Himachal to Promote Caravan Tourism and Develop Tours | News from Shimla

Shimla: Taking note of the growth of caravan tourism, especially during the years of the Covid-19 pandemic, to be safe and flexible while providing a social bubble, the government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to focus on this. Caravan tourism is a unique tourism aimed at promoting tourist activities in circuits and destinations that do not have adequate hotel accommodation.
In his budget speech, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced the promotion of caravan tourism for new tourist destinations. Already many states like Kerala, Kanrataka and Goa have introduced this concept and now Himachal is also going to follow the route. He said that to attract more domestic and foreign tourists, new caravan tourism initiatives, as well as others, will be undertaken with the participation of the private sector.
He also announced the linking of Kathkuni-style traditional architecture sites to various tourist routes and Kangra Art Gallery. Historic forts in the state would be developed as tourist attractions. He also announced the development of mountain bike trails. In 2022-23, under the “Nai Rahein Nai Manzilen” scheme, Rs 50 crore will be spent. Shiv Dham in Mandi, water sports in Larji and Tattapani, paragliding in Bir Billing and Chanshal will be covered by the program.
The state government has exerted considerable effort to get approval for the Rs 2,095 crore project assisted by the Asian Development Bank for the development of tourism infrastructure in the state. Beautification of cities, conservation of heritage buildings, construction of heliports, ecotourism, nautical wellness centers, Buddhist tours, tourism infrastructure, training of young people will be undertaken in two phases of the project.
Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) will be prepared and calls for tenders will be launched for this purpose. These will include a Convention Center at Dharamshala, Palampur Beautification, Shiv Dham Phase-II, Baba Balak Nath Temple Beautification and Wellness Center at Jhatingri.

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