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Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Arunachal Pradesh is aiming to promote the border of the state as adventure tourism hotspot for attracting adventure seekers, encouraged by 50% growth in tourist arrivals over the last few years. The state is well-known for its breathtaking natural beauty – from picturesque hills and valleys to famous monasteries, unexplored passes, tranquil and high-altitude lakes and beautiful landscapes snowed white during winter.
The state registered a 5% growth in tourist inflow in 2015. Adventure hotspots are its latest offering in tourism agenda. According to state Tourism Department Director K. Lekhi, “With the focus on adventure tourism and showcasing exotic tourist spots, the state has been organising many theme-based events like the Tawang festival, Ziro festival of music, Arunachal spring carnival, adventure at Mechuka as also the Kameng river festival. The objective is to create a buzz among local youth and tourists outside the state.”For this scheme, a project has been sanctioned for adventure tourism and central assistance of Rs.97 crores has been granted. Being a sensitive state, foreign tourists visiting in groups of two or more need the Protected Area Permit for a period of 30 days and domestic tourists require an Inner Line Permit.
Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Information Officer Takom Kena said, “Over the years, the number of tourist arrivals has been increasing. Theme-based festivals and events around the year helped to achieve sustained growth.” With mountains, green forests and rivers like Kameng, Subansiri, Siang and Tirap, Arunachal is ideal for trekking, angling, parasailing, paragliding, boating and river rafting. For this purpose, the centre has set up the first adventure sports institute of the country – the National Institute for Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) — at Dirang in West Kameng district. It will provide training in mountaineering as well as aero and aqua sports. The state is also trying to provide employment opportunities through adventure tourism. However, problems in transportation and communication are posing major problems for attracting more tourists. Conditions of roads are not that good and needs maintenance. Apart from road connectivity improvement, tourist arrivals would increase with better rail and air connectivity.