Dantewada (Bastar, Chhattisgarh): Tourists visiting Bastar will now be able to stay in tribal villages and get a first-hand experience of rural life. Nine homestays are ready in as many villages of the Dantewada district in Bastar. The homestays can be booked online, beginning December 5.
The administration has given an aid of Rs 50,000 each to the owners of the homestays. The rent will be Rs 500-800 per day and the tourists will have to pay extra for food – which will be mainly tribal fare – and for using the services of guides to understand the tribal way of life.
The initiative is a part of ‘Unexplored Bastar’ project of the state government, meant to encourage tourism in the densely-forested Bastar. With an area equal to Kerala, Bastar is known for its mesmerising sites and rich tribal culture.