First adventure tourism fest in NE

An adventure tourism festival is being held for the first time in the region, with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) organising the North East Adventure Tourism Festival at Bogamati in Baksa district from Thursday to Sunday.

By ALI FAUZ HASSAN in Guwahati
  • Published 12.09.18
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IIE officials in Guwahati on Tuesday. Picture by Manash Das

Guwahati: An adventure tourism festival is being held for the first time in the region, with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) organising the North East Adventure Tourism Festival at Bogamati in Baksa district from Thursday to Sunday.

The festival is being organised with support from the North East Council, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Assam Tourism Development Corporation, Bodoland Tourism, state directorate of sports and youth welfare and India Tourism, the IIE festival organising committee said at a news conference on Tuesday.

The four-day programme will include activities like white-water rafting, hiking, cycling, ATV riding, wall climbing, zip-lining, kayaking, parasailing, paragliding, paramotor, trail run, obstacle race, rope activities and parkour.

A bike rally from the IIE premises at Lalmati to Bogamati, 90km from Guwahati, will be organised on the first day while a cycle rally from Baihata Chariali to Bogamati will be held on Saturday.

IIE director Abhijit Sharma said, "Adventure is part of the DNA of the youth in this region and it combines well with the culture and lifestyle. There is immense scope and potential to promote enterprises around this sector. We want to develop the Northeast as a hub of adventure tourism in the country. The festival will help in establishing Bogamati as a new summer destination and the unemployed youths of the area can take this up as a business venture."

Competitions on open rafting, photography, cycle race, trail run and dirt bike race in expert and novice category will also be organised with cash awards for the winners.

Besides the adventure activities, traditional games, seminars and workshop on adventure tourism and rural tourism will also be held during the festival, in-charge Hemanta Rabha said.

Tents will be available for accommodation of those planning to stay overnight. IIE is also mulling setting up home stays.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will inaugurate the festival in the presence of BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, tourism minister Chandan Brahma, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary and other dignitaries.