In order to showcase the potential of the state in the Adventure Tourism segment, Uttarakhand is set to host an Adventure Sports Festival on October 9 and 10 at Koti Colony, Tehri. Dinesh Dhanai, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Pilgrimage Management and Religious Fairs and Youth Welfare, Uttarakhand, informed that various activities like parachute jumping, paragliding and water sports will be showcased by the Indian Air Force personnel. He said that Uttarakhand is to be developed for tourism. The 45-km-long lake at Tehri offers unlimited opportunities for water sports. The entire state will be benefited and its impact will be felt across India. The River Ganga flows here, where tourists from India and abroad have been already taking part in rafting, canoeing and rowing. The tourists from India and abroad along with businessmen related to tourism and travel agents, the experts of adventure sports have been invited for this international event, he said.
Various amusement activities will be organised at the Tehri Lake, such as laser light show, hot air balloon; boating and adventure water sports. Each of these will be showcased by experts. A cultural programme will be organised on the first evening of the two-day event. Tourists and tour agents will have to register themselves between 3 pm and 4 pm post which the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand will inaugurate the programme at 4.30 pm. A panel discussion on Adventure Tourism Policy as well as on the plans for developing the Tehri Lake and its surroundings will be organised.
Outlining the programme, Dhanai said, “We hope that tourists/spectators arrive on October 10, before 9.30 am at the lake where the demonstration of adventurous activities will begin. Kayaking, canoeing, rafting, wind surfing, paragliding and parachute jumping will be organised after experts showcase it.”
A committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner will be formed to organise the programmes. Officers have been directed to provide security to the tourists. Directions have also been given to prepare brochures, tourism publicity collaterals and to hold meetings of tour operators and hoteliers continuously.
Officers of the Public Works Department (PWD) have been instructed to prepare the front evaluation of the building under Tehri Project where the programme will be organised. Along with the labeling of that side, a parking lot will be arranged for ease in commuting with private vehicles. Apart from this, the officers of PWD have been asked to carry out maintenance of the key highways for the smooth traffic of the tourists. Volunteers will be deployed in the programmes organised at Tehri and school children will welcome tourists.