Madhya Pradesh wins best tourism state award
Pradesh has won the Best State tourism award for compressive development of
tourism. Madhya Pradesh also bagged awards for Best Tourism Film and Best Civic
Management of Tourist Destination – Pachmarhi.
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr Shashi Tharur presented the
award to Madhya Pradesh at a National Tourism Award presentation ceremony at
Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi today. The Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Surendra
Patwa received the Awards. Those present included Managing Director MP Tourism
Development Corporation Raghvendra Singh and senior officers.
has secured a strong visibility on the world tourism map. Known as The Heart of
Incredible India, Madhya Pradesh has shown the way to strengthen cultural
integration by promoting spiritual tourism.
Government has made provision of providing grants to the prospective pilgrims
for visiting Angkor Vat in Cambodia, Sita Mata temple site in Sri Lanka,
Mansarovar Pilgrimage –China. Besides, visit Nankana Sahib and Hinglajdevi
shrine in Pakistan. Madhya Pradesh already enjoys a global identity of having
three world monuments – Bhim Betka, Sanchi and Khajuraho.
of Madhya Pradesh also occupies unique place in the world and remains the most
sought-after destination for the nature lovers.
Amarkantak-Achanakmar reserve figures in the list of world’s 20 new mega
biodiversity sites listed by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).
Recently Panna Tiger Reserve has created a history in wildlife conservation by
rearing tiger families. Resultantly, the number of tigers has gone up to 23
was judged for The Best State Award on 17 parameters prominent among them
include investment friendly policy for tourism, increase in tourist arrival,
tourism infrastructure development, improving connectivity for tourist sites.
The Award for
the Best Civic Management of a tourist destination in India was judged on seven
parameters mainly overall cleanliness, waste management, efficient traffic
management, care of environmental and greenery in and around tourism
destinations. The tourism promotion film was judged as the best tourism film on
the basis of concept and effective communication of the concept promotion of
The State has
taken novel initiatives for promotion and management of tourism in the state
exploring new areas like eco-tourism, heritage tourism, and spiritual tourism.
The Mukhya Mantri Tirth Darshan Yojana - CM’s Pilgrimage Scheme in
collaboration with IRCTC has not only encouraged domestic tourism but also
promoted religious tourism. So far 2.50 lakh elderly persons have visited the
pilgrimage sites of their choice free of cost.
The MP Eco
Tourism Board has developed 38 eco-tourism sites. Farm tourism is also being
promoted. In recent past, a number of groups of farmers, farm scientists,
managers and IT professionals visited the state to study the system of
E-procurement of wheat. A new scheme Khet Tirth Yojana has been launched to
encourage visits of farming community to the best managed fields and farms
within the state.
offers a diversity in tourism. The tourist flow has increased to 6.33 crore in
2013 from 5.34 crore in 2012 representing 18.14 percent increase. It was 87
lakh in 2004. New marketing officers are being opened at Chandigarh, Noida,
Jaipur, Bengaluru, and Patna. Air connectivity has been ensured for Indore,
Bhopal, Jabalpur, Satna and Khajuraho. The tourism budget has increased
manifold from Rs. 15 crore in 2004 to 154 crore at present. In last two years,
28 tourism related projects worth Rs. 314.62 crore have been sanctioned.
The State has
identified 16 tourism zones – Indira Sagar, Ban Sagar, Gandhi Sagar, Khajuraho,
Datia, Orchha, Sanchi, Mandu, Tawa Nagar, Tamia-Patalkot, Salkanpur,
Chitrakoot, Panna, Choral, Maheshwar and Amarkantak. Each tourism zone is known
for a distinct tourism activity. Selani, Island – Omkareshwar in Khandwa
district will soon have water and adventure tourism.
As many as seven
forts and fortresses of private and state ownership have been identified for
promoting heritage tourism. These include Rampur Fort (Guna), Arjun Palace
(Narsingarh-Rajgarh), Rani Palace (Tikamgarh), Rani Palace (Ratlam), Scindia
Boarding House (Neemuch), Rajgarh Palace (Datia) and Madhavgarh Palace (Satna).
Government has encouraged spiritual tourism in a big way. The cities having
shrines visited by thousands of pilgrims have been declared as Holy Cities and
compressive planning has been made for their management. The State has 12 holy
cities - Amarkantak, Maihar, Chitrakoot, Orchha, Ujjain, Omkareshwar Maheshwar,
Panna, Datia, Multai, Salkanpur and Mandla. The sale of eggs, meat and fish
remains prohibited at these places. Besides, cruelty against animals and birds
has been prevented. Sale of liquor is prohibited in and around these cities.
Ujjaini village – the origin of Kshipra near Indore will be developed as
pilgrimage site. Ujjaini is confluence of Narmada and Kshipra rivers.