Published on : Friday, January 18, 2019
Despite the fact that Kangra in Uttarakhand has great tourism potential, it lies unexploited due to poor infrastructure and lack of planning. The government has failed to retain the religious tourists coming to the district.
Kangra has some of the most beautiful places in the country such as McLeodganj, Bhagsunag and Dharamkot. Like Darjeeling, Ooti and Munnar, the district has tea gardens. The presence of Dalai Lama is another attraction. The district also has a narrow gauge railway line connecting Pathankot with Jogindernagar. Despite that high-end tourists elude the district due to lack of basic infrastructure.
Mostly tourists come to the district to visit famous temples at Jwalamukhi, Chamunda, Kangra and Baijnath. More than 15 to 20 lakh tourists visit the temples every year. But many tourists return immediately after paying obeisance at the temples due to lack of facilities. Though the government has taken over the management of the famous temples, it has failed to add to the facilities.
The Department of Tourism does not have any package tours to offer to tourists. There is no facility for religious tourists to get online booking for hotels or taxis.
The state has also failed develop a track to Himani Chamunda temple. The temple is located almost 2 km uphill from Chamunda Devi temple. Sources said if the government developed the 12-km track to the old temple on the lines of Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu, it can give a boost to religious tourism.
In order to draw more tourists the track to the famous tourist attraction at Bhagsunag water fall should be properly maintained. The haphazard constructions, dingy surroundings and lack of parking places keep the tourists away.