Adopt A Heritage
India has always been renowned for its rich cultural heritage. India’s glorious past and cultural diversity make a potent blend which attracts...
India has always been renowned for its rich cultural heritage. India’s glorious past and cultural diversity make a potent blend which attracts millions of tourists each year to its tourist destinations. India's rich heritage is abundantly reflected in the form of numerous temples, palaces, monuments, forts etc.
This has led to an increase in India's tourism particularly at the heritage sites. Tourism in India has registered a considerable growth in the last few years, ever since additional initiatives were taken by the Government of India to boost India’s image as a destination for tourism.
Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) envisages providing world-class tourist facilities at the various heritage sites / monumentsand other tourist sites across the country under the “Adopt A Heritage” initiative.
The project begins with ASI ticketed monuments and would be expanded to other cultural sites across India. It envisages entrusting of heritage sites/monuments and other tourist sites to private - public sector companies, or individuals for the “Monument Mitras” development of tourist friendly amenities and facilities.
President Ram Nath Kovind launched the 'Adopt a Heritage' initiative on World Tourism Day on September 27, under which heritage sites will be entrusted to public and private enterprises and individuals for maintenance. Under the 'Adopt a Heritage' Project, those entrusted with the development of tourist amenities at the adopted sites would be known as 'Monument Mitras'.Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, pointed out India's improved Tourism Competitive Index ranking of 40 as against 52 in 2015.
In 2016, India welcomed 8.80 million foreign tourists, an increase of 9.7 per cent over the previous year. This year, it has maintained a growth rate of 15.7 per cent in foreign tourists' arrival, the government said. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by 'Monument Mitras'. They would also look after the operations and the maintenance of the amenities.
The project would begin with 93 ASI ticketed monuments and would be expanded to other natural and cultural sites across India. The heritage sites are classified into various categories.