The peak fees for mountaineers will be decreased in Uttarakhand. A single-window system will also be developed to grant permissions to tourists. Work will be undertaken to develop Vivekananda trail, Modi-trail and other such trails to boost tourism and so that visitors can get a better idea about the historical, religious and cultural significance of various destinations in the state.
These and other decisions were taken in a meeting held jointly by the Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaj along with Forest and Wildlife minister Harak Singh Rawat here on Thursday.
Maharaj said that official procedure will be simplified and tourist security will be accorded special importance to boost tourism. Effort will also be made to raise the number of visitors allowed on the Gangotri-Gaumukh trek.
In addition to the Mahabharat circuit, the sites visited by Swami Vivekanand and more recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while shooting an episode of Man versus Wild in the Corbett tiger reserve apart from Kedarnath will be presented as a trail about which information will be made available for visitors on a mobile phone application.
Further, it was also decided in the meeting that signages with information about destinations and important facilities will also be put up in forest areas, said Maharaj.
Rawat said that the forest department will work in coordination with the tourism department to enhance facilities for tourists.
Approval was granted in principle to developing Kedarnath trail trekking, Modi trail and Kedarnath Dhyan Gufa trail. Tourist trek routes will also be studied for developing a single window system for tourists.
Currently, permissions are sought from various offices including that of the divisional forest officer, district magistrate, local intelligence unit and Van Panchayat. The Chaurasi Kutia near Rishikesh will also be renovated soon, he added.