The Contemporary Naturopathy & Wellness Hub
Amarkantak, the origin of river Narmada, would be developed as a naturopathy and wellness centre by the government. It is to bring the local tourist destination to the national and international map.
The government plans to open a naturopathy centre, a yoga institute and seeks to promote the medicinal plants and herbs found in the forests. The participation of local population would be ensured for their empowerment. There is also a proposal of paragliding, hot air balloon and for a golf course in Amarkantak and land is being identified for the purpose. Villages would be trained to start a home-stay facility to give tourists the option to stay in the homes of villagers.
“A plan in this regard is being made by the administration, and if all goes well the work is expected to start in the next few months. Officials said different departments including the Ayush department and forest department would be roped in for the naturopathy and wellness centre with facilities like ‘Panchkarma’ and other plans promote the local herbs and biodiversity. Efforts will be made to increase the forest cover in the area. Apart from government agencies, private players would also be roped in if required for the development of the area, officials added”.
Commissioner, Shahdol division, Rajeev Sharma said, efforts are made to bring Amarkantak on the national and world tourism map. Big centers of Yoga, naturopathy and biodiversity can be opened here, he said adding that the proposals are being made for the purpose. Development of the area is in the priority of the state as well as the central government. Promoting local herbs would also help empower the local population, he added.
Amarkantak is in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. It is the meeting point of Vindhya, Maikal, and Satpura ranges. Narmada, one of the holiest rivers in India, originates from Amarkantak. It is situated at an altitude of 1000m and the forests surrounding Amarkantak contain a rich variety of medicinal plants.