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South Asian Peace Stokes Indian Tourism Boom

Gleaming white buses packed with foreign tourists come to a halt at a hotel in western India, bringing a smile to the faces of hotel staff. They have reason to cheer. “There was a time when our employees felt the hotel would close down,” said Raghavendra Singh Rathore, sales manager of the Taj Hari Palace in the desert city of Jodhpur. “Now I am sold out in December. Talk of peace between India and Pakistan has been a huge boost.” Jodhpur, home to one of India’s largest and impressive forts, the cliff-top Mehrangarh, has been a popular stop for travelers from far-off lands since it was founded in 1459. But the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the threat of war with Pakistan last year scared off visitors. Full Story

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