Cultural Tourism A Tool For Socio-Economic Development of the Host Community: Case Study of Himachal Pradesh
This paper is focused on economic development of the local community of a particular tourism destination. The paper contains the study about the folk culture and dresses of the Himachal Pradesh which have always attracted the tourists; a brief detail on the fairs and festivals is there to give a semblance of the cultural aspect of the state. Products and their role in the economic development of local community, and a glimpse of the impact of the mega events on the local community are there. Cultural tourism is a travel experience to natural and cultural environment that ensures the sustainable use at an appropriate level of resources provided in the host destination. Cultural tourism is a part of ecotourism, a travel learn experience, a little bit of soft adventure, and benefiting the well being of indigenous. Cultural tourism basically revolves around the indigenous people, there folk, eating habits, dressing sense, beliefs, fairs and festivals etc. Cultural tourism develops when the diffusion occurs through any cultural event or government or the concerned authorities promote it by other means. Since the ecotourism has introduced and the cultural aspect has become the part of it, conservation and protection of both environment and culture becomes the mission for the concerned department and organizations. To preserve the tourism and its benefits for next generation, the need of alternative tourism was felt, and the cultural tourism comes to the surface as an answer which could be able to generate intense bond between the host and the guest communities.
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