ITANAGAR, Jan 8 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today promised to develop the picturesque landscape of Tuting area in Upper Siang district as a major tourist destination.
�Tuting being culturally linked to Buddhism has high scope for growth of religious tourism. Tuting area is revered as Pemakod, a blessed land according to Buddhism, and has the potential to attract domestic and foreign tourists for its religious and cultural significance,� Khandu said.
For further development of tourism and the cultural infrastructure in the Tuting area, the Chief Minister pledged to send a consultant to work out a plan for the development of the Buddhist circuit.
He said the Buddhist circuit would connect all the Buddhist religious places in the State through development of infrastructure along the circuit.
Joining the Buddhist community of the Tuting subdivision on the occasion of the Losar festival, Khandu said Tuting displays the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal with its diverse languages and culture. He said the subdivision also reflects the spirit of unity in diversity with the five tribes co-existing peacefully for generations.
The celebration held at the Ngesang Do-Ngag Jangchup Dargyelling Nyingmapa Monastery, Tuting, was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, State BJP president Tapir Gao, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang, and MLAs Pasang Dorjee Sona and Olom Panyang.
Earlier, the Chief Minister on his arrival inaugurated the welcome gate of the Tuting monastery. Thereafter, he visited the monastery and lit a lamp to invoke blessings from Lord Buddha.
The Losar celebrations began with the release of �Lungtah� (balloons) by the abbot of the monastery, Khen Rinpoche Tsering Dorjee, the Chief Minister and other guests, which was followed by the Serek Cham dance performed by the monks.
On the occasion, school and college students performed the Lingdro Geysar dance of the Memba-Khamba tribe. A mass Ponung dance was performed by artistes representing the five tribes of Tuting � Memba, Khamba, Adi, Tangam and Mishmi.