Nampong, 20 sep’ 07: A meeting was held on 20th Sep’ 07 at the office of Extra Assistant Commissnor, Nampong chaired by Hon’ble Speaker, Sri. Setong Sena, APLA, attended by all the Public Leaders, Govt. Department Heads, Panchayat Leaders, the Villagers and the Youths of Nampong, Manmao and Jairampur Circles to discuss the ensuing Pangsau Pass Winter Festival which is held annually from 20th Jan to 22nd Jan. As the venue, Nampong and its vicinity is famous for the historical monuments like the Stilwell road stretches that ends at China, the World War–II cemetery, the Hell Gate, the Lake of No Return, the Pangsau Pass and above all the one and only of its kind in India, the Butterfly Conservation Site. The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is organized annually to promote eco-tourism along with the culture and cuisine of this region. It’s been couple of year since the commencement of this mega event and so far the response from the foreign and domestic tourist has been overwhelming. The Namchik Valley Society for Eco-Tourism & Wildlife Conservation, an NGO who had organized successful Butterfly India Meet event in 2006, the first ever in entire North East, furthermore involves in organizing nature trails, Butterfly watching events for nature enthusiasts who are interested to witness the rare flora and fauna of the region. This time the committee has decided to experiment and include Living with Nature accommodations for guests from abroad. If this experiment succeeds than it will be a major boost for the economy of the region. As the Living with Nature accommodations will be provided in co-operation with the interested villages and villagers.
According to the Additional Deputy Commissnor, Jairampur, who is heading the steering committee of organizers “Large numbers of domestic and European tourists are expected to visit as numerous established tour operators from Kolkata and other state has already sent their special packages for the program,” he added that various NGO’s working for eco-tourism has sent their consent to participate in this event. The last year event was successful according to the officials of Pangsau pass winter festival committee; he also includes that major part of the tourist was captivated by the charms of the Tangsa culture and cuisines. The traditional sports were the other attraction along with the track and trail of rare flora and fauna of the region that has fascinated the tourist. He added that the ensuing winter festival 2008 will attract more tourists from the neighborhood state and abroad. The main attraction of the event would be the ethnic cultural teams from
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