Friday, May 7, 2010

Scheme of Rural Tourism

The Scheme of Rural Tourism is a centralized scheme of the Government. Any form of tourism that showcases the rural life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience can be termed as rural tourism.

Rural tourism is essentially an activity that takes place in the countryside. It is multi-faceted and may entail farm/agricultural tourism, cultural tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, and eco-tourism. Rural tourism in India mainly focuses on the interactive experiences between the tourists and the villagers. The main attraction lies with the handmade work of the village artisans and the skilled diversity of these villages.

The main objective of the Scheme of Rural Tourism is to pass on the socio economic benefits of tourism to rural areas. Presently, around 71 rural sites have been sanctioned for development as Rural Tourism Hubs.

Here are some more details about the Rural Tourism Scheme –
  • Each State and Union Territory would be requested to furnish one proposal for the promotion of Rural Tourism.
  • A detailed plan of action will be drawn up for the short listed proposals.
  • A maximum of 50 lakhs will be sanctioned as assistance under the Rural Tourism Scheme.

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