Uttarakhand will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s Bali state to declare them as sister cities. This agreement will be signed during the visit of Bali Governor to Uttarakhand.
Governor of Bali state of Indonesia, IMM Pastika, will reach Uttarakhand on April 23. During his two-day visit, Pastika will meet Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and also visit religious places in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Pastika will arrive at the Jolly Grant Airport on April 23 where he would be received by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.
Pastika will head towards Dehradun where he would meet the Uttarakhand Chief Minister and the duo will sign the ‘sister city agreement’.
WIth this sister city MoU, both Indonesia and India will be benefited, said Satpal Maharaj. “We will give a special welcome and honour those tourists who come here to get enriched with Yoga and spirituality, ” said  the minister.
“This MoU will not only encourage tourism activities here but will also help in developing informal relations between the two states,” said Dilip Jawalker, the tourism secretary. This will also lead to an easy movement of tourists from the two states and exchange of trade, education and culture, he said.
The Governor will also visit important religious places during his short stay. After signing the MoU, he would attend famous Ganga Aarti at Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar. On the morning of April 24, he will attend other religious places in Haridwar and Rishikesh before leaving from here.
Tourism Minister Maharaj expressed his gratitude to Pastika for his visit to Uttarakhand and said that he would be happy to welcome him here.
Bali is an Indonesian state which is having a deep-rooted bonding with Indian culture. About 90% population there is of Hindus. It is a world-famous tourist destination which has beautiful temples and known for its art, dance and music.