New Delhi: In a bid to promote pilgrimage tourism for sikhs, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday launched the prestigious "Panj Takht Darshan" project under which devotees will visit the five seats of Sikhism across the country by tourist train and air.

Launched by Indian Railway's IRCTC jointly with Punjab Heritage and Tourism Board, the "Panj Takht Darshan" will offer a week-long journey covering the Akal Takht/Golden Temple in Amritsar, Takht Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo, Takht Patna Sahib in Patna and Takht Hazur Sahib in Nanded in Maharashtra.

The package will also help pilgrims visit other Sikh heritage spots and Gurdwaras at various places in Punjab, Delhi and other places.

Badal said Punjab with its rich cultural heritage, palaces, Gurdwaras and natural resources has tremendous potential in tourism sector.

He said Punjab Heritage and Tourism Board has prepared a 15-year Tourism Master Plan with the assistance of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the state has envisaged an ambitious plan to make huge investments in this sector during the next five years.


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