Religious tourism offers a range of benefits to both travellers and the destinations they visit. For travellers, it provides an opportunity for personal growth, cultural exchange, and spiritual enrichment. Now, the gateway of the northeast is significantly looking to promote riverine-based tourism with religious sites connected with ferry services in Guwahati.
Ferry Service Aims To Link 7 Religious Sites In Guwahati
According to Hindustan Times, an MoU was signed in Guwahati on Friday to connect seven religious sites around the city through waterways. The project would provide a ‘hop on hop off’ boat service. This will connect the seven historic and holy sites in and around Guwahati. These are Kamakhya, Pandunath, Aswaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar, and Auniati Satra.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Sagarmala Development Corporation Limited (SDCL), Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), and the Department of inland waterways transport (DIWT), Government of Assam signed the agreement for the development of a riverine-based religious tourism circuit.
It is anticipated that the ferry service, which will begin at Hanuman Ghat in the Uzan Bazar neighbourhood, will cut the total travel time for one round to less than two hours. Religious tourism will also get a boost as tourists will enjoy the rich spiritual heritage of Guwahati via this wonderful riverine circuit. The project is stated to be completed within a year. A special purpose vehicle will carry out the ₹45 crore project.
The Recent Boost In Religious & Riverine Tourism
Religious tourism has witnessed a significant boost in recent years. Millions of people around the world embark on journeys to sacred sites and destinations of spiritual significance. Increased accessibility and globalisation are the factors.
Advances in transportation infrastructure have made it easier for individuals to undertake journeys to distant religious sites. This has opened up opportunities for people to explore their faith and spirituality beyond their immediate communities.
In addition, the factor of riverine tourism offers opportunities to explore historical and cultural sites. Numerous rivers flow through regions that are steeped in history and heritage. Ancient temples, indigenous villages, and archaeological sites often dot the riverbanks. It provides visitors with a chance to delve into the local culture and learn about the historical significance of the area.
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