By- Staff Reporter | Date- February 18, 2012
It was a colorful start to the 2nd Jeypore Rainforest Festival, 2012, yesterday at the banks of the Burhi Dihing River 60 Kms from the Tea City Dibrugarh in Upper Assam.
Union DoNER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar inaugurated the three-day event which aims in promoting tourism by showcasing the rich bio-diversity of Jeypore rainforest. In addition, rich cultural heritage of different ethnic tribes and communities of the region is also being showcased and the festival itself began with a cultural procession by people of various ethnic communities dressed in colorful traditional dresses.
It is expected that the event would help in promoting the amazing bio-diversity and eco-tourism potential of Jeypore rainforest which is known for its diverse and complex eco-system and further boost the booming tourism sector in the state.
It is to be mentioned that this rainforest is said to have as immense potential to attract tourists as tropical rainforests in Upper Assam are found only in countries like Thailand and Malaysia. The Jeypore Rainforest is home to a number of wildlife species, including many endangered ones, including Western Hoolock Gibbon (considered one of world’s 25 endangered primates) with a population of 432.
The main attraction of the inaugural day was a food festival and a self-help group Fare comprising over 100 participants. In the afternoon, a cultural function was held showcasing the diverse music and dance forms of various local ethnic communities. Tourists also enjoyed elephant rides, boat rides, jeep safaris, trekking and bird-watching trips.