Project Name Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development Project in Himachal Pradesh
Project Number 57133-001
Country / Economy India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism Development Project in Himachal Pradesh
Ordinary capital resources US$ 125.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Renovation and protection of cultural heritage

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The proposed project targets the following impact: tourism economy in the five districts (Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla) make a complete recovery from the pandemic downturn and return to steady growth trajectory. Sustainable and resilient tourism interventions help in spreading social and economic benefits of tourism more widely within the five districts. The project's outcomes are - a vibrant tourism economy, improved sustainability of destinations, resilience to seasonality, effectiveness in spreading economic benefits and an enhanced profile as a preferred tourism destination.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed project builds on these experiences and lesson learned, with interventions directed at three levels: (i) at site-specific locations tourist amenities that create a new tourism experience and positively impact local employment and livelihoods especially for women and girls; (ii) district-level projects that will provide benefits through improved connectivity, stronger industry ecosystems, community initiatives and public sector destination management capacity; and (iii) state-level initiatives with the goal to enhance institutional capacity, improve sector governance and gender responsive sector management.

Himachal Pradesh established as a leading sustainable tourism destination for inclusive economic growth.


Inclusive and sustainable tourism promoted in five districts of Himachal Pradesh.


Tourism sites and facilities conserved and improved.

Green and sustainable tourism facilities developed to spread tourism activities.

Institutional capacity, community engagement and private sector participation across tourism value-chain enhanced.

Geographical Location Himachal Pradesh
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Vishal, Vivek
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Dept of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Gov't of HP
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2023
Fact Finding 05 Feb 2024 to 18 Feb 2024
MRM 24 Apr 2024
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2023
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