The Government of India has sanctioned INR 84495.62 Lakhs to States and Union Territory's for developing tourism destinations and circuits during 2014-15
The Government of India has sanctioned INR 84495.62 Lakhs to States and Union Territory’s for developing tourism destinations and circuits during 2014-15, which includes projects relating to product/infrastructure development for destinations and circuits (PIDDC), human resource development (HRD), fairs and festivals and rural tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism has launched following two new schemes pursuant to the Budget 2014-15 announcements.
– Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.
– National mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.
Twelve theme based circuits i.e. North East circuit, Buddhist circuit, Himalayan circuit, Coastal circuit, Krishna circuit, Desert circuit, Tribal circuit, Eco circuit, Wildlife circuit, Rural circuit, Spiritual circuit and Ramayana circuit have been identified for development under ‘Swadesh Darshan’.
Under PRASAD, initially twelve cities have been identified namely Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Dwarka, Gaya, Kedarnath, Kamakhaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Velankanni.