Next year, when Haridwar will host the Ardh Kumbh Mela, Rishikesh, the “unofficial yoga capital of the world”, will host the first Yoga Maha Kumbh, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Monday, reports Hindu.
He said the government would make yoga an intrinsic part of the State’s culture. “I have asked the Tourism Department to work out a proposal, within a week, making it mandatory for star hotels to have yoga in their packages.”
Fourteen places, including Haridwar and Rishikesh, would be developed by the Tourism Department as yoga centres. “We have identified Rishikesh and Jageshwar for intensive yoga practice. In these zones, the government will start a pilot project on yoga and wellness in 150 government schools by July-end,” he said.Sixty-eight Ayurvedic hospitals would start offering daily yoga workouts within 15 days.
In 25 important tourist destinations, parks would be developed within a week with ‘yoga corners’ for the people to practise yoga. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Rawat requested that under the Department of AYUSH, there be some provision to pay for yoga trainers.