Ramayana Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Ministry of Tourism.
- The destinations under the circuit will be developed by bridging infrastructural gaps like provision of drinking water, accommodation facilities, etc.
- Then the 15 places will be connected to form a circuit.
- The scheme will be a joint effort of the states and the central government. It has a larger aim of providing job opportunities to local artisans, as it promotes local art and craft.
Destinations under Ramayana Circuit
- The Ministry has initially identified fifteen destinations for development under the Circuit theme namely:
- Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh)
- Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar)
- Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh)
- Mahendragiri (Odisha)
- Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh)
- Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra)
- Bhadrachalam (Telangana)
- Hampi (Karnataka)
- Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).
Other such Tourism Circuits
- Krishna Circuit, Buddhist Circuit and Spiritual Circuit are three of the other 12 circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which seeks to boost religious tourism in India.
- As of now, 10 destinations have been finalised under the Krishna Circuit, which will pertain to his journey in India.
- The 9 remaining circuits, though not for religious tourism, aim to connect all major cultural heritage spots and other touristy spots of India, making travel-planning easier.
- A similar scheme, the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD), with the same objectives as the Swadesh Darshan scheme, aims to develop 13 pilgrimage cities across India.