UNWTO selects Pochampally in Telangana as one of the best tourism villages

Telangana’s Pochampally village, about 50 km from here, has been selected as one of the best tourism villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), an official release from Union Minister G Kishan Reddy’s office said.

Congratulating the people of the village, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region Reddy said that the prestigious award will be given on the occasion of 24th session of UNWTO General Assembly on December 2, 2021. Madrid, Spain.

“On behalf of the people of Pochampally and the people of Telangana in particular, I am grateful that this award has been given to Pochampally village. I am also grateful to the officials of the Ministry for effectively presenting the case of Pochampally and other entries,” the minister said.

He further added that the unique weaving styles and patterns of Pochampally were given special attention as a part of self-reliant India through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of Vocal 4 Local.

Pochampally in Nalgonda district is often referred to as the silk city of India for the exquisite saris that are woven through a unique style called ikat. Pochampally Ikat, this style received a Geographical Indication (GI status) in 2004.

The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO pilot initiative aims to reward villages that are outstanding examples of rural destinations and demonstrate good practices in line with its designated nine assessment areas. It aims to help villages enhance their rural tourism potential through access to training and improvement opportunities.

Ministry of Tourism recommends three villages from India for UNWTO Best Tourism Village Entry. These were Kongthong in Meghalaya, Ladhapura Khas, Pochampally in Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.

Pochampally was awarded as one of the best tourism villages by UNWTO.

In 2015, to recognize the diversity of weaving techniques and our rich handloom tradition, Modi inaugurated the first National Handloom Day on 7 August as a tribute to the formal declaration of the Swadeshi movement, which was held in a meeting at the Calcutta Town Hall. it was done. On the same day in 1905, the communiqué said.

Pochampally is also known as Bhoodan Pochampally, in memory of the Bhoodan movement started by Acharya Vinobha Bhave from this village on April 18, 1951. Presently a two-roomed Vinobha Bhave temple exists within the village, which was earlier the place where he lived. Village tour.

The Union Minister said that his Ministry has drafted a Rural Tourism Policy which will not only promote tourism within our villages but also revive local arts and crafts and boost the rural economy.

Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao tweeted, “My congratulations to the people of Pochampally, Telangana on being selected as one of the best tourism villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.”

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