September 13, 2020 4:30:06 am
On the day that the Gujarat government announced its first heritage tourism policy, extending monetary help and reduction to heritage constructions within the state, Radhikaraje Gaekwad of the royal Gaekwad household of Vadodara, at a webinar, spoke about how the dry state standing of Gujarat has acted as a deterrent to changing their magnificent Lukshmi Vilas Palace — stated to be 3 times bigger than the Buckingham palace — right into a luxurious lodge.
Radhikaraje was talking at a webinar organised by FICCI FLO, the ladies wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, which additionally had Anar Patel, social entrepreneur and daughter of former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as a co-panelist.
Drawing comparability with the heritage tourism in Rajasthan, Radhikaraje stated, “Gujarat is a affluent state and we now have very lovely palaces with completely different structure, so it could possibly very a lot be part of the (tourism) circle, however it’s a dry state as a result of prohibition (regulation). One doesn’t think about luxurious vacationers, vacation spot weddings or international vacationers coming right here as a result of they need to have a glass of wine of their hand, sit and luxuriate in. We really feel that it’s a deterrent; many within the royal households really feel that method.”
She additional stated, “A palace like this may be a luxurious lodge, however if you’re not getting the posh vacationers, the place would we actually stand? To keep a palace of this dimension…it will make sense to transform it right into a lodge.”
Radhikaraje instructed this newspaper that she was replying to a query on the upkeep of the palace inbuilt 1890, which can be the Gaekwads’ household house, and the household’s long-standing plan to transform it right into a lodge.
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