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Tourist destinations near Mussoorie and Nainital (23rd August, 2016): Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful places and abode of Gods. There are many popular destinations, which attract tourists from all over the world. During peak seasons, sometimes, it is very difficult to get the reservation in  places like Mussoorie, Nainital etc. The Uttarakhand government is planning to develop many other lesser known beautiful places near Mussoorie and Nainital as alternative destinations to ease the burden on the infrastructure of these two famous hill stations. This spatial distribution of visitors at satellite locations will result in regional balance of tourists visiting these places and also open new business opportunities for traders, businessmen and locals.

The Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) recently invited suggestions on tourism from public to prepare Tourism Draft Policy – 2016, which will be forwarded for cabinet approval after making feasible amendments. The key focus areas of the drafts are home stay, creation of new destinations.

The main focus shall be on the towns which are already tourist destinations but less popular among tourists. These towns shall be upgraded by making them more attractive and creating more facilities for tourists. For instance, the locations like Dhanolti, Chamba, and Chakrata near Mussoorie are few of the future potential tourist destinations. Similarly, satellite towns like Mukteshwar, Kausani, Jageshwar will be developed as the alternative choices to the tourists visiting Nainital.

The main reason for the development of satellite towns is to relieve the pressure of tourists on these main destinations – Nainital & Mussoorie – which is increasing with every passing year and season. The draft policy has also the plan to stream line the unplanned development in Nainital and Mussoorie. The new policy also describes the fixing of many present problems, such as parking and traffic management at hill stations, Char Dham sites, availability of guides, availability of clean and adequate conveniences and good accommodation.

  Few famous places are shown below:

 

 The Char Dhams of Uttarakhand
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