Ambedkar Circuit

The Indian Government is looking to use special AC train to promote the proposed Ambedkar Circuit that covers various places in India associated with B.R. Ambedkar.

Key facts

  • The Union Tourism Minister, while inaugurating a 3-day conference of state tourism ministers in Dharamshala, announced the launch of a special train to cover the Ambedkar Circuit.
  • The Ambedkar Circuit was first proposed in 2016 by the Central Government.
  • It includes Janma Bhoomi (Ambedkar’s birthplace in Madhya Pradesh), Deeksha Bhoomi (place in Nagpur where Ambedkar embraced Buddhism), Mahaparinirvan Bhoomi (the place in Delhi where he passed away) and Chaitya Bhoomi (the place of his cremation in Mumbai).
  • The proposed Ambedkar Circuit will be similar to the recently launched Ramayana Circuit and Buddhist Circuit.
  • Currently, special trains are available for the Ramayana, Buddhist, and North East Circuits.
  • Now, the Ambedkar circuit is expected to be the fourth.
  • It aims to attract wider tourist base besides Dalit community, who frequent these key destinations as a pilgrimage.
  • The journey would cover meals. Ground transportation and entry to historic sites concerning Ambedkar.

About Swadesh Darshan scheme

The Swadesh Darshan scheme was launched by the Tourism Ministry in 2014-2015 to achieve the integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits. Under this central sector scheme, the government identified 15 tourist circuits. These include Ramayana Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Heritage, North East, Himalayan, Sufi, Krishna, Rural, Tribal, and Tirthankar Circuits. Until March 2022, the government has sanctioned 76 projects in these 15 circuits. These projects seek to ensure a comprehensive development of all sites related to the theme-based circuit, like infrastructure, visitor facilities, road and rail connectivity. Its overall aim is to promote jobs in tourism sector across the country by integrating schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India, Make in India etc.

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