The government of Uttarakhand has reportedly planned a sightseeing tour that will cover places visited and activities carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jim Corbett National Park during a special episode of the survival reality show “Man vs. Wild” with Bear Grylls.
Senior officials said they have started identifying locations and finding arrangements for tourists to visit and stay at the places PM Modi visited while filming the show shot inside Jim National Park Corbett in 2019, a Indian Express says the report.
Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj says the idea for a “Modi tour” arose when he heard about the Game of Thrones tour while visiting Croatia, as part of from which tourists are taken to the locations where the famous television series was filmed.
“We have already created several circuits, for Maa Bhagwati, Shiva, Vishnu, Nav-grah, Golju Maharaj, Nagdevta, Hanuman and Vivekanand. There is another major idea we are working on. PM Modi went to Jim Corbett Park with Bear Grylls. We’re making a Modi track for that. We will take tourists to the places visited by Prime Minister Modi,” said Satpal Maharaj, quoted in the report.
In the Man Vs Wild episode aired in August 2019 with PM Modi, Bear Grylls met the PM at a rendezvous point and went on a series of adventures. The two men had walked along the Kosi River and crossed it using a makeshift raft in the rain. PM Modi had also consumed a drink made from neem leaves.
At the time, Prime Minister Modi recounted his experience and also predicted that the region he visited would become a big tourist attraction for the world in the coming days.
Col. Ashwini Pundir, additional CEO of the Adventure Sports Division of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, said he watched the episode of Man vs Wild featuring PM Modi, and that a Tourism department team is already working on the project.
“I’ve asked our people to come up with a list of places Grylls has taken the PM. We’re thinking about where to organize the stay, how to popularize the tour and what our social media plan might be. We want the tourists live the experience of the Prime Minister. We will also post reports at important times to inform you that this is the place where Prime Minister Modi carried out a particular activity,” Pundir said.
Pundir called PM Modi the “biggest influencer” in the country and gave the example of Rudra cave where he was photographed while in meditation, saying that since then caves like this have been pre -booked, often several years in advance.
“As soon as the plan [for the Modi Circuit] is complete, we will work to develop the area with the assistance of the District Magistrate and the District Tourism Development Committees. We will take help from locals,” Pundir said.
According to the officials, the plan is expected to attract tourists from neighboring states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh who can visit on weekends as covering the entire circuit won’t take much time.
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