Linking nature and culture for sustainable tourism development: A study of Eco-cultural tourism prospects in North east India
Eco-cultural tourism is a concept in which ecological and cultural aspects of a landscape are combined to create a site for tourists. North east India is the most mesmerizing part of the Indian sub-continent that mirrors the perfect blending of life, culture and ecology. It is relatively an unexplored and unique area in terms of both geography and cultural diversity and is characterized by the abundance of natural endowments such as dense and thick forests, variety of flora and fauna, meandering rivers, enchanting hills, waterfalls, snowcapped mountains etc. There are approximately 65 indigenous tribes in North-east India along with a host of sub-tribes having their own distinctive cultures, customs and traditions that are preserved till today. Thus eco-cultural tourism is a tool for economic empowerment and development of indigenous communities.
This article provides a broad conceptual framework for eco-cultural tourism and tries to argue that eco-cultural tourism is a potent force for overall economic, social and cultural development as well biodiversity conservation in northeast India. This paper also seeks to examine the prospects of eco-cultural tourism in northeast India.
The data is mostly obtained from secondary sources. Observation method is employed to collect primary data. The research work gives a broad conceptual framework for eco-cultural tourism as a tool for sustainable development. The paper also brings to light that Northeast is tremendously rich in natural and cultural resources which can be utilized judiciously for touristic utilization in order to achieve sustainable development of the region.
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