Major religious destinations of the State Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar, Maa Tara Tarini near Berhampur in Ganjam, Maa Tarini Temple in Keonjhar, Sabara Shrrekhetra in Koraput.
Odisha Tourism has bagged ‘Best Pilgrimage Tourism Destination Award’ 2013. Acclaimed tourism magazine 'Today's Traveller' conferred this award to Odisha Tourism in a glittering ceremony at The Taj Hotel in New Delhi on Aug 30, 2013.
Odisha Tourism, Director, Manoranjan Patnaik has received the award on behalf of Odisha Tourism from Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes. After receiving the award Odisha Tourism, Director, Manoranjan Patnaik said to media that Odisha received this prestigious award following its initiatives to promote tourism at various religious places and preserving culture and history and raising the quality of tourism services and preservation of the state’s historical, cultural and religious centers includes the holy pilgrimage cities like Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar, as well as the other major destinations like Maa Tara Tarini in Berhampur, Ganjam, Maa Tarini Temple in Keonjhar, Sabara Shrrekhetra in Koraput etc.
It may be noted that the award conferred on the principles on fair tourism, ethical tourism and safety standards and historic preservation of cultural sites. The Today’s Traveller Awards were instituted in 2007 as an annual affair to recognize the outstanding efforts of the companies in the travel, tourism, and hospitality and aviation industry. Each year the awards felicitate certain corporate companies for their achievements as well. Source: Odisha Diary