Friday, February 11, 2005


Scuba-dive and view Krishna's Dwarka


Yahoo, India News
By Ashish Mehta
Febuary 09, 2005

Ahmedabad, (Indo-Asian News Service ) People can now catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna's fabled underwater Dwarka city off the Gujarat coast.

An adventure sports company is launching scuba diving facilities near the pilgrimage town of Dwarka, 457 km here, which will enable the divers to glimpse the underwater "Bet Dwarka".

"It will be the first time in India and probably in the world where people can dive and see an ancient submerged city," Adventures Sports Limited marketing executive S.K. Singh told IANS.

The city-based Adventure Sports will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government Thursday.

The MoU proposes two projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 130 million. Apart from Bet Dwarka, the firm will also offer scuba diving facilities at Marine National Park, near Jamnagar, 313 km from here.

"The feasibility study of the Jamnagar project is awaited," Singh said.

Lord Krishna's Bet Dwarka was long believed to exist only in the realm of mythology, before the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) conclusively proved its existence on the basis of underwater findings.

The adventure sports firm will provide the necessary scuba diving equipment as well training, if required, to participants as part of packages of varying durations.

The facilities, to be made available by March, will be based at Ajod island, 13 km off the main coast. Lodging and boarding facilities will be provided at the island.

The project will work both as a training and certification centre and as a diving facility centre.

"Apart from scuba diving enthusiasts, families coming to Dwarka for pilgrimage too will be interested as the underwater "Bet Dwarka" has religious significance," Singh said.

The sports firm's divers will also protect the ecology and archaeology of the place.


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