The Union Ministry of Tourism has awarded the Tourism Excellence Award to Rajasthan for being the best state in the tourism sector.
State Tourism Minister Bina Kak received the award at a ceremony held yesterday by Union Minister for Home P Chidambaram at New Delhi.
Kak after receiving the award said that the state government was focusing on development in tourism sector as there are a lot of possibilities in the related sector.
The minister also said that special efforts are being made to develop desert circuit and religious tourism destinations in the state.
Rajasthan was declared the best state for taking initiatives to boost tourism and upgrade of infrastructure, fairs and festivals in the direction.
The state also bagged three more awards in hotel category.
'Ummed Bhawan Palace' of Jodhpur was awarded the best hotel in Five Star Delux Hotel category, 'Gajner Palace' Bikaner was awarded in Heritage Classified Hotel category, while 'Shiv Niwas Palace' Udaipur was awarded in Classified Grand category, they said.