Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rural Organization for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.)

Jeevan Paying Guest Unit Registered by Tourism Department collaboration with the Kurmanchal Seva Sansthan / Rural Organization for Social Elevation (R.O.S.E.) is introduced as a noble effort in Village / Eco tourism in rural India. It was founded in 1981 by local residents concerned about the plight of the poor in the Kanda area of Uttarakhand, India. In 1988 it began accepting International tourists (students / international volunteers) . Since then it has accepted over 350 tourist from all over the world to work and live immersed in village life and the local culture for anywhere from 1 week to 25 weeks. It is a unique approach to tourism that supports and uplifts the local community .JPGU is currently trying to reach out like-minded individuals and Tourism Information Center in order to form a network to share information and bring awareness to its existence. International visitors from many different countries are exposed to the Kumaoni lifestyle. Since one defines himself while meetings difference, eco tourists are also a good opportunity for the locals to realize the importance of their culture. When living and talking with eco tourists, Kanda people have to explain every aspect of their culture which make them realize the beauty of their culture. Besides, Village tourism has encouraged locals to organize cultural events to share with the visitors. These are opportunities for the eldest members of the community to share their tradition with the youngest. Indeed, ecotourism allow transmission of the culture from one generation to another. To find out more about JPGU, the work it does, and the opportunities it provides for tourists, please visit - &

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