Taking a leaf out of Italy and Saudi Arabia which are flocked by huge number of pilgrims every year, a new program blending spiritualism with tourism is in the offing.
With an aim to attract tourists, the government has drawn up plans to develop holy places and heritage monuments in different parts of the country. “If you look at spiritual tourism throughout the world, it is very big. There is a huge footfall in Rome at Italy and same is the case of Mecca Medina… In a similar fashion, we should also explore our rich potential aspects, comprising epics and spirituality,” tourism and culture minister Mahesh Sharma said, while launching e-ticketing for Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi besides a 24×7 Incredible India Tourist Helpline along with Special Welcome Cards for foreign tourists arriving at 9 international airports.
Launching the slew of schemes for promoting tourism and cultural sites, he said “The Prime Minister has earmarked Rs 500 crores for development of five tourist circuits such as Ganga, Krishna, Buddha, Northeast and Kerala. This apart, development of seven pilgrimage destinations including Gaya, Amristar, Mathura and Velankanni would be developed,” he added.
The tourism and culture minister also launched Swachchh Bharat Swachchh Smarak e-poster, a booklet on Badhte Kadam Hunar Se Rozgar Tak, Swachh Bharat Swachh Pakwan (Hunar Zayka), Mega Project Destination Development of Gwalior, Braille Book on Delhi Monuments and Adarsh Smarak, which aims at developing 25 monuments with facilities such as Wi-Fi, disabled-friendly and interpretation centers.