Uttarakhand government to promote tourism in Dronagiri mountains
As per the epic Ramayana, monkey god Hanuman carried the whole Dronagiri mountain to Lanka after having failed to find the mystical life-resurrecting herb, Sanjeevani Booti.dehradun Updated: Apr 20, 2017 11:35 IST
The Uttarakhand government is planning to promote tourism in Dronagiri mountains, said to be the one which monkey God Hanuman carried to Lanka after failing to find the life-saving mystical herb Sanjeevani Booti on it.
The state tourism department has declared the range in Chamoli as the ‘track of the year’.
Beginning next month, tourists will be allowed to go up to Bagni glacier located in the mountain range.
As per the epic Ramayana, Lord Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana was badly wounded in a battle against demon king Ravana in Lanka. Hanuman was then assigned the task of bringing the mystical life-resurrecting herb, Sanjeevani Booti, from the Himalayas. The monkey god failed to locate the herb, and carried the entire Dronagiri mountain all the way to Lanka.
Officials say around 400 tourists in summer visit the mountain range, which is covered with snow for six months, and it has immense potential to attract more tourists.
“We are in touch with aviation companies to start chopper service from Jumma village. The idea is to popularise the hill range among tourists,” said Harak Singh Rawat, assistant commissioner, Garhwal division.
Rawat, who hails from the Dronagiri mountains, informed that the first batch of tourists will start on May 11 a 10 km-trek from Jumma village for Dronagiri, situated at a height of 3,622 metres.
Interestingly, in Dronagiri villages, Hanuman is not treated as a god and his contributions are not enacted during Ramlila performances.
Udit Ghildiyal, member of the committee conducting treks to Dronagiri, said that villagers also don’t cremate but bury the dead—an unusual ritual for Hindus.
“Villagers feel the hills will get polluted by burning the dead. There are several unique aspects of the hills that others should also know,” he said.
Dronagiri mountains hit the headlines last year when the previous Congress government formed a committee of researchers to find Sanjeevani Booti, in vain.
Former AYUSH minister SS Negi, who then gave the nod to find out the herb, said he has no problem with the BJP government’s idea to promote the mountain range, but asked it to carry on the task of finding the herb.
(With inputs from Arvind Moudgil)
First Published: Apr 20, 2017 11:35 IST