Bhopal: To give a fillip to Madhya Pradesh tourism, the State would promote its traditional festival ‘Bhagoria' on the lines of Navratri in Gujarat.
“There is a need to brand ‘Bhagoria' festival on the lines of Gujarat's Navratri as it has all the colours to attract tourists,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said here on Monday on the occasion of State Tourism Day.
‘Bhagoria' is celebrated before Holi by tribals of Jhabua, Dhar and Barwani districts which are close to Gujarat border.
The festival begins nearly 10 days before Holi and culminates on the day of festival of colours.
Mr. Chauhan said there are plans to develop islands situated in the Indira Sagar Project's reservoir on the lines of Singapore's Sentosa to promote tourism in the state.
The Chief Minister also emphasised on developing tourism facilities around religious and historic places like Khajuraho, Ujjain and Sanchi as these places are world famous and have lot of potential.
He said the airports at Bhopal, Indore and Khajuraho are also being upgraded as an international airports to attract more tourists to the state.- PTI