Travelling with Responsibility in North East India

Lifestyle Travel

“Don’t destroy what you come to enjoy” – Anonymous

Travelling has become an exclusive trend, providing refreshing new sights, thrilling experiences and memory of a lifetime. The purpose differs according to the perception on how one travels – leisure, business, adventure and education. Nevertheless, it gives us the opportunity to be engaged in an activity in building social relations, to learn and grow more and a quest that leads to new discoveries.

In today’s world, ‘responsibility’ is a factor that is missed out in the vocabulary of most travellers. It is the crucially pertinent to maintain a high level of responsibility in seeking new ventures to a foreign land. Certain destinations, whether inbound or outbound have their own rules and customs to follow, declaring the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’We should keep in mind that our lexicon reflects the image of our nation.    

Naturally blessed with evergreen vegetation, North Eastern region is the glowing haven where the tourism industry flourished. The eight sisters are flushed with majestic hills and mountains, enamouring rivers and waterfalls, exotic species, enchanting folklores that enlighten the sentimental hearts of the people. In fact, it is the region in India enriched with two biodiversity hotspots ranging from the Himalayan to the Indo-Burma region.

Eco Tourism is the aspect that adds immense glamour to the tourism sector which elevates the Unique Selling Point (USP).

The one-horned rhino widely endemic to Kaziranga National Park, Assam is a magnificent creature that has captivated large number of tourists during the peak season. If the national park is stacked with rubbish thrown by visitors, the beauty will vanish leading to ecological disruption. As it is exclusively proclaimed as a heritage site by UNESCO, staunch regulations and sustenance should be implemented as an indication of concrete conservation.

Living root bridges in Meghalaya are the wondrous attractiveness of the state, captivating an appealing desire to visit. Mass tourism can mutilate the carrying capacity due to excessive trampling. Pollution is another hazard that can disfigure the uniqueness of the bridge. Thus, the host community plays an important role in preserving and sustaining, with a notion of immense ownership. By any chance, if these alluring natural ramps are shattered, then crying over spilled milk remains absurd which makes reconstruction impossible.

Celebrations of festivals are tremendously valued by tourists. Ziro Music Festival in Arunachal Pradesh and Hornbill Festival in Nagaland are cherished by the visitors. These events are enticing opportunities of exhibiting traditions, handicrafts and ethnic cuisines. If ample of garbage is dumped hither and thither due to carelessness, it would be a big embarrassment for the organizers leading to defamation and pessimistic allegation.

The relationship between a visitor and the host community should be balanced in a cordial environment, especially in terms of visiting rural communities. The visitors should keep in mind the acknowledgement status that they are guest. Cajoling or breaking the boundaries of doltish actions that can hamper the traditional relics and customs should never be indulged. Purchasing of local products, handlooms and handicrafts can elevate the economic stature in their livelihood. Due to unavailability of limited daily needs, the tourists must travel with low demands and expectations.      

In return, the local people should not take pleasure in being tricksters or showing belligerence without prudence.

As the region is mostly an undiscovered haven, travelling with responsibility is essential at the utmost. Responsible travelling reflects the uniqueness and exclusivity of a place and its people. By showing respect, we empathize a better path understanding one another without hampering our beloved ecosystem                

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