Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ancestral village in UP to be revamped as tourist spot


Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ancestral village Bateshwar in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district, will soon be developed into a tourist location. The village is known for an array of Lord Shiva temples and Jain temples.

“The village will soon be recognised all over the world as a tourist spot near Agra, connected to the city through helicopter services,” local MLA Pakshalika Singh told India Today.

She said that the UP government is spending close to Rs 100 crore for the development of Bateshwar.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be visiting the temple town on December 25, which is also the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Former state minister Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh said that the Adityanath-led government is making extensive efforts to improve the tourism prospects of the region surrounding Agra.

An ‘Atal Sankul’ centre is being prepared in Bateshwar at the cost of Rs 12 crore, which would be inaugurated by Adityanath, said senior citizen Uma Shanker Sharma.

Motorboat rides are now available for tourists in river Yamuna which are attracting huge crowds.

The riverbed is being desilted and made deeper for the boats to move freely in the river and the ‘ghats’ on the riverside have been redeveloped.

Some temples that had fallen into disuse, have been restored and are now operational again. A hot air balloon pad is also being developed.

Published By:

Poorva Joshi

Published On:

Dec 22, 2023



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