Shimla 11 June:
The government of Himachal Pradesh has launched a new Scheme called ‘Nai Raahein Nai Manzilien ’ with a budget allocation of Rs. 50 crores for identification of unexplored and untapped tourist places in the countryside for diversification of tourism, especially to rural areas. This was stated by the Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the Review Meeting of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department here today.
He said that the State Tourism Department has prepared nine circuits in the State for developing under the new scheme Nai Raahein Nai Manzilien. He said that these circuits are Jogindernagar- Barot-Kothi Kohar-Rajgungja-Bir- Billing, Sundernagar-Chail Chowk-Kamru Nag-Shikari Devi-Janjheli, Shimla-Khara Pathar-Rohru-Sandasu-Larot-Chanshal-Dodra Kwar, Dhauladhar Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Bhakra-Bilaspur-Sundernagar-Jogindernagar-Pong Dam, Solan-Habban-Rajgarh-Shillai, Manali-Rohtang-Tandi- Udaipur-Killar and Narkanda-Baghi-Khadrala-Chini (Kalpa)- Pangi Circuit.
He said that after identification of three circuits amongst these, a committee of Tourism, PWD, Forests, Language, Art and Culture officers will visit the selected circuits and propose the activities to be undertaken after consulting the local panchayats and stakeholders. He said that tourism infrastructure development works such as parks, rain shelters, toilets, street paths, walking trails, beautification of temples, landscaping, sarais, community halls, trekkers hostel, Roads widening wherever possible and feasible, Signages and traffic directions, parking’s, Lighting, dustbins, solid waste system improvement etc. would be developed in these circuits. He said that one particular destination in each circuit would be developed as an ideal and unique tourist destination for attracting the tourists.
The Chief Minister said that Home stays through private parties, development of Nature Walks, Eco Trails, Treks and Hikes and organise Trip to Orchards etc. would be encouraged in a big way. He said that this would also generate employment opportunities by way of promotion of local cuisines, Folk artist, Local Artisans, Tour Guides, Eco-Guides, Adventure Guides etc.
Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Shri Ram Subhag Singh gave detailed power point presentation on tourist circuits.
Chief Secretary Shri Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Smt. Manisha Nanda, Shri Anil Khachi and Shri Tarun Kapoor, Secretary, LAC Smt. Purnima Chauhan, Director Tourism Shri Sudesh Mokta and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.