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Kameng river fest from January 21

By The Assam Tribune

ITANAGAR, Jan 3 - Enchanting Seppa in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh is all set to allure tourists from January 21 next with the maiden three-day Kameng River Festival (KRF) being organised for the first time on the bank of the mighty Kameng.

With the theme �Explore the Unexplored�, the tourism extravaganza has been organised by East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organisation (EKSWCO) in collaboration with the district administration and sponsored by the State Tourism department.

�The festival will offer the most adventurous and exhilarating white water rafting, paragliding, zip-lining, rappelling and angling � both modern and traditional including local fish-trapping.

Besides, bamboo stilt walks, cycling to villages, greasy bamboo pole climbing, beach volleyball, archery and paintball will be other attractions,� festival director Ajit Tajo Sonam told media persons at Arunachal Press Club here recently.

Responding to media queries, he said that in a departure from the past, the KRF would be a people-centric festival with involvement of people from all strata of the society rather being VIP-centric usually seen in all other festivals organised in the state.

�The KRF will create a larger platform to sensitise the people on hospitality and adventure tourism potential of the districts,� Sonam said flanked by EKSWCO chairman Khya Safar Pao and marketing manager of the festival Mara Kocho.

�The district inhabited by five tribes namely � Nyishi, Hrusso (Aka), Sajolang (Miji), Puroik and Galo, will provide the best hospitality to the tourists during the festival by offering a wide range of accommodation facilities including home-stay besides offering mouth watering local delicacies at a reasonable price,� Sonam said.

Moreover, he said, the festival would be plastic free and only traditional bamboo-made utensils would be used. � PTI

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