Bengaluru: A 210km Ram Van Gaman Marg is planned in Uttar Pradesh. The project by Union road ministry, aims to retrace the route taken by Lord Ram as he went into exile, along with Sita and Lakshmana.  

"The proposed 210 km long Ram Van Gaman Marg connects Ayodhya to Chitrakoot via Faizabad, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Jethwara, Shringverpur, Manjhanpur and Rajapur in Uttar Pradesh," as per a ministry report. 

Economic Times adds that the proposed alignment passes through NH-28, NH-96, NH-731A besides a greenfield alignment with bridge at river Ganga at Shrinverpur.

It is to be noted that the 38km length of said route is in Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh.

It is also interesting to note that Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also sought help and guidance from Nitin Gadkari for the development of Ram Van Gaman Path in his state.

The website added that Gadkari had said that detailed project reports are being prepared for 4,080 km projects entailing an investment of Rs 35,000 crore under Bharatmala Pariyojna, including 121 km Ram Van Gaman Marg extension and famous Sharda Shaktipeet (Maihar temple) in the state.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel last year in August had said that a dedicated fund will be constituted for people to contribute towards the development of his government's ambitious Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit project in the state.

As per the mythology, Ram Van Gaman Path is the route taken by Ram on his way to the 14-year exile.

In the first phase of the project, eight of the selected places in the state falling on the forest route taken by Lord Ram will be developed as tourist destinations at a cost of Rs 137.45 crore.