Client: Forest Department (Regional office), Pune.
Area = Rajgad Fort Precinct (including the land under Forest Dept. ASI and Private ownership)
Heritage Tourism is at a developing stage in India. Specifically, in the State of Maharashtra, heritage tourism is restricted to Forts. Forts also has another dimension of environmental sensitivity, due to its location in the Western Ghats. The local communities play a crucial role in bridging the two dimension together, i.e. Heritage and Environment. Local communities also possess institutional memory of the legacy of these places.
Eco-tourism Plan at Rajgad employed some of the International Best Practices. The proposal was a derivative of the aspirations (socio-economic) of the local villagers and the Environment Conservation aspects.
Srujan prepared a proposal with the consensus of the Forest Dept. and the locals that not only create employment opportunities for the villagers but also prepared a program for environmental education to the tourist.
The key feature of the proposal was the Tourist Village proposed at the base of the fort. It was located in the natural setting around the paddy fields of Gunjavane Village. Tourist village also incorporates a Vegetable market (Local Agriculture Produce) which will benefit the locals and help in their economic growth.