Tourism pol­icy for Ut­tarak­hand

With a new pol­icy on the anvil, the state plans to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture and de­velop prod­ucts, rang­ing from spir­i­tual and ad­ven­ture tourism to well­ness and culi­nary.

TravTalk - India - - STATES -

Ut­tarak­hand is gear­ing up to launch its new tourism pol­icy, which aims to foster in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and ease the process of in­vest­ments in the sec­tor. By util­is­ing the state’s di­verse prod­ucts, the tourism min­istry plans to po­si­tion the state as a tourism hot­bed.

Speak­ing at the Tourism In­vestors Meet or­gan­ised by FICCI, Sat­pal Ma­haraj, Min­is­ter of Tourism, Govern­ment of Ut­tarak­hand, said that the in­vestors must look be­yond the ‘dhams’ that the state is fa­mous for and should look into de­vel­op­ing the lesser­known des­ti­na­tions as well. He added, “In the new tourism pol­icy, we are propos­ing dif­fer­ent cir­cuits un­der Spir­i­tual Tourism that can be ef­fec­tive in dis­pers­ing tourists through­out the state. Some of these are the Devi cir­cuit, the Vaish­nav cir­cuit, the Na­graj cir­cuit and the Shankar cir­cuit among oth­ers, where tourists can visit the re­lated places and take in the sights.” This year, around 1.7 lakh pil­grims took part in the Hemkund Sahib Ya­tra, he re­vealed.

Pro­mo­tion of culi­nary tourism is also on the anvil, in an ef­fort to make the state’s cui­sine as well-known as other sig­na­ture cuisines, like that of Pun­jab.

The state is work­ing to­wards mak­ing Ut­tarak­hand a win­ter des­ti­na­tion by boost­ing the in­fra­struc­ture in the moun­tain­ous spots, so that they ap­peal to the ad­ven­ture lovers and tourists alike. “We want to de­velop ski re­sorts and cre­ate state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties for win­ter sports to draw more tourists to our state. This will mo­ti­vate more trav­ellers to ex­plore the des­ti­na­tion even dur­ing win­ter, and our prox­im­ity to the coun­try’s cap­i­tal is an added ad­van­tage for us,” he elab­o­rated. While an up­grade in the in­fra­struc­ture for the ski resort in Auli is be­ing looked into, more are planned to be de­vel­oped in the state.

The Min­is­ter feels that Ut­tarak­hand has the po­ten­tial to be­come a well­ness des­ti­na­tion due to the abun­dance of hot springs. He ex­plained, “If the area around the hot springs in Tapo­van is de­vel­oped, it can eas­ily draw tourists from around the world.”

In the new tourism pol­icy, we are propos­ing dif­fer­ent cir­cuits un­der Spir­i­tual Tourism that can be ef­fec­tive in dis­pers­ing tourists

Sat­pal Ma­haraj Min­is­ter of Tourism Govern­ment of Ut­tarak­hand

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.