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Old January 21st, 2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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North East Tourism : Photos & Updates

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Let's post here the toursim development updates, Pics/snaps of various tourist spots across cities and towns of North East.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:09 PM   #3
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Pictures from the first International Jatinga Festival organised recently at Jatinga in Dima Haso district of Assam. Aimed at promoting communal harmony in the region, which has witnessed harrowing times due to two-decade-long insurgent movement and ethnic turmoil, the three-day-long festival is also expected to attract tourists to witnesses mass “bird suicides.” Photos: Ritu Raj Konwar, AP

Jayantia girls perform the indigenous plate dance. Troupes of the Dimasa, Jaintia, Biate, Hrangkhawl, Nepali, Meitei and the Karbi tribes, in their traditional attire, danced as schoolchildren holding the national flag, village elders and youth cheered them. Photo: AP


Dimasa tribal men play traditional instruments. Jatinga is famous for a rare phenomenon of birds “committing suicide.” Photo: AP


Dimasa girls in their traditional dress taking part in the first International Jatinga Festival in Jatinga. On a moonless night, when the mist and fog bearing south-westerly winds blow over the Jatinga valley, different species of local migratory birds get attracted to strong light sources or “bird trap lights.” Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar.


A Dimasa tribal man prepares to perform a traditional dance. Dubbed as the “ritual of bird suicide,” the event witnesses flying birds crashing to the ground with no prior warning whatsoever on moonless and foggy dark nights in Jatinga. Photo: AP


Girls from Hrangkhol tribe in their traditional dress participate in the festival. The phenomenon remains an unsolved mystery, with many theories doing the rounds. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar


An elderly tribal woman holds the national flag and walks with others to witness the festival at Jatinga. In the 1980s, Jatinga was a hot destination due to the bird phenomenon. However, the number declined as insurgency gripped the hill district. Photo: AP


A Jaintia tribal couple reacts before performing a traditional dance during the festival. Now that two major militant groups of the district — the Dima Halam Daogah and the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel faction) — have entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government, Jatinga is poised to become a favourite tourist destination again. Photo: AP


Dimasa tribal boys prepare to perform a traditional dance. According to the Organisers, the Jatinga Festival 2010 is an attempt to regain the paradise lost due to the various socio-political dynamics and insurgency in the district. Photo: AP

Jayantia girls performthe traditional plate dance during the festival. Dima Hasao district of Assam can become a favourite tourist destination because of its enchanting natural beauty and fascinating mosaic of ethnic diversity. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar


A Biate tribal girl plays a bamboo musical instrument called “Mebur.” Bird watchers, nature lovers, tour operators, travel writers and tourists arrived at the festival. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar


[IMG]Dimasa musician plays a “Muri” (flute) as a traditional drummer accompanies him. Keeping in tune with the Times, in addition to folk performances the festival also witnessed a live performance by Bollywood singer Lucky Ali. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar[/IMG]


[IMG]A Dimasa girl shows her traditional dress and ornaments at the festival. Eco-tourism activities like trekking to the Hempeopet Peak, visits to different community villages and tourist spots, exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts and showcasing of ethnic cuisine have been arranged as part of the festival. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar.[/IMG]
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 07:59 AM   #4
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Tawang monestry



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I have been going to North East on business as well for leisure. Great Tourism potential.

The perception in rest of India about North Eastern states is not good esp reg militancy etc. In reality, only certain pockets have problem. We can avoid them and visit the rest.

The transportation problem is huge. Tourism can grow only if the problem is addressed adequately. All the other infra will automatically grow once the connecitvity is established.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 02:20 PM   #9
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I have been going to North East on business as well for leisure. Great Tourism potential.

The perception in rest of India about North Eastern states is not good esp reg militancy etc. In reality, only certain pockets have problem. We can avoid them and visit the rest.

The transportation problem is huge. Tourism can grow only if the problem is addressed adequately. All the other infra will automatically grow once the connecitvity is established.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 03:45 PM   #10
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Now, only Pak & Chinese nationals need special permits to visit NE


NEW DELHI: Foreigners, excluding Pakistani and Chinese, visiting India on valid visa will not have to take special permit to travel to Manipur , Mizoram and Nagaland from January 1 as government has scrapped the provision to boost tourism in these northeastern states, beginning New Year. The relief, however, won't be applicable to foreigners who would like to go to Arunachal Pradesh. Even in the three exempted states, the relief will initially be for one year.

"The government has decided to exclude Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from the Protected Area regime notified under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, initially for a period of one year," a MHA statement said. However, all foreigners visiting these states will have to register themselves with Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival.

The restriction was in force since pre-independence days. Now, Arunachal Pradesh is the only state left in the north-east where foreigners are required to take prior permission before any visit. Citizens of some specified countries, including Pakistan and China , would, however, continue to require prior approval of the MHA before their visit to these three states.

