GUWAHATI, Oct 26 - With its golden beaches, lakes and temples, Odisha has always attracted backpackers from Assam and in the last five years, the flow of tourists from Assam to this land of temples and beaches has multiplied. This was the observation made by S Pujari, Assistant Director, Tourism, Govt of Odisha while interacting with mediapersons here today.
Pujari said that Assam and Odisha have shared closer ties and that people-to-people communication between the two states has always been amiable. �Odisha and Assam are similar in many ways and that is one of the factors behind the flow of tourists from Assam,� said Pujari, adding that in view of increasing domestic tourists, the Government of Odisha has undertaken many initiatives including security measures to ensure a memorable experience for tourists in Odisha.
To further promote the state, the Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha organised a road show here today, highlighting the myriad attractions that it has to offer to the backpackers.
�Odisha is a tourists� paradise and has many stunning destinations which provide a visual feast to the tourists. It also throws an educative and culturally pleasant insight into one of the oldest civilisations of the world,� said Pujari. He added that apart from the Hindu temples, the Buddhist heritage of Odisha also attracts both domestic and foreign tourists.
In 2014, over 45,000 tourists from Assam visited Odisha. �A number of festivals are held annually. We have the Konark Festival from December 1 to 5, International Sand Art Festival from December 1 to 5, Parab Tribal Festival from November 16 to 18, Dhanu Yatra Festival from December to January, Rajarani Music Festival from January 18 to 20, Mukteswar Dance Festival from January 14 to 16 etc,� informed Pujari.