India is home of over 350 hot springs and Uttarakhand to about 62 hot springs. The state tourism department is focusing on developing these geo-thermal hot springs based wellness spa that is not visualised In India at the scale and, as the best geo thermal wellness destination in the world.
The objective is to tap high end tourists, the niche segment, through it. In the initial stages, the destinations which have been selected for the project in the state are Madkot in Pithoragarh on the banks of Gori Ganga river, Gaurikund in Rudraprayag on way to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rishikund onway to Gangotri and Suryakund at Chamoli in Yamunotri.
Apart from Madkot, the remaining sites have been selected in Char Dham.
More than Rs 400 crore will be spent on each destination which would take three years to get ready after the implementation of the project. These sites will have spa complex, golf course, yoga and meditation entre, dance and aerobatics complex and amphitheatre.
RK Joshi, director of Infrastructure of Uttarakhand TourismDevelopment Board told TOI, “Himalayan state is ideally poised to exploit geo-thermal hot springs which is one of the many gifts of God for augmenting revenue. These destination will offer spa facilities such as hot water massage, face packs, steam bath, and nature based products at all the selected sites. UTDB will be assisted by New Zealand Geo Thermal Association, Geo thermal Institute of University of Aucland and Geological Survey of India (GSI) in executing this project.”