Uttar Pardesh’s Varanasi nominated as the first SCO tourism and culture capital
Uttar Pardesh’s Varanasi has been nominated as the first tourism and cultural capital by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
As part of a large cultural outreach program, several events will be held in Varanasi during 2022-23.
Varanasi of Uttar Pardesh has been nominated as the first cultural and tourism capital by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for the period 2022-2023.
The nomination was announced at the 22nd meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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The nomination of Varanasi as the SCO’s first tourism and culture capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member states. It also highlights India’s ancient civilizational links with the member states of the SCO, especially the Central Asian republics.
As part of this major cultural outreach programme, several events will be held in Varanasi between 2022-23, in which guests will be invited from SCO member states. These events are expected to attract Indianologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers and other guests.
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