The Delhi leg of Paryatan Parv 2019 concludes in New Delhi today. The entire Rajpath lawns between Janpath and Rafi Marg came alive during the 5 day festival which witnessed a colourful array of Dance, Music and cultural performances from various parts of the country. This was the 3rd edition of ParyatanParv.The idea of Paryatan Parv is to propagate the message of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’, with the objective to encourage Indians to visit various tourist destinations of the country and also to spread the message of ‘Tourism for All’. This year the Paryatan Parv is dedicated to commemoration of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi. The nationwide Paryatan Parv 2019 will continue till 13th October 2019.31 stalls of Central government ministries as well as from States and UTs were set up as part of the Paryatan Parv in Delhi. 59 food stalls representing cuisines from all over the country were also setup. A multi media exhibition organised by Bureau of Outreach Communication of Ministry of Information& Broadcasting on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was one of the key attractions.
A live food kitchen demonstrated some of the key traditional recipes from the states. In the backdrop of festival of Navratri, around 18 ‘Satvik Food’ stalls were setup to cater to the preferences of all type of visitors.
As per rough estimates, more than 2.5 lakh persons visited the Paryatan Parv, it saw huge crowd during all 5 day,especially on weekends. During the Paryatan Parv a meeting of National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) was also held under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on 4th October 2019.
Earlier the Paryatan Parv was inaugurated on 02nd October 2019 by Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar; Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel.
The Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has said that the Paryatan Parv is a multicultural platform to bring out the magnificent diversity of the country and to make people feel motivated to explore various parts of their country. He has urged the people to visit relatively less explored places of tourist interest which will help to support local economy and provide employment to the youth.
Some of the other key highlights of the ParyatanParv 2019 are as follows –
- Food Court with stalls of States, North East Council, IHMs, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)
- Crafts Bazaar with Handicfrafts, Handlooms and Master Crafts persons, set up by States & UTs, North East Council, TRIFED, Ministry of Textiles (DC – Handicrafts & DC – Handlooms).
- Theme Pavilions of States and UTs to showcase their tourism destinations and products
- Performances by Armed Forces Bands
- Cultural Performances from States/ UTs
- Choreographed Cultural Presentation by North Zone Cultural Centre
- Live Cooking Demonstrations at Kitchen Studio
- Yoga Demonstrations and Performances by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of AYUSH
- Digital Exhibition and Cultural Programme by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on ‘150 Years of Celebrating the Mahatma’vKhadi Village Industries Commission stall with Khadi Products
Promotion of Philately by the Department of Posts with :
- My Stamp Counter
- Sale of Philately Stamps
- Sale of Ancillaries
- Theme Pavilion highlighting ‘Swachhta’ and 150 Years of Mahatma
Gandhi by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Showcasing of tourism focused development being undertaken at rural clusters by the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM), Ministry of Rural Development
Demonstration and Promotion of Road Safety Measures by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Promoting Consumer Awareness by Department of Consumer Affairs
Other attractions : Mehendi, Magician, Puppet Shows, Karaoke, Selfie Points, Bioscope, etc.
PARTICIPATING STATES / UTs
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh.