Seven religious sites are to be linked by waterways in Guwahati

To boost river tourism, an Indian government initiative plans to connect seven revered temples in Guwahati through an innovative waterway circuit. The transformative project will connect the historical temples of Kamakhya, Pandunath, Ashwaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar and Auniati Satra, offering an immersive experience for pilgrims and tourists alike.

The walking tour begins at the enchanting Hanuman Ghat in Uzan Bazar and embarks on a scenic drive along the Brahmaputra River to visit each of the holy sites. The introduction of a ferry service is expected to revolutionize travel, significantly reducing the time to complete the journey to less than two hours.

This groundbreaking initiative is made possible by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed on May 19, 2023.

The signing ceremony, which was attended by the Prime Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal will bring together key stakeholders including the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). , Sagarmala Development Company Limited (SDCL), Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDC) and Directorate of Inland Water Transport (DIWT) Assam.

As part of the ambitious Sagarmala program, the Riverine-based Tourism Circuit project aims to transform the region’s tourism landscape. With an estimated initial cost of Rs. 40-45 crores, the project will receive joint contributions of 55% from SDCL and IWAI, with the balance being provided by ATDC. In a notable gesture, the DIWT has generously offered free use of ghats near the temples for the project.

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