Swadesh Darshan Yojana

Swadesh Darshan Yojana

Swadesh Darshan Yojana was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Tourism and the Government of India for integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.

About Tourist Circuits

· A route on which at least three major tourist destinations are located provided that none of these are in the same town, village or city is called a tourist circuit.

· At the same time, it would be ensured that they are not separated by a long distance.

· It should have well-defined entry and exit points for the ease of tourists.

· A tourist who enters should get motivated to visit all the places identified in the circuit.

· Theme based tourist circuit is a unique tourist circuit based on specific themes, such as religion, culture, ethnicity, niche, etc. It can be confined to a state or could be a regional circuit covering more than a State/Union territory.

The five circuits:

· Buddhist Circuit,

· Himalayan Circuit,

· Coastal Circuit,

· Krishna Circuit

· North-East Circuit

These circuits cover major and all the relevant tourist places and attractions and have a mix of culture, heritage, spiritualism, and Ecotourism to give a holistic perspective of the country.
 Tourism contributes foreign exchange in a big way to the exchequer of India and 6.8 percent of the GDP share in India.

The 13 thematic tourist circuits found for development:

· North-East India Circuit,

· Buddhist Circuit,

· Himalayan Circuit,

· Coastal Circuit,

· Krishna Circuit,

· Desert Circuit,

· Tribal Circuit,

· Eco Circuit,

· Wildlife Circuit,

· Rural Circuit,

· Spiritual Circuit,

· Ramayana Circuit

· Heritage Circuit

The Union Ministry of Tourism had launched the Swadesh Darshan Scheme with an aim to expand theme based tourist circuits in the country. These tourist circuits will be developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an incorporated manner. They will be developed by combined and quality efforts to focus on concerns and needs of all stakeholders to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities.


· Incorporated development of Infrastructure in identified theme based circuits.

· Provide complete tourism experience with diverse thematic circuits.

· Follow community-based development and pro-poor tourism approach.Creating awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism for them in terms of increase in sources of income, improved living standards and overall development of the area.

· Creating awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism for them in terms of increase in sources of income, improved living standards and overall development of the area.

· Promote local arts, culture, handicrafts, cuisine, etc to establish livelihoods in the identified regions which were earlier not found.

· Harness tourism potential for its direct and multiplier effects in employment generation and economic development.


· The scheme is 100% centrally funded for the project components undertaken for public funding.

· To leverage the voluntary funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector.

· Funding of individual project will vary from state to state and will be decided on the basis of detailed project reports prepared by PMC (Programme Management Consultant).

· A National Steering Committee (NSC) will be constituted with Minister in charge of M/O Tourism as Chairman, to steer the mission objectives and vision of the scheme.

· A Mission Directorate headed by the Member Secretary, NSC as a nodal officer will help in recognition of projects in consultation with the States/ UTs governments and other stakeholders.

· PMC will be a national level consultant to be appointed by the Mission Directorate.


· Under the schemes ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASAD’ the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, for various tourism projects subject to availability of funds, insolvency of pending utilization certificates and obedience to the scheme guidelines.

· Under the ‘PRASAD’ scheme the focus is on development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations. Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the focus is on the development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.]

· In pursuance to the Budget Announcements of 2014–15, both the schemes were launched in January 2015. The projects authorized under the schemes are generally commissioned in 18 to 36 months. The details of State/UT-wise, circuit-wise and city-wise funds sanctioned and released under the above schemes are given below.

· The Ministry of Tourism said on Sunday that it has sanctioned 25 projects under the Swadesh Darshan scheme worth ₹ 2,048 crores since January 2015 and of this ₹ 403 crore has been released till now.

· The projects are in 21 states and union territories including 9 projects in the northeastern states worth ₹ 821 crores, covering all the eight states in the region. For tribal areas, the Ministry has sanctioned three projects for ₹ 282 crores to the state government of Nagaland, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, an official statement said.

· For the Buddhist Circuit, the Ministry has sanctioned two projects worth ₹ 108.11 crores to the state governments of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, the statement added.

To bring up the image of India in the international travel market and also the development of India in various aspects of the tourism industry, Incredible India 2.0 Campaign has been unveiled across the world the financial year 2017–18. 959.91 crore has been allocated for the Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around specific themes under Swadesh Darshan scheme. 100 crore has been allocated for Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) which is another scheme which includes some circuits of the Swadesh Darshan Scheme and was launched with it. Rs. 412 crore provided for promotion and publicity of various programs and schemes. Besides, Government has asked the Railways to start dedicated trains for tourism and pilgrimage purposes for the upliftment of the tourism industry.


The tourism industry is the pride of any nation as it welcomes tourists from all over the world to come and experience the rich heritage of our cities. This warm welcome must also be continued with a good hospitality and facilities. For this, the government divides various tourist places in different circuits which cover all major tourist places. Proper plans and procedures were made for the development of the development of tourism in various aspects. This scheme is expected to grow in the coming years as there’s so much potential in this industry which just needs to be brought out properly.
 There’s so much to explore in this industry and development in a creative manner becomes mandatory because it includes various aspects like attraction and beauty of a place. Visiting specific places in a single tour adds to the perks of this scheme as traveling is made convenient and time-saving.