Khajuraho, one of the most famous tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh, has been facing a virtual shutdown since Wednesday. Apparently, trip operators and tourist guides have called in a strike to protest for a good rail and air connectivity. Owing to the strike, the streets of this popular place carried an abandoned look, and overseas travellers were seen trying to get water from a pump in the town. While traveller guides were not supporting visitors, travel agents did not provide vehicles to travellers, thereby making a lot of hassle for them.
Khajuraho positioned in Bundelkhand’s Chhatarpur district (which is around 370 km from Bhopal) is a famous spot between European tourists and is recorded amongst the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The key focus of the protestors consists of the demand to run high-speed trains like Vande Bharat Express, Shatabdi, or Gatiman to link this region with other global tourist spots, such as Varanasi and Agra. The activists are also challenging better air connectivity to Khajuraho, which can be done by adapting the thrice-a-week Delhi–Varanasi-Khajuraho flight into a daily flight at reasonable prices. Apparently, the demands are being made to boost footfall of foreign tourists in the area, which has been recording a decrease for years.
Mentioning to this development, a travel agent stated that this indefinite strike was their last effort to save Khajuraho Tourism. Though, the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) head stated that their prime work is to look after and reserve monuments and facilitate tickets to tourists and that they don’t see any problem on the part of tourists in looking the monuments.