Shimla (Jan 18) Himachal Pradesh Government is planning to promote Masroor Temple in Kangra district as a tourist point, after exploring its heritage and cultural aspects thereby placing it on world monuments map.
Government also considering to organizing tour of students and scholars to Masroor Temple and Pong Dam to acquaint them with the rich heritage State possessed besides organizing a festival to expose Masroor Temple nationally and inter-nationally.
This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, in his presidential address he delivered on the occasion of one-day Seminar on Masroor Temple, organized by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Language and Culture Department at Dharamshala jointly today.
He appealed to the local entrepreneurs to set up eco-friendly hospitality units in Masroor area wherein the State Government would extend every possible help.
The state had approached best of the public schools throughout the country to organize conducted tours of their students to visit Himachal to see in person apple orchards and hydel projects to add to their basic knowledge, he added.
He said that Rs. 71 crore would be spent over development of tourism infrastructure in Kangra Circuit in two phases with the 95 million dollar loan being procured from Asian Development Bank.
Chief Minister said that State had invaluable 40 kms clear water in Pong Dam Maharana Pratap Sagar capable of attracting any water sports lover to explore the potential.
He said that State had 1.31 crore tourists during last year out of which large number were foreigners.
He said that Home Stay could be one of the concept introduced by the State to rope in villagers in rural tourism promotion activities which had been exempted from various levi-able taxes.
Prof. Dhumal said that the objective behind organizing such a seminar was to draw the attention of the world towards the vast heritage potential State had for heritage lovers.