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Tourism sites to be developed as iconic destinations: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prominent tourism sites, including the Mahal, Kaziranga and the Somnath Temple, are to be developed into "iconic" destinations, the government informed Parliament today.

K J told the Lok Sabha that an announcement on this had been made in the Budget of 2018-19.

The ministry has identified the sites for development based on "footfall, regional distribution, potential for development and ease of implementation", he said.

The sites include the Mahal and (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta and Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar and (Delhi) and (Goa).

The other tourism spots are Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and (Bihar).

The destinations would be developed under the ongoing Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the ministry, said.

For its "iconic tourism destinations", the government plans to follow an approach that entails infrastructure and skill development, development of technology, attracting private investment and branding and marketing.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:15 IST