Himachal to market religions to attract tourists



Shimla: Plants and trees that are revered by the Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jains and Buddhists would now be marketed to attract tourism to Himachal Pradesh. The idea of a spiritual garden in Dhauladhar Nature Park in Gopalpur in Kangra district has been conceived by the Forest Department of the state.

The department hopes to educate the masses on the relevance of ecology and environmental protection, through this initiative. Six small parks namely Guru-ka-Bagh, Kurani Trees, Hari Shankari Vatika, Dhanavantri Vatika, Jain Vatika and Budh Vatika have been developed in the garden.

These vatikas comprise plants like nagkesar, amla (gooseberry), jalvetas, peepul, neem, tulsirehan, melo, arjun, ber, tali, ritha, champakeem, sal and deodar.

The department hopes to entice the tourists who visit Dharamshala every year. influx every year to Dharamshala, which is a major attraction amongst travellers due to Dala Lama’s abode in exile here.

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