Varanasi nominated as first SCO cultural and tourism capital

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Varanasi has been designated as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Tourism and Cultural Capital for the first time during the period 2022-2023 at the 22nd meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 16 September.


  • The nomination of Varanasi as the first SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and SCO member countries.
  • It also underlines India's ancient civilizational ties with the SCO member states, particularly the Central Asian republics.

  • Under the framework of this flagship cultural outreach programme, several events will be organized in Varanasi during the year 2022-23, in which guests from SCO member states will be invited to participate.

  • Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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