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Tourism and Development in the Himalaya
Social, Environmental, and Economic Forces

ISBN 9780367466275
Published June 29, 2022 by Routledge
340 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the unique characteristics of the Himalaya that mark them as a special region among other orographic regions of the world. The Himalayan range is an important global asset for ecological, climatic, cultural, spiritual, and economic reasons. Its diversity of landscapes, climates, and biotic systems makes the Himalaya an extremely attractive region for tourism. The book examines tourism and development in the Himalaya region, exploring its sociocultural, environmental, and economic dimensions.

The contributors address Himalayan issues from a holistic perspective, emphasizing the uniqueness of the region, together with concerns it shares with other montane, developing parts of the world. With a framework of sustainable development, this book elucidates interdisciplinary perspectives on nature, society, economic development, poverty, justice, health, social and environmental vulnerability, faith and culture, Indigenous rights, women, conflict, heritage and living culture, and many other concepts that broaden our understanding of tourism and development in mountain areas. Many contributors are from the Himalaya region, or have worked there extensively, lending strength through native and insider perspectives.

This work will be useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, research and teaching scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and anyone interested in the Himalaya and their distinctive tourism and development-related potential and challenges.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Background and Contextual Setting

Chapter 1: Introduction: Tourism and Development in the Himalaya

Gyan P. Nyaupane and Dallen J. Timothy

Chapter 2: The Himalaya: Physiographic and Cultural Perspectives

Dallen J. Timothy and Gyan P. Nyaupane

Part 2: Tourism Issues and Challenges in the Himalayan Region

Chapter 3: Himalayan Vulnerabilities and Resilience: Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Shifting Physical Landscapes, and Development

Gyan P. Nyaupane

Chapter 4: Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Himalaya: New Challenges for Adventure Tourism in the 21st Century

Alton C. Byers and Milan Shrestha

Chapter 5: High-Altitude Medical Conditions Among Travelers in the Himalaya Mountains

Matiram Pun, Sanjeeb S. Bhandari and Buddha Basnyat

Chapter 6: Geopolitics in the Himalaya: Territorial Conflict, Political Instability, Uprisings, and Tourism

Dallen J. Timothy

Chapter 7: Moral Geographies, Porters and Social Exclusion in Trekking Tourism in the Himalayan Region

Sanjay K. Nepal

Part 3: Forms of Tourism in the Himalaya

Chapter 8: Tourism for Development in the Himalaya: Using Ecotourism to Improve Livelihoods

Lisa Choegyal

Chapter 9: Tourism and Himalayan Indigenous Communities

Anup K C and Mariela Fernandez

Chapter 10: Volunteer Tourism, Poverty, and People on the Margins: Altruism, Ego-enhancement, and Voyeurism in the Himalaya

Dallen J. Timothy

Chapter 11: Pilgrimage Tourism and Sacred Places in the Himalaya

Agnieszka Gawlik, Michal Apollo, Viacheslav Andreychouk and Yana Wengel

Chapter 12: Expanding the Boundaries of Local Cuisine: The Context of Himalayan Community-Based Homestays

Kishor Chitrakar, Neil Carr and Julia N. Albrecht

Chapter 13: Tea Heritage and Tourism as Sustainable Development in the Eastern Himalaya

Lee Jolliffe

Part 4: Potential Solutions

Chapter 14: Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainable Mountain Tourism in the Himalayan Region

Rojan Baniya and Brijesh Thapa

Chapter 15: Social Enterprises and Sustainable Development Through Tourism in the Himalaya

Jonathon Day

Chapter 16: Heritage Tourism and Sustainable Development: Prospects for a Cultural Landscapes Framework

Neel Kamal Chapagain and Jharna Joshi

Chapter 17: Conclusion: The Experience of Himalayan Tourism

Dallen J. Timothy and Gyan P. Nyaupane

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Gyan P. Nyaupane is Professor of Community Resources and Development and Associate Dean of Research in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University.

Dallen J. Timothy is Professor of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University and Visiting Professor at universities in China, Spain, and South Africa.