In the present scenario the world economy highly depends on Tourism industry and tourism related products. Tourism has contributed a lot for the underdeveloped countries and their small states and provinces which doesn’t have got much other sources of income generation. Himachal Pradesh is one of the states of India for which Tourism industry has contributed a lot. That’s why Himachal Pradesh has concentrated towards improving and developing Adventure sports like Trekking, Mountaineering, River Rafting, Paragliding, Rock climbing etc. apart from these lot of development has been made in the field of cultural tourism, religious tourism that includes preserving and maintaing old temples and monuments, eco – tourism which includes camping and village tourism.
In the concept of Himachal Pradesh lot of attention has been paid towards development of village tourism because more than 90 percent of people in Himachal Pradesh resides in villages. Developing tourism in villages not only contributes towards their financial growth but also towards their development of living standard. Himachal Pradesh government is fully determined to encash this concept of village tourism that’s why they have started payiong attention towards registering home stays for more eco – friendly alternative of Tourism growth.
Himachal Pradesh has got rich cultural heritage with unique historical and religious background. The monuments, paintings, ridges, valleys, rivers and other geographical features are both colourfull and varied. If a visitor want to have enjoyment and learning experience in the lap of nature then Himachal Pradesh has lot to offer in the form of parks, sanctuaries, lakes and innumerable fairs and festivals .
Lot of attention has been paid towards development and adding new cultural and heritage sights for Tourist in already long list of must visit tourism hot spots of Himachal Pradesh. The major sectors of Himachal Tourism are Kullu – Manali sector, Lahaul & Spiti Sector, Chamba sector, Kangra sector, Hamirpur & Una sector, Mandi sector, Sirmaur & Solan sector and of ofcourse the queen of hills and capital of Himachal Pradesh “Shimla” sector. Apart from all above mentioned sectors Kullu – Manali sector has lot to offer for its visitors. From adventure sports activities to various pilgrimage centers. Gushing river Beas flowing through the valley all along the roadway is a delightful sight for everyone. All treks and adventure activities are full of adventure and offer beautiful views of Himachal Pradesh. Fruit laden orchards make this beautifull valley look charming and rich. Local handicrafts items are worth to be watched and purchased. There are centuries old temples structured in traditionally carved stones and wood carvings. All buildings and monuments are the living testimony to local architecture which uses locally available material and skills. Among the wonderful rural destinations, Shoja, Malana and Naggar are must visit places of Kullu – Manali region beacause here one can enjoy the charm of lush green forests, serpentine fields and apple orchards. Among villages the most famous are Malana village which is crowned as one of the oldest democracies of the world where lord Jamlu the local diety rules the village and governs the customs and rituals of the village in its unique way. Then there is Shoja village which is 69 kms from Kullu and 59 kms. from the nearest airport at Bhuntar. It is a beautiful tourist destination which has got wooded forests, rivers, streams and meadows dotted with wild flowers providing break from hustle and bustle of daily routine and crowded cities.
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