LUCKNOW: To extend a warm welcome to visitors in Ayodhya and turn them into tourists, the state culture department has proposed to start several tours and walks in the temple town.
The packages were presented during CM’s meeting to review progress of different projects for Ayodhya.
“Tourism economy gets a shot in its arm only when tourists spend a night or two at a place. The contribution of visitors to a place is minuscule from the economic point of view. Activities such as guided tours and walks aid the conversion of visitors into tourists. Thus we thought about the packages,” said principal secretary, culture department, Jitendra Kumar.
The packages have been designed for different kinds of visitors ranging from those who come for short trips to those planning to stay for 2-3 days.
For instance, the morning package starts at 6.30am from Lakshman Mandir Sahastradhara and covers destinations like Chandrahari temple, Nageshwarnath temple, Ram Ki Paidi, Queen Hu’s memorial, Ram Katha museum, Vilvahari temple, Dashrath Samadhi, Badi Dev Kali temple, Hanumangarhi, Kanak Bhavan and finally takes the visitors to Shri Ramjanmabhoomi site before concluding at Ram Ki Paidi.
Then the afternoon package, which will begin at Hanumangarhi, will give the visitors a chance to participate in the Saryu Aarti in the evening. All day packages will include a visit to the Swami Narayan’s birthplace Chappia in the neighbouring Gonda district besides showing the local places in Ayodhya.
Officials said that the packages will be finalized and rolled out officially.