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Kangra has a religious garden

The Department of the Forest of Himachal Pradesh has developed a religious garden in Dhauladhar Nature Park in Gopalpur to educate the masses on the relevance of ecology and environmental protection.This garden in Kangra valley is being developed as a tourist attraction centre and also to motivate people to protect the environment.

Dharamshala, May 17 : The Department of the Forest of Himachal Pradesh has developed a religious garden in Dhauladhar Nature Park in Gopalpur to educate the masses on the relevance of ecology and environmental protection.This garden in Kangra valley is being developed as a tourist attraction centre and also to motivate people to protect the environment.

The idea of making visitors aware about the plants besides the animals in the zoo is to link the people with ecology, flora and fauna. For this, the Forest Department has conceived this spiritual garden that boasts of different plants and trees which have significance in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism.

Environmental conservationists are of the view that the strategy can be best utilised to involve people in conservation of environment.

"This is the best strategy to involve people particularly in a country like India where people of so many religions and faith live," said V K Singh, Conservator, Wild Life Wing, Forest Department.

Within this religious garden, nine small parks have been developed. They are named as Guru-ka-Bagh, Kurani Trees, Hari Shankari Vatika, Dhanavantri Vatika, Jain Vatika and Budh Vatika.

These Vatikas comprise plants of fruits and flowers like amla (gooseberry), jalvetas, arjun, peepal, champakeem, neem (margosa), nagkesar, tulsirehan, ber, tali. ritha, melo, deodar and sal.

In Kangra valley, there are number of temples. The Tibetan spiritual leader in exile also lives in Dharamshala which is visited by different religious persons from all over the globe. Hence, the Forest Department believes that their venture will help to attract more tourists in the region.

"The Park is located between Palampur and Dharamshala. The place is not only a Buddhis religious centre but holds importance for the people of Hinduism as well. People come here in large numbers. I believe the number will definitely increase when they will find a place with such different models of garden," said L C Patiyal, an environmentalist.

Tourists visiting to zoo feel that trees in the garden are linked to different beliefs.

"As the plants grow up, people from all religions will prefer visiting the place," said Lekhraj, a tourist.

People are emotionally attached to their religious faiths, and this venture is bound to achieve the desired results.

ANI

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