Poll tourism new mantra for Varanasi


Foreigners keen on experiencing a slice of Indian elections are being treated to guided tours of this holy city and many of them have taken this opportunity to create awareness among voters urging them to exercise their franchise.

As political decibels rise, Varanasi is turning into a tourist magnet. “These tours are part of ‘Heart of India’, designed by a US-based operator which takes them to different parts of the country before ending in Varanasi. And, as the city has riveted the attention of the entire country, I thought it was only fitting to show them the heart of Indian democracy too,” Som Nath, who conducts the tour here, told PTI.

Guided by Nath, 18 American tourists wearing starched- white Gandhi topis and holding placards then walked the streets of the holy city and urged people to vote.

Full report here New Indian Express



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