In Assam, most of the villages are endowed with beautiful natural landscape, forest, hills, rivers, rubber plantations, historical monuments of British and Ahom Dynasty, ancient temples, shrines and flora and fauna.
A few places in Assam like Sivasagar, Hajo, Tejpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Marigaon, Tinisukia, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Mongoldoi, Barpeta, Sarthebari, Sonapur, Sualkuchi, Boko, Mirza and Rani has enormous untapped potentialities for rural tourism.
Here the rural tourism depicts the traditional village life starting from attires to traditions, arts to crafts, folk culture to custom- all one can find. The rural tourism also showcased the week long folk cultural fest, village fair on particular time of a year to attract flow of tourist.
The rural tourism also involves expansion of orchids garden, floriculture, horticulture, sericulture, mushroom cultivation, bamboo and cane work in rural area then surely tourists can be pulled for experiencing it. As a result of it villagers avail employment opportunities. Assam also makes camping site, recreational parks, flower garden, museum, market, souvenirs stall, local handloom and handicraft stalls to attract the tourists of all sections.
One of the most important features in rural tourism is the hospitality and accommodation facilities which includes cottage at nest in indigenous architectural design with basic amenities, open area for relaxation, space for boating, river cruises, fishing, petting animals, horse and bullock cart ride, agriculture experiment space, food corner of local delicacies, dining hall, vendor of fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, poultry, eggs, fish and other products which are locally procured gives unique experience to tourists.
The rural tourism in Assam offers rural communities a chance to revive its lost glory which further helps in sharing of ideas with the urbanity. The rural tourism in Assam also explains the natural beauty, cultural and historical heritages in the midst of poor infrastructure, bottleneck communication and geographical isolation.
The rural tourism in Assam helps the urban and rural people to come in one platform where both can mutually learn and build empathy towards each other. In conclusion, it can be said that rural tourism in Assam is helpful in social and economic development of rural areas in Assam which further promote rural economy, life style, folk culture and festivals of people residing in around the villages.
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