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A comparative analysis on impact of rural tourism on environment in Arunachal Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Geography, Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar– 791113, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 7-13, February,22 (2017)


The state of Arunachal Pradesh, owing to its pristine environment, is visited by lot of tourists every year. The visit by tourists creates an impact on the socio-economic and environmental aspects of the tourist circuits. A survey on impact of rural tourism on environment was carried out in the two significant tourist circuits i.e. Tezpur – Bhalukpong – Bomdila - Tawang (TBBT) and Margherita – Miao – Namdapha - Vijaynagar (MMNV) of Arunachal Pradesh. The study was conducted during January 2016 to December 2016. The results obtained from the survey pertaining to various parameters are presented in this paper. The local residents were interviewed using questionnaires along with site visitation and photography. The study reveals that rural tourism in these two tourist circuit does not have any significant adverse effect on environment. The results also indicate that rural tourism doesn’t contribute in noise pollution, littering, congestion and serious water pollution in the adjoining rivers and lakes. Rural tourism in these areas does not result in production of large quantities of waste products or significant volumes of garbage. It is further observed that rural tourism promotes the preservation of natural environment and the wildlife in both the tourist circuits. However, while comparing between the above two tourist circuits; rural tourism in MMNV seems to have lesser impact on the environment than TBBT, which may be attributed to higher volume of tourists in the TBBT and better management of the environment in the MMNV tourist circuit.


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