North East Social Trust in collaboration with the ‘Dagrob’ Eco-tourism & Eco-development Society is working in Dhuba Ati village to promote it as a Rural Tourism destination since 2005. Various capacity building initiatives and tourism product development initiatives along with marketing of the site was carried out in the last couple of years.
In a recent development NEST and ‘Dagrob’ is geared up to strengthen the communities of the village, as the Centre for Micro-Finance and Livelihood, Guwahati, has come forward to support the initiatives.
In an inaugural function organized in Puwoti Shahitaya Shabha Bhawan, Bokakhat at 11 AM on 7th of June 2010, Mr. Sisuram Pegu, the president of the function declared “we the Mising people must work hard to promote and conserve our culture, custom and traditions for the global audience. Never in the past have we - the Mising communities - taken such initiatives to introduce ourselves to the global audience”.
‘Kaziranga National Park attracts more than 70 thousand Indian Tourist and more than 7 thousand foreign tourists every year. Introducing our tribal traditions and system of coexistence with the wildlife could be of interest for the tourist’ opined Mr. Dharmindar Doley, President of ‘Dagrob’ Eco-Tourism and Eco-Development Society.
Develop various publicity materials and couple of infrastructure development is given priority in this project. “A ‘Morong Ghar’ of Mising tradition symbolizes rural democracy and wisdom towards protection of nature and heritage. Hence a Morong Ghar is proposed to construct in the village before the next tourist season” – Dr. Anil Pegu, representative of Centre for Micro-finance and Livelihood, suggested.
This project is a part of the larger vision of rural tourism in and around Kaziranga national park. “To cater the growing need of the tourists and also to showcase spectacularly diverse communities of the State as the tourism product, we envision promoting at least 4 villages around KNP. The Durgapur village is unique with its Satria Baishnavite culture and lifestyle. Dhuba Ati village could represent the traditions of the Mishing Tribal custom and cultures. The villages of Karbi Tribal communities are bordering the southern fringe of the KNP that carry strong promises as a potential tourist destination. Similarly, the tea garden areas in the eastern part of KNP and 200 years old migrated Tea Garden Laborer (TGL) communities of this area with its unique culture, craft and lifestyle could be another destination for rural tourism in the area” Mr. Uttam Saikia, a senior environment journalist and also the advisor to ‘Dagrob’, pointed out in his speech.
‘Successfully promoting Dhuba Ati village as a tourist destination will not only secure around 70 families of the village with livelihood, employment and conservation of traditions of the local communities but also will contribute to the economy of the locality’ – recommended by Tasaduk Ariful Hussain, Executive Director of NEST.
More 200 eminent citizens of the locality gathered in this meeting including, Ms. Nizora Barthakur, Ms. Bhanu Barua, Mr. Akash Phukan, Mr. Haliram Patgiri, Ms. Kalpana Chetia and the local magistrate Ms. Indranusri Das.