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GUWAHATI: The Union ministry of tourism on Saturday showcased Assam and Meghalaya in a virtual tour through a webinar, which was attended by 3,654 domestic and foreign participants from Afghanistan, Canada, France, Germany, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The webinar, “North East India-Experience the Exclusive Villages”, is the 8th such seminar under the ministry’s ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ theme. It highlights the lesser known villages of the two NE states.
An official statement from the ministry stated, the webinar was presented by Arijit Purkayastha, CEO, of Koyeli Tours and Travels (P) Ltd, and Dr Shreya Barbara, CEO of Landscape Safari.
“North East India is the land of exquisite beauty, offering a blend of emerald landscape, azure water body, pristine silence, infinite vastness and mesmerizing local populace. The infinite variety of its geographic setting, its topography,
its varied flora and fauna and avian life, the history of its people and the variety of its ethnic communities and their rich heritage of ancient traditions and lifestyles, its festivals and crafts make it a holiday wonderland that just requires to be discovered afresh. NE’s amazing diversity makes it a holiday destination for all seasons.
The Assam villages that were showcased in the webinar include Sualkuchi near Guwahati. It is one of the world’s largest weaving villages where 74% of the households are engaged in making exquisite silk fabrics ranging from the golden ‘muga’ to the ivory white ‘pat’ and the
light beige ‘eri’ or ‘endi silk’.
Ranthali village of Nagaon district, which is famous for handmade jewellery with traditional designs, Hajo, a pilgrimage Centre for the Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, Dadara, the home to the endangered species of the greater adjutant stork, Sarthebari, the bell metal industry of Assam, a cluster of villages in Nalbari connected with a common link of production of the famous ‘japi’ , Bansbari, which encompasses the Unesco Natural World Heritage Site Manas National Park, also featured in the presentation.
Majuli, which is a hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture and Namphake village, which is home to Buddhist community having their origin from Thailand who speak a dialect similar to Thai language, also featured in the presentation. Also on the virtual tour were the tea bungalows of Assam of the British era. From Meghalaya, Mawphlang, famed for its sacred forest revered and preserved by local Khasi communities, Kongthong, a whistling village where each villager has a name which is whistled, Jakrem, which is famous for its hot sulphur water springs, Nongriat, which is famed for the living root bridge, Shnonpdeng, famed for the crystal clear water of Umngot river when seen from above, and Jowai found a place. The first webinar, “City of Cities — Delhi’s Personal Diary”, took place on April 14 and touched upon the history of Delhi. The second one unfolded facts and information on Kolkata

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