President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday said there are endless possibilities for the development of spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism in Ladakh.
She was speaking at a civic reception hosted in her honour at Sindhu Ghat, Leh.
The President said she was happy to be at the Sindhu Ghat and added that Sindhu River exists in the depth of historical, cultural and spiritual consciousness of all Indians.
“It was a pleasure to meet the loving people of Ladakh. People of India have a special feeling of affection and respect for the people of Ladakh and that they know about the contributions made by the people of Ladakh in protecting the nation,” she said.
President Murmu arrived on her two days visit to Ladakh on Tuesday.
The President said that the people of this region are known for bravery and their faith in Buddha. She added that the immortal and living message of Lord Buddha spread in far and wide countries through Ladakh.
Murmu said that there are endless possibilities for the development of spiritual tourism, adventure tourism and eco-tourism in Ladakh.
“This region has immense potential for development of wellness tourism or health tourism,” she added.
The President said that it is a matter of happiness that the rich traditions of many tribal communities are alive in Ladakh.
“People know about the affection and respect for nature which are reflected in the arts, dances, songs and lifestyle of tribal communities. We should preserve the lifestyle of tribal communities in accordance with the ‘Lifestyle for the Environment’,” she said.
She further said that people of those communities should also be encouraged to adopt the goodness of modern development. She added that this confluence of tradition and modernity will prove to be the right path of sustainable development for all citizens, including people of Ladakh.
President Murmu also interacted with members of SHGs (self-help groups) and local tribals.