GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - With an objective to promote tourism potentialities of Assam and to develop tourist circuits, the Eco Tourism Society of North East has decided to initiate a bike cum photography tour to the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
The bike rally will start at 8:30 am tomorrow from the Regional Science Centre, Khanapara. The participants will reach Pabitora via Hatisilla, Chandrapur and Mayong and will get an opportunity to stop at exotic locations for photography and sightseeing.
Photographers from Assam and neighbouring states will explore the tourism potentialities of the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary and its flora and fauna.
The tour will encourage local tourism entrepreneurs as it will give wide scope to the locals to associate themselves as tourist guides. The organisers have given due emphasis on the involvement of the local tourism entrepreneurs during the tour.
Starting from guiding to safaris to boating, everything will be taken care of by the locals of Pabitora.
According to Gautam Dutta, president of the NGO, �Such initiatives will not only motivate the locals, but will also increase their standard of living by increasing their economic earnings. Such initiatives help in bridging the gap between the locals and the tourists.�
Enroute the tour, the bikers will also get to see Chandrapur, famous for sand collection and fishing, and Mayong. Once considered as a cradle of black magic, Mayong is today a place of tourist attraction because of its history.
After arriving in Pabitora, the bikers will experience sightseeing from the Kamarpur forest camp and will also be able to interact with the forest staff.
Located about 30 km east of Guwahati, the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary has a dense population of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Besides rhinoceros, the other animals found in the sanctuary are leopard, wild boar, barking deer, wild buffalo etc. The sanctuary is also home to varieties of birds and reptiles. The tour will culminate in the city.