Saturday, 5 June 2010

Heritage maps being prepared by tourism board

The Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board is preparing detailed tourist maps of Amritsar and Patiala, besides a separate one of the Golden Temple, to help visitors see the popular destinations in a better and easier way.

Finishing touches are now being given to the map of Amritsar, which includes information on major places of interest in and around the city, various categories of accommodations available, besides important trains and flight schedules. The map also provides information on popular traditional eateries and dhabas of the city, popular hotels and restaurants, and major fast-food outlets.

The board is also collecting information to prepare a detailed map for the Golden Temple. Marketing Manager Razit Bhandari said the Golden Temple was a repository of Sikh heritage, preserved in the form of paintings, texts and antique instruments. “We are collecting information on various facets, which can then be highlighted in the map,” he said.

The board has engaged a Mumbai-based company to design the Golden Temple map. The company will send its team to undertake a complete survey of the temple complex. Bhandari said there were many old markets in the walled city, in the vicinity of the Golden Temple. “Information on these bazaars will also be given on the map, so that tourists can be encouraged to visit them. This will also give a fillip to the economy of these bazaars,” he pointed out.

The map on Amritsar is likely to be ready in a month, which will be placed at the Indian embassies, the country’s tourism information centres abroad, similar centres in the country and at the airports. The board is considering a proposal to put all the maps online, so that Punjab-bound tourists can conveniently take prints beforehand.

Meanwhile, work has begun on collecting similar information for Patiala. The board is working on the areas to be covered by the map. These include Kila Mubarak and the thriving markets in its vicinity, offering traditional ware. Information on the adjoining towns of Nabha, Malerkotla, Sirhind and Bahadurgarh will also be found on the map.

Rajni Shaleen Chopra,, Fri Jun 04 2010,


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