Here's how Dahanu Festival used sustainable tourism to perfection
Sustainability has crept into all aspects of our lives, and tourism isn't untouched either. Sustainable tourism means when the industry takes full account of the current and future socio-economic and environmental impacts of their actions. It ensures that there's a minimum negative impact of tourism activities on the planet, that is lesser carbon footprint. A quaint town in Maharashtra has set a fabulous example!
Why is sustainable tourism gaining importance?
When you opt for sustainability you are mindful of your treatment of the area, like not dumping garbage randomly. Those impacted by sustainable tourism play a very crucial role in the planning and implementation of rules. Local restaurants keep limited items on the menu to avoid wastage of food. The idea is to generate a positive reaction from tourists with a minimum carbon footprint.
What is Dahanu Festival?
Dahanu is a coastal town in Palghar district, Maharashtra. A green destination in the Konkan region, the place is home to swaying palm trees, fragrant roses, and chikoo farms. Held on March 12 and 13, the Dahanu festival aimed at promoting local culture. Owing to this festival, there has been a great boost to the local economy. The festival shall be hosted annually.
The festival promoted all things local
The local community of tribes, especially the Warli community put up stalls to showcase their art forms. The fisher community conducted exciting boat rides and fishing trips for travelers. Locals also took care of stays, trekking, chikoo safari, and village tour. Tourists got a taste of the mesmerizing folk culture of Dahanu as they swayed to the tunes of tarpa, bohada, and dhol.
What to learn from Dahanu festival
Other small towns in India with tourism potential can learn a lot from this festival. Annual events like these can help make tourists aware of the existence of a new travel destination. Features like local food and culture always attract travelers for their interest in learning new things through travel or documenting their experiences and spreading the word to the rest of the world.