initiative in the fields of bio-toilets production and solar energy. The Embassy and its Commercial Section are ready to extend their support to future Bulgarian projects in India

Argentina

AMAZING & EXQUISITE

Full of rich culture, history and natural beauty, Argentina is a country of breathtaking nature and wildlife, and perfect for sports enthusiasts and art lovers. One would love it not only for skiing, sledding, fishing, kayaking and snowboarding, but also for the local birds – penguins, seals and orcas, and then also for the Argentine wine, beautiful mountains, falls, national parks, valleys, ride to the countries, islands, shopping, festivals and adventures

By His Excellency Mr. Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Consul General of Argentine Republic in India

Argentina, meaning made of silver or silver-coloured, is a precious country, worldrenowned for the tango, elegant architecture, steak, wine, and soccer, and of course, Diego Armando Maradona. Though it has its own share of economic struggles, Argentina continues to play an important role in the global economy, especially with regards to its agricultural production, based on livestock farming, cereal cultivation (wheat, corn and transgenic soy), citrus fruits, tobacco, tea and grapes.

LEADING IN SEVERAL SPHERES

It is the world’s largest exporter of soy-derived products, as soy and sugar cane are extensively cultivated for biofuel production. It is also the world’s largest exporter and fourth-largest producer of biodiesel. Rich in energy resources, it is the largest natural gas producer in Latin America, and holds the world’s second-largest shale gas reservoir and the fourth-largest oil and lithium reservoir. Its industries have shown robust growth in recent years, and meat packing, flour grinding & canning, flour-milling, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals & petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy and steel are the country’s main industries. Specializing in areas of high-tech services, it is highly competitive in software development, call centers, nuclear energy and tourism.

TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Tourism in Argentina is very rewarding due to its amazing cultural offerings and a vast variety of natural assets. Its capital city, Buenos Aires, is the most visited city in South America, and there are 30 National Parks in Argentina including many World Heritage Sites. The main tourist attractions in Argentina include the following: Iguazú Falls: Iguazú Falls is a UNESCO site that brags of stunning waterfalls with amazing views. The waterfalls share borders with Brazil and Argentina. Iguacu National Park is one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The falls contain somewhere between 150 and 300 separate waterfalls and are almost two miles long. The Iguazú Falls are consisted of about 275 individual waterfalls and cascades giving chance to include a boat safari, which powers up the river to the foot of the falls.

Perito Moreno Glacier:

Perito Moreno Glacier is part of the Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno Glacier is actually part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. The Perito Moreno Glacier is a huge tourist’s attraction and views the glacier from a small boat on Lake Argentino, witness huge chunks of ice breaking from the glacier and plummeting into Lake Argentino. The Perito Moreno is 30 km (19 mi) in length. It is also a UNESCO site of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park, which has 3,359-meter-tall Monte Fitz Roy, beautiful mountain straddling the border with Chile.

Ushuaia – The End of the World:

It is the world’s most southern city located on the very edge of the continent of South America, and is well known for its incredible landscapes, has truly unique landscape features of woods, mountains, glaciers and sea, and serves as a popular base for Antarctica cruises, winter sports and wildlife viewing. The bragging massive stretches of plateaus and plains, made even more dramatic by the backdrop of the Andes.

Tierra del Fuego National Park:

Tierra del Fuego National Park attracts numerous visitors and hikers to Argentina’s oldest coastal national park; a massive 156,000-acre area extends all the way from Beagle Channel to the Chilean Border and northwards to Lago Kami. There are lakes, rivers, peaks, and glaciers, and it also includes everything from tall waterfalls, dense forests, and mountains, along with beautiful glacier-fed lakes such as Roca and Fagnano.

Mar del Plata:

Mar del Plata, located in the Atlantic coast 400 kilometers from Buenos Aires has the best beaches in South America, and the beautiful beaches sprawl for more than eight kilometres popular among sea lions. Argentina’s top beach resort town boasts 10 miles of sandy beaches with very dense crowds, particularly in the summer months. Mar del Plata is home to the excellent Juan Manuel Fangio Museum, a car museum dedicated to one of the world’s greatest to the first automobile (an 1886 Daimler). Mar del Plata Aquarium has many marine attractions, including dolphins and seal shows, penguins, tortoises, and flamingos.

