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Scripting a succes story in eco-tourism

By KABITA DUARAH

GUWAHATI, March 13 � Joramukharia, a tiny and quaint hamlet on the bank of the bewitching Chandubi Lake is soon going to emerge as a complete eco-tourism village this year. This village has achieved, what often remains on paper gathering dust, simply through dedication and determination and with its faith in nature.

By undertaking initiatives such as conservation of nature, opening up their houses for tourists, adopting organic cultivation and displaying their cultural facets in an organised manner, this village of 21 Rabha families has been quick to respond to the concept of eco-tourism promoted by Wave Eco Tourism.

Initiated to eco-tourism in the year 2009, the villagers though new to the concept could realise the potential of eco-tourism and since then have been gradually building up a base for ensuring a memorable experience to all backpackers.

From this year, the village which already has a few cottages and facilities for boating, trekking and sight-seeing for the tourists, will start displaying their cultural richness in a well designed manner for attracting more tourists.

�The beauty of nature is one of the important assets of Joramukharia. Tourists who come here immediately fall in love with the Chandubi Lake, the village and the villagers and go back with their hearts full,� said Niranta Gohain of Wave Eco Tourism, informing that this year the village will become a complete eco-tourism village.

It needs to be mentioned here that the culture of the Rabha community, their food habits and their handloom and handicrafts have always attracted tourists. Now Joramukharia will also have a space for exhibition of all their handloom and handicraft products that have a distinctive signature.

�Our food has always found favour with tourists. We prepare the food over fire and serve it to our guests,� said Sanjay Rabha, a youth of the village, adding that the village has witnessed an economic growth since it embraced eco-tourism as a livelihood option.

This year, the village will also arrange night stay at homes for tourists. Those tourists who are interested to learn about the Rabha way of living from close quarters will be able to stay with a family. The homes of the entire village are simple huts neatly kept amidst verdant nature and deep silence.

Silence is also an asset of this village, where the only loud sound is that of the wind blowing. With collective effort, these simple village folks are on their way to scripting a success story in eco-tourism.

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Scripting a succes story in eco-tourism

GUWAHATI, March 13 � Joramukharia, a tiny and quaint hamlet on the bank of the bewitching Chandubi Lake is soon going to emerge as a complete eco-tourism village this year. This village has achieved, what often remains on paper gathering dust, simply through dedication and determination and with its faith in nature.

By undertaking initiatives such as conservation of nature, opening up their houses for tourists, adopting organic cultivation and displaying their cultural facets in an organised manner, this village of 21 Rabha families has been quick to respond to the concept of eco-tourism promoted by Wave Eco Tourism.

Initiated to eco-tourism in the year 2009, the villagers though new to the concept could realise the potential of eco-tourism and since then have been gradually building up a base for ensuring a memorable experience to all backpackers.

From this year, the village which already has a few cottages and facilities for boating, trekking and sight-seeing for the tourists, will start displaying their cultural richness in a well designed manner for attracting more tourists.

�The beauty of nature is one of the important assets of Joramukharia. Tourists who come here immediately fall in love with the Chandubi Lake, the village and the villagers and go back with their hearts full,� said Niranta Gohain of Wave Eco Tourism, informing that this year the village will become a complete eco-tourism village.

It needs to be mentioned here that the culture of the Rabha community, their food habits and their handloom and handicrafts have always attracted tourists. Now Joramukharia will also have a space for exhibition of all their handloom and handicraft products that have a distinctive signature.

�Our food has always found favour with tourists. We prepare the food over fire and serve it to our guests,� said Sanjay Rabha, a youth of the village, adding that the village has witnessed an economic growth since it embraced eco-tourism as a livelihood option.

This year, the village will also arrange night stay at homes for tourists. Those tourists who are interested to learn about the Rabha way of living from close quarters will be able to stay with a family. The homes of the entire village are simple huts neatly kept amidst verdant nature and deep silence.

Silence is also an asset of this village, where the only loud sound is that of the wind blowing. With collective effort, these simple village folks are on their way to scripting a success story in eco-tourism.