India will develop its yoga and meditation facilities as a means of boosting tourism.
The country’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma, said this week that it will extend Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to state governments and union territories for the expansion of yogic infrastructure and facilities, including “yoga centres, meditation centres, facilities [and] amenities at pilgrim centres etc”.
“The Ministry of Tourism promotes India as a holistic destination in the domestic and international markets that include various tourism destinations, wellness and medical tourism and other tourism products of the country,” the minister said.
He added that the Indian government would promote yoga and spiritual tourism in overseas markets through its overseas offices, roadshows, participation in international travel shows, and the publication of new brochures and films.
Late last year, India’s government created a new ministry to focus on yoga and traditional medicine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strong believer in the benefits of yoga and recently led thousands of people in the first International Day of Yoga in New Delhi.