Ram Van Gaman Path, the route which was taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile, will now be developed as a tourist destination. The Chhattisgarh Government made this announcement recently, and also informed that it will soon allocate a budget for the said project and might even seek financial assistance from the Union Tourism Ministry.
This decision was made during a cabinet meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Bhagel, informed a government public relation official. It is believed, as per research, that Lord Ram traversed through at least 75 places in Chhattisgarh during his exile from Ayodhya, and it is believed that he might have stayed at around 51 locations for some time. With a plan to develop the same, eight spots that fall on that said forested route will be developed into tourist destinations in the first phase.
Those spots, selected for the first phase, include Sitamadi-Harchaika in Koriya district, Ramgarh in Sarguja district, Turturiya of Balodabazar-Bhatapara district, Shivrinarayan in Janjgir-Champa district, Chandkhuri of Raipur district, Sihava (Sapt Rishi Ashram) in Dhamtari district, Rajim of Gariaband district, and Jagdalpur in Bastar district.
The official also mentioned that a four-member team will be formed to conduct a survey of those eight proposed spots and for work on the development of facilities, such as road, signages, vedic village, tourist facility centre, toilets, water supply, restaurants, electricity, etc.
Work on the said project will be kicked-off at the Maha Kaushalya Mandir at Chandkhuri village of Aarang tehsil in Raipur.