In an initiative to promote pilgrimage tourism for Sikhs, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday launched the Panj Takht Darshan project, under which devotees will visit the five seats of Sikhism across the country by tourist train and by air.
Launched by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) along with the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, the Panj Takht Darshan will offer a week-long journey covering the Akal Takht and 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 (Maharashtra).
The package will also help pilgrims visit other Sikh heritage spots and gurdwaras 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.