16 Gujarat lighthouses to be developed as tourism spots

  • | Tuesday | 30th March, 2021

The PM said the government has identified 71 lighthouses from all over the country to promote them as tourist destinations.

The ancient lighthouse located in Zinzuwada village in Patdi taluka of Surendranagar district figured in Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s Mann Ki Baat` episode on Sunday as he dwelt on this heritage structure and its unique features.

Zinzuwada village is located on the edge of Little Rann of Kutch.

This lighthouse is unique because it is located over 100 km from the seashore. There are several stones and structures in this village that point out that it was a busy port once,`` Modi said. This lighthouse is said to have been built in the 11th century.

The PM said the government has identified 71 lighthouses from all over the country to promote them as tourist destinations.

"Lighthouses are unique when viewed from the tourists` perspective. These have always been the centre of attraction because of their grand design. We have identified 71 lighthouses all over the country to promote tourism. Museums, amphitheatre, open-air theatre, cafeteria, children’s park, eco-friendly cottages will be made in these lighthouses according to their capacity,” he informed.

There are a total of 195 light houses across the country out of which 71 lighthouses are being preserved and promoted with the view to increase lighthouse tourism in the country. Of the 71, Gujarat has 16, highest in the country, identified for tourism development.

According to officials, there are around 11 lighthouses in Gujarat which have completed 75 years of its existence.

Thirty-three lighthouses have been categorized as heritage lighthouses.

According to one legend, the village was named after one Zunza Rabari around 1,000 yeras ago. This is a historical village having seven forts, a stepwell, a lake and other structures which speak about its importance and geographic location.

As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had visited this village`s heritage monuments during one of the editions of Rann Utsav which promoted tourism in Little Rann.

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