The TIES 1991 definition of ecotourism, “Ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well being of local people” was the conceptual base for temple tourism plan of Bahucharaji. Principles of ecotourism adapted for Bahucharaji were: a) Minimize negative impacts on nature and culture; b) Stress the importance of responsible business, with local authorities and people; c) Emphasize the need for regional tourism zoning and for visitor management plans; d) Strive to maximize economic benefit for the local business and communities, particularly people living in and adjacent to plan areas. In phase 1 of the proposed tourism master plan, development of arrival plaza, outside Bahucharaji temple complex, has been taken up for execution.
Umargam Beach Development
The IUCN definition of 1996 that ecotourism “Is environmentally responsible travel and visitation to relatively undisturbed natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and any accompanying cultural features - both past and present)” was adopted as the conceptual base for development of Umargaon beach. In continuation, the beach site was designed to have low negative visitor impact, promote conservation and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local populations. Additionally, the special physical development aspects considered were: use of sturdy materials, use of materials having low intrinsic value and use of materials having low maintenance, keeping in lieu the public nature of use.