Punjab bags prize for most progressive state for tourism

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014,19:20 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Punjab state today bagged the coveted ‘Most Progressive State for Tourism’ award. Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Shripad Yesso Naik conferred the award on Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Sohan Singh Thandal in a ceremony held at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
Punjab has been selected from among the other states of the country as the most sought after destination amongst the tourism circles of the country and has been able to surpassed popular tourist states like J&K, Kerala, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thandal said Punjab, the land of five rivers and yellow fields, is a favourite tourist destination.
It has an integrated cultural history consisting of ancient monuments, religious places, museums and religious places. He said Punjab has wildlife sanctuaries with a rare site of migratory birds.
He said the important places of tourist interests in Punjab are Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Jallianwala bagh in Amritsar, Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib and Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib; Bhakra Dam, Qila Androon and Moti Bagh Palace at Patiala; Wetland at Harike Pattan. Aam Khas Bhag at Fatehgarh Sahib, Ramgarh Fort at Amritsar among others.
Mr Thandal said SAD-BJP combine in Punjab has also constructed various monuments in commemoration of warriors, Religious saints and Sikh Gurus. In his regard he made special mention of Wadda Ghallughara memorial at Kup Rahira, Chota Ghallughara memorial at Kahanuwan, Baba Banda Singh memorial at Chupparchiri. He said the war memorial at Kartarpur and Memorial in commemoration of Guru Ravidass at Khuralgarh are under construction.
He said the construction of these monuments by SAD-BJP government in Punjab has provided big thrust to the tourism industry in the state.