National Tourism Day 2022; Know the theme, history, and some of the attractions in India

The Indian government on January 25 every year celebrates National Tourism Day where the day is commemorated to appreciate and promote the importance of Tourism in the country. The ancient country has many stories, folk tales, and beauties so one can travel and explore the country for a lifetime. 

Theme

Every year, the government introduces a theme to mark the day, and this year, the theme is ‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’. Moreover, The ministry of tourism is observing National Tourism Day under the aegis of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, a 75-week grand celebration to mark 75 years of India’s independence. 

History

To promote the culture of Indian tourism, the tourism traffic committee was introduced in India in 1948. Later, in 1958, a tourism department was established under the Ministry of Tourism and Communication in India. To create awareness as well as to promote tourism in top cities in the countries like, Goa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, etc. 

As the Covid-19 lockdown has deeply affected the tourism of the country, the Ministry of Tourism organizes seminars on the subject to showcase the diverse culture of our country. 

Moreover, The World Tourism Organization has said that tourist arrivals around the world are not expected to return to their pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Significance

India is a country of varied heritage and diversities. When the case of tourism is chosen, the country takes one of the top positions in the world among the other tourists’ attractive locations. Foreigners mostly land the country to experience the diversities in different corners across the country. The traditions, art forms, culture and beautiful sculptures including monuments have been received much appreciation from the rest of the world. 

The national Tourism Day is celebrated in the country to aware people of the growth prospects of the tourism sector and how it impacts India’s economic development. 

Attractions

The country is home to 40 UNESCO heritage sites. The last site to be added to the World Heritage Site list is Dholavira, a Harappan city that is located in the city of Gujarat. The country currently has 32 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and one mixed property. There are many attractions in the country in which some have been listed here:

  1. Taj Mahal in Agra: It is an amalgamation of several elements of Islamic design including arches, minarets and domes. 
  2. Red Fort, Delhi: It was built by Shah Jahan in 1648 to showcase Mughal power. Constructed using stunning red sandstone, the monument spreads fro over two kilometres.
  3. Gateway Of India: s an arch-monument built in the early 20th century in the city of Mumbai, India. It was erected to commemorate the landing of King-Emperor George V, the first British monarch to visit India, in December 1911 at Ramchandani Road near Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Chowk in Mumbai.
  4. Qutab Minar, New Delhi: It is also spelled as Qutb Minar and Qutab Minar, is a minaret and “victory tower” that forms part of the Qutb complex. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi, India. The 73 metre high tower of victory was built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom.
  5. Highest Rail Bridge in the world: The country is home to the highest rail bridge in the world. The 1,315 m long Chenab bridge is located in Jammu and Kashmir, and is 35 m higher than the Eiffel Tower. The engineering marvel has been designed to withstand high speed wind, up to 266 km/hr.
  6. Ellora Caves: Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the largest rock-cut Hindu temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Buddhist and Jain monuments with artwork dating from the period 600–1000 CE.

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Moreover, the country has got a great number of wildlife sanctuaries.  The country has a total of 566 wildlife sanctuaries. Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the country. The country has another feather in its cap. Take Mawlynnong, located in the state of Meghalaya, has been ranked as the cleanest village in Asia. The beautiful village is picturesque, and is certainly one of the most interesting places in northeast India.