Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In order to attract high-end tourists to tribal areas, the Uttarakhand government is coming up with a planned policy for helping home stay facilities in villages and linking them with scenic spots through trekking routes.
To quote tourism minister Satpal Maharaj, “We have a vibrant and variegated tribal culture…each tribe here has its own fairs, gods, ethnic traditions and colourful dresses…but little is known about this aspect outside the state. A full-fledged policy is being put in place to attract high-end domestic and foreign tourists to tribal areas.”
The government “plans to facilitate” home stay facilities in tribal villages besides developing trekking routes. “We are focusing to introduce such facilities because most tribal communities inhabit remote mountainous areas and valleys along the India-China border,” Maharaj said, referring to border districts of Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh.
Broadly, there are five scheduled tribes – Tharus, Buxas, Jaunsaris, the forest dweller tribe of Vanrawats and Bhotiyas or Rang – in Uttarakhand. Tharus and Buxas inhabit the Terai area and Jaunsaris belong to Chakrata in Dehradun. Rajis or Vanrawats are distributed in Pithoragarh and Champavat. Bhotiyas or Rangs, who are influenced by the Tibetan culture, live in Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh on this side of the India-China border.
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