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NE States trying to woo investors

NEW DELHI, Jan 8 – With insurgency on the wane, the North-eastern States tried to woo investors into the region, stating that the States were looking for investments in education, health and tourism sectors.
A plenary session on ‘Investment Opportunities in the Nort-eastern Region’, attended by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Meghalaya counterpart Dr Mukul Sangma, besides Tripura State Industry Minister S Chowdhury, witnessed the States trying to hard sell the region, citing the blowing winds of peace, the special industrial packages and the strong human resources. However, most of the Chief Ministers of the region gave the event a miss, with only two Chief Ministers, a couple of State ministers and officials attending the function.

The Prime Minister had attended the inaugural function in the mornting. The event, organised as part of the Pravasi Bharati Divas (PBD) with the North East region as its focus area, is being partnered by Ministry Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).

Delivering his keynote address, Minister for DoNER and Mines, Bijoy Krishna Handique said that meeting the aspirations of the people of the region has been amongst the foremost tasks of the Central government.

Given the complexity of the task, augmenting investment to accelerate growth in the region is only a part of the story. The successful transformation of investments into development outcomes requires a variety of initiatives. The sectors that have huge scope in the region include infrastructure, food processing, IT and tourism.

“I am happy to say that we have already taken quite a few steps in the form of infrastructure development, policy framework and proactive efforts on diplomatic front. The region is now poised to reap economic benefits of these initiatives. This process can be further taken ahead with the cooperation of Indian diaspora which is already involved in India’s developmental efforts in a significant manner,” he said.

Addressing the function, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said with the renewed focus of the Government of India on the region, the area is attracting big investments across various sectors. A huge amount of public spending in national projects in railways, roads, airport, power and defence are in the pipeline.

“Roughly Rs 2 lakh crore is likely to be spent on all sectors, which will spin the economies of the North-east. Investment in industries alone in Assam across the sectors is to the tune of over Rs 25,000 crore,” he said, seeking to lure investors.

“The incentive package offered by Assam is one of the best in the country,” he claimed.

Asserting that Assam and Meghalaya have become very vibrant, Sangma said that the entire North-east has a lot of potential and the area is waiting to be explored. He singled out education, health and tourism sectors for investments.

The North-east has been associated with many wrong things. Perception that– North-east is in trouble – can be misconstrued, because there are peaceful States like Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya. Insurgency in North-east is limited to certain pockets, Sangma asserted.

The North-east can be considered as the best investment destination, he claimed, trying to market the region.

An interaction session that followed the meeting saw curious expatriate community seeking details from the Chief Ministers.

Gogoi, however, was stumped by a question by Assamese NRI Wahid Saleh, who asked him why the education institutions in the State, particularly in Jorhat district, were in such dilapidated condition. “It is okay to build new colleges and hostels but at the same time due importance have to be give to the existing ones,” he remarked.

In reply, Gogoi admitted that educational institutions were in bad shape till about a year back, because of resource crunch. But in the last one year, enough funds have been sanctioned for repair and maintenance of the institutions. “You will see the result in a year’s time,” he said.

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/...d=jan0911/at09
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Plan to hold Joypur rainforest fest

DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – In a bid to boost eco-tourism, a three-day Joypur rainforest festival has been envisaged near the forest area from February 11 to 13. The dates for the festival were chosen today during a meeting held at the Joypore forest inspection bungalow.
The meeting, presided over by local MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Pranati Phukan, was attended by divisional forest officers of Dibrugarh division and Deomali division of Arunachal Pradesh, forest range officers, government servants and various leaders of different organisations of the surrounding areas.

This was the fourth round of meeting held under the aegis of the forest division to host the rainforest festival.

The main attraction of the festival would be elephant ride, canoeing, cultural exhibitions and cultural stage performances, among others. Today’s meeting proposed to invite popular singer and youth icon Zubeen Garg to perform at the festival. Through the event, the forest department and the district administration is also seeking to create consciousness and generate awareness among all, including the government, local people, media and NGOs to convert the richly endowed region into a tourists’ paradise.

The other highlights of the festival would be display of customary dresses, display of cultural heritage of the local people living in and around these areas, tools, ornaments used by different tribal groups, display of the history of forest, wildlife and their association with local people in their lives, a market where local people can come and sell homemade products such as honey, pickles, artifacts made of bamboo, paintings, etc, tribal food festival, music festival, etc.

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Permit-free visits for foreigners to India’s Unexplored Paradise?

DEC 28, 2010 19:18 IST

For the first time in half a century, India plans to let foreigners visit all of its troubled north east without special permits, opening up the picturesque region that New Delhi hopes will be its gateway to Southeast Asia, local media have reported.

If the proposal goes through, it will open up the eight north eastern states that remains a mystery even to many Indian, a region so unexplored that India’s tourism board sells it as “Paradise Unexplored.”

It could also give a fillip to the local economy, which now largely is sustained on federal handouts, creating jobs and boosting incomes in the states where separatist movements have tapped into resentment over lack of development.

Seven of these states are linked to the mainland through a narrow strip of land, called the Chicken’s Neck, that runs between China and Bangladesh. Foreigners need permits to go to every state except Assam, the most developed in the region, and even Indians need passes to go to some places.

For decades, the government has restricted access, worried about the influence of Christian missionaries and other outsiders on the native cultures of the tribespeople of the region and as it tried to keep a lid on rebellions. Foreigners can travel only in groups of at least four and must be accompanied by an approved guide.

