Uttarakhand To Build Homestays In Traditional Style & Promote Trekking In 29 Villages

by Suchismita Pal
Uttarakhand To Build Homestays In Traditional Style & Promote Trekking In 29 Villages

To promote the Trekking Traction Center Homestay Scheme of the Uttarakhand Tourism Department, the state tourism ministry has selected 29 remote hilly villages with trekking potential. The scheme will not only promote adventure tourism in Uttarakhand but will also generate employment opportunities for locals residing in the villages. The authority will develop these villages and will provide financial assistance for the creation of lodging facilities. The scheme has commenced from the Chopta village, perched at a height of around 8,790 feet. Chopta is famous for pine and deodar forests, musk deer and rare Himalayan birds.

29 Remote Villages In Uttarakhand To Be Developed As Trekking Clusters

Uttarakhand Tourism Department has selected 29 villages in the remote areas of the state to promote trekking and adventure tourism. The villages will be developed and homestays will come up in traditional architectural style. According to a Hindustan Times report, Satpal Maharaj, the state tourism minister has said, “Through this aid, the state government is trying to empower the local people, so that the rural economy can be strengthened. This plan will prove to be effective in preventing migration and making rural areas self-sufficient through tourism.” Meanwhile, Auli in Uttarakhand is the winter skiing capital of India.

Uttarakhand Homestays trekking villages
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The Villagers Will Get Financial Aid To Build Lodging Facilities

The villages will undergo developments as trekking clusters under the Trekking Traction Homestay Scheme. Lodging facilities will be developed for the tourists too. The authority is providing financial aid of ₹60000 per room to the locals for building new rooms for the purpose of homestays. Also, the villagers are getting ₹25000 additionally for constructing new toilets. A committee under the chairmanship of the District Magistrate will select the beneficiaries of the scheme.

Uttarakhand Homestays trekking villages
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Eight beneficiaries have already been selected from Dasna and Agora villages in Uttarkashi district. Villages from other districts like Pithoragarh and Bageshwar are also in the list of development. For now, we pray for the speedy recovery of Uttarakhand from the devastating floods. Here are a few ways in which travellers can help the local tourism sector: