Khonoma among India’s 50 tourist destinations

Thursday, June 15, 2023


Widely referred to as Asia’s first green village, Khonoma has now been marked as one of the 50 tourist destinations of India.

This was disclosed by Minister for Tourism and Higher Education Temjen Imna Along during his visit to the village on Wednesday.

Addressing a programme held in his honour at Terhotsiese, Khonoma Community Hall, Along said the Tourism ministry saw prospects in Khonoma village and hence selected it as one of the 50 tourist destinations in the Tourism Challenge Mode project.

Earlier, Along was received by minister for Horticulture and Woman Resource Development Salhoutuono Kruse along with Khonoma Village Council, Khonoma Youth Organisation and Khonoma Eco Tourism Committee office-bearers.

It may be mentioned that Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman had announced while presenting the Union Budget 2023-24 on February 1 this year that at least 50 destinations would be selected and developed as a complete package of tourism.

She had said that these destinations would be selected through challenge mode, using an integrated and innovative approach, while the focus of development of tourism would be on domestic as well as foreign tourists.

She had also proposed to launch an app in which all relevant aspects of the tourist destinations would be made available, in addition to aspects such as physical connectivity, virtual connectivity, tourist guides, high standards of food streets and tourist security, to enhance tourist experience.

To strengthen domestic tourism, sector-specific skilling would be done and entrepreneurship development would be dovetailed to achieve the objectives of the “Dekho Apna Desh” initiative, the budget had proposed.

Also, tourist infrastructure and amenities would be facilitated under the Vibrant Villages Programme to encourage tourism in border villages.

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