Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:
Much to the chagrin of people of Odisha, important tourist attractions of the state failed to make it to the 3D map containing information on tourist destinations which was unveiled yesterday at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.
Surprisingly, Lingaraj Temple, Khandagiri-Udaygiri twin caves, Kapilas and over 300 key spots are missing from the tourism map, raising many eyebrows.
The Golden Triangle—Jagannath temple, Konark temple and Lingaraj temple– in Odisha draws huge tourist to the state. Wherein Mukteswar temple in the city found place in the tourist map, the omission of Lingaraj temple from the list has left the denizens as well as the attendees bewildered alike.
Notably, a meager 20 destinations have found mention in the list among a long list of 341 serene tourist destinations across the state.
Local MLA and Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda unveiled the tourist map on the sidelines of the golden jubilee celebrations of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) here.
Later in the evening, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cut short his visit to the FHRAI function at a city-based hotel as he left the venue mid way after reading out his inaugural address, even before the arrival of Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma.
The three-day event is expected to be attended by over 800 delegates from within the country and abroad.