Caravan tourism in Maharashtra: Cabinet clears tourism policy to boost the sector
"Caravan Tourism will add to the experiences offer by the government to the tourists," Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday permitted its own Caravan Tourism Policy to increase leisure travel and tourism in the state.
"Caravan Tourism will add to the experiences offer by the government to the tourists," Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said.
An official said that registration of caravans and caravan parks would be compulsory with the Directorate of Tourism. The professionals here shall be trained in marketing, hygiene and management of the new sector.
In September 2020, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation had released the Draft Policy seeking suggestions and objections from various stakeholders. The government is optimistic that with Maharashtra's wide range of tourism options ranging from tall mountains to scenic sea beaches, imposing fortresses, heritage or pilgrimage sites, and thick forests with wildlife, Caravan Tourism will prove to be popular.
The operators offer certain select destinations in west, north and central parts of India though the self-driving caravan option as in western countries is not yet available in the country.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF CARAVAN TOURS?
· The caravans with single/twin axles, tent trailers, folding or camper trailers would have a kitchen, bed facilities, toilet, a living area and other amenities to make the journey smooth.
· Private landowners or developers shall be allowed to set up Caravan Parks at designated sites with all necessary facilities including separate roads, water and electric connections, toilets, laundry, security and other requirements.
· Caravan tours are presently available in India through a handful of private operators though a couple of other states like Karnataka have formulated policies for this type of tourism.
· Caravans can be booked by individuals, families or groups for anything between Rs 5,000-30,000 per night.
(With inputs from IANS)