November 10, 2023 – Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh has long been celebrated for its enchanting landscapes, picturesque valleys, and charming towns like Palampur, Andretta, Dharamshala, and McLeod Ganj. Each of these places carries a unique charm, contributing to Kangra’s allure as a sought-after destination.
In a significant development, the state of Himachal Pradesh is set to elevate its tourism offerings by constructing a dedicated ‘tourism village’ in Kangra. This initiative aims to not only promote local art and culture but also create substantial employment opportunities for the youth, aligning with the broader goal of fostering sustainable rural tourism.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu expressed optimism about the project, emphasizing its potential to generate permanent employment for the local youth. The tourism village will serve as a platform for showcasing the rich tapestry of local art, culture, handicrafts, and music. By integrating the younger generation into the tourism sector, the state envisions a dual impact – the development of tourism and a boost to the overall revenue.
As the tourism village takes shape, visitors can anticipate immersive experiences that delve into the authentic heritage of Kangra. The vibrant tapestry of local traditions, artistic expressions, and cultural practices will unfold, offering a glimpse into the soul of this beautiful region.
Beyond the tourism village, Kangra is poised to become even more enticing with the development of a state-of-the-art zoo in Bankhandi, a project with an estimated cost of INR 300 crore. Additionally, the district will witness the creation of an international standard golf course, adding another layer to its appeal as a destination that seamlessly blends natural beauty with recreational amenities.
The broader vision for Himachal Pradesh’s tourism landscape includes modernizing facilities and enhancing the overall experience for visitors. Plans encompass the introduction of electric buses, the development of water sports facilities, the establishment of theme parks, the creation of high-end food courts, the beautification of heritage sites, and the promotion of eco-tourism. Notably, the iconic natural ice skating rink in Shimla, recognized as the largest in Asia, will undergo upgrades, and a new ice and roller skating rink will be developed in Manali.
With these ambitious initiatives, Himachal Pradesh aims not only to enchant visitors with its natural splendor but also to provide a holistic and engaging tourism experience that resonates with the spirit of the region. As the ‘tourism village’ becomes a reality, it symbolizes the state’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage while fostering economic opportunities for its vibrant communities.