Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Hindi : स्वदेश दर्शन योजना) is a scheme of Ministry of
Tourism under Government of India. The scheme aims to promote, develop and harness the
potential of tourism in India.
India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for
development of tourism and job creation in the country.
There is a great scope and need to develop tourist circuits on specific themes to attract the
tourists having special interest in visiting such places.
This can be achieved only through an integrated approach by providing engaging
experiences for distinct categories of tourists i.e. Domestic and International.
Various themes which are unique and specific to the area can include beaches, culture,
heritage, wildlife etc. Such theme based tourist circuits should be developed in a manner
that supports communities, provides employment and fosters social integration without
comprising upon the environmental concerns and provides unique experiences to the
In due recognition to this the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) launched the
Swadesh Darshan Scheme (Central Sector Scheme)– for integrated development of theme
based tourist circuits in the country in 2014-15.
This is a central sector scheme; i.e. - 100% funded by Central Government of India. Also
efforts are made to achieve convergence with other schemes of Central and State
Governments. The funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of
Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Sector is also used in this scheme.
The entire scheme is based on theme-based tourism.
Each theme is called a "circuit" and composed of various tourist destinations.
Tourist Circuit is defined as "a route having at least three major tourist destinations which
are distinct and apart.
Circuits should have well defined entry and exit points. A tourist who enters should get
motivated to visit most of the places identified in the circuit."
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