Tourism in the ancient town of Vadnagar has been given a new lease of life by adding a novel package- Modi tourism. Now, tourists visiting to Gujarat can opt for the special deal- a glimpse into the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s childhood- going to all places he would frequent as a child in his hometown.
The tour package was launched in January this year by a private tour operator Akshar Travels, in collaboration with the Gujarat Tourism Corporation. The travel circuit, as put up on their website, includes visits to the primary and high school where Mr. Modi studied, streets where he played with his friends, the Sharmistha Lake, where he often took a swim (and apparently tried to catch a crocodile) and the Hatkeshwar temple, where he spent his “daily time during prayer”.
In addition, the tourist would also get to meet the Prime Minister’s former classmates, an exciting manner to know more about Mr. Modi’s childhood years.
The highlight of the trip would be a visit to Vadnagar Railway Station where Mr Modi’s father and later the Prime Minister himself sold tea. Describing the location as the “most unforgettable place”, the website says, this is where his journey of struggle started and later paved the way for country’s development.
The day long tour has been named ‘A rise from Modi’s village’, and can be availed in an air-conditioned bus or car costing 600 INR per person. Visitors would be welcomed with a bottle of mineral water and a Gujarati Thali. The package has added another dimension to Vadnagar tourism and has reportedly been received well.
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