Swadesh Darshan Awards

The Ministry of Tourism constituted the Swadesh Darshan awards in various categories to acknowledge the efforts made by state governments, union territory administrations, and various implementing agencies.

Overview:

  • The awards will be given to recognize best practices like innovative approach, achievement of planned objectives, the adoption of sustainability principles in design, planning, and operations, ability to attract private investments in peripheral development, efficient project monitoring, and efforts undertaken to ensure optimal operations and maintenance, etc.
  • The UT administrations and the State Governments have been asked to submit their entries via online mode.

About the Categories

It has been decided by the Ministry to invite entries under various categories such as Best Log Hut Facility, Best Tourist Interpretation Centre, Best Cafeteria, Best MICE Facility, Best Sound and Light Show, Best Craft Haat/ Souvenir Shop facility, and Best Waterfront Development (Beach/ River/ Lake, etc.).

About Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Launched in 2014-15, Swadesh Darshan is a Central Sector Scheme. It was launched with the aim of developing theme-based tourist circuits in India. The Ministry of Tourism offers Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for the development of circuit infrastructure under this scheme.

Fifteen thematic circuits have been identified under this scheme which are Coastal Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Eco Circuit, Desert Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Heritage Circuit, North East Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Rural Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Sufi Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Tirthankar Circuit, Wildlife Circuit.

The government has approved 76 projects worth over Rs 5500 crore across 31 Indian states and union territories under this scheme. At more than 500 tourist destinations, tourism-related infrastructure has been developed.

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