Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi
Somnath & Dholavira in the state will be developed as Iconic Tourism sites. They are among the 17 sites that Ministry of Tourism has identified in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourism Sites.
The sites are Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort & Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath & Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).
The Ministry shall be developing the above sites in collaboration with the Central Ministries, State Governments and Local Bodies, in a holistic manner, with focus on issues concerning connectivity to the destination, better facilities/experience for the tourists at the site, skill development, involvement of local community, promotion & branding and by bringing private investment.
The information was given by Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
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