UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, July 6, 2017 (Hindustan Times): After the Union government's plans to start a spiritual circuit, Uttarakhand said it was all set to promote "mystical and supernatural" tourism. "Uttarakhand is not just about the five dhams. We are making a new tourism policy and I need to tell you that in our state there is an unusual (kind of) tourism - mystical and supernatural tourism," the state's senior-most cabinet minister, Satpal Maharaj, said at a FICCI tourism investors' function in Delhi.
Explaining the concept, the minister narrated tales of myths and miracles inspired by local deities. He said there were specific times when these Gods appeared and bestowed Their powers on humans. These activities, he said, attract huge crowds in the state. He said he also wanted to explore circuits that were "off the beaten track". These two circuits would concentrate on myths and miracles surrounding deities in Jaghdhar in Rudraprayag and Joshimath.