The Gujarat government is developing a new strategy to lure more travelers to west Indian state by focusing on ecotourism development.
A report by the Press Trust of India broke the news about the Gujarat government’s new plans to develop ecotourism and attract more eco-travelers. The new ecotourism policy will focus especially on wildlife tourism and on developing ecotourism sites with the help of the private sector, and will replace the current policy that was launched back in 2009.
“We are working on a new tourism policy right now. Through the policy, we will try to develop new destinations and boost eco-tourism, especially wildlife tourism.” – Saurabh Patel, Finance Minister
Gujarat, situated in the western part of India, is often referred to as the “Jewel” of west India. It is a state that boasts a stunning history and that attracts over 20 million travelers per year, making it one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Gujarat is well known for its museums such as Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery in Vadodara, its festivals such as the five-day Bhavanth Mahadev Fair, and its various religious sites including Palitana temples of Jainism.
To help develop this ecotourism policy, the Gujarat Tourism Department and the Gujarat Forest Department will work together to identify sites that can become ecotourism destinations in Gujarat. The Tourism Department of Gujarat will work with with a budget of 400 crore to develop infrastructure and promote Gujarat as a tourism destination within India and internationally.
Gujarat is poised to become an iconic ecotourism destination under this policy. The state already has nearly 10% of its landscape situated under forest cover. There are 4 national parks and 21 sanctuaries.
Photo Credit: “Thar desert Rajasthan India” by sushmita balasubramani – Flickr: the vast expanse of the Thar desrt. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thar_desert_Rajasthan_India.jpg#/media/File:Thar_desert_Rajasthan_India.jpg
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