Saturday, October 4, 2008

Assam tourism needs exposure

Only after coming to Delhi I think for the first time in my life that that I live behind the mighty river Brahmaputra. The tributary of Brahmaputra, Disang flows near our house creating a spectacular idyllic setting. Just from the bank fo the river, you see the horizon, the hilly mountains of the Himalayas, the paddy field, etc.

Assam tourism is still lagging behind the proper exposure. River cruising in Assam can be a great oppurtunity as we have all the places of imporatnce near the riverside such as Dibrugarh, Sivagasagar, Majuli River Island, Tejpur, Guwahati, etc. Working as a travel writer for a New Delhi based travel compnay I am mesmerized to enjoy my passion-travel writing. Writings of Kerala and its backwater cruise, culture and heriatge travel of this God’s Own Country always thrill me.

Assam has also a heterogenous culture due to it presence of various linguistic tribes. Even there is always a sizzling mood of art and theatre in Assam. Even the celebration of the festivals has relevance to the seasonal bounties of nature. For an international tourist, tourism in Assam only means Kaziranga and a visit to Kamakhya and its Ambubchai Mela ( Menstruation of Earth in Hindu beliefs). Assam is a home to several wildife sanctuaries which are a home to endangered and rare species and orchids.

Who will introdue the heterogenuity of Assamse culture to the foregin audience? Even most of the nationalcapital(Delhi) dwellers have a little idea about assam toruism. Don’t we need an advertisemnt in the national visual media. If any poor state of India can afford it why not Assam?
Why still we are lacking of tourism developemnt? Does tourism mean only Assam Tourism Department’s participation in an international trade fair, a website on flora and fauna only?