The Punjab Tourism Department will use a digital map to help tourists find what they need in Amritsar.

The Punjab Tourism Department has launched a new initiative that it hopes will make tourists’ stays in the state even more rewarding in the future.

People booking flights to Amritsar will find that the sites of the holy city are made much more accessible by the new geographic information system (GIS), which has digitally mapped the streets.

GIS is based on the high-resolution satellite data of the numerous tourist attractions and various amenities that visitors often seek out during their stay in Amritsar.

Geetika Kalah, principal secretary of tourism, said: “It will hold information on the location details (latitude and longitude) stored in a database. Tourists will automatically be guided to their destination using turn-by-turn GPS navigation.”

The scheme is part of the Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism, which is supported by the Asian Development Bank and involves an investment of about $88.54 million (£55.60 million).

More than half a million tourists visit Amritsar every year to see sites such as the Golden Temple and Tarn Taran.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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