1st NE Tourism Festival set to explore beauty of Huishu region
R LESTER MAKANG UKHRUL, 12th Nov: Nestled away in the wilderness of Northern Ukhrul's Chingai sub-division, the scenic natural beauty of Huishu region has largely remained unexplored till date. With thrust of tourism development getting ever prominent, the First NorthEast Tourism Festival 2018 is all set to take visitors and tourists alike through an exploration of the pristine riverbanks and hillocks of Huishu region. To be held under the theme 'Exploration of Exotic Huishu Region', the festival is being organised by Ukhrul-based Mik Pingla Industry & Ukhrul Hills Development Foundation (MPI & UHDF) in collaboration with North Eastern Council (NEC), from November 15 to 17 at Huishu river bank which is located at about 55 km north of Ukhrul town. "Our main motive behind organising this festival is to promote tourism not just in Huishu region but in the district as a whole," said Achui Graceson Shatshang, managing director of MPI & UHDF while addressing a news conference at its Phungreitang office Monday. He also conveyed the wish of villagers of the region to make this festival an annual event from this year on with support from the government. "For years, villagers in the region have felt the need for holding a festival to promote tourism industry by showcasing the picturesque landscape and riverbanks of the region to the outside world," he explained, adding that the long-felt desire of the people is now set to become a reality with the support of NEC as well as the state Tourism department. The three-day long festival will be attended by Commerce & Industries minister Th Biswajit Singh, BJP Manipur general secretary Saratkumar and Manipur Tourism Corporation Limited chairman Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh as chief guests of day one, two and three respectively.
Highlighting the main attractions of the festival, Shatshang said that the event will offer unique opportunities to try a series of fun-filled activities including fishing, mountain trekking, airgun shooting and photography during day time followed by bonfire, BBQ, music and entertainment in the evening.
"There will also be folk dance competitions from different cultural troupes," he added.
Tent and meals services will be provided at reasonable prices, along with transportation facilities for visitors and tourists who wish to explore the natural beauty of the region during the festival, Shatshang further announced.