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Karnataka government to develop Nandi Hills as an international tourist destination

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    8th Mar, 2021


Nandi hills, a popular hill station in the Chikkaballapur district of will be developed as an international tourist destination.

About Nandi Hills

  • Nandi Hillsis an ancient hill fortress built by Ganga Dynasty.
  • Cholas were established Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandhi hills during the 11th Century. 
  • Yoga Nandeeshwara Templeis a Hindu temple in Nandi Hills, Karnataka.
  • It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • It reflects Dravida and Chola Architecture.
  • Raja RajendraChola and KulotungaChola's names are scripted on the walls.
  • The first-ever SAARCsummit hosted by India was held at Nandi Hills in


  • Nandi hills follow all the criteria to be developed as an International Tourist Destination.
  • This can enhance its chances to be ranked higher in the World Tourism ranking.

World Tourism rankings 

  • The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
  • In the publication, UN regions and sub-regions are ranked.
  • They are ranked by the number of international visitor arrivals, by the revenue generated by inbound tourism, and by the expenditures of outbound travellers.
  • In 2019 rank, France was chosen as the most visiting nation.


Important Schemes to promote tourism

  • PRASHAD scheme: The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD)are launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15.
    • It was initiated with the objective of integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations. 
  • Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Ministry of Tourism (MoT) launched the SwadeshDarshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme)– for the integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits in the country in 2014-15.
    • 15 thematic circuits have been identified under the SwadeshDarshan for development namely:
      • Buddha Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Heritage Circuit, North-east Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Sufi Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Tirthankar Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Tribal Circuit 

What is a Tourist Circuit? 

  • Tourist Circuit is defined as a route on which at least three major tourist destinations are not in the same town, village, or city and not separated by a long-distance as well.
  • Tourist circuits should have well-defined entry and exit points.
  • Theme-based Tourist Circuits are circuits around specific themes such as religion, culture, ethnicity, niche, etc.
  • A theme-based circuit can be confined to a state or can also be a regional circuit covering more than one state or Union territory.

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