Tourism is a socioeconomic activity with competence of creating large scale employment without compromising with environment and ecology of destination. We know India’s rich culture and heritage remains unparalleled and country’s unity in diversity is still looked by the entire world. To understand India’s true tradition, heritage, culture, festival, etc. rural area is the best place according to me. As per Ministry of Tourism statistics (2016), India have received 8.80 million foreign tourist with annual growth rate of 9.7% and earned 1, 54,146 crore rupees from travel and tourism segment. Its share in International Tourist Arrivals is 1.18% and rank in International Tourist Arrivals is 25th.
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According to Ministry of Tourism: Rural Tourism is any form of tourism that showcases the rural life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience. This article deals with the main characteristic features of Rural tourism.
Main Characteristics and Features of Rural Tourism in India
1. The tourism activity took place in the country side and community participation or initiative is prerequisite.
2. It incorporates different forms of tourism and is multi-faceted.
3. Architecture of village is promoted by locally providing accommodation and food should be served. More focus is on that accommodation should be clean, pest controlled and hygienic.
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4. A tourist shopping centre can be opened so that tourist can purchase local products like food, tea, honey, fruits, painted pottery, carpets, traditional embroideries etc.
5. Locally available traditional transportation is used like tractor, Bi-cycle, Bullock-cart etc.
6. Rural Tourism Focus must be on something to see, something to do and something to buy.
7. Tour to production centre like fruit gardens (mango, grapes, poultry, dairy farm etc) and visit to local facilities like Gram Panchayat, school, Village, River, tube well, different types of trees, old religious places and Museums.
8. Family and village games like gilli danda, kabaddi, kushti, high jump, long jump etc. is organized and evening entertainment is provided like campfire, rural folk dance, local songs like kajari, biraha etc.
9. Prime beneficiary are local people who are trained professionally to provide who are trained professionally to provide complete package to Rural Tourist. Local and district administration’s support is pre-requisite.
10.Rural tourist should be educated to act “Responsibility” and should respect human and natural heritage of host community. Tourist should be sensitized towards cultural values, social norms and traditions.
From the above article we have seen that Government is also taking measure to promote rural tourism, its importance and features are also discussed.