Cultural Tourism in North East India: Role of Tour operators from Assam in its Development
The eight northeastern states of India are very rich in cultural and natural resources. This region is often described as the cultural mosaic of India due to its diverse tribal communities, linguistic, and ethnic identities. This part of land is inhabited by more than 220 large and small ethnic tribes where Arunachal Pradesh alone have more than 25 major tribes followed by 18 in Assam, 16 in Nagaland and so on. It is a unique place in the entire world where so many ethnic groups have been living in harmony yet maintaining their own cultural identity for many centuries. This part of India does have the potential to become the international hotspot for cultural tourism activities. Of late, the Tour Operators operating from these states along with concerned government depatrments are putting some efforts to draw the attention of domestic as well as foreign tourists by means of different promotional and marketing activities which has started yielding results in terms of increase in number of tourists arrivals to such destinations.
Keywords: Cultural Tourism, North East India, Assam, Tour Operator, Ethnic Tribes.