India is eagerly preparing for the upcoming launch of two exciting adventure trails in 2023 – the Ganga Trail and the Northwestern Himalayan Trail. Alongside, there are further plans in progress for additional trails, including the Narmada Trail and the Kaveri River Trail. These adventure tourism initiatives will be carefully crafted with a strong emphasis on sustainability and creating meaningful livelihood opportunities for local communities.
India is brimming with excitement for the year ahead as it promises an array of thrilling adventure tourism experiences. The Ministry of Tourism has revealed that two mega adventure trails, namely the Ganga Trail and Northwestern Himalayan Trail, are set to launch in 2023, offering incredible opportunities for adventure seekers to explore and discover the natural wonders of India.
True to their name, the two mega tourism trails, the Ganga Trail and Northwestern Himalayan Trail, are set to take adventurers on an unforgettable journey through the majestic Himalayas and the scenic Gangetic region. While there are several other exciting trails in the pipeline, such as the Narmada Trail from Amarkantak to the Arabian Sea, Kaveri River Trail, West Coast Trail from Kutch to Kanyakumari, and East Coast Trail from West Bengal to Kanyakumari, efforts will initially focus on developing the two aforementioned trails to kickstart the adventure tourism offerings in India.
The aim is to ensure that these trails are developed in a way that benefits the communities residing in the respective regions, creating a positive impact on their livelihoods.
In the case of the Himalayan region, it is crucial that any tourism activity benefits the local and indigenous communities residing in these mountainous areas, such as Sikkim, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh. Similarly, for scuba diving sites, tourism activities should prioritize the health and preservation of the marine ecosystem.