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State govt invites scribes for FAM trip ahead of AAC




 Even as Bhubaneswar is all set to host the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships (AAC), the State government has invited scribes for a familiarization (FAM) trip of the State from July 2 to July 6.

Official sources said the State government seeks to rejuvenate its tourism sector for which it has arranged an itinerary ahead of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships which will be held at Kalinga Stadium here. Apart from highlighting Odisha’s rich sporting history, with Olympian sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda, as well as national record holder in the men’s 100 metres Amiya Kumar Mallick from Odisha participate in the AAC from July 5 to 9, the State government’s focal point remains tourism. 

Located in the eastern coast of India along the Bay of Bengal, Odisha is one of the largest states of India and is a treasure trove of travel experiences, from the historic temples in Konark, Puri and Bhubaneswar, to important Buddhist and Jain places of worship. The scribes will be taken to various tourist spots across the State starting July 2.

Official sources said in a bid to boost tourism of the State, scribes of select Media Houses will be taken to the Tribal Museum in Koraput, Khandagiri Caves and Dhauli Shanti Stupa in Bhubaneswar on day one of the tour. On the second day the tour will move forward to Raghurajpur Heritage Village in Puri district, Jagannath Temple in Puri, Konark Sun Temple and ASI Museum Konark.  On the third day, the tourist spots like the Buddhist sites of Udaygiri and Lalitgiri will be visited, official sources added.

On the fourth day, July 5, the State Government has arranged a trip for the scribes to Chilka Lake, and in the evening they will attend the grand opening ceremony of 22nd Asian Athletics Championships.  And on the fifth day, a visit to Ekamra Heritage Walk has been scheduled,” official sources further said.






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