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Home stay in Uttarakhand (7th Sep 2015) : Tourism has variety of sectors for different types of tastes. If you wish to see the cultural life of rural Himalayan villages the best way is to go for Homestay. The Homestay concept has already been thriving in Uttarakhand and now the state department is also plunging into this sector. The state tourism department is planning to introduce clean and affordable Homestay for domestic tourists and foreigners. This concept shall allow the tourists to live with the natives of the villages as they do and see the social and cultural lives of the villagers. The Homestay will bring the tourists closer to the rich culture and cuisine thriving for ages in those areas.

The state government is initially planning to develop 1000 individuals and village clusters under Homestay scheme by the government. Under the scheme, the individuals / villagers shall be given loan under the government’s Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali scheme. It is anticipated that the Homestay scheme shall start by the end of this year (2015).

The Uttarakhand Rural Home Stay Tourism Scheme – 2015 is aiming to provide comfortable and standardised services of Homestay to the tourists and accommodations in rural areas.

The financial assistance to the selected individuals shall be up to Rs, 50 lack whereas for a group of villagers it shall be Rs. 1 crore for the development of infrastructure and basic necessities required for tourists. The tourists shall be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains far away from the maddening crowd of big cities and towns.

The state officials are hopeful that the concept of Homestay shall be a success and not only promote the Homestay tourism but also bring economic development in those areas. The preferences of tourists are changing and many get attracted to new concepts like Homestay which provides rural surrounding. The joy of being in such places where there is no noise, pollution and surrounded by nature is something which makes Homestay unique.

The tourism department shall launch a public campaign to start homestay and make it popular. The plan is also to have close tie ups with travel agents and promoters. For more please Click

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