North India is blessed with huge repository of Nature, Heritage and Spiritual tourism.
Jammu & Kashmir, with unimaginable natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand with snow-capped Himalayas, hills and forests and the ‘City beautiful’, Chandigarh are some of the illustrative examples of Nature Tourism in this region.
The region is also a rich hub of Spiritual tourism. The holy city of Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib are pilgrimages for Sikhs; Uttarakhand, also called as Devbhoomi, with the famous Char Dham and holy towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh are famous destinations in Hindu pilgrimage circuit; Hazratbal in Kashmir is a famous Muslim Shrine; Dharamshala and Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh are considered as Mecca of Tibetan Buddhism; and Kurukshetra in Haryana is the land of Bhagwad Geeta and part of Krishna Circuit.
North India has abundance of ancient heritage and history. The Indus valley civilization, the Mahabharata, the battle of Panipat, Jallianwala Bagh, the Kalka-Shimla Railway World Heritage Train and the Forts, Palaces, Havelis are testimonials of the region’s rich heritage and history.
North India is a ‘land of plenty’. It is time that North India is also promoted as a Region. North Indian States should combine their efforts, pool their resources and work on an integrated strategy for building tourism infrastructure and showcasing common themes. The State Tourism Departments of these States, while promoting tourism of their individual States, should also converge their efforts to promote tourism in North India as a ‘Region’. Northern India Council, a part of Inter State Council under Ministry of Home Affairs can also take up the agenda of furthering ‘Regional Tourism’ in North India States. Promoting ‘Regional Tourism’, with the objective of promoting ‘circuit and theme- based tourism’ in India can be a game changer for the growth of domestic as well as International tourism in the region.
NEW INDIA TOURISM, a new Forum for Ideation and Advocacy has made a beginning in this direction. The forum organized a Round Table Conference on “North India Trails – Nature, Heritage and Spiritual” on 6th July at Welcom Heritage Hotel, Panchkula.
It was a pleasure to Chair the Conference and to come out with a roadmap for developing, showcasing and promoting Tourism in North India as a Region. The Forum will also share the roadmap and takeaways of the conference with all related stakeholders. New India Tourism will continue to organise such events with a view to addressing tourism issues of other regions of the Country and also of individual States with focus on Indian Heritage.