Two heritage tourism circuits in Goa

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In order to showcase its historical sites to the tourists, Goa's state government has started developing tow heritage tourism circuits.

The department of State Archives and Archaeology is working to create these tourism circuits in which the visitors would be taken to different historical monuments and architectural landmarks, an official said on Wednesday.

"The first circuit will cover the Saptakoteshwar temple at Narve village in Bicholim taluka and the monuments surrounding it, including ancient caves, water tanks, springs, temples and ruins of Jain community settlement," Varad Sabanis, Assistant Superintendent Archaeologist, said.

The Saptakoteshwar temple was built on the orders of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji in 1668. It is located 35 kms from Panaji, he added. 

He also said that Saptakoteshwar temple restoration work has already begun and it is expected to complete before April next year.

"The second tourism circuit would be created in Sankhalim area in north Goa. It will showcase a Jain temple, a Sun temple and memorials of Jain monks." 

These circuits would be developed in association with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

As per  the official, boards would be installed at these sites to give information to visitors about these places.

"The idea behind developing these circuits is to promote heritage tourism in the state. People visiting Goa are not much aware of these historical sites," he said.

Every year the state of Goa attracts 6 million tourists every year and the main attraction point is the famous beaches. 

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