Jaipur: Govt bets big on rural tourism

JAIPUR: The growing popularity of smaller destinations that attract niche yet sizable amount of tourists from across the world sans any historical monuments and decorative palaces seems to have caught the eye of the state tourism department.

In their bid to develop and promote rural tourism in the state, the department of tourism has picked up three villages Khejdli and Khichan in Jodhpur and Sorsen at Baran as a part of this exercise. While Kichan attracts tourists who flock the place to see the Demoiselle Cranes, which come here in winters, Sorsen in addition to birds offer blackbuck sights and Khejdli famous for the human sacrifice to save trees organises a fair in winters and recently a lot of foreign tourists have shown interest in this small town.

Sensing an opportunity, the department of tourism has though of the move to develop these villages the rural tourism scheme and the government has sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for the same.

Sources in the department say, “People are interested in places beyond monuments, however, so far sites showcasing monuments, handicrafts, architecture, heritage etc. were being developed. Trend indicates that people are interested to go beyond the regular and they love the rustic aura these places offer.”

Plans have been drawn to and promote eco tourism in these areas which have their own heritage and build the required infrastructure like roads and amenities which in turn will assure that visit to these places is worth the effort. RTDC has been roped in and handed over the responsibility to put the required facilities in place. They will provide better connecting roads to these villages, build toilets taking care of sanitation and instead of creating any buildings will come up with resting spots for the visitors.

Confirming this, chairman and managing director, RTDC, Manjeet Singh said, “We have been asked to develop the infrastructure and amenities at three villages and the necessary sanctions have been given along with the budget. We are confidant that in the next six months, we will finish the work assigned to us.”

Officials are confident that the development of these places would not only help tourism but in turn will provide employment to the locals in turn improving the economy of the place. “It’s a first step initiative like this go a long way in changing the outlook of the place. What follows is a process of ongoing development,” said the official. He further added that the initiative under the rural tourism development will give a glimpse of rural culture to the tourists and in turn will prepare a road map for rural tourism in the state.

From TOI

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