ITANAGAR: Encouraged by a 50 percent growth in tourist arrivals over the past few years, Arunachal Pradesh is seeking to promote the strategic border state as an adventure tourism hotspot to draw the young and the daring.
Speaking to newspersons Adventure Cell In-charge K. Romeo Meetei told “Arunachal is the most suitable place for conducting air, water and land-based adventure sports. For example, Mechukha is best for paragliding and trekking, and Tawang for parasailing and river rafting. Apart from Mechukha, we are giving a thrust in Anini, Rupa and Tawang to adventure tourism.”
Here are 5 ways the state is propelling forward to boost the tourism infrastructure and revenue of the region
#1. A project has been sanctioned under the Swadesh Darshan scheme for integrated development of new adventure tourism with central assistance of around Rs 97 crore ($14 million).
#2. The land of dawn-lit mountains is endowed with green forests covering over 80 per cent of its 83,743 sq km area, besides rivers like Kameng, Subansiri, Siang and Tirap. Such resources make Arunachal an ideal place for adventure sports like trekking, angling, boating and rafting.
#3. Gauging the potential for adventure sports, the Centre has set up the country’s first adventure sports institute — the National Institute for Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) — at Dirang in West Kameng district to provide structured training in mountaineering as well as aero and aqua sports.
#4. Naharlagun, 15 km from Itanagar, is linked to New Delhi via Guwahati by an air-conditioned superfast express. There are also plans to connect Pasighat in East Siang district and Bhalukpong in West Kameng by rail.
#5. Over time, the Indian Airforce (IAF) plans to activate nine Advanced Landing Ground (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh and there are indications that some of these could also be put to civilian use.
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