What is the issue ?
- Direct bus service was launched between Janakpur and Ayodhya, the two sacred cities for Hindus, as part of a “Ramayan Circuit” to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.
What you need to know about Janakpur :
- Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama.
- Janaki temple was built here in memory of Sita in 1910. The three storey structure made entirely of stone and marble is 50 metre high and spread over 4,860 sq feet.
About the Ramayan Circuit :
- The Ramayan Circuit is one among the 13 tourist circuits under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.
- 15 destinations have been chosen according to the places where Lord Ram is believed to have travelled across India.
About Swadesh Darshan Scheme :
- Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme) for integrated development of theme based tourist circuits in the country was launched in 2014-15.
- Ecotourism, Wildlife, Buddhist, Desert, Spiritual, Ramayana, Krishna, Coastal, Northeast, Rural, Himalayan, Tribal and Heritage are the circuits which have been identified under this scheme.
- The Scheme is 100% centrally funded and efforts are made to achieve convergence with other schemes of Central and State Governments and also to leverage the voluntary funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Sector.
Objectives of Swadesh Darshan Scheme :
- To position tourism as a major engine of economic growth and job creation
- Develop circuits having tourist potential in a planned and prioritized manner
- Promote cultural and heritage value of the country to generate livelihoods in the identified regions;
- Follow community based development and pro-poor tourism approach
- Creating awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism for them in terms of increased sources of income, improved living standards and overall development of the area.
- To create employment through active involvement of local communities
- Harness tourism potential for its effects in employment generation and economic development.