Bharat Parv 2021 | 01 Feb 2021

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The annual event Bharat Parv was celebrated from 26th to 31st January, 2021 on a virtual platform created by the Ministry of Tourism.

  • On the occasion, the Ministry dedicated three virtual pavilions - Dekho Apna Desh, Statue of Unity & Incredible India.

Key Points

  • About the Bharat Parv:
    • It envisages generating patriotic fervor and showcases the rich and varied cultural diversity of the country. This event celebrates the “Essence of India”.
    • The Ministry of Tourism organizes Bharat Parv every year since 2016 in front of the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Republic Day Celebrations from 26th to 31st January.
    • Bharat Parv 2021 showcased many pavilions of Central Ministries, State Theme Pavilions, Handicrafts, Folk performances from various states and UTs etc.
  • ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ Campaign:
    • It was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in 2020.
    • It is an initiative to encourage the citizens to travel widely within the country and explore the wonders of India thus enabling the development of Domestic Tourism tourist facilities and infrastructure in tourism spots in the country.
    • The Ministry has also organised a series of webinars on various cities, states, cultures, heritage, wildlife, adventure, etc.
  • Statue of Unity:
    • It is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel monument in the Narmada district of Gujarat.
    • The Statue of Unity, designed by the Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar is the world’s tallest statue, with a height of 182 metres.
    • Statue of Unity pavilion also exhibited the idea of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB)’ which aims to:
      • Enhance interaction & promote mutual understanding between people of different States/UTs through the concept of State/UT pairing.
      • Promote a sustained and structured cultural connect in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices, etc.
  • Incredible India Pavilion:
    • It comprised information on UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    • India has 38 world heritage sites, including 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and 1 mixed site. The latest one included is Jaipur city, Rajasthan.