Senior citizens in Rajasthan are now able to go on a pilgrimage to Pashupatinath in Nepal free of cost. Saying the details of the free religious tours for senior citizens during 2019-20, tourism and Devasthan minister Vishvendra Singh declared the number of circuits continues to be increased up to nine this year. Furthermore, the age eligibility criteria of 70 years have been lowered to 65 years.
In the air travel group, Dehradun-Haridwar- Rishikesh, Gangasagar-Dakshineswar Kali temple-Belur Math-Kolkata, and Pashupatinath-Nepal have been added, taking the total number of circuits to nine. For the train tours, two more circuits, for example, Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti (Ajmer Dargah)-Nizamuddin Auliya (Delhi)-tomb of Salim Chishti (Fatehpur Sikri) and Goverdhan- Barsana-Mathura-Vrindavan have been included.
Under the scheme, the Devasthan division will provide free travel and accommodation to 10, 000 pilgrims (5, 000 each for train and air travel). Nevertheless, the department has reserved 5% seats for journalists in each category but they are going to be eligible if they are above 60 years of age.
In the conference held on Wednesday in the presence of principal secretary tourism Sreya Guha and other high officials of the department, it was also chosen to include the retired government officials who were not qualified earlier to avail the scheme. The senior citizen pilgrimage scheme will be useful from July 5 and the application procedure will be done online. The minister declared that awareness about the scheme will be created at the regional level so that more and more people from rural regions can take benefit.