Gujarat's new tourism policy stresses on eco-tourism

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Gandhinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) The Gujarat government has tried to reinvent the concept of eco-tourism in the state by their new tourism policy.

The concept is not totally new for the state, which has some unique eco-tourism attractions like Gir Lion Sanctuary and other such places.

According to the state tourism department sources, the state is rich in bio-diversity because of agro-climatic and ecological factors, having some beautiful sea beaches, wild life sanctuaries and unique landscapes, and they want to attract more nature loving tourists to these places.

The government has identified some 15 places for the promotion of eco-tourism that include Indroda Park in Gandhinagar, Kaliyaar Sanctuary of Velavadar, Saurashtra, sanctuary in Jess, ancient temles with landscapes at Polo in Sabarkantha, Bambu forests in Dangs, Jambughoda in Panchmahals, Kilad camp site at Navasari in South Gujarat, Bird sanctuary at Dabhoi in Vadodara district and Gir wild life sanctuary.

According to the sources, tourism department has allocated a huge fund of Rs 19 crore to these places in three phases which was used to provide basic amenities to the tourists.

The government has also set up a minister level committee for the eco tourism project which has forest minister Mangubhai Patel as the chairman. The aim of the project is to create awareness about the wild life and ecology among the people.

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