Lucknow, 28 September: The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh has given new wings to the development of tourism in the last four and a half years. With the double increase in the tourism budget, UP has also found the first place in the country in attracting domestic tourists. Not only this, the trend of foreign tourists has also increased towards the state.
From the point of view of spiritual, social, historical and natural places, UP has made a new identity not only in the country but also in the world.
A spokesperson of the state government said that the tourist places of UP are centers of faith, important sites related to the freedom struggle, monuments, forts and natural sites which are attracting tourists from all over the world.
He said that fulfilling the promises made in the Lok Kalyan Patra of the BJP, the state government first started the development of pilgrimage sites in the state.
According to the spokesperson, this was the first time that work on the Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor started. The Mahabharata circuit in the Braj region, Kapilvastu, Kushinagar, the Buddhist circuit in Shravasti, Chitrakoot, Ayodhya and Shringverpur were developed as the Ramayana circuit. This gave a boost to the products there, increased employment opportunities and development of cities. Tourists started getting better facilities than before. Not only this, the government gave importance to culture and religiosity along with tourism.
He said that for the first time in the state, the events of Deepotsav in Ayodhya, Krishna festival in Mathura, Rangotsav in Barsana, grand Dev Deepawali in Varanasi captivated the tourists. Cruises in Varanasi, water sports in Ramgarhtal of Gorakhpur, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and development of Devdari, Rajdari Waterfalls in Chandauli gave new dimensions to tourism.
Here are the promises made in the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra 2017
Cultural tourism circuits will be made in the state by developing cultural tourism facilities in Mathura, Vrindavan, Ayodhya, Prayag, Vindhyachal, Naimisharanya, Chitrakoot, Kushinagar and Circuit, Buddha Varanasi etc., like Ram circuit, Krishna circuit etc.
A dedicated 24×7 State Tourism Helpline will be set up for tourist information, booking assistance etc.
All pilgrimage places will be connected with four lane highway.
The work done in the tourism sector in the last four and a half years
Development of Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor.
Organizing Ganga Yatra for the first time in the country for public awareness about Aviral and Nirmal Ganga.
Organizing Deepotsav in Ayodhya, Krishna Festival in Mathura, Rangotsav in Barsana, Grand Dev Deepawali in Varanasi.
Grand celebration of Uttar Pradesh Day (January 24). On this occasion, eminent personalities who have performed exceptionally well in various fields were felicitated.
Development of tourism facilities in Shravasti, Kapilvastu and Kushinagar in Buddhist circuit and Chitrakoot, Ayodhya and Shringverpur in Ramayana circuit.
Establishment of Brij Teerth Kshetra Development Council.
Tourism development of major places related to the pastimes of Lord Krishna in the Braj region.
Operation of ropeway in Ashtabhuja and Kalikhoh (Vindhyachal) and under construction of ropeway in Barsana (Mathura).
Formation of Naimisharanya Teerth Area Development Council, Vindhya Teerth Kshetra Development Council, Shukridham Teerth Development Council, Chitrakoot Teerth Area Development Council, Devipatan Teerth Development Council.
Development of sites related to Mahabharata under Mahabharata circuit.
Development of places related to Shaktipeeth circuit and spiritual circuit.
Development of tourism facilities in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri under Jain and Sufi circuits.
Water sports in Ramgarhtal of Gorakhpur, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve and development of Devdari, Rajdari Waterfalls in Chandauli.
Uttar Pradesh Travel Mart (Lucknow), India Tourism Mart (New Delhi), Mango Festival, Kumbh Mela Prayagraj, Gorakhpur Mahotsav organized.
Operation of cruise service in Varanasi.
Development of tourism facilities in Gorakhpur, Devipatan, Dumariaganj under Spiritual Circuit.
Development of tourism facilities in Jewar, Dadri, Noida, Secunderabad, Khurja and Banda.
Work of Shahjahan Park and Mehtab Bagh-Kachpura in Agra and tourism development in Banke Bihari ji temple area in Vrindavan.