Mendoza:

Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most beautiful cities, and the wine capital of Argentina. Argentina´s world famous Malbec wines hail from here. It is also popular for outdoor enthusiasts among hikers and climbers, many aiming for the top of the 6,960-meter-tall Aconcagua Mountain. Mendoza has many other fun cultural attractions, including a number of museums and annual festivals, as well as a bustling Central Market, where locals buy and produce meat & fish. Argentina is a dynamic and incomparably unique country of natural and man-made wonders. It must be visited by nature- and adventure-loving tourists.

Zimbabwe

AN EXOTIC AND ATTRACTIVE TOURISM DESTINATION

Zimbabwe is an exotic and attractive destination for tourists interested in traveling to Africa and many tourists dream of visiting Zimbabwe once in lifetime. In 2019, about 2.2 million tourists visited Zimbabwe, accounting for 3 percent of all tourists coming to Africa (International Tourism Highlights 2020 Edition, p.2). Zimbabwe has designated the month of September as Tourism Month and this year’s theme is Tourism for Inclusive Growth, celebrating tourism’s ability to drive inclusive development, and the role it plays in generating economic opportunities for millions across the globe

By His Excellency Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Consul General of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Former Member of Parliament & Advisor to the Prime Minister, Royal Thai Government & Chairman of Nation-Building Institute

Even though COVID-19 has not only affected tourism to Zimbabwe, but to all the world, Zimbabwe has so far vaccinated 2.7 million people, against a target of inoculating two-thirds of its 15 million population by the end of the year, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has paid for 12 million COVID-19 doses.(3)Zimbabwe has reopened the Victoria Falls land border with Zambia for fully vaccinated tourists to allow the smooth flow of tourists. The development follows the successful rollout of a vaccination program that has seen more than 60 percent of residents in the border town of Victoria Falls being vaccinated.(4) Tourists come to Zimbabwe for varied reasons,but some of the features of Zimbabwe that attract tourists include the following:

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND WONDERFUL SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Zimbabwe is a tourist destination with one of the greatest varieties of wild animals. Within 11 national parks and many special reserves in the country, you can effortlessly find the Big Five – elephants, leopards, rhinos (black and white), buffalos and lions. Elephants are especially plentiful: Zimbabwe is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world. Other creatures include wild dogs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wild beasts, crocodiles and hippos. Zimbabwe is also renowned for its birdlife, with more than 600 species recorded countrywide. Zimbabwe is therefore a great place for a safari experience. It’s an exclusive place to travel as there are no masses of people or vehicles gathering around wildlife as in other tourist spots in its neighboring countries. Mana Pools National Park is the best park and one of the finest wildlife areas in Africa, situated at the northern most point of Zimbabwe, straddling the Zambian border with outstanding views of the beautiful riverside wilderness beside the Zambezi River, floodplains, baobab trees and forests. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s top national parks, located in northwestern and roaming Hwange’s savanna grasslands and woodlands. The park has the biggest diversity of animals of all the world’s national parks and is also home to some 50,000 elephants, cheetahs, leopards, lions, and also one of largest populations of the endangered wild dogs and birds. If you love safaris and want to experience adventure, another highlight you should try is exploring the untamed wilderness through horse riding. Almost every national park, including the surrounds of Victoria Falls, has this activity.

