The Ministry of Tourism has planned a day-long tourism circuit for Noida or Gautam Budh Nagar, which happens to be the parliamentary constituency of none other than Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma. The designated route starts at Akshardham Temple in Delhi, and concludes at the F1 track in Greater Noida, via the Dalit Prerna Sthal along DND, World of Wonder amusement park in Sector 18, Botanical Garden in Sector 38 and the upcoming Night Safari near Yamuna Expressway.
The Noida circuit is one of 25 such circuits being developed across India in smaller cities such as Amritsar, Patna, Kurukshetra and Varanasi, which aim to offer a wholesome experience of the city to visiting families.
“For each of these circuits, the idea is to offer something for everyone. So, there will be a religious spot for the elderly, an amusement park for children, a monument of national importance and something for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts as well,” said a government official.
“Besides, no experience in India is complete without food. So each of these 25 circuits will have an empanelled dhaba offering local cuisine. The staff at these dhabas will be trained by the Tourism Ministry in hygiene practices,” added the official.
To connect the six points in the Noida circuit, the ministry will also start a hop-on-hop-off bus service. The frequency of the bus service is likely to be two hours.
“The National Capital Region, be it Delhi or Noida, is normally used as a transit point for tourists who are visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra or Rajasthan. Creating a tourist circuit here will increase the tourist footfall and boost domestic tourism,” said the tourism minister.
“The idea is to offer the city in a nutshell in a span of eight hours or so,” Sharma added.
The project has been officially approved, but there is no timeline yet as to when the circuit will become operational. While all other spots are already up and running, the Night Safari project won’t be ready before 2017. It will be developed on the land adjoining Gautam Budh University campus on the Yamuna expressway.