Monday 12 September 2011

Uttarakhand Government to establish centres across state to promote Adventure Tourism

Written by Anil Singh

The Uttarakhand Government’s department of tourism has proposed to establish adventure centres across Uttarakhand to promote and develop adventure tourism in the state.

The recommendation, which is enlisted in Uttarakhand tourism policy of 2001, is taken up for consideration now.

Making public the details, Rakesh Sharma, principal secretary – Tourism, Goverment of Uttarakhand and CEO – Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) said,

“The government has plans to establish adventure centres across the state covering a wide range of adventure and outdoor activities like trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, water and snow skiing, paragliding, parasailing, hang gliding, mountain biking, angling, bird watching, etc in a phased manner.”

He further added that this has been done keeping in mind the potential the state offers in adventure tourism.

The state Government has identified 19 locations on its shortlisted draft.

Under the proposal, following key do-ables are enlisted:

1) A world class regional water sports centre with quality accommodation and necessary support services is being planned at Tehri Lake (Asia’s largest manmade lake covering an area of 52 sq km).

2) Developing and promoting water based activities at Mori, Jaul Jibi, Bhimtal, Haripura and Bore Reservoir, Ganga Canal – Roorkee, Assan/Dakpatthar, Kaudiyala/Shivpuri and Panar/ Rameshwar/ Pancheshwar.

3) Developing and promoting Aero sports activities in Pithoragarh and Gauchar.

4) Ice skating Rink will be developed at Raipur, in Dehradun.

5) Auli will be developed and promoted for skiing.

6) Harsil, Phalsima and Bhikiyasain – Almora, Bageshwar, Kotdwar and Mohan have been identified for land based adventure activities.

An Adventure Tourism Authority under Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) is also enlisted in the proposal for effective promotion and development of adventure tourism.

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