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Vignettes of Himachal Himalayas (Vol. 1& 2)

pub   Date :   May 7, 2014

   Author : Mattu, V.K., Sharma V.K. & Gupta

   Category :  Himalayan Panorama 






Culture and tradition in all its forms plays a decisive role in how communities manage their survival, their associations with each other and the setting in which they survive. In mountainous regions around the world, traditional societies and conservation have co-evolved. The values,behaviors and local cultures are primarily shaped and strengthened by the connection of mountain communities with natural environment that sustains them. Mountain ecosystems, communities and cultures are always together, where the sanctified beliefs are inextricably bound to routine life of rural folk.

The socio-cultural aspects of human existence in mountainous communities have both intrinsic and purposeful value. The traditional systems of survival together with the rituals have evolvedover the years. Tradition is the means that stops people from changing cultures but tradition need not be alike with culture - it is an umbrella phrase for elements whichformulate substantial rules that people wish to symbolize as static. The role of culture in the lives of mountain communities and their relationship with culture and management of ecosystems must be accepted and valued. Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, located within the premises of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, has been making efforts to maintain a balance of complex relationships between socio-cultural, ecological, economic and physical systems. Research has been carried out by the Institute on the issues of prime importance. It has completed more than hundred fifty research projects. Vignettes of Himachal Himalayas is an effort to visualize the Himachal through the eyes of eminent researchers from various fields, who have portrayed the diverse facets of life in their research endeavors. Two volumes recapitulate the research ventures supported by the Institute..


Sustainable Tourism Development :A Himalayan Experience 

   Date :  May 10, 2011

   Author :  S.P. Bansal & Prashant Gautam

   Category :  Sustainable Tourism






Ever since the realization of tourism as an industry, it has grown manifold in a very short span of time. This industry offers an excellent opportunity for economic gains, international understanding and local development. In terms of infrastructure for tourism, identification of new concepts, diversification within the industry, emerging markets and trends, tourism planning and development are necessary. For the development of tourism in a sustainable manner there must be a positive synergistic relationship among tourism, locals, biodiversity and the management.

The present book discusses the topics like defining tourism; tourism development and trends; sustainable tourism planning; tourists' profile; relationships among the stakeholders; key issues; relation between tourism, recreation & leisure; and impacts of tourism worldwide. The main objective of this book is to study the sustainable tourism development and the related issues with special reference to Himachal Pradesh.

The book focuses on tourism development and tourism trends in global, Indian and Himachal perspective. It also takes into account the tourism resources of Himachal Pradesh. Further to reveal the actual tourism trends in the state, the book tries to find out the profile of national and international tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. The book also contains some case studies of sustainable tourism development in Himachal Pradesh, Which show how tourism has the potential to provide many changes that can have positive and negative impacts.

Efforts have been made to give some practical suggestions for the development of tourism on sustainable basis.

ISBN: 8173872023| Year / Edition: 2007 | Publisher: Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi| Pages: 240|Size / Format: 8.5" X 5.5" / Hardcover| Price: Rs. 500