State Affairs

Bihar prepares road map to woo tourists

PATNA: Identifying around 900 tourism sites, the Bihar government is preparing a new road map to woo tourists from across the world.

The new road map is likely to be approved by the end of this month or the first week of June, reports The Hindu.

The State government had earlier asked all district magistrates of the State to identify spots in their respective jurisdiction to be developed as potential tourist attractions and send a detailed report to the headquarters.

According to State tourism department officials, DMs of all 38 districts have sent their reports under which around 900 such spots have been identified which could be developed as tourist places.

These places broadly fall into Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Gandhi and Ramayan Circuit of the State. “We’ve received details from the district magistrates identifying the potential tourist spots…we’ll first inspect those sites in view of their tourist potential before giving final shape to the roadmap for approval…besides, Buddha and Jain circuit spots, the State has huge potential for other tourism sectors too,” State Tourism Minister Anita Devi said. The MPs, MLAs, and local representatives too have suggested potential spots in their constituencies which could be developed as tourist attractions.

“The idea is that visiting tourists should stay in the State for a longer time…it will boost the State’s economy as well”, said a department official. A group of four companies, he said, have been given the task of preparing the road map.

Meanwhile, the State tourism department has also geared up to showcase major tourist destinations of Bihar at an event organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Calcutta on Friday.

Besides highlighting the Buddhist and other heritage tourist spots to the visiting dignitaries at the event, the department officials would also showcase the successful celebration of the recently held 350th Prakash Parv in which Sikh devotees from around the world had visited Patna and enjoyed the festival.

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