BY SHEO SHEKHAR SHUKLA (IAS),
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY ( TOURISM & CULTURE DEPARTMENT), MP
& MANAGING DIRECTOR ( MP TOURISM BOARD)
BHOPAL, 8 SEPTEMBER 2023:
If you are planning to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and explore the village houses, taste simple yet delicious meal, experience tribal culture and enjoy the splendid natural and unpolluted surroundings to soak in the rural culture, Madhya Pradesh has it all for you.
The local communities are involved in tourism activities including high-class lodging and boarding facilities, local food, folk music and cultural activities, rural sports, local art and crafts. The homestay in the villages are made of using local material which helps to keep rooms protected from the heat.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has introduced Rural Tourism in a big way to provide safe and sustainable tourism experience. The state tourism board was felicitated with two international awards for its rural tourism project at the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards held in London.
As the sun rises over the picturesque landscapes of Madhya Pradesh, a symphony of nature’s wonders greets you. The gentle whispers of the wind, the vibrant colours of flora, and the rhythmic melodies of wildlife create a harmonious environment like no other. Puja is round the corner. On the joyous occasion of festive season, you are welcome to embark a transformative journey to the heart of India, where more than 50 eco-friendly rural homestays await, offering an authentic and sustainable experience.
Mahua Homestay Ladhpura, Orchha:
Escape the concrete jungle and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of rural Madhya Pradesh. These eco-friendly homestays embrace the principles of sustainability, celebrating the delicate balance between humans and the environment. Nestled amidst lush greenery, these havens offer a serene retreat, allowing you to reconnect with nature and recharge your spirits. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board is dedicated to minimize the carbon footprint in the state and make MP an eco-friendly state for tourists.
Each homestay has been thoughtfully designed to minimize the ecological footprint while providing a comfortable and enriching experience. Constructed using locally sourced materials and traditional techniques, these accommodations blend seamlessly into the landscape, creating a harmonious coexistence with nature. From thatched roofs to mud walls, every aspect reflects a commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the region.
Come be a part of the cultural experiences of MP like the tribal dance forms, local art and crafts and cherish the local cuisines of the various tribes of the state.
Let’s have a glimpse at some of the most pristine homestays of MP offering unique and exotic experiences.
Kekadiya and Khari – Awaken to the melodious chorus of birdsong as you open your eyes to breathtaking lush green forests in the homestays of Kekadiya and Khari. Engage yourself in the organic farming activities, where you can learn about traditional agricultural practices and indulge in the cultural activities of the village. Adventure lovers can also find fascinating cycling treks alongside other environmental friendly recreational activities.
Places of Interest – Rock Shelter Paintings and Jain Temple-
Sabarwani – Located just 20 kms from Pachmarhi Sabarwani is one of the unique hill station homestays where visitors can find exciting homestays and enjoy activities like trekking, bird watching and hot spring alongside dazzling millet dishes of the region.
Places of Interest – Choti Anhoni and Badi Anhoni
Kokhra and Thadipather – In the buffer forests of the Sanjau Dubri Tiger Reserve in Sidhi, Kokhra and Thadipather are two exemplary villages where the visitors can enjoy the shelter of the tall trees and relax in the white sand beach.
Places of Interest – Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve
Ladhpura Khaas – One of the most Spiritual destinations of MP, Orchha has a majestic village called Ladhpura Khaas where travellers can find royal homestays and enjoy other destinations like the Orchha bird sanctuary, sunset points of Orchha and blend in the culture with their drama and musical performances. You can also enjoy activities like pottery and other rural arts. It was also nominated for the Best Tourism Village Awards by UNWTO in 2021.
Responsible Tourism is an initiative to make better places to live and to visit. It essentially conveys economic enhancement, community development.
Madhya Pradesh is a pioneer state which has successfully executed the idea of Responsible Tourism.
Various initiatives including Homestays, Gram Stays and Farm Stays have been developed for the tourists to feel close to the nature and culture, Safe Tourism Destinations for Women is a key factor for the Board because we want to provide a safe and reassuring experience for the solo female tourists, Responsible Souvenir is a program which is initiated to ensure and encourage traditional souvenirs and art forms. Solid waste management- Clean Destinations has always been a priority, Madhya Pradesh is home to the top two most-cleanest cities in the country and we take a lot of pride in our idea for providing clean destinations for the tourists. The Mission’s Humsafar program is raising awareness of the challenges faced by the differently abled and working to reduce and remove the barriers to their enjoyment of tourism. Skill Development and employment generation for the youth are the stand out features of the development plan which has been acknowledged in different parts of the world.
– Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture Department and
Managing Director, MP Tourism Board Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla (IAS)