Eco Tourism

Rajasthan’s eco-tourism circuit to be approved soon

Rajasthan’s proposal to create an eco-tourist circuit will soon be sanctioned by the Union Tourism Ministry under Swadesh Darshan scheme. As per reports, the tourism circuit is expected to have a projected investment of Rs 100 crore and the work will commence within one month. The proposal to Union Ministry includes developing three circuits comprising eco-tourism, desert and tribal tourism initiating new infrastructure works, aimed at expanding tourism prospects in the state.

The eco-tourist circuit proposal demands to improve amenities in Sariska Tiger Reserve (Alwar), Raoli Tadgarh Sanctuary (Rajsamand), Mount Abu Sanctuary (Sirohi), Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary (Karauli), Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary (Rajsamand), Jhalana Safari Park (Jaipur), and Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary (Pratapgarh). The desert circuit includes plans involving making new attractions in and around Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Bikaner. The estimated investment of the circuit is around Rs 99.90 crore. The proposal includes developing desert adventures in these three areas like para-motor gliding, zip lining, hot air balloon, camel and equestrian sports and camping facilities. The government seeks to provide income for the common people by promoting tribal tourism in backward areas like Banswara, Dungarpur, Sirohi and Pratapgarh. The plan includes renovating temples, lakes, museums, bus stands and other facilities in these areas for giving visitors a good experience.

Upgrading the popular destinations of the state is already in the priority list of government. However, the government also wants to lure the tourists by adding exciting destinations so that they reach the target of 50 million tourists by this year end. The state had a tourist footfall of 47.5 million in 2017. “The approval process will start under the joint secretary level in about a month time. Indications are there that Rajasthan’s proposal will be cleared. After that the proposal will be sent to secretary tourism for a formal approval. The whole process is expected to be complicated in a month and half,” said an official of the Tourism Department.