Tornos Curates Ayodhya Familiarization Tour on Deepotsav
Travel Newsy Reports : https://travelnewsy.com/2021/11/10/with-mega-development-projects-underway-ayodhya-preparing-to-evolve-as-a-major-tourism-destination/
With the construction of Ram Temple and UP governments mega-development plans, Ayodhya is well on its track to be developed as a Vedic and cultural heritage city.
Also known as Ram Janam Bhoomi, the city has been hosting pilgrims for centuries, however, with the state government’s renewed efforts to bring it to the world map for tourism, it is seeing increased interest not just within India, but from all around the world.
The recently organised Deepotsav was attended by Ambassadors of Kenya, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago.
On this occasion, the Tourism department of Uttar Pradesh invited 50 prominent tour operators, travel writers and bloggers from all over India on a familiarisation tour of the city. The group visited Kanak Bhavan, Hanumangarhi, Ram Janam Bhoomi, and Saryu Ghaat to experience the city first hand.
In his interaction with media, Mr Mukesh Kumar Meshram (I.A.S.), Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, said that in addition to the infrastructure development projects such as luxury hotels, well-connected roads, river cruise and caravans etc.. the state government is also working on projects like setting up of “Ayodhya Research Institute”, developing “Cultural Centres” to promote and generate employment for regional folk artists, “Development of Riverfront” and “Planting of Trees” that find a mention in Ramayan.
Elaborating on the programme, “Discover Your Roots” he mentioned that under this programme, we welcome people from all over the world who have their roots in India. They can visit the state, and authorities will track their records and assist them in locating their villages or homes where their forefathers had once lived before migrating to different parts of the world.
He also shared that there are plans to develop a world-class theme park inspired by Ramayana and its characters.
Prateek Hira, CEO Tornos, said that although there is a lot of hype created with the building of Ram Temple, Ayodhya has always been a tourists destination. People visit the city with a lot of devotion. The city has great potential, with places like Maharishi Patanjali’s Birthplace Gonda which is not far from the city, and the presence of Swaminath Temple in Chhapaiya, Birthplace of Swaminarayan, Guru Nanak also is believed to have visited Ayodhya. The city also has a famous Mazaar.
Ravi Gosain, Vice president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators said “We have been promoting Ayodhya for a long time now, Once the quality infrastructure is ready, the city will start getting more tourists from all over the world. It is important that the charm of the old city is maintained. Any old shops, houses & structures must be retained in their original form, that’s what tourists would love to experience”.