New Delhi: The Ministry of Tourism has organised a nationwide event “ParyatanParv 2019” from 2nd to 13th October, 2019. The first week of the festival included A fanfare of activities across the country. The Delhi leg of the Parv was organized from 2nd to 6th October, 2019 at Rajpath lawns New Delhi. The five day festival witnessed a colourful array of Dance, Music and cultural performances from various parts of the country. ParyatanParv 2019 is dedicated to 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
This programme is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism by providing a platform for the artists, master craftsmen, chefs from all over India to showcase their talent, both by displaying and selling. In that sense it is a great economic engine, apart frombeing asocial and cultural promotion vehicle.
The three components of ParyatanParv are:
Dekho Apna Desh: To encourage Indians to visit their own country. There are several activities being organised across the Country like Photography contest covering tourism attractions and experiences, promotion on Social Media, Tourism related Quiz, Essay, Debate and Painting Competitions for Students. General public engagement for the event will be promoted through the MyGov platform.
Tourism for All: Tourism Events across all States in the country are being organised. The activities include illumination or monuments / railway stations, Cultural Programmes of Dance, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Tourism Exhibitions, showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts / Handlooms, Guided Heritage Walks, visits to places of tourist interest, etc.
Tourism and Governance: Interactive Sessions and Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes are being organized across the Country.
Some of the of the key highlights of the ParyatanParv 2019 Delhi leg were as following –
1. Food Court with stalls of States, North East Council, IHMs, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)
2. Crafts Bazaar with Handicfrafts, Handlooms and Master Crafts persons, set up by States and UTs, North East Council, TRIFED, Ministry of Textiles
3. Theme Pavilions of States and UTs to showcase their tourism destinations and products
4. Performances by Armed Forces Bands and Cultural Performances from States/ UTs
5. Live Cooking Demonstrations at Kitchen Studio
6. Yoga Demonstrations and Performances by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of AYUSH
7. Theme Pavilion highlighting ‘Swachhta’ and 150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
8. Other attractions: Mehendi, Magician, Puppet Shows, Karaoke, Selfie Points, Bioscope, etc.
In addition to the Paryatan Parv event at the Rajpath Lawns New Delhi, the first week of Paryatan Parv witnessed some enthralling activities organised by the domestic India tourism offices, Institute of Hotel Management, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) and State Governments.