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ISSN Print: 2394-7500, ISSN Online: 2394-5869, CODEN: IJARPF

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Vol. 7, Issue 3, Part E (2021)

Evaluation of infrastructure facilities and perception of pilgrims at Palitana

Evaluation of infrastructure facilities and perception of pilgrims at Palitana

Author(s)
Tanmay Choksi and Anand Kapadia
Abstract
Background and Objective: Religious tourism seems to be one of the most preferred tourism after business tourism in Gujarat. Palitana is one of the very important pilgrimage destination among six religious sites in Gujarat. The main objective of this study was to assess the existing infrastructure and institutional framework for tourism in Palitana town and identify the gaps as well as to study perception of pilgrims at Palitana. Methodology: Data collection was done in two phases. Primary data collection was done by using 16 item questionnaire was used to evaluate tourist perception. 100 tourists were evaluated by convenience sampling. Secondary data collection was done from the existing review of literature and various government sources to find out the existing infrastructure facilities. Road network, transport facility, water supply, Sewerage and solid waste management, accommodation facilities, recreational facilities and tourist inflow were included in secondary data collection.
Results and data analysis: 79% of tourists’ purpose was purely religious and they all were Jains. 84% of tourists used road transportation and among them 33 tourists used private vehicle for transportation. Among 11 facilities assessed local transport and water facility were the lowest rate i.e 2.74 And 2.65 respectively. Major issued faced by the tourists were Uncleanliness, Lack of public toilets, Lack of hygenic food, Lack of filtered water, Bad condition of IPT, High Doli Expense, Stray animals, High doli expense, Lack of recreational activities, No information center/trained guide, Poor railway connectivity and Encroachment.
Conclusion: Development strategies for Palitana should be focusing on providing basic amenities to the tourists. This includes food, water, accommodation, transportation and hygienic environment and should be given first priority. Further, strategies focusing on advancement of the tourist places can be formulated.
Pages: 284-289  |  827 Views  46 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Tanmay Choksi, Anand Kapadia. Evaluation of infrastructure facilities and perception of pilgrims at Palitana. Int J Appl Res 2021;7(3):284-289.
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