India’s first tribal tourism circuit project under the Swadesh Darshan scheme established at Gangrel in Chhattisgarh.
Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons inaugurated the first tribal tourism circuit project on 14th September 2018.
The tribal tourism circuit connects 13 sites viz Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Tirthgarh in Chhattisgarh.
Major components sanctioned under tribal circuit project in Chhattisgarh includes developing eco log huts, craft haats, souvenir shops, an open amphitheater, tribal interpretation centres, workshop centres, tourist amenities centres, viewpoints, nature trails, solar illuminations etc. These components will improve the existing tourist facilities, enhance the overall tourist experience and help in getting more visitors which in return will increase job opportunities in the area.
The Swadesh Darshan scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and it is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism, for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.
As per date, the Tourism Ministry has sanctioned 74 projects worth six thousand crore rupees to states and union territories. Out of this, 30 projects are expected to be completed this year. Under the tribal circuit theme of the scheme, the Ministry has sanctioned 4 projects to Nagaland, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh for Rs 380 crore.
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