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Indian Government plans to develop 17 Iconic Tourist Sites

  • India Tours
  • 08 Aug 2019

Presenting the union budget for the financial year 2019-2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 17 iconic tourist sites of the country will be developed into the world-class tourist destinations. The initiative has been taken to serve as a model for other tourism sites and give a boost to the tourism industry. It also aims at enhancing the country’s soft power.

The FM said that the government will take measures to ensure that the rich tribal culture of India is preserved. She also added, “With the objective of preserving rich tribal cultural heritage, a digital repository is developed where documents, folk songs, photos and videos about their evolution, place of origin, lifestyle, architecture, education level, traditional art, folk dances and other anthropological details of the tribes in India are stored. The repository will further be enriched and strengthened”.

The 17 Iconic Tourist Sites that have been selected to be developed are the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, Colva Beach in Goa, Amer Fort in Rajasthan, Somnath Temple and Dholavira in Gujarat, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Hampi in Karnataka, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, Kaziranga in Assam, Kumarakom in Kerala and the Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar.

Commenting on the announcement of development, Prahlad Patel, the Union Minister of Tourism and Culture said, “The focus of our government is to enhance the overall development of these sites from the tourism point of view. It includes basic amenities like availability of water and toilet facilities in abundance and infrastructural developments like roads, hotels, lodges, connectivity, and access”.

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