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Himachal all set to take tourists to apple orchards

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The Himachal Pradesh state tourism department is all set to woo tourists by charming them with apples.

“We are going to link tourism with our apple industry, both major contributors to our economic development, by offering an opportunity to our guests to visit the orchards located across the state,” Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board vice chairman Vijai Singh Mankotia said.

He said the board would hold a two-day apple festival in the state capital on September 25-26 in association with the state horticulture department.

“We have invited the apple growers to the festival so that they could showcase their products and allure tourists to their orchards,” he said.

The former tourism minister said since most of the rural homestay units are located amidst the orchards, the festival would be an opportunity to promote these off-beat destinations.

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