If watching the superhit movie Border always makes your heart swell with pride, we’ve some exciting news. The Rajasthan government is all set to enthral tourists with a border retreat show at the Longewala border post in Jaisalmer. By Karan Kaushik
Tanot Mata Tourist Complex to give a boost to border tourism in the state
The legendary border post of Longewala is all set to shine on the tourist map. Rajasthan Tourism is developing a new tourist circuit at the Tanot-Bawlianwala Border in Jaisalmer. As part of the project, the Tanot Bawlianwala Border along the India-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer will be developed to boost border tourism.
Tourists will not only be able to witness the unique lifestyle of locals along the India-Pakistan border but will also get a glimpse of the perseverance of the Indian security forces and memories of war victories. The tourism circuit is being developed by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, with the support of Border Security Forces.
The Tanot Mata temple, Kishangarh Fort, Longewala war memorial, and scenic villages amid the vast desert terrain are major tourist attractions in the area. According to Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the border and its history can be charming for tourists. “The development of the Tanot Mata Tourist Complex by BSF shall assure a safe and comfortable visit for tourists while showcasing the difficult life of soldiers,” she said.
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Longewala is one of the popular border points of India, proudly remembered for the courage displayed by the Indian forces during the 1971 war. It’s a major attraction for tourists. The Tanot Mata temple also attracts nearly 3000 devotees every day and many of them also visit the Bawlianwala border point after due permission from District Administration. However, there have been only limited facilities available here for the visitors. Now a full-fledged Tanot temple complex with Amphitheatre, Children’s Activity Area, Cafeteria, and other public conveniences has been developed.
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As part of the tourist activities, a BSF documentary, weapon display, and photo gallery will be showcased at Ops Base in Tanot. Tourists shall also be permitted to visit the Bawliyanwala border and witness the retreat ceremony at the border point. Jaisalmer district administration has also been developing the area of Bawliyanwala and facilitating visitors.
Jaisalmer is an internationally famed tourist destination, also known as Golden City, thanks to its iconic fort. Border tourism will generate new opportunities for residents of rural areas and extend a platform for local folk artists to showcase their art. Along with folk art performances, local artisans will also get easy access to the tourist venues.
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