MPSTDC opens dormitory to facilitate tourist at Gateway Retreat Sanchi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Apr 2018 11:12:09


Staff Reporter,

MADHYA Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has started Dormitory at Gateway Retreat in Sanchi to facilitate tourist. Syed Arif Naqvi regional Manager Bhopal of MP Tourism said that the 16 bed dormitory is started for tourist and is having facilities like washroom, locker etc. Tariff for per night is decided to be Rs 300 which is without any additional taxes. This dormer is basically to facilitate tourist from middle class sector and for students. Booking can be done through online as well through tourist website and at city booking office at Hotel Palash residency. Gateway Retreat is also being liked by people of Sanchi as wedding destination.

MPSTDC is working on facilitating the tourist sites with economical lodging facilities to suit middle class sector especially where good number of local tourist visits.Now effort is also being taken to improve connectivity of the nearby stupas especially in Satdhara and other nearby Buddhist circuit. A good economical dormitory is expected to facilitate the tourist influx in the world heritage site. The purpose of this facility is also to increase the international tourist influx in the State and most of tourist visit Sanchi with religious purpose and to know more about Buddhism. Besides, that most of the tourist who visit Sanchi are from Srilanka followed by Japan, Thailand and Korea. Occasionally there are visitors from China who visits the place and now with many students, who are doing international studies also visits Sanchi.

A part from Sanchi most of the Buddhist tourists stays is Sanchi chiefly to visit the nearby stupas which is of immense importance especially Satdhara. The other stupas mainly Sonari, Andher and Murelkhurd are not directly connected by motorable roads and are located amidst jungle, hills and streams and are not fit for International tourist. Till 13th century Sanchi was a spiritual place and for Buddhist tourist. The other tourist visits the place mainly because of the spiritual interest and of its world heritage importance. The most enduring image of Sanchi has to be of the Great Stupa and its toranas (gateways). The site is a world heritage site and is protected by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). This Great Stupa served as a nucleus to the large Buddhist establishment during the later period.