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Horse lovers throng Chetak Festival

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Breeders, traders gather for a world-class equestrian spectacle

The third edition of Sarangkheda Chetak Festival 2018-19, one the oldest horse fairs in the country, kicked off amid the presence of national and international tourists, political leaders and horse breeders and traders in Nandurbar district.

During his visit to the festival, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, said on Wednesday, “I am glad to see the festival become an international success. I hope that in the next few years the festival gains more limelight.”

Organised by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in association with the Sarangkheda Committee, the festival this year has also attracted horse traders from various parts of the country. The Chetak Festival is a 300-year-old horse fair held on the banks of the Tapi. The festival hosts more than 2,500 horses and people from all over the State come in large numbers to witness world-class equestrian spectacle.

Speaking on the occasion, Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Maharashtra, said, “Sarangkheda Festival is a platform to attract tourists nationally as well as internationally. I am happy to be a part of this festival celebrating the rich culture and heritage.”

Mr. Rawal said that Nandurbar district has immense scope to boost tourism. “The government will see to it that the district gets maximum footfall through this festival. It is going to be grand in its own way. We are constantly trying to innovate and identify newer ways to enhance tourism in the State, which has immense potential to lure large number of travellers. I am confident that the district will become a holiday destination. We also have plans to construct a horse museum that will attract more tourists.”

Work on the horse museum, which will have pictures and sculptures of different horses, is expected to be completed in a year-and-a-half.

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