Tourism for all: Promoting universal accessibility (India)


Tourism is observed as the crucial aspect responsible for the evolution of human life. It allowed to widen the horizons of human mind leading to the epitome of human growth. India was blessed with the shades of vibrant understanding of importance of tourism since the beginning of time which developed the face of India as it is. The mythology expert, Devdutt Pattanaik gave interesting insights by explained a theory to understand how significant travel destinations are in India. The saints of India realised that the reason of spiritual growth of humans are inter-related to travel. Travel is very crucial for spiritual as well as growth of human mind. The search of enlightenment of Buddha started with the same travel. With every journey he learnt lessons of life which further took Him to His final moto. Understanding of life and birth was His purpose. Significance of travel was seen beyond the realms of exploring places and was moreover connected to daily life and life as a universal being. Hence, the temples were placed across the city, state and overall the countries. This encouraged the devotees to travel and increase their travel experiences because it was not supposed to be limited till saints and yogis. According to them gyanna i.e. knowledge is needed by everyone. This eventually led to the transformation of the mind with each travel experience. This were the true intentional blessings received by the devotees from their Gods. The stories were framed and woven accordingly to make the commoners relate and develop faith towards travel. The saints successfully encouraged travel in the souls of a lot of people. Till date the most appreciated and tourist visited places include these pilgrimage destinations.

It’s interesting how the essence of travel that is followed since ages has a complete distinct level of depth. The core idea behind this was not only to encourage spiritual mind but also this lead commoners to step aside from their routine and follow their faith which indirectly would lead them to explore themselves through travel. Understanding that faith was flowing deep inside the commoners like farmers, villagers, rich, poor, potters, builders etc. which would trigger and inspire them to do something beyond the routine and visit Ashtavinayak, Char Dham yatra etc. which are spread across the states and the country. The development of the human mind was seen to be a ‘human right’ which had no categories or limitations implied upon. Everyone’s existence had equal impact in the universe. India showed an impressive perk by understanding this and showing us the eye opening importance of tourism for all.

India true potential of tourism is still veiled for the world and for the Indians themselves. The country has got uniqueness in each corner. It is a well versed poem and also blend of ironies and metaphors. It can show you all the shades of the world in one place. History, culture, wild life, people, cuisines, name it and India has got entire menu card for each one of them. Each factor is equally important for every human on earth, no matter what definition society has attached to them. The disabled, tourists and locals, families with small children, seniors and everyone else deserve to explore what this world has in store for each one of them. Presently tourism isn’t accessible to these people in the shadows.

The initiative which allows universal accessibility to everyone serves the true purpose of tourism. This initiative will not only results in the growth of tourism but also can be seen as a social contribution because it redefines the stereotypical social limitations. Such are the chapters that mark the change in the history. The changes brought about by this initiative encourage the people in the shadows to dream of a promising future. The revolutionary idea not only makes tourism accessible for any and every human on earth but also lets them break their own boundaries that they set for themselves.

The disabled will be more independent when they get to explore their dream destinations right from Kerala to Agra and beyond. The senior citizens would be able to explore their souls till the last breath. Although such changes aren’t easy but they play an important role in changing the entire face of tourism. The legacy of India of understanding the true moral of tourism which also allows us to breathe in the entire essence of the country is to be followed like an art. The globe is yet to see the true strength of India as a glimpse of the world within itself and this time entire planet will see it, including each one no matter what limitations they think they hold.


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