India’s First Lighthouse Festival Begins in Goa From 23rd September

Panaji: The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, will launch the India’s first lighthouse festival, From the Fort Aguada Lighthouse in Panjim from 23rd September. All of the nation’s lighthouses will participate in the three-day event, which will run from September 23 through September 25, in an effort to turn these historic locations into tourist attractions.

The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, the Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Tourism, Shri Shripad Naik, and the Minister of Tourism of Goa, Shri Rohan Khaunte will all be present for the opening session.

Shri Sonowal earlier started a campaign called “Lighthouse Heritage Tourism” to turn 75 old lighthouses into tourist attractions. The old lighthouses are being refurbished and outfitted with the necessary amenities to serve as tourist attractions. The event is the inevitable result of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways’ (MoPSW) mission to turn 75 old lighthouses into tourist attractions throughout India.

This is consistent with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s inspiring strategy to turn India’s distinctive lighthouses into alluring tourist destinations. The program seeks to highlight the majestic structures’ rich cultural heritage, historical relevance, and attraction in order to increase tourism and boost the local economy.

The first-ever Lighthouse Festival in India will take place from September 23–25, 2023, at the famed Fort Aguada in Goa. This would be a three-day carnival-style gala celebration with regional artists, dancing groups, food and beverage stalls, musical performances, and similar events to draw commoners to Lighthouses. Intriguing talks about our marine history will be held during the festival, which will also feature participation from historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and many other individuals with an interest in history, culture, and society.

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