Mine Tourism, India

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), in association with Western Coalfields Limited, is planning to introduce mine tourism at Wani in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.

With the new initiative, tourists on their part, would be allowed to visit coal mines in Bhandewada and Ukrani, which further make a better understanding of the complexities in mines.

The itinerary includes a trip to Wani-Yavatmal mine followed by a visit to Bhandewanda mine, an excursion to open cast mine. Experienced tour guides will be provided to briefly educate the tourists.

“Mine tourism is a niche segment, and we are expanding it further by introducing new mine tourism sites at Wani in Yavatmal to attract a large number of tourists, from across the globe,” said Madan Yerawar, Minister for State Tourism.

“The mine locations in Saoner and Gondegaon are already attracting encouraging tourist footfall. And we believe that this new site will help in catalysing the growth of tourism in the state of Maharashtra,” added the minister.