The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) recently launched the monsoon
Trek tourism revival program in hinterland areas.
While addressing the launch event at Tambdi Surla in South Goa, GTDC Chairman and MP for Sanvordem, Dr. Ganesh Gaonkar added that the move will help boost the economy of the region and help more to create jobs for the inhabitants.
According to reports, more than eight million tourists visit Goa every year, and most of them prefer to visit the beaches to enjoy the sun, sand and sea while on vacation. However, the Goa government is now also focusing on hinterland tourism.
Referring to this, Gaonkar clarified that there are several things one cannot find or see on the beaches. However, in the hinterland areas, one gets 100% fresh air for free, while they don’t have to pay for it, he added.
He also assured the tourists of a safe hike and added, “Your safety is of the utmost importance.”
Gaonkar said the concept of
Atithi Devo Bhava would make sense in the coastal state, and that the
monsoon hike program will be extended to other areas.
The president also added that tour guides will be trained by the GTDC and the Forestry Department, and only certified guides will be allowed to accompany tourists.
GTDC General Manager Nikhil Desai informed that the first round of monsoon trekking has already started. “It will be a four-hour hike, where tourists will enjoy observing the flora and fauna and the beauty of the backcountry,” he said.
He also added that this trek will be organized only on Sundays.