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Caravan Tourism -- mix of adventure and luxury

kolkata Updated: Jul 11, 2009 20:09 IST
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Adventure lovers can now look forward to helicopter rides to inaccessible places coupled with luxurious stay across states with the launch of the Union government's 'caravan tourism' today.

Tourists would be taken to far flung places normally not accessible which would provide a mix of adventure and five-star treatment, Union Tourism Secretary Sujit Banerjee told PTI on the sidelines of the inauguration of Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF), India's largest tourism fair network, here.

"This is a niche product to promote the concept of adventure tourism where we will take tourists from state to state and give them a treatment similar to four and five-star hotels," Banerjee said.

"It will take some time to implement it thoroughly. We are expecting this to be implemented in this financial year and are aiming at the Puja season in September," he said.

He said, "Part of the package also includes health aspects. We will take tourists to the doors of ayurveda, unani, yoga and other modes of treatment.
As for infrastructure, heliports would be constructed at inaccessible places.

Initially, it would be a joint venture between state governments and the Union Tourism Ministry with a 50-50 share, Banerjee said.