Published on : Monday, November 8, 2021
The construction of the Ram Temple has gathered a lot of interest in the ancient city of Ayodhya, however, it may take a few years before it joins the league of heritage and spiritual destinations like Varanasi, Prayagraj and Mathura.
Tour operators visiting the city beforeDeepotsav have pointed out that the development of hotels, better connectivity, regulated temple visits and sanitation are important forprojectingAyodhya as a city of reputation on the tourism map.
On Tuesday, a team of 40 tour operators and travel bloggers visited Hanumangarhi, Ramjanmabhoomi, KanakBhawan and SaryuGhatto get an idea about whatAyodhya has to offer to tourists. The state government is aiming to develop the city as a major tourist attraction.
“We have already been promoting the sector among tourists for a while now. Till now it was a city for pilgrims and devotees but now tourists also want to visit. However, it is important to retain the old world charm of the city. Old structures should not be demolished to modernise the city. People don’t want to just visit the temple but also experience the old world charm, the local culture, its people,” said Ravi Gosain, the vice-president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.
RK Arora of Sona Travels in Delhi said that more hotels need to come up in the area, since people have to stay in Lucknow and travel 2.5 hours to visit Ayodhya. Arora said that a sector integratingLucknow, Ayodhya, Varanasi and Prayagrajneeds to be developed, especially as Varanasi and Prayagraj are also linked to Khajuraho.