Okhla park, Drona temple in Noida tourist trail plan

 Tourism in Greater Noida 


The twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida are all set to be developed as top-notch tourist hotspots, after the national capital and Agra. A plan is being chalked out to promote the twin cities as tourist hotspots in six month’s time, Union minister of state for culture and tourism (independent charge) and Gautam Budh Nagar MP, Mahesh Sharma, told a delegation of residents who met him on Tuesday. 

Responding to the long standing demands of the residents, some eight sites have already been identified to be promoted as tourist-friendly destinations in Noida and Greater Noida. 

These spots include Bisrakh, said to be the birth place of Ravan, the demon king from the epic Ramayan, Dronacharya temple at Dankaur along the Yamuna Expressway — a place where guru Dronacharya from the epic Mahabharata refused to teach Eklavya. following which he had cast a stone as his guru and started practising on his own. 

The stone is still present at the ancient temple in Nalgada village. It’s the same place where both Pandavas and Kauravas were taught archery and warfare by guru Drona. It’s also the place where freedom fighters Chandrashekhar Azad and Subhash Chandra Bose practiced revolutionary activities against the British and made crude bombs. Also, there’s Shaheed Smarak in Noida Sector 29, a memorial to honour those soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country and whose families reside in Noida. Apart from these, there’s the Okhla bird sanctuary, the proposed helipad and the long due night safari project along the Yamuna Expressway. 

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