Religious Tourism

UP to develop a Mahabharata based tourism circuit

The Uttar Praesh government wants to develop a Mahabharata based tourism circuit in the state on the lines of Buddhist and Ramayana circuits. It is talking to Delhi-based Draupadi Dream Trust for the project reports the Times of India adding that founder-trustee of the organisation, Neera Mishra, is slated to give a presentation on the circuit before the state’s government officials on Wednesday.The proposed plan aims to integrate three main sites associated with the Mahabharata — Hastinapur, Kampilya and Ahichchhatra.

Hastinapur was the capital of the Kuru clan and is located about 37km from present day Meerut. Kampilya, near Farrukhabad, is believed to be the birthplace for Draupadi while Ahichchhatra or Panchal Desha, near Ramnagar village in Aonla tehsil of Bareilly was the post-war kingdom ruled by the Panchala king after he gave away half of his land to Acharya Drona.

Director general, UP Tourism, Amrit Abhijat, told ToI, “Linking these sites is not the only thing being worked upon. The plan also includes the development of tourist infrastructure in the selected destinations. Besides this, we would also be promoting the important Buddhist and Jain sites falling in the districts.”



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