Upgradation and Regeneration of Shrines

According to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism, “the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside they're usual environment for not more then one consecutive year for leisure, business, and other purposes.” Tourism encourages the development of the local economy, creation of jobs, and instigates business partnerships between local and foreign tour operators. Religious tourism integrates religious practices with the tourist's experience. It seeks to enhance the vitality of local sites of religious value and promotes tourism as an economic driver. It targets people who travel with the motive of experiencing religious architecture, culture, lifestyle, language, and festivities. Religious sites are integral to the cultural fabric and heritage. They are an intrinsic part of a continuing body of practices and beliefs emanating from aboriginal laws and traditions. They anchor cultural values, spiritual and kin-based relationships in the devotees. In Pakistan, Shrines hold great importance as thousand of people show great reverence to them. The development and maintenance of Sufi shrines can prove instrumental in the revival of tourism in this region. A revamp of the facilities at these locations will prove beneficial for local visitors which form the bulk of our tourism market. Providing people opportunities to practice they're festivals in a more organized manner will not only enhance the experience for the locals but will also provide an opportunity to capitalize on attracting foreign [1]. Below, the table shows the ranking of few districts of Punjab Based on they're tourism potential.

District Score
Lahore 95
Bahawalpur 88
Rawalpindi 88
Multan 85

Lahore the cultural hub of Pakistan has an abundance of sufi shrines and the annual Urs Hazrat Ali Hajweri is the major event in Lahore where thousands of visitors come to seek spiritual satisfaction. To encourage and preserve the historic places of worship for Muslims in Lahore, the urban unit has conducted a feasibility study in collaboration with the Auqaf Department to create maximum urban places, market structure, parking, and residential plan around the shrines. It was decided to launch modern bus services for the promotion of Islamic tourism to facilitate the pilgrims. A joint visit of 15 sacred places for this purpose has been organized by the Urban Unit to identify problems like encroachment, parking, Langar Arrangements, utility services, patchwork, and access of pilgrims to the sacred places. These Shrines are Darbar Hazrat Shah Jamal, Baltistani Imam bargah, Nila Gumbad Mosque, Imam Bargah Gamay Shah, Data Darbar, Badshahi Mosque, Begum Shahi Mosque, Qutab Ud Din, Wazir Khan Mosque, Dai Anga Mosque, Darbar of Bibi Pak Daman, Budha Ka Awa, Dai Anga Tomb, Darbar of Shah Hussain, Darbar of Mian Mir.
Route Plan of Sacred Places Security Arrangement at Data Darbar Langar arrangement at Data Darbar Toilet Facility at Pir Makki Shah Darbar

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