Odisha Tourism has bagged the ‘Best Pilgrimage Tourism Destination Award-2013’.
Director, Tourism, Manoranjan Patnaik received the award from Union minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes in a glittering ceremony at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on Friday.
The award is instituted by ‘Today’s Traveller’, a leading monthly travel and tourism magazine.
Addressing the gathering after receiving the award, Patnaik spoke about the pilgrimage tourism destinations of Odisha and the new initiatives taken by the state tourism department to promote Odisha Tourism both in the domestic and international sectors.
He also met well-known Bollywood producer and director Ramesh Sippy and Anurag Basu and invited them to visit Odisha to explore the Nature’s bounty to the state.