India gets its first tribal circuit project connecting 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh. Minister of State for Tourism, K J Alphons inaugurated the project implemented under the Swadesh Darshan scheme launched in 2014-15 for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritized manner.
The circuit in Chhattisgarh connects Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Tirthgarh. Each of the destinations mentioned and the state in itself is known for the impressive scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Tribals make one-third of the total state population and for centuries have retained their culture and traditions.
Chhattisgarh was included under the tribal circuit theme with an objective to showcase the variety of tribes, their indigenous culture and to also the rich and diverse natural assets in the state.
Included in the tribal circuit project are numerous features. There are eco log huts, craft haats, souvenir shops, open amphitheatre, tribal interpretation centres, and workshop centres. In addition, there are tourist amenities centres, viewpoints, nature trails, solar illuminations, etc. Moreover, the existing tourist facilities in addition to these new components enhance the overall tourist experience. These initiatives help in increasing more job opportunities in the state. In addition, the Tourism Ministry focuses on the development of tribes and tribal culture. Also, new measures will help to carry out an array of activities for development and promotion of tourism in the tribal belt of Chhattisgarh.
The Tourism Ministry under the tribal circuit theme of the Swadesh darshan scheme has sanctioned four projects to Nagaland, Telangana and Chhattisgarh for INR 381.37 crore. Also, 74 projects worth Rs. 5997.47 crore is sanctioned to 31 states and Union Territories. The completion of thirty of these projects/major components is expected to be completed this year. The start of these operations will boost Indian Tourism.