Words- Imtiaz Ullah
In this age of modern technology when one can research about 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 travelled and can be termed as Offbeat destinations.
Tourism Scout of India in its endeavour to promote rural tourism has successfully curated and lead multiple village walks for its esteemed clients including corporations, government employees, national and international tourists.
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 promoting rural tourism ecotourism and responsible tourism with its overall goal of achieving sustainable development.
About NomadLawyer: Nomad Lawyer is a travel site dedicated to transformative travel, responsible tourism, eco-tourism and caused based travel.
The mission of Nomad Lawyer in the field of volunteer travel is twofold. First, offer an opportunity for people to meaningfully contribute to the improvement of standards of living by building capacity in our host countries. Secondly, we provide committed volunteers to work on projects that benefit the local communities.
This site is managed by Imtiaz Ullah.
Imtiaz Ullah, Founder- NomadLawyer enroute to provide relief to villagers affected by Flood.
What is Rural Tourism?
Rural Tourism is the perfect way to explore the world in a meaningful way. Travelling 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 impact 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 travellers and travel providers across horizons are aligned on this, we can make this world- a beautiful place to live.
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
If you wish to experience the flavour 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.