Published on : Monday, February 8, 2021
In and around Khajuraho, a new tourist circuit is being set up. It will include Panna diamond mines, along with the ancient forts, adjacent to the region of this World Heritage Site.
For this town, a master plan is being prepared, after Khajuraho was decided on by the Central government as one of the iconic tourist sites.
The Indian Ministry of Tourism has recognized 17 sites in 12 clusters for development as ‘Iconic Tourism Sites’ including Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, Ajanta and Ellora, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar, Colva (Goa), Amer Fort, Somnath & Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho, Hampi (Ka rnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga in Assam, Kumarakom in Kerala and Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar.
While talking with the Times of India, the principal secretary tourism, Sheo Shekhar Shukla said, “In an overall development of the area, a tourist circuit comprising culture, nature and heritage will be showcased.”
The wildlife in Panna national park and Nauradehi sanctuary, the diamond mines of Panna will be a part of this tourist circuit as well.
To quote him, “The grandeur of Dhubela fort, Kalinjir and Ajaygath forts would be added to attract the tourists. In between, Orchha is already attracting lakhs of national and international tourists.”