Uttarakhand to add lesser-known destinations to its tourism map

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The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat is initiating a comprehensive strategy along with other senior officials, to popularise lesser-known tourist destinations in the state like Jageshwar, Lakhamandal and Poornagiri, among others.

The national tourism map should now include Harkidoon-Kedarkantha, Kotdwar-Karanaswaram, Jageshwar-Madmaheswar, Kalsi-Hanol-Lakhamandal, Champawat-Mayawati-Poornagiri, Lansdowne, Purlo-Mori, Kausani-Gwaldam-Garud-Bedini and Jakholi-Bednital , emphasised Rawat.

“Uttarakhand is increasingly becoming the favourite destination of domestic and international tourists. Once we are able to include these lesser-known tourist attractions in the established tourist circuit, the tourist influx in the hill state may go up considerably, resulting in an increase in the income-generation,” he said.

Rawat also stressed on the need to boost all genres of tourism in the state, comprising adventure, health and religious tourism. “Places like Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag can be developed to boost adventure and religious tourism while destinations like Nanital, Almora and Pithoragarh should be developed for adventure tourism,”said Chief Secretary Shatrughana Singh.