Our Bureau Dharamshala
In a new beginning, backward district of Himachal Pradesh – Chamba – that is known for its natural beauty and scenic views will have trekking routes built under MNREGA scheme. These will be known as ‘Nature Paths’.
The villages of Chamba having such paths will also develop home stays for which tourism authorities will assist the villagers.
Deputy Commissioner at Chamba has said that preparations for this have already been done and execution is awaited.
“Bhatiyat, Mehla, Chamba, Tissa, Salooni have been identified for these nature paths. Each area will have at least 10 paths. Mehla will have 14 as it is loaded with natural beauty” he added.
Chamba is known after hill destination Dalhousie only, that is famous as mini Switzerland of Himachal. But there are many villages in Chamba that are far more beautiful and scenic than Dalhousie. Moreover, these villages produce organic vegetables and milk. Many of them are situated on the banks of river Ravi amid snow covered mountain peaks.
This new initiative is aimed to boost tourism and revenue of the villages of this district. Many villages of Chamba district have historical significance also. This is perhaps the only district of the state having documented proofs of its history when the area was ruled by the kings.
Manimahesh is the famous pilgrimage trek of this district where lakhs of devotees from across the globe arrive to pay obeisance to lord Shiva.
This initiative of nature paths can open doors for many touristic opportunities. Chamba is the only district from Himachal which has been included in the national backward lists of districts of India.