Himachal Pradesh eyes household tourism

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Sangla (Himachal Pradesh, June 29 (ANI): A unique festival showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh concluded in the Sangla Valley on Sunday.

Jointly organised by the Department of tourism of Himachal Pradesh and Sangla Valley Sustainable Development Society (SVSDS), the two-day festival served tourists with a variety of local dishes. The main food items were made of Phapra (buck wheat) and Ghutli (apricot nuts).

Organisers said that they wanted to showcase the state's cultural heritage and boost the economy of the region with community participation.

"We organised this festival to maintain our culture. We want that tourists all across the world come here to Kinnaur (district) and enjoy our traditional cuisine, as our food is healthy. People enjoy Chinese food but I think our organic food is tastier and hygienic than the Chinese food," said Lal Singh, organiser of the show.

Ethnic handicrafts, local food and the traditional dances were the main attraction during the fiesta.

The tourists from abroad visiting the Kinnaur region were enthralled after enjoying regional food and witnessing the rich culture and tradition of the beautiful hill region.

"I am very much impressed by the work because I think it is really a very progressive modern work they (organisers) do here for the world besides keeping in mind the ecological aspect," said Ifatuba Tech, a tourist from Australia.

Experts felt that such festivals would promote tourism in the region.

"Through this festival, we are popularising the traditional cuisines in a new manner in an attempt to promote tourism in the region," said Vidyakaran Negi, president of SVSDS.

Globally renowned for its cool atmosphere and lush green hills the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh attracts millions of tourists every year. By Hemant Chauhan (ANI)

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