In a recent decision by Defence Ministry, the state of Uttarakhand will get yet another opportunity to display its diversity in the form of a tableau in the Republic Day’s parade in Delhi. It is the 10th time in its 18 years of being a separate state that Uttarakhand’s tableau is going to be the part of Republic Day parade. The theme chosen by the state in 2018 is Village Tourism. The decision was taken by a special committee of Defence Ministry after reviewing the topic, presentation of design, 3-D model and music presentations in what is considered as an elaborate process to finalize the states for the grand parade held in the capital city.
Village Tourism in Uttarakhand is significantly booming and has, in fact, received a fantastic feedback in the Kumaon Region of the state. By choosing Village Tourism as a theme for the tableau, the state shall endeavour to showcase its traditional dances, herbs, lofty peaks, yoga centres and homestay facilities. Not to forget, it was homestay and village tourism in Uttarakhand that have put a check on the mass migration in the state. Therefore, Village Tourism is reckoned an integral part of the Uttarakhand tourism, which is indeed is a major source of revenue in the state.
In last 18 years, whenever selected for the parade, Uttarakhand tried to display its rich culture, festivals, religious destinations and it opulent flora and fauna. In 2003, the first year the state got selected for the Republic day parade, the theme was Phool Dei, a folk festival celebrated in both Kumaon and Garhwal Regions. In 2005, the state displayed the famed Nanda Raj Jat Yatra in its tableau, and in 2006, the theme was Valley of Flowers. The state chose to display the opulence of its popular wildlife destination, Corbett National Park in 2007 and in 2009, it endeavoured to grab the attention of adrenaline junkies with the theme of Adventure Tourism. The state honoured the religious fair of Kumbh Mela in 2010 and Medicinal Herbs in 2014. The tableau was on Kedarnath in the year 2015, whereas the state chose the festival of Ramman in 2016.