Himachal Pradesh, known for its rich natural heritage, is amongst the top tourist destinations in the country, both for national as well as international visitors. Recent estimates, place the number at about 160 lakh visitors –more than twice the State’s population. However, much of the tourism related activity is concentrated in four major locations, Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie. A majority of the visitors do not get an opportunity to experience the rich bio-cultural diversity contained in the many Forest areas, Sanctuaries and National Parks that comprise such a large part of Himachal Pradesh.

This Policy is based on the understanding that involvement of local communities in eco-tourism would support their livelihood needs and consequently create a stake for them in the conservation of local culture, ecology, and environment.

Eco-Tourism can be one of the most viable options for conservation of natural resources and sustainable development in a mountain State like Himachal Pradesh. It has to be executed mindfully, with the minimum impact to inspire cultural awareness, tolerance, and commitment to natural resource conservation. The following Eco-Tourism principles will form the basis of this policy:….


The Forests of Himachal Pradesh known for their grandeur and majesty are like a green pearl in the Himalayan crown. This life supporting systems are presently under great stress due to impact of modern civilization, economic development and growth in human and cattle population.According to national Forest Policy, 1988, atleast two third i. e 66% of the geographical area should be under forest in the hilly states like Himachal Pradesh. However, keeping in view that about 20 % of the area is inaccessible and beyond the tree limit, the State Government aims to bring 50% of the geographical area under forest cover.
PP Pathania ji

Sh. R. D. Dhiman, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary (Forests) to the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh-cum-Chairman HPECOSOC

Dr. Savita, IFS

Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head of Forest Force)


Forest Department has wide network of Forest Rest houses spread across the state. Most of our rest houses are vintage, traditional and premium properties built in most scenic of places.


Himachal is a home to about 1200 species of birds, more than 20 valleys, 14 mountains and countless scenic locations. Various activities like Trekking , Hiking, Bird watching are available.


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Get involved in Eco Clubs and activities like tree plantation etc.


Take a glance at various Eco sites working in PPP mode with us


Get involved in Eco Clubs and activities like tree plantation etc.