Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech (2019) had announced that 17 Iconic Tourist Sites in the country will be developed by Government into world class tourist destinations to serve as model for other sites to boost tourism potential.
About Iconic Tourist Sites Initiative
- Objective: To develop these 17 monumnets (sites) into world class tourist destinations, to serve as a model for other tourism sites. It also aims at enhancing India’s soft power.
- 17 Sites: Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and the Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).
- Implementation Strategy: It involves overall development of these from tourism point of view in and around these sites — which includes roads and infrastructure, hotels and lodges, connectivity and access. The development works will be undertaken as per international standards. The interventions in and around these monuments will have elements of universal accessibility, green technology, and enhanced security for tourists.
- Implementing Agencies: Union Ministry of Tourism will be the nodal implementing agency. Besides it will also involve several other ministries, from Railways to Civil Aviation.