Israel, a destination for the devout and tourists
Its attractions include Baha’i Gardens of Haifa, Jordan river
Israel is not only a holy land visited by pilgrims, but also a country with many pristine beaches, wine orchards, sprawling souks and a lot of facilities for adventure sports, Hassan Madah, director, Israel Ministry of Tourism, said.
Outlining the country’s plans regarding tourism from India at a press meet here on Wednesday, Mr. Madah said the tourist population from India to his country had been increasing year on year.
The number of Indian tourists who visited the country stands at 34,300 this year (till August) against the figure of 44,672 in 2016.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism has been organising road shows highlighting the various tourist destinations in the country in six metros in India, including Chennai.
Mr. Madah talked about Israel’s attractions, including the resort city of Eilat located on the Red Sea, the Baha’i Gardens of Haifa, and the possibility of adventure sports, such as diving and snorkelling in Red Sea and white water rafting in the Jordan river.
There are many places of great historic importance in the country too, Mr. Madah added.
Mr. Madah said that though at present only a few airlines including El Al, Israel’s national airline, offer air connectivity to the country from India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Israel, had said he would look into the possibility of Air India operating flights between the countries.
<> There are many places of great historic importance in the country Hassan Madah Tourism Director