Mumbai, 3rd September 2022: The Maharashtra Tourism Department has organized a guided tour for senior citizens of 60 years and above to visit various Ganesh Mandals in the state including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, and Nagpur Municipal Corporations.
At the same time, consuls from ten countries visited some famous public Ganeshotsav Mandals in Mumbai under the initiative of the Tourism Department. Under this initiative, senior tourists are being taken to various famous Ganesha mandals in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, and Nagpur for free and the department has appealed that senior citizens should take advantage of this facility.
A ‘Ganesh Darshan Special Tour’ has been started in Mumbai for the Consul General. Air-conditioned buses have been arranged for senior citizens to have free Ganapati darshan. This includes refreshments, a tour guide, and a medical staff. A first aid kit is also available. This trip started on 31st August and this facility is available till 7th September.
Foreigners are also attracted to Ganeshotsav, which is celebrated on a large scale in the state. On behalf of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, Consul Generals from ten countries were given darshan of some famous Ganpati idols in Mumbai on Friday, like GSB Ganesha Mandal at Matunga, Ganesh Gully, Public Ganeshotsav Mandal of Lalbagh, and Ganesh at the oldest Keshavji Naik Chal in Girgaon. Representatives of Israel, Switzerland, Argentina, Belarus, Bangladesh, Australia, Poland, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Britain participated in this.
Tourism Minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha welcomed the Consul General near Ganapati at Ganesh Galli and introduced them to the glorious tradition of Maharashtra’s Ganeshotsav, which is celebrated on a grand scale in India.
Lodha said that “with the aim of making this festival known all over the world and promoting it, the Consul General is being given a darshan of Ganaraya.”
He also expressed his belief that this will be the biggest festival in the world through this means. MTDC Managing Director Jayashree Bhoj and General Manager Chandrasekhar Jaiswal were present on this occasion.
According to the Ganeshotsav tourism scheme for senior citizens, the trip will start from three places in Mumbai namely Andheri, Kurla, and Chembur. After that, darshan of Peshwa of Mumbai (Vile Parle), Raja of Kherwadi (Bandra), Siddhivinayak Temple (Prabhadevi), Ganesh Galli (Lalbaug), GSB Ganpati (Wadala), Sahyadri Mitra Mandal Ganpati of Tilak Nagar and Raja of Chembur (Sindhi Colony) were performed.
Milind Borikar, director of the Directorate of Tourism Office, gave this information. Till Friday, 1 thousand 600 senior citizens have registered and 500 senior citizens with 55 tourists have visited Ganpati idols. There is a similar facility for tourists in Mumbai and Rs.850 will be charged for this, while Rs.1600 will be charged for foreign tourists.