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Destination India!

In Urdu, we'd say, 'der aaye durust aaye' :-) to this... Incredible India has identified 20 great destinations to promote and develop. This is great news to us desi travellers, plus a new opening for international tourists to explore in India.

The official word is that the Indian Tourism Ministry has identified 20 mega destinations for infrastructure development, since India is witnessing encouraging trends in the tourism sector with foreign tourist inflows touching 5 million mark in the year 2007.

Domestic tourism is also a key driver. The “Incredible India” campaign has led to immense interest and awareness and is likely to result in significantly larger numbers of tourists traveling to and within the country. All this requires infrastructure, particularly at the key destinations / circuits. 
Good thinking!

Now about destination identification... The officials say that though 20 of these destinations have been identified for now, identifying newer destinations to promote and develop is an ongoing process. On the current list, we have the following destinations in India, which have been marked for a facelift:
Agra – Revitalization of Taj (Uttar Pradesh)
Varanasi – Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh)
Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda (Bihar)
Illumination of monuments of Delhi (Delhi)
Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Puri – Bhubaneswar – Konark-Chilka (Orissa)
Haridwar-Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
Hampi (Karnataka)
Gangtok (Sikkim)
Ajmer – Pushkar (Rajasthan)
Kurukshetra (Haryana)
Charminar area of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Jagdalpur-Tirathgarh-Chitrakoot-Barsoo (Chattisgarh)
Dwarka (Gujarat)
Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
Churches of Goa
Ganga Heritage River Cruise Circuit (West Bengal)
Vidarbha Circuit (Maharashtra)
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
Amritsar (Punjab)
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