Sustainable Tourism in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh in central part of India is blessed with abundance of nature, wildlife, arts, culture, handicraft and a plethora of resources. Its virgin beauty is still untouched and unexplored by the common man, thus the land being a sure treat to visitors and tourists.

Chhattisgarh is densely forested with 44% of the land area. The state is among the top five in the country with largest national forest cover. It can boast of having 3 national parks, 11 wild life sanctuaries and 30 plus significant waterfalls and abundant caves.

Indrawati National Park, Kangerghati National Park, Barnawapur Sanctuary, Sita Nadi Sanctuary and Udanti Sanctuary are the prominent eco tourism destinations in Chhattisgarh. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve and eco resort.

Besides its stunning bio-diversity, Chhattisgarh is also replete with ancient monuments and temple sites, Buddhist stupas, palaces, waterfalls and lakes, hill plateaus and rock art. The state also boasts of caves with oldest stalagmite and stalactite formations in India.

The state is the home of the oldest communities of the Indian subcontinent. The tribal population is 31% of the state’s population. This figure is nearly 10% of the national population. The tribal cultural arts are encouraged by giving performance to the tourist at the Chhattisgarh Tourism resorts.

Chhattisgarh is blessed with many indigenous performing arts of unique dance style, melodious folk songs and colorful dance dramas. A visit to this beautiful place will only be complete when one can also experience the uniqueness of the region.

Chhattisgarh nurtures some unique kind of handicrafts that are fundamental aspect of the state. The well known varieties are traditional bell metal, bamboo craft and craft items made of wood. Chhatisgarh is also well known for the metal crafts, clay artifacts, jewellery and paintings.

The Chhattisgarh Tourism resorts are polythene or plastic free zones, where it is encouraged to avoid the use of plastics.

Some of the important units of Chhattisgarh Tourism uses solar modules for generation of power which is consumed in the various activities at the resort. In fact the unit located at Barnawapara, Distt. Baloda Bazaar runs only on off grid power as it is located in a highly sensitive area where it is not possible to install powerlines.

The state government has taken steps for the participation of the local population in the tourism sector of which many of the locals are now employed in the units of Chhattisgarh Tourism. The resorts are manned by people from the local population who have been trained in the reputed and international hotel chains for various hotel related activities F&B, Room Service, Housekeeping, etc.

In some of the tourist spots the local governance body has formed a cooperative such that the professionals provide services to the visitors and this also forms as a additional source of income to these people, while the administration oversees the various rules and regulations.

Chhattisgarh is the perfect place for sustainable tourism. To explore the yet to be widely documented treasure troves of intriguing cultures and relief features at a cost that won’t strain your budget, it is a best place and this chance you should not miss.

Website: http://cgtourism.choice.gov.in/

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