Union Ministry of Tourism eases travel restrictions to boost North East India Tourism

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Restricted Area Permits (RAP) and Protected Area Permits (PAP) for foreign tourists in North East India have been considerably eased by the Union Ministry of Tourism to promote the region as a tourist destination.

Earlier, these permits were difficult to obtain for foreigners, particularly in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Nagaland.

The North-Eastern states are mesmerizingly beautiful and suitable for both Indian and foreign tourists seeking rejuvenation and a connection to nature.

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Foreign tourists can now visit these states through organized tours handled by local tour operators based in these states.

Travelers need to apply early for the permits, and once issued, local tour operators will facilitate the process. The Indian government aims to open up tourism in more border areas near China and Myanmar to boost employment opportunities for people residing in these border areas.

Restricted areas in Arunachal Pradesh are Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong, Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang, Roing-Mayodia-Anini, and Tezu-Hayuliang, while Protected Areas include Itanagar, Ziro, Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha, and Sujesa (Puki) Bhalukpong.

Various vibrant villages with unique features, such as Kibithu village in Arunachal Pradesh, are being recognized as potential tourist destinations.

Mizoram is known for its lush greenery, dense forests, culture, tribal people, national parks, and scenic hill stations, offering an escape from modern city life.

Nagaland is famous for its numerous tribal festivals, with the ‘Hornbill Festival‘ being one of the popular events in the region.

Arunachal Pradesh, with thick evergreen forests and five major rivers, is an ideal destination for adventure lovers, offering activities like trekking, boating, and rafting.

There is potential for collaboration between Vietnam and India in the tourism sector, as Indian tourists visit Vietnam more than vice versa, and there is a need to bridge this gap.

The North East region of India is gaining popularity among domestic tourists, attracting 1.3 crore visitors in 2021 due to its open, clean, hospitable environment, natural beauty, and accommodation options. It offers immense potential for “green tourism.”

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