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Uttarakhand seeks Centre’s support to develop Ramayana, Mahabharata circuits

State Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj has sought support from the Central Tourism Ministry to develop new tourism circuits around Buddhist travel destinations in Uttarakhand associated with Ramayana and Mahabharata. Satpal Maharaj called upon Union Tourism minister KJ Alphons in Delhi yesterday to seek support and thank him for providing 85 crore under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD scheme which are currently under progress in Uttarakhand. Maharaj said that projects worth 65 crore have already been completed in the state.

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A marathon meeting has been scheduled in Dehradun on July 26 to finalize the discuss and finalize these circuits. While UP and Uttarakhand share the legacy of Ramayana, Maharaj said that Uttarakhand can claim exclusivity on sites associated with Mahabharata. The minister also spoke about some unknown Buddhist sites in Uttarakhand which will be revealed in their final list.

When asked about the ban on adventure activities like rafting, paragliding etc. by the NGT in the state, Maharaj said that government is in process of finalizing foolproof policy and guidelines to regulate adventure tourism activities. Tourism minister also added that ‘industry status’ for tourism sector will provide much needed impetus to tourism infrastructure.

Inputs from Hospitality Biz India