Uttarakhand minister projects tourism potential of state

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Ahmedabad, Sept 16 (UNI) Uttarakhand, blessed with glaciers, shrines and places of pilgrimage, is a perfect destination for national and international tourists, Prakash Pant, state's Tourism Minister, said here today.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Pant said Uttarakhand was an ideal place for tourists, who want to explore adventure, pilgrimage or environment tourism in the Himalayan region.

He said with as many as six national parks and equal number of forest parks, the state offers tremendous opportunities for Indian as well as foreign tourists for adventure tourism.

Similarly, the 'Chardham Yatra--Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri', nestled in the mighty mountains, offers joy of pilgrimage for people of all walks and faith, he said.

He said the state, having population of nearly 85 lakh, is servicing nearly two-crore tourists, who visit the state every year.

In view of hilly landscape of the state, which makes the road travel unsecure and long for tourists, the state government is expanding capacity of three air-strips and two airports in Uttarakhand.

The Minister said, with a view to promote spiritual tourism in the state, Uttarakhand Government has decided to organise a week long 'Yoga Mahotsav' between March 1-7, 2008.

A picturesque state, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments, Mr Pant added.

UNI

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