Vadnagar, Narendra Modi’s birthplace, will soon be turned a bustling tourist spot.
Yes, you read that right.
In fact, BBC reports about a package that will enable a tourist to tour Modi’s birthplace for as less as Rs.600.
A local tour and travel group came up with ‘The Rise From Modi’s Village’ tour package, and it is getting support from the Gujarat government.
Manish Sharma, the director of the tour company which came up with this package, says that it was initially designed to cater to the NRIs who visited India during the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in January. But looking at the overwhelming response of public, he now plans to turn this into a regular tour.
Now take a look at the attractions: Mehsana’s Sun Temple, which is not exactly in Vadnagar,
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The Sharmistha lake where Modi is believed to have saved a crocodile, and the Vadnagar railway station where he sold tea.
Plus, a special attraction for the tourists will be Modi’s childhood friends, because Sharma admits there is not much to see in Vadnagar
. Vadnagar is a historic town. It was mentioned as Anartpur in the Mahabharata. Chinese traveller Xuanzang, who visited the town in 641 CE, wrote about the presence of Buddhist institutions.
The BBC report says that a special train will be soon be started that would link the town to other Buddhist places of the country. But where are the Buddhist attractions? Will anyone pay for a guided tour of this kind?
A section of a map showing the travel route of Xuanzang indicating he had visited the town. Alexander Cunningham/Creative Commons/Wikipedia