Tourism in Himachal Pradesh is looking forward to a sea change in the coming years with initiation of the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the government of India. Himachal Pradesh finds a pride of place and will implement ‘Himalayan Circuit’ as part of the Swadesh Darshan.
The mega project of the government of India envisions to develop theme based tourist circuits on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner by synergising efforts to focus on needs and concerns of all stakeholders to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities.
Thirteen thematic circuits have been identified for development, namely: North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit & Heritage Circuit.
The Ministry of Tourism sanctioned the project, “Integrated Development of Himalayan Circuit in H.P” on 27.03.2017 under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Under this project Rs. 9976.05 Lakh have been sanctioned out of which 1st installment of Rs. 1995.21 lakhs have been received by Himachal Government.
Some of the major components of the work to be done in Himachal Pradesh will be construction of Convention Centre at Kiarighat ,construction of Heliport at Shimla and a Paragliding Centre at Bir.
Detailed project report is being formulated for Rs. 25 crores Convention hall for about 1000 person capacity, Auditorium, Cafeteria, parking for 200 vehicles and Restaurant at Kalighat.
The Heliport is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 7 Crore which will have reception, waiting hall, cafeteria, landscaping and parking. The Paragliding Centre at Bir has been sanctioned Rs. 8 Crore for Tourist Reception Centre, equipments, equipment Room, first aid room, office, cafeteria, kitchen, store room and public toilet. About Rs. 8 crore is to be spent for developing Ice skating Rink at Shimla as well as other infrastructure like cafeteria, public toilets, changing room, waiting hall, and parking.
The Himalayan Circuit will have a Water Sports Centre at Sunni near Shimla which will be built at a cost of Rs. 6 crore sanctioned for construction of Water Sports Centre, platform for tents, open parking, walkways and landscaping, water sports equipments.
At Tipra near Parwanoo Rs.5 crore will be spend to construct wayside amenities for Tourist Reception Area,cafeteria, souvenir shops , public toilets, parking, solar street lights. At Manali will be constructed a Multi-Level parking with cafeteria and Tourist Reception Area, meeting room, exhibition Room, equipments room, parking and solar street lights at Rs. 10 Crore.
Manali will also have an international standard Free Standing Artificial Climbing Wall at Mountaineering Institute, Manali. The wall along with gym, training boards,body zorb (an orb made of transparent plastic for rolling downhill inside it), solar street light will cost Rs.3 crore.
Nearly Rs.4 crore will be spent on the beautification and development of Dal lake at Dharamshala with cafeteria, walkways and parking. Near well known river rafting tourist destination in Nadaun at Beas river a Wayside Amenities-cum-Rafting Centre will be built at a cost of Rs 3 Crore which will include Rafting Centre, Souvenir Shop, Cafe, waiting area, cloak room, parking and water sports equipments .
The Saurav Kalia Van Vihar at Palampur will be developed by spending Rs. 3 crores on landscaping, gazebos, solar lights, public toilets .Another Rs.4 crore will be spent to develop village Haat at Kangra with cafeteria,Open air theatre, landscaping solar street lights.
The Art and Craft Centre at Bhalie Mata, Chamba will also be developed with Rs. 4 Crore by building of a cafeteria, Craft Room. Open Air Theatre, Landscaping, parking, toilets and solar street Lights. With these new and modern facilities it is hoped that Himachal Tourism will take quantum jump in generating greater revenue and employment as also making Himachal a more attractive place for the tourists.