Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan to promote Gujarat's only hill station, Saputara

Saputara, Gujarat, Aug 1 : Veteran filmstar Amitabh Bachchan is all set to visit Gujarat in the month of September to promote the western state's only hill station, Saputara.

The Gujarat brand ambassador will shoot a video that will feature the charismatic actor wearing the traditional attire and talking about the picturesque destination.

"Amitabh Bachchan will return to Gujarat once again to cast his magic. He will come to Saputara and will shot a video with the local tribes in our traditional attire," Kamlesh Patel, chairman of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL), said on the sidelines of an event, Monsoon Festival, to promote Saputara as a tourist spot.

"Mr Bachchan could not make it to this event due to some of his commitments. Even he is particular to push the tourism in the virgin hill station of Gujarat which has preserved the age old communities and traditions of India in its best way," Mr Patel added.

He further said Mr Bachchan will be coming to Gujarat for a seven-day shoot at the end of September. He will shoot in Saputara, Ambaji, Adalaj step wells and the Buddhist circuit.

The Bollywood icon has earlier promoted Kutch region, Dwarka, Somnath and Gir National Park resulting in an increase in tourist footfalls, including a 30 per cent rise in foreign travellers, over the past few years.

"In 2006-07 it was 1.27 lakh, which increased to 1.70 lakh in 2009-10. In 2010-11, we have crossed the footfall of nearly 2 lakh tourists across India and overseas," he said.

"Over the next two years, the Gujarat government will pump in Rs 650 crore towards developing tourism activities and promoting tourism infrastructure," Mr Patel added.

Situated at a height of 873 metres on Sahyadri Hills in Dang District of Gujrat, Saputara is an idyllic destination dotted with lakes, streams, woodlands and hills.

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