Religious Tourism

    Varanasi's Buddhist pilgrimage site Sarnath sees huge boost in domestic tourism

    Varanasi's Buddhist pilgrimage
    The Hawk
    May23/ 2024

    Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh): Domestic tourism at Varanasi's Buddhist pilgrimage site Sarnath has witnessed a significant boost in tourism due to development initiatives taken up under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sarnath is one of the four important places associated with Lord Buddha and is called the birthplace of Buddhism. "Sarnath has developed a lot since Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister in 2014. Earlier, mostly foreign tourists used to visit Sarnath but now, domestic tourism has also witnessed a boost thanks to initiatives taken under the leadership of PM Modi," said Vinod Singh, a tourist guide. "Tourists who come to see the Ganga Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, should also visit Sarnath. Domestic tourism has been increasing since 2014. Infrastructure development has taken place. A lot of development works were done in the G20. If PM Modi gets another term, Sarnath will be known as an international tourism site in the coming years," the tourist guide added. "The roads, which had no boundary wall earlier, have been developed. Facilities like an online ticketing system, washrooms, and drinking water supply system have been developed. Both the Centre and state government organize several activities to promote tourism," he said. Naman, a tourist, said, "There are a lot of local tourists in Sarnath. Tourism has increased not only in Sarnath but also in Varanasi, because of good infrastructure facilities." "Nearly 15 lakh devotees visited Vishwanath temple in a single day, a day after Dev Deepawali, Chita Bhasma Holi or Masan Holi was celebrated in Varanasi," he claimed. "In the last 10 years, there has been a boom in tourism due to the development of infrastructure. I was born here and I used to come here. Now, ...

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