Monday, May 31, 2010

Uttarakhand Tourism

Just uploaded some photographs of my 14 Day Trip to Haridwar, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Mussoorie, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rishikesh on facebook. Along with doing some good work, visiting some temples, enjoying nature and having some interesting philosophical discussions, I tried to learn some photography as well.

Link for the photographs is here

I will use this space to cheer for the Uttarakhand Government for the great tourism development in their state. Looks like the economy of the state is driven by tourism, at least in these 4 months. http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/ shows the great work that they are doing. However I still do not understand some things. I am hoping that a localite would read this and answer.

1) Why are "Prayags" (Meeting point of two rivers) not developed as tourist spots? Two rivers, one grey, one green in colour meet at a point and form a beautiful scene. I could capture one of the prayags out of the 5 great prayags forming the Panchprayag. I am sure government and the people would be earning more if they were developed as tourist spots?

2) Why don't they put iron hashed or criss-cross barricades in temples? Don't they know that anyone can just cross an iron bar or a rope? Is it some sort of loophole left so that the pandits can get some extra income by allowing their people to get inside?

3) These mandirs have a lot of money. They spend crores of money on organisation and temple management. Why can't they hire trained people? Why do I not see an MBA from IIMA employed at the top temples of the country. They can easily pay them more than what McKinsey is paying. Why do our temples and its management still rely on pandits?

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