AHMEDABAD (AFP): Fans of Narendra Modi have been given a boost, with plans to expand bus tours of the town where the Indian prime minister grew up and worked at his father’s tea stall. The weekly tour has become so popular since starting early this year that daily excursions are being planned to the tiny town in the western state of Gujarat where the charismatic premier was born, said the travel agency running them. “We have been taking about 56 tourists every week since February.

Now with the increase in demand we plan to make it a daily tour” of about 45 passengers, Manish Sharma, from Akshar Travels, told AFP. Sharma said the tour, costing 600 rupees ($9) per person, starts from the state’s largest city Ahmedabad before travelling the 120 kilometres (75 miles) to Vadnagar. Apart from visiting Modi’s former schools, the tour includes a visit to Sharmistha Lake “where Modi’s childhood began with an adventure of catching a baby crocodile”, according to an itinerary on Gujarat tourism’s website.