Lighthouse‏ guides India's latest tourism initiative

4th Jul 2013

As specialist tours go, few come more specialised than lighthouse-based holidays - but this is exactly what India is trying to promote.

A new tourism initiative will publicise 15 heritage lighthouses as destinations for holidaymakers.

The Indian government has agreed to fund the project's development.

Maharashtra's Konhoji Angere lighthouse will be among the first to be developed, with a boat jetty and passenger terminal planned.

The Konhoji Angere Island is located nine miles from the Gateway of India, Mumbai.

Once the jetty is finished, tourists on city breaks to Mumbai will be able to visit the lighthouse as a new day-trip destination.

Ministers hope that the development of these lighthouses will arouse fresh interest among youngsters from home and abroad about maritime history and development.

It is also aimed at fuelling cruise tourism.

Indian's tourism and shipping ministries are soon expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding binding them to the initiative.

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