GUWAHATI, Aug 12 – Many of us have seen Western movies featuring holiday buffs hitching a caravan and driving over to some exotic camp site. Now tourists in Assam will soon be able to enjoy the same experience with the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) set to introduce caravan tourism in the State from October-November this year.
ATDC Managing Director Anurag Singh told The Assam Tribune that two caravan cars have been acquired and are currently undergoing modifications to install all basic amenities required by families during any trip.
“One will be for single family tours and will have all necessities, including sofa-cum-beds, AC rooms, small kitchen, toilet, microwave oven and audio and video systems. There will be another caravan car for shorter trips by up to eight people at a time. This car will have all amenities except for the beds,” Singh said.
Each caravan will have a crew of two persons – a driver and a handyman. The ATDC plans to add more caravans to its fleet in future.
Singh said tourists would be able to rent the caravans for trips to religious places like satras, historical sites and also for nature tourism. The caravans would be available for both day-long tours as well as for longer durations.
“Caravans would not only provide a unique recreation and camping experience to tourists in the State, but also help us in promoting religious, archaeological and nature tourism,” Singh said.
The ATDC is also preparing detailed project reports for eco-tourism projects in Dihing Patkai and Joypur rainforests in upper Assam.
“The Merbil eco-tourism project will go on steam soon. Now we are looking to replicate the model with a view to promoting nature-based rainforest tourism,” Singh said.
The Dihing Patkai project is expected to be funded by the North Eastern Council and the Joypur project by the Central Government.