LUCKNOW: Infrastructure projects rolled out in Chitrakoot in the last few years are adding to the popularity of the district as a significant tourism destination.
The district will soon be home to state’s first table top airport. Officials in the state tourism department said that built at an estimated cost of Rs 146 crore, the table top airport is ready for launch.
“The Chitrakoot airport will be the first operational airport in Bundelkhand. It will be managed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) as an outcome of an agreement between UP government and AAI. After getting licence from DGCA, 20-seater aircrafts will also start flying from here under the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme,” said principal secretary, tourism, Mukesh Meshram.
He said Chitrakoot holds religious significance as Lord Ram spent over 11 years of his exile in the forests of this district. “For the followers of Lord Ram, the place is as important as Ayodhya, if not more. The place also finds mention in ‘Ramcharitmans’ of Tulsidas which adds to its importance among pilgrims,” he said.
The legacy of Chitrakoot includes spots like Gupt Godavari, Kamadgiri Parvat, Bharatkup, Ganeshbagh, Sati Anusuiya Ashram, Rajapur, Dharkudi, Jankikund, Ramghat and Bharat Milap Temple, Chitrakoot waterfall, Hanuman stream, and Sphatik Shila.
An official spokesperson said that CM Yogi Adityanath has envisioned development of Chitrakoot as an enchanting place with ‘beautiful landscape that made Lord Ram forget the luxuries of royal life in Ayodhya and lead an ascetic’s life’.