Naharkatiya, December 08: Rainforests have often been called as the “Jewels of the Earth” and the “World’s Largest Pharmacy” as over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there. Rainforests are also responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen turnover and also are a home to a plethora of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.
Situated in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district of Upper Assam and spread across an area of 108 sq. kms, Jeypore Rainforest is one such blessing to the state of Assam; it is also one of the unexplored forests of the region.
Jeypore Rainforest is bounded by Sivasagar District in the West and Arunachal Pradesh on the East and South and is home to seven species of the big cat family including Royal Bengal Tiger, Black Panther and Clouded Leopard, 120 species of Orchids, 281 species of Birds including the Hornbill, Drongoes, Pheasants, Wood Duck among others, 70 species of Fish and 150 species of Butterflies. Jeypore Rainforest also shelters the only ape found in India – the Hoolock Gibbon.
With an aim to utilise the immense potential this rainforest has to become a tourism hotspot as well as a favourite and permanent destination for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers, the Jeypore Rainforest Festival has been organised on December 30 and 31, 2017.
The Jeypore Rainforest Fest organising committee comprises of Rameshwar Teli, MP, Dibrugarh (President), Taranga Gogoi (Working President), Jagadish Rajkonwar (General Secretary) among others. Event management has been done by Silicon Asia, Guwahati.
The festival will be held in an island in Jeypore village, which is surrounded by the mighty Dihing river. “The festival will focus on Wildlife Tourism and Preservation, Adventure Sports, Music & Art and Food & Culture. Our vision is to promote Jeypore as a tourist destination, while building a sustainable yearly business development model for the society living in the vicinity” said the organising team.
Namphake Buddhist Monastery, a tourist attraction nearby
MP RameshwarTeli, President of the working committee, said “Jeypore has all the ingredients to become the a sought for tourist destination. Apart from wildlife, it has many potential spots nearby. Namphake village, with the 167 years old Namphake Buddhist Monastery, for an instance can be developed as a religious tourism circuit, along with the Tipamfake Monastery in the pipeline. Similarly, we can also build tea tourism circuits with all the tea gardens nearby. With this event, we plan to build a sustainable business environment for the local communities too. Rainforest Festival as an annual event will be of paramount help in promoting local food and culture, while providing business opportunities like opening up home stays, food joints, etc for the local communities”.
The two-day event will witness a number of activities for people of every age. “For wildlife lovers, we have introduced three new jungle trails in Jeypore which they can access via elephant or jeep safaris. We also have options for bird watching, animal spotting and star gazing guided by experts. Adventure sports will include hot air ballooning, ziplining, paragliding, kayaking, angling, paintballing, ATB rides among others. We will also have tradional dance troupes, a body building show and also a talent hunt for Mr and Ms Dihing crowns” the committee informed in a press release.
It must be noted that there will be more than 50 stalls for the local communities serving ethnic cuisine. During both the evenings, there will be stage acts from the famous comedy group from ‘Beharbari Outpost’ fame, Magic Show by Illusionist Mon, among others. The main attraction of the event is the performance of famous singer Simanta Shekhar, who will be performing on New Years’s eve. Dj Mistz will also be performing on the same night.
A campsite will also be set up near the venue of the event, which will be equipped with proper lavatories and other facilities.
The committee informed that the theme of Jeypore Rainforest Fest 2017 is the three bug H’s of Jeypore Rainforest – Hornbill bird, Hollong tree and Hoolock Gibbon.
Tourist attractions nearby, along with Namphake Buddhist Monastery which is around five kilometres from Naharkatiya, include Tilinga Mandir (Bell Temple)
Tilinga Mandir Shiva Temple is situated at Bordubi, seven kilometres from Tinsukia and is one of the most mystically strong temples of Assam.
Another attraction nearby is the Chabua Tea Garden, that was started by the British in 1823. A Tea Tourism Circuit including the Chabua Tea Garden and other nearby tea gardens has the potential to attract a number of tourists. Jeypore Rainforest Fest plans to announce the initiation of the same during the two days of the event.
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