Sanchi, Khajuraho to be developed to facilitate women tourists

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2018 12:33:15


World Tourism Day Special Story

By Tara Chettur,

MADHYA Pradesh Tourism Board has started a pilot project to make tourist spots of Madhya Pradesh a women friendly destination. To start with, world heritage sites Sanchi and Khajuraho have been identified where special measures will be taken to facilitate women tourists. Talking about this initiative, Swati, Advisory Committee member in MP Tourism Board, stated that the main focus is to identify indicators which are challenges for women travellers. World heritage sites like Sanchi and Khajuraho witness good influx of foreign tourists, especially women travellers. Tourist police station has also been started at Khajuraho.

Ministry of Tourism was also planning to start Tourist Facilitation and Security Organisations (TFSO) to facilitate solo women travellers. Earlier, Mehrunnisa Siddique, who works for organisation ‘Adhar’ in Chhatarpur working for women and child right issues, says that special training should be given to guides to help women travellers in a better way.

Being one of the top destinations in the country, it is must that special protection for solo women travellers is ensured.
Notably, a quick search on favourite destinations for solo women travellers Khajuraho finds a place in Madhya Pradesh especially for its adventure and architectural magnificence and with adequate safety measures MP Tourism is hopeful of rise in influx of visitors at the site.
According to latest data available from Ministry of Tourism, in Madhya Pradesh total number of domestic tourist influx was 1,50,49,0339 and foreign tourists were 3,63,195.

Madhya Pradesh contributes 10.3% share in total domestic tourist percentage in entire country. Domestic influx of tourists in Khajuraho was 2,34,731 and foreign tourist influx was 55,701, whereas Sanchi witnessed around
2,56,469 domestic tourists and total foreign tourists were 4,354.

Besides, MP Tourism Board in collaboration with Women and Child Development Department is also initiating interactive sessions to chalk out a strategy to make tourist places safer for domestic and international women travellers. In all, total 30 tourist destinations have been identified for this project.