History & Culture

Rajasthan may allow vintage car rides to promote tourism

JAIPUR

If all goes well, Rajasthan is likely to be the first state to have a ‘Vintage and Classic Automobile’ policy that would add a new dimension to its heritage tourism.

The Indian Heritage Hotel Association (IHHA) has requested chief minister Vasundhara Raje for a policy on vintage and heritage cars in the state to enhance the tourism experience, to which the CM has agreed in-principle, reports Times of India.

“Most developed countries have a policy to encourage the restoration of vintage and classic cars. They see the automobile heritage as an important part of their narrative, but India despite banning export of vintage cars and declaring it national heritage, has done little to promote its heritage.

These cars substantially enhance the heritage ambience of a place and promote tourism and we are hopeful to see a policy in place soon,” said Vikram Singh, member, committee for vintage cars, IHHA and a noted vintage car collector and enthusiast.

Because these cars are not officially registered, it is estimated that the state has nearly 300 vintage and classic cars. Some of these cars are owned and displayed for tourism at 22 heritage properties in the state, but due to lack of a policy, the owners can’t really use them for tourism

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