Arunachal Pradesh hosts this year's International Tourism Mart
I had always been fascinated by the natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh ever since I worked as the principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Arunachal Pradesh in the early nineteen eighties at Tenga Valley on the way from Tezpur to Tawang. Therefore, I was delighted to know through the PIB release that this year's International Tourism Mart (ITM) was being held at Tawang in which delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., USA and Vietnam participated in the ITM.
According to the PIB release, this is the second International Tourism Mart is being organised in the North Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region in the domestic and international markets.
Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister of Arunachal inaugurated this year's ITM on October 19 at Tawang. Terming North East of India as an unexplored Paradise with a huge tourism potential urged the promoters of tourism industry to tap of its true potential, reported PIB release.
Take said that Arunachal Pradesh was a treasure trove of natural beauty inhabited by over 150 major and minor hospitable tribes with their rich cultural mosaic, art and crafts, tribal cuisines which offer huge scope for the growth of tourism.
At the inaugural function of ITM, Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan said that the holding of the event in Tawang reflected the commitment of the government to promote tourism in North East India and in Arunachal Pradesh and Tawang in particular.
The world famous Tawang Monastery was founded by the Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1681 as as desired by the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. Also, the sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso, was born in Tawang.
For Buddhists, Tawang is a popular religious and tourist destination due to the preserved Tawang Monastery. On the way to Tawang, the Sela Pass rises steeply and is covered with snow for most of the year.
Close to Tawang, Jang waterfall and local orchids are big tourist attractions. Tawang has a handicrafts centre that promotes the small-scale industries for handicrafts and artwork.