New Delhi and Beijing dispute the boundary between them in this region and both claim the Indian-controlled state of Arunachal Pradesh. But there have not been any recent military clashes between the two nations, which fought a short war in 1962.

Many rebel groups are in peace talks with the government and except for Assam and Manipur, the states are largely peaceful. Observers say that popular support for violent groups is fast declining. India has also mooted a “Look East” policy, using the region as a gateway to economically and strategically important countries like Myanmar and Thailand.

The risk of insurgency remains and how the government deals with insurgents will determine how the liberalisation will be welcomed. But it is clear that the opening up of this sensitive region signals India’s increasing confidence in dealing with internal faultlines.

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Permit-free visits for foreigners to India’s Unexplored Paradise?

DEC 28, 2010 19:18 IST

For the first time in half a century, India plans to let foreigners visit all of its troubled north east without special permits, opening up the picturesque region that New Delhi hopes will be its gateway to Southeast Asia, local media have reported.

If the proposal goes through, it will open up the eight north eastern states that remains a mystery even to many Indian, a region so unexplored that India’s tourism board sells it as “Paradise Unexplored.”

It could also give a fillip to the local economy, which now largely is sustained on federal handouts, creating jobs and boosting incomes in the states where separatist movements have tapped into resentment over lack of development.

Seven of these states are linked to the mainland through a narrow strip of land, called the Chicken’s Neck, that runs between China and Bangladesh. Foreigners need permits to go to every state except Assam, the most developed in the region, and even Indians need passes to go to some places.

For decades, the government has restricted access, worried about the influence of Christian missionaries and other outsiders on the native cultures of the tribespeople of the region and as it tried to keep a lid on rebellions. Foreigners can travel only in groups of at least four and must be accompanied by an approved guide.

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Uhh, this is implying that Indians will still need the permit to travel there? So its easier for a foreign tourist to travel to the North-east than an Indian? Unacceptable!

Well I suppose the permit's only needed for certain places. I've traveled to Assam and Shillong without any problems at all. Had my permit to go to Tawang in Arunachal, but sigh, didn't have enough days. One day!
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Uhh, this is implying that Indians will still need the permit to travel there? So its easier for a foreign tourist to travel to the North-east than an Indian? Unacceptable!

Well I suppose the permit's only needed for certain places. I've traveled to Assam and Shillong without any problems at all. Had my permit to go to Tawang in Arunachal, but sigh, didn't have enough days. One day!
Specifically - Anyone can now visit NE except Chinese and Pakistani Citizens!!
Good move IMO
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Well India really is the country that is full of natural resources so there is no saying no to visit India.
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I'm Moroccan and I've always been fascinated by the 7 Sister states, especially Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur ! I wonder how safe those states are nowadays. Where are those unsafe "pockets" located ? In Nagaland ?

However, the huge touristic potential of those places is definitely hindered by the lack of infastructure. Good to see thing are getting better. Agartala was reached last year by train and so will be all northeastern capitals in 2015 !

Keep taking care of your northeastern jewels
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I'm Moroccan and I've always been fascinated by the 7 Sister states, especially Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur ! I wonder how safe those states are nowadays. Where are those unsafe "pockets" located ? In Nagaland ?

However, the huge touristic potential of those places is definitely hindered by the lack of infastructure. Good to see thing are getting better. Agartala was reached last year by train and so will be all northeastern capitals in 2015 !

Keep taking care of your northeastern jewels
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Arunachal Pradesh tea garden turns into a tourist destination
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ITANAGAR: When Yajum and Tugo Gangkak started their dream project of turning Siru-Riju Tea Garden into a tourist hotspot way back in 1995, it seemed a distant dream. It was not at all easy for the garden, located 5 km away from Gankak village in the Yomcha sub-division of Arunachal's West Siang district, to find a place in the state's tourism map.

Come March 7, and power and tourism minister Jarbom Gamlin will inaugurate the new state of the art guest house at the garden, and announce the spot open for tourists. On the same day, a fully equipped tea-factory will be inaugurated at the garden by Gojen Gadi, Parliamentary secretary, tourism.

It is unbelievable that the industrialist couple almost singlehandedly took the initiative to develop the tea garden as a big private tea estate and promote it as a potential tourist spot. Though set amidst scenic beauty and undisturbed serenity, the place lacked proper communication system, water and electricity supply and other amenities.

Today, the garden has a private helipad, a mini hydel-plant, a sugarcane factory, a poultry, a saw mill, fishery-lakes, shops, cottages and barracks to accommodate about 600 people.

"We saw immense tourism potential in the spot. Now, we are hopeful that the place will attract travellers as we have two stalwarts of the state tourism department beside us. Hectic preparations are on to make the inauguration programme a success," said Tugo Gangkak.

Anyone who visits Yomcha takes out time to drive along the garden and people have already started treating it as a good holiday resort. They climb up the highest hill top to have a bird's eye view of the villages in Yomcha and Aalo.

"Introduction of other essential services like schools, medical centres and other business units can turn the place into a special economic zone in future," added Tugo.
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