Identification and Mapping of Adventure Tourism Resources in Sohra Civil Sub-Division Areas, Meghalaya
Adventure tourism is one of the popular forms of tourism in the global tourism industry especially in countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. However, adventure tourism development and promotion are still lacking in India since most of the adventure tourism resources of India have not been identified and enlisted for adventure tourism purpose. The main objective of this paper is to identify and map the adventure tourism resources having the potential to be developed in the Sohracivil sub-division areas of Meghalaya. The study firstly identified the adventure tourism resources and then map them accordingly. Interview and open-discussions were held with various tourism stakeholders comprising of adventure operators, state government officials, tour guides and local headmen to familiarise with the presence of adventure tourism resources in the area after which field visits were undertaken for verification. A matrix was used for presentation and better understanding of the identified adventure tourism resources. In total, 9 adventure tourism resources falling under Sohra civil sub-division were identified having the potential to be developed for adventure tourism purpose and each adventure resource were mapped against those sites/villages where adventure tourism could be carried out. The findings indicated that areas falling under Sohra civil sub-division have immense potential for adventure tourism owing to the presence of varied adventure tourism resources. However, there is much more to explore new adventure resources in the area through a planned and systematic approach for the development of adventure tourism.
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