The Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has been named Best State for Adventure Tourism Destination.
The state is perfectly located for adventure in the Western Himalayas and has emerged as a global tourist destination over the past couple of decades.
Rock-climbing, trekking, mountaineering, camping, skiing, gliding, safaris and various watersports such as river rafting are all on offer in the state.
The state's chief secretary Sudripta Roy, who confirmed the award will be presented in New Delhi on 18 August, says the government will improve tourism infrastructure to help it build on its burgeoning reputation for paragliding and suchlike.
"Bir-Billing in the Kangra district is one of the best sites for paragliding in the world," he said.
The towns of Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie have all been boosted by the areas growing reputation for adventure tourism and it has created new avenues for residents to earn a living.
And Roy said eco-tourism involving camping sites, eco huts and trek routes is succeeding in the state as well.
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