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Laxmi was in despair. It was nearly six in the evening and she had been unable to sell her regular quantity of antimony. The resident of Deogarh village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh has the task of bringing up two boys.
Three years ago, her husband, crushed between the twin burden All hookup sites available around chandpur times-union debt and the failure of his crop, committed suicide. It is symptomatic of many other such people not just in Lalitpur, but across India. The official data from the Lalitpur district website talks briefly about its history, geography et al. Guess which district comes second best?
That honour goes to Agra, an acknowledged global tourist destination. It has greater administrative focus, which ensures superior tourist infrastructure, in turn leading it to become a centre for employment for people across the region. But Lalitpur is a different case altogether. The Dashavatara temple in Deogarh dates back to the sixth century. On its three outer walls, it has what are arguably the finest Hindu rock cuts ever seen.
Due to lack of awareness, these sites see some dyed-in-the-wool history buffs, but few tourists. He takes the examples of Chanderi, which has listed monuments, and Kadwaha, called mini Khajuraho, which houses numerous temples dating from seventh to 12th century AD—both in Madhya Pradesh— to convey his sentiment that the state tourism department is not serious about promoting these rich heritage sites.
A two-year research and documentation project by INTACH, from tobrought to light about 70 sites
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The INTACH project aimed at resurrecting the tradition of painting murals on the walls of houses taught the villagers how to prepare the pigments, gum, lime plaster needed for painting murals.
This way the painting tradition was revived in the village and the resultant influx of tourists created more avenues for employment for the local population.
The Raghurajpur example proves that with the right kind of inputs, heritage sights can function as attractive tourist destinations—a thought echoed by Muhammad KK, superintending archaeologist with the ASI, All hookup sites available around chandpur times-union circle. He talks of the time when he restored a cluster of temples from the Pratihara era dating to seventh and eighth century AD in Bateshwar, Morena district in Madhya Pradesh. To complete his project he had to deal with the dacoit Nirbhay Gujjar who eventually helped him and the MP government which later awarded him.
The site is now a thriving tourist spot and the locals claim that the restoration has changed their lives.
It is these rare acts of courage by heritage-enthusiasts like Muhammad that is keeping Indian heritage sites from dying a slow death.
But there are systemic issues that hinder the process says another ASI official. The budget allocated for each circle is a mere Rs crore.
According to him, for the fruits of heritage tourism to benefit the local population and India at large, the whole system needs an overhaul. Under his new initiative programme as the union cabinet minister for culture and tourism, Jagmohan took some concrete steps on the ground and changed the way monuments were maintained.
These places witness more tourists than before because the historical beauty is magnified by the experience provided by the infrastructure. Small steps, like building a bridge across the Betwa to link Deogarh and Chanderi and having the Bhopal-Delhi Shatabdi stop at Lalitpur, will open up hitherto untouched places to visitors. It will also aid in preserving heritage and become a tourism engine for the whole of Bundelkhand and help people like Laxmi lead a better life. A big budget from the central government is not the key here.
Everyone had the same amount at their disposal but I used all the facilities available for my mission. After all what is tourism for India? Read more on India. My Saved Articles Sign in Sign up. Find this comment offensive?
information on various infrastructure facilities available in the village and town viz. as all children below 7 years of age had been treated as illiterate at the time of Ganga in Lalgola and after a short journey across this district meets Jalangi lying plain land, which becomes a vast lake in the rains with village sites.
The ASI website lists as many as 73 heritage sites in Lalitpur making it The Economic Times of many other such people not just Lalitpur, but across India. Not far from Deogarh is Chandpur where a group of ancient temples are at their disposal but I used all the facilities available for my mission.