Mahashtra State Agri and Rural Tourism
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Welcome To Maharastra Agriculture and Rural Tourism

Agri Tourism is the Holidays concept of Visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural, or agribusiness operations for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or active involvement in the activities of the farm or operation.

The concept of AGRI TOURISM envisages involvement of private sector, the farmers / Agri Tourism Service Providers based on public private partnership. The Agri Tourism Service Providers act as both hosts and guides to the visiting tourist. The Agri tourism center have clean, hygienic environment with modern facilities for comfort of visitors. Preference is given to farm which have agricultural land attached. The Agri Tourism Service Provider is supposed to provide home cooked food, stay facilities and show the visitor the agricultural practices such as floriculture, harvesting, bee keeping, dairying etc. and introduce to him the village way of life through various participatory activities. The visitors can enjoy the natural surroundings in fresh air. The visitor gets an exposure of local community life which means attending a panchayat meeting, exposure of local songs, food, dances, art and craft etc.

The tour of village includes visiting the local artisans like the carpenter, blacksmith etc. The visitors have experience of festival occasion such as marriage and local melas. They can also participate or witness village games such as wresting, gulidanda, kite flying and have ride on bullock cart, tractor etc. Experiences such as jumping on the hay and taking bath in the tube well could be unique feature for the people and children from urban areas.

They can also see the important fairs and festivals being organized in these areas along with important monuments, havelies, historical sites etc. Each farm can aim at developing a unique selling point some are specializing in organic farming, others is in floriculture, natural health management etc.