BANGKOK- Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein, during his address at the inaugural session of the 2nd edition of the North East India Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, highlighted the huge tourism potentials and investment opportunities of Arunachal Pradesh in his inaugural address today.
Highlighting some interesting facts about Arunachal Pradesh, he informed that Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun, where the sun first rises in India, has a lot to offer tourists in terms of adventure tourism , wildlife tourism, spiritual tourism, eco tourism, cultural/rural tourism and leisure tourism due to its free-flowing rivers and highlands, rich biodiversity, dense forests with flora and fauna unique, diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes.
He added that the 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes in the state, with their own distinct cultures and traditions, celebrate numerous festivals throughout the year, making it a land of festivals and celebrations. colorful dances where one can learn about different types of tribal cultures and taste different local cuisines.
For leisure activities, Arunachal Pradesh offers some of the most scenic spots, one can enjoy vacations and sightseeing, nature walks, shopping in the local market, snowfall, camping and hiking. road trips, he advised.
Speaking on religious and cultural similarities, Mein said Buddhism spread across the length and breadth of the state with Mahayana Buddhism in western Arunachal like Tawang, Dirang, Bomdila and the central part of Arunachal like Taksing, Mechuka and Tuting and Theravada Buddhism in Namsai & Changlang districts in the eastern part have deep similarities with the people of Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.
He further said that apart from 400-year-old Tawang Gompa of Gelukpa Sect and 400-year-old Mechukha Gompa of Ningmapa Sect, Kongmukham (Golden Pagoda) in Namsai District has become a popular tourist destination. Thousands of people, mostly Theravada Buddhist devotees, especially Thai tourists, visit this place every year. Thai monks and nuns spent their three-month Lent period at Kongmukham. He said, “It also became a holy place for Mega Sangken (Sangkram) festivals where 10,000 to 20,000 people from different parts of the state came to participate in the Sangken festival.”
Considering the religious and cultural similarities, Mein further proposes to create a Tai tourist circuit apart from the Buddhist circuit in the region to attract Buddhist devotees and Tai tourists from Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand in the Northeast region.
Mein further said that apart from investments in tourism and industry, Arunachal Pradesh has huge opportunities for investment in agricultural technology, agro-processing industries and in the sectors of agriculture. hydropower due to large scale production of good quality agricultural products like Ginger, Turmeric, Greater Cardamom, Oranges and Kiwi etc. and its ability to generate more than 50,000 MW of Hydro-Power.
He further informed that the government. of Arunachal Pradesh is committed to making Arunachal Pradesh an ideal investment destination and the state government is ready to provide investors with one-stop clearance and necessary approvals within a limited time frame.
He said, “Improved road communication through the rapid development of highways and air connectivity in important places in the state in recent years has made major tourist spots like Pasighat, Tezu, Ziro, Aalo, Tawang and Mechukha easily accessible to tourists”.
While praising the organizer, the Indian Embassy in Thailand and Trend MMS, he affirmed that it will greatly contribute to deepen the historical bond and bilateral relations and open up new avenues for people to connect between the India and Thailand, especially with the North. Eastern India and Southeast Asian countries.
The festival was opened by Jurin Laksanawisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand in the presence of Union Minister of State for External Affairs, RK Ranjan, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Riu, CM of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, Minister of Tourism (Arunachal), Nakap Nalo, Minister of Textiles (Assam), Urkhao Gwra Brahma, Minister of Tourism (Mizoram), Pu Robert Romawia Royte, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand, Ms Suchitra Durai and hosts other dignitaries.
The three-day festival will showcase the cultural similarities between India and Thailand and the cultural diversities of northeast India in which major delegates from industrialists, tour operators and cultural troupes from Thailand and the north -east India participate in the festival.
Tourism director Abu Tayeng, in addition to officials from the tourism department, tour operators and delegates from 30 members and cultural troupes from Namsai district also participate in the festival. Exhibition stands have also been set up by the Ministry of Tourism, GoAP and Tai Khamti Heritage & Literary Society (TKHLS) at the site.