Special board to boost spiritual tourism in UP
The Times of India , Aug 11, 2019
The UP government is going to set up a development board to promote spiritual tourism in the state with an eye on boosting tourism sector to spur economic activities, growth and job creation.
Speaking at the inauguration of UP Travel Mart-2019 in the city on Saturday, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, said, “Uttar Pradesh is a major centre of spiritual tourism, and tourists and pilgrims visit the state in lakhs. The government is going to set up a development board to further improve spiritual tourism in the state.”
He also called on travel operators to train local youth become good guides and service providers in this sector and boost the prospects of tourism development.
The state has already developed a ‘Buddhist Circuit’ under which work has been done in Sarnath, Kushinagar, Kapilvastu and Shravasti. Places related to Jainism have also been developed, along with the Ramayan circuit, the CM added. “Lord Ram spent most of his exile years in Chitrakoot, and government has worked on developing tourism there. Work is also in progress on linking UP to Janakpur in Nepal, the birth place of Sita,” he said.
“Kumbh could be hosted successfully because the government had formed Prayagraj Mela Pradhikaran to oversee and coordinate the event. Seven pilgrimage spots, including Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, Gokul and Nandgaon, have been linked to Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad. We are also working on setting up development boards in Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Naimisharanya, Vindhyawasini Dham and Devipatan,” he said. Referring to Dudhwa National Park, Yogi said many centres in the state are famous for wildlife and urged tour operators to play a vital role in connecting tourists with wildlife activities. Wildlife tourism can be developed in Sonbhadra, Bundelkhand and Terai, he added.
A number of hotels and restaurant chains will come up in UP under the new tourism development policy, said the CM.
Officials said that 49 tour operators from 19 countries, including 21 from India, are participating in UP Travel Mart.