Religious Tourism

Govt does little for religious tourism


The tragedy in Uttarakhand brings into focus a trend governments need to be prepared for: a spurt in religious tourism.

The data speak for themselves. While close to 5 lakh people undertook pilgrimage to Badrinath in 2004, the number has risen to 9.25 lakh over the years.

The Allahabad Mahakumbh saw 100 million people visit it this year, a jump from 60 million in 2001. The number of those undertaking Hajj was 1.25 lakh in 2012, a jump from about 72,000 in 2011.

Full report here Hindustan Times

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