Ahmedabad : The Union government is exploring a new tourism opportunity - a cow circuit. To promote cow-based tourism economy, the newly formed Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog has decided to carve out a route that will wind through places in the country which breed indigenous cows.
The board has identified states like Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa for this circuit.
Tourists, especially from foreign countries, students and researchers will be told about Indian cows, which will also help them in research, said Vallabh Kathiria, Chairman, Rashtriya Kamdhenu Ayog.
"We have so far focused on religious, recreational and adventurous tourism, but if we can link our cow tourism with tourist hotspots, we will be able to promote our indigenous breeds like Gir from Gujarat, Gangatiri from UP or Ongole from Andhra Pradesh," Kathiria said during his recent visit to Ahmedabad.
"We will establish over 400 such cow tourism centres across the country, which will begin with an initial investment of around Rs 2 crore per center with public private partnership," he added.
Kathiria said religious organisations, private firms and NGOs have shown preparedness to join this initiative.