PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) scheme was launched by the Indian Government in 2014-2015 to identify and develop pilgrimage sites in the country to boost the religious tourism, which is playing a pivotal role in the overall growth of the tourism sector. Under this central sector scheme, infrastructure was developed to improve connectivity and provide basic tourism facilities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated Tourist Facilitation Centre and the operation of Cruise Boat from Assi Ghat to RajGhat in Varanasi under the project “Development of Varanasi Under PRASHAD Scheme – Phase II”, which was approved by the tourism ministry in 2018 with an outlay of Rs.44.69 crores.


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