The tourism department of India started the scheme of rural tourism in 2002-03 with the aim to showcase art, rural life, and culture and heritage to the tourists at various rural locations and villages. The Ministry intends to help the local community economically and socially, together with facilitating interaction between the local population and tourists, through this scheme. 169 rural tourism sites in 29 States/Union Territories have been sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism.
This segment has also been winning accolades in the international circuits as well. For instance, the Rural Tourism Project at Hodka village in Kutch District of Gujarat won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award for the year 2010 under the Heritage category.
From the blissful Northeast to the splendid Odisha, from the fascinating state of Chhattisgarh to Jharkhand, the tribal population of India has so far managed to preserve their prehistoric rituals and culture even in today’s modern world. The population of the tribal people in India alone represents about 8% of the country’s total population. Tribes in India are known for their age-old traditions, culture, festivals, craftsmanship, art, rituals, etc.
Under this circuit, the aim is to develop and promote these tribal areas in a very responsible manner with dual focus on culture sensitivity, carrying capacity and preservation of natural surroundings and local culture.