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yogaBoosting yoga in Uttarakhand (1st March, 2016) : The Uttarakhand government is going to transform the state into a major hub for yoga. The state already draws a lot many tourists for yoga. The people from different corners of the world come to Uttarakhand to seek the knowledge of yoga. Many national and international celebrities have also registered their presence in this state for yoga.  The government is planning to join hands with the Hindu monks and yoga gurus for this work. The department officials and the monks said the International Yoga, which started from Monday (29th February, 2016), events will be imitated at other major destinations in hilly region.   “Uttarakhand is already know as the abode of gods but its conversion into the largest destination for yoga in the world will add to the goal of making it a land of global peace……This will also lead to promotion of tourism activities and help the economy of rural hill areas of the state,” said Swami Chidanand Saraswati , head of Parmarth Niketan religious trust. “Followind a go-ahead from the chief minister Harish rawat, same events shall be organized at different places in Uttrakhand in association with the tourism department,” he said.

The Tehri lake shall also be developed by including yoga and other places. The other places for yoga in  this calendar year shall be Guptkashi, Uttarakashi, Guptakshi  in Garhwal and Jageshwar in kumaon. As per department officials, the events shall attract the foreign tourists and the yoga enthusiasts.  Meanwhile, this year’s yoga festival attracted tourists as many as from 70 nations.  While addressing the inaugural session by the chief minister, the monks of the Parmarth Niketan were asked to support the government’s endeavor to make the state a yog hub. The tourism minister also added that the yog shall be incorporated with other tourism events to strengthen the activity.       

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