In this age of modern technology when one can research places with the click of a button, the world has virtually shrunk to such an extent that it has become increasingly difficult to find places which are less traveled and can be termed as offbeat destinations. The result is most of the famous travel destinations are facing the brunt of mass tourism.The alternative can be Rural Tourism or Tourism of the Roots.
Have you ever dreamt of being in the places where your ancestors grew up? Those places are full of memories of your grandparents, unique recipes, special dialects and memorable sceneries that are at the reach of your hand, just by traveling to your roots.
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What I feel about going To The Roots
Every time I find myself sputtering, falling off track and feeling mundane in a city, I remind myself that I need to get back to my roots. Staying for a long time in a city may become claustrophobic
Tourism Scout of India in its endeavor to promote rural tourism has successfully curated and lead multiple village walks for its esteemed clients including corporations, government employees, national and international tourists. This is a way envision by TSI in promoting Travelling To Roots.
About Tourism Scouts India:
A professional and proficient name in the travel trade, Tourism Scouts is a team set for making your holiday a memorable and cherished one. Established in the year 2003 by Mr. Anil Attri, a visionary in the travel industry, “Tourism Scouts India” is recognized by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, member of IATO and Himachal Tourism. Based in Shimla and Dharamshala TSI has an experience of almost 15 years in the travel trade rendering best services with commitment, content and high standards.
Tourism Scout of India has collaborated with NomadLawyer in pursuit to promote rural tourism, ecotourism and responsible tourism with its overall goal of achieving sustainable development.
What is Rural Tourism?
Rural Tourism is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way. Traveling always does not mean exploring new places or meeting new people; there is a greater connotation to it. It can be more gratifying when one travels for a cause and positively impacts the local community during travel. Mother Nature has given us these beautiful places to explore but it is our social responsibility to travel to these mesmerizing places and give something in return in our own possible ways. If travelers and travel providers across horizons are aligned on this, we can make this world- a beautiful place to live.
Anil Attri CEO, Tourism Scouts India guiding villagers on Agriculture
Major Types of Rural Tourism in India:
- Agricultural tourism
- Food trails
- Community ecotourism
- Tourism through cultural diversity
Rural Tourism in Himachal Pradesh
There are many villages in Himachal Pradesh which are still pristine and surreal. They can be regarded as hidden gems away from the honking cars, loud music and free from the hustle-and-bustle of city life. In these villages, you wake up to the sound of birds chirping in an ideal morning and during the day, you can choose to be part of the village community by helping them with the farming and eating like a local with fresh vegetables plucked from backyard farms. An ideal evening can be spent over a cup of tea, gazing at the stupendously mesmerizing sunset after an afternoon siesta.
Role of Ministry of Tourism in Rural Tourism:
Ministry of Tourism in India has laid a great deal of emphasis on the development of such rural tourism sites which boast of rich art, culture, handloom, heritage and crafts. These villages are affluent in both natural beauty and cultural splendor.
Planning for Rural Tourism- a perspective from service providers
If planned and managed properly, rural tourism can act as a panacea for certain issues of state’s economy like those of unemployment, development and diversification which can, in turn contribute to the sustainable development of the state. Inspiring as well as educating, village tour is an opportunity to understand the roots of the culture, customs, practices, and lifestyle of people.
Successful completion of a Village Walk
Renowned for wonderful hospitality and travel services Tourism Scouts India (leading travel company of North India) successfully hosted a village tour at village Shanon, near the state capital Shimla. Approximately 150 guests from Dalmia (Bharat Sugar) group enjoyed village walk and traditional hospitality during their stay in the village. Himachal Pradesh the land of Gods and Goddesses or popularly called Dev Bhoomi resides in villages.
Photo journey of a Village Walk for employees of Dalmia (Bharat Sugar) conducted by Tourism Scouts India
Traditional Himachali House
Host Community welcoming the guests
Host villagers welcoming the officials of Dalmia (Bharat Sugar)
Woman in the village leading the guests
Traditional Himachali Dance
When in village eat like a villager
If you wish to experience the flavor of rural tourism please do write to us at Tourism Scout of India and Nomadlawyer. We strive to add a new face to tourism that lies in our villages, come join us in this beautiful journey to our roots.