VARIOUS NATURAL WONDERS AND DIVERSE LANDSCAPES

Zimbabwe is a destination with abundant natural wonders and diverse landscapes. You can go to Zimbabwe and find great lakes, natural parks, wonderful waterfalls, and rolling mountains. National parks in Zimbabwe are amongst the finest in Africa. Some of them are truly spectacular, suchas Hwange National Park (the third largest in Africa), Mana Pools (a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site) and Victoria Falls National Park. Zimbabwe has spectacular waterfalls in all shapes and sizes. Victoria Falls is one of greatest waterfalls in the worldand one of the world’s most visited attractions. The best view of the waterfalls is from the Zimbabwe side. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989 and is classified as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There are also the Mtarazi Falls, which is Zimbabwe’s highest waterfall, and the Nyangombe Falls, a wider collection of cascading falls that form natural swimming pools. The Eastern Highlands is a mountainous area of astounding natural landscapes with lively forests, misty valleys, rugged peaks, lurching hills, deep gorges, descending waterfalls, and calm rivers and lakes. The Eastern Highlands has a cool damp climate and green landscapes, which diverge into the dry savanna ofother regions of Zimbabwe. Tourists visit the Eastern Highlands for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, golf and horse riding, as well as the admirable birdlife and the memorable scenery.

Lake Kariba is a massive man-made lake situated in the north of the country and sharing a border with Zambia. The lake is best explored by a slow cruise on a houseboat where tourists can spend days relaxing on drifting small boats or canoes, going fishing and spotting wildlife in Matusadona National Park on the lake’s shores. Not mentioned here are the many other places to experience, which tourists should not miss.

PLENTY OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND GENUINE CUSTOMER SERVICES

Zimbabwe has endless adventures to offer. In just the town of Victoria Falls alone there’s white-water rafting on the Grade 5 rapids of the mighty Zambezi River, bungee jumping, horseback safaris, gorge swinging, zip lining, abseiling and crocodile cage diving. Zimbabwe is an excellent, more affordable, option to some of its neighbors which offer similar experiences. As guiding is a comparatively wellpaid career in Zimbabwe, it means that there are plenty of high-quality candidates willing to do the job. Moreover, Zimbabwe’s education system is one of the best in southern Africa. Therefore, Zimbabwe is full of well-educated guides who speak excellent English. They also have a reputation of being among the best in the business. Their passion for wildlife is infectious and they delight in showing you what makes Zimbabwe so special. Not just as tour guides, Zimbabwean people are truly a joy to meet. They are warm, friendly, genuinely happy to see you enjoying their country and keen to share their own experiences. There is no better place to experience this than being on safari in Zimbabwe.

UNIQUE HERITAGE, HISTORY AND MUSEUMS

Zimbabwe is full of notable historic attractions. Evidence of ancient civilizations can be found in many places in Zimbabwe. The UNESCO site of Great Zimbabwe, or Great Enclosure, is the best place to start. The giant drystone walls are one of the main attractions of Zimbabwe today and can provide people who interested with an insight into Zimbabwe’s incredible history and remain as a reminder of ancient African civilizations. There is another UNESCO title holder, which is similar to Great Zimbabwe in many ways. It is called the Khami Ruins and is the site of a former Iron Age capital that was constructed without any mortar, and housed residents and a royal family for around 200 years. Another interesting place to go see the best-preserved rock paintings in Africa is the Matobo National Park, in the southwest of Zimbabwe. There is a selection of interesting artefacts dating all the way back to the pre-middle Stone Age, or more than 13,000 years. For museum lovers, Zimbabwe has some excellent collections for you to see. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare shows the country’s heritage. The Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences is home to the oldest wooden artefact discovered in sub-Saharan Africa. The Bulawayo Railway Museum has a collection of locomotives, carriages and provides a potted history of the city’s role at the heart of Zimbabwe’s once burgeoning railway network. Zimbabwe is a great destination for you to visit at least once in your lifetime. Zimbabwe is beautiful. It has a great number of tourist facilities. It is generally a safe country. Even though Zimbabwe may not be your first thought for a tourist destination, the country has developed gradually to become one of the world’s hidden gems among tourist destinations.

Sources:

  1. World Tourism Organization. International Tourism Highlights 2020 Edition. https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/ Ztaupdates/
  3. https://www.reuters.com/world/ africa/get-covid-19-vaccineor-please-quit-zimbabwe-tellsgovernment-workers-2021-09-07/
  4. http://www.xinhuanet. com/english/africa/2021- 07/31/c_1310099488.htm