Volume No. 4 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 601-610 Oct.-Dec 2009

 

ASSESSMENT OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM/ECO-TOURISM AT BARABAR AND NAGARJUNI (B AND N) HILLS IN BIHAR (INDIA)

 

V. Kumar* and Arvind Kumar

Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal (INDIA)

 

Received on : August 02, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

This study is an effort to assess the tourism/ecotourism potential of Barabar and Nagarjuni hills caves site in Bihar (India) and to assess its potential socio-economic impact on the local population. All sampled stakeholders including govt. officials were interviewed by use of pre-tested questionnaire. It has been revealed that in spite of its huge potential for declaring it as a eco-tourist site, it has not been done so owing to various reasons like lack of infrastructure, lack of awareness about such a site amongst tourists from outside, lack of political will etc. but the stakeholders including govt. officials and local people have revealed for their full cooperation and participation, if the site is declared as tourist/eco-tourist site by the govt. along with fund and management back-up.

 

Keywords : Eco-tourism, Socio-economic growth, Barabar and Nagarjuni hills.

 

 

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