The samikhsya Correspondent
MUMBAI: In an aggressive attempt to boost its tourism and hospitality sector, the state-owned Maharashtra Tourism has drawn up an ambitious plan to host 20 mini cultural festivals across the state soon.
The state government has earmarked Rs.one crore to stage these events in six of its zones – Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Konkan, Nagpur and Amravati.
All the festival will be hosted latest by the end of March before the peak period of tourism gets over with the onset of monsoon.
The festivals aim at attracting the visitors to explore lesser-known destinations and cultural heritage of Maharashtra.
The regional offices of the State Department of Tourism have been asked to coordinate with the local district administrations in planning and execution of the series of events.
While Nashik district would witness Nandur Madhyameshwar Festival, Dhule district would host Laling Fort Festival.
Similarly, Grape Harvesting Festival and Bhandardara Festival will be staged in in Ahmednagar district while Pune, satara and Kolhapur districts will host Junnar Grape Festival, Wai Festival and Panhala Festival respectively.
The Konkan region festivals would include Vengurla Festival in Sindhudurg district, Shrivardhan Festival in Raigad district, Katal shilpa Festival and Anjarle Festival in Ratnagiri district.
Similarly, Aurangabad region is set for Ter Festival in Osmanabad district, Kapildhara Festival in Beed district and Hottal Festival in Nanded district while Amravati region has Sindkhed Raja Festival in Nagpur district, Narnala Fort Festival in Akola district and Tipeshwar Forest Festival in Yavatmal district.