Community based tourism in the Uttarakhand Himalaya of India

I’ve just returned from a quick visit to the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in the Uttarakhand Himalaya of India. This fascinating region located close to the Indo-Tibet border is home to the indigenous Bhotiya culture. Many of the Bhotiya of the Niti Valley choose to practice community based ecotourism in an attempt to retain traditional cultural practices; provide seasonal income through ecotourism; train and employ local youth in tourism skills and to regain control over their natural resources. The Mountain Shepherds Initiative is a finalist in the People category of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. If you’d like to learn more about the Bhotiya culture I will be soon be posting images and text about my journey on the Preserving Cultures web site. Neil Rogers is one of the WTTC’s global judges and inspectors for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

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