Rajinder Jutla* - Missouri State University
This study focused on Shimla, a popular tourist destination in the Himalayas. It examined how tourists and residents perceive its changing character. The study is based on the interviews of forty tourists and forty residents in Shimla and it concludes that Shimla is losing its sense of place. The study examines these two groups, comparing and contrasting their attitudes and perception towards new development. With the increase of urbanization and the growth of population, new buildings are being constructed every day without giving any consideration to the natural and cultural landscape. If Shimla wants to continue to be a viable tourist destination in the future, then it must protect its natural landscape and cultural heritage. A failure to do this will erode the city's sense of place. Tourism planners must realize the need to link the city's present and future with its past.