‘Bharat Parv’ concluded at the Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi on January 31, 2018, in the presence of K J Alphons, minister of state (I/C) for tourism and Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (I/C) for culture. The Parv was organised by the ministry of tourism, Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi recently.
During the closing ceremony, under ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ project, Letters of Intent for 40 monuments to nine agencies of Phase-II and Letters of Intent for 22 monuments to eight agencies of Phase-III were handed over by the minister of culture and the minister of tourism. Ministry of tourism in collaboration with ministry of culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), state/UTs governments and local bodies launched ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ project to preserve the cultural and natural heritage and to promote tourism across the length and breadth of our country.
In addition, the MOUs were signed with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATAOI) and State of Jammu & Kashmir for two natural sites: (1) Mt Stok Kangri trek route, Laddakh, J&K; and (2) Gangotri Temple Area & Trail to Gaumukh, Uttarakhand.
Addressing on the occasion, K J Alphons said, “The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project plans to entrust heritage sites to the private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The basic and advanced amenities in the tourist destinations would be provided by them. We have called upon people to actively take part in the Swachhta Abhiyan for cleanliness in our tourist destinations.”
Dr Mahesh Sharma in his address said, “The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project began with select ASI ticketed monuments and has now expanded to other natural and cultural sites across the country.”
People in large number visited the Bharat Parv daily to celebrate the diverse and fascinating culture, cuisine and handicrafts. On the last day, the Army, Air Force and Navy presented Static Band and Army also displayed Dynamic Band. The artists from Karnataka presented ‘Veeragase, Jagaligea etc’, the artists from Punjab presented ‘Bhangra’; the artists from Assam presented ‘Bihu, Bhor Tal Nritya’; and the artists from Andhra Pradesh presented ‘Garagalu’; The Tableau artists who participated in the Republic Day parade-2018 also performed. At last, the artists of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) presented a Choreographed performance on Pan India Basis.