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State govt identifies new tourist spots to attract visitors

In an attempt to boost tourism in the state, the state government is coming up with the draft of tourism development for the first time by next year. However, the Pune division of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has already appointed a private agency to conduct a survey of various potential tourism spots in the district, which would be later added to the list of favourite destinations.


Surveying beauty: Experts conducting the survey have identified caves in Junnar taluka, which have been ignored by tourists and are as beautiful as Ajanta caves in Aurangabad with detailed sculptures. Also, Naneghat (right) in the same Taluka of Junnar has historical importance since it belongs to the period of Satvahan dynasty. File pic

MTDC’s Pune division chief Naina Bondarde said the survey was started three months ago and so far around hundred spots have been identified as potential tourists’ attraction destinations.

“Kelshi in Velha taluka is blessed with nature but has been ignored by tourists. We will be adding this spot as a potential tourism destination under the tourism development scheme in the district,” added Bondarde.

She said that this was not the lone tourist spot and Gunjawani dam, Tamhini ghat, waterfall in Nanekarwadi of Ozar taluka and many ancient temples have already been listed 

The tourism department will divide these potential tourism destinations into various circuits.

“Buddha circuits will consist of various caves, while fort circuit will include popular forts like Torna, Rajgad and some others which can be easily climbed by the tourists,” added Bondarde.

City-based architect Kiran Kalamdani under whose surveillance the process of conducting a survey on heritage sites is going on said that the tourism department has asked her for her inputs.

“I have identified caves in Junnar taluka which have been ignored by tourists. They are as beautiful as Ajanta caves in Aurangabad with detailed sculptures,” said Kalamdani. He further said that Naneghat in the same Taluka of Junnar has historical importance since the period of Satvahan dynasty.

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