The Assam Tourism Development Corporation(ATDC) announced to launch the Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project (MSTDP) on 2 November 2017 to encourage carbon-free tourism experience in the country's largest river island, Majuli.
Thirty cycles painted in orange will be launched as part of the carbon-free travel experience at Majuli. The objective behind the project is to create an environmental protocol for tourism industry in the island.
The MSTDP will be managed by Root Bridge Foundation which is an NGO promoting sustainable tourism practices in northeast India.
The Assam government had recently announced that Majuli will be the ‘first carbon neutral district’ in India and major steps have been initiated to achieve the same.
Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project (MSTDP) features
• Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project aims at taking tourists through an experiential virtual tour of culture, folk literature, art and craft and the society as a whole.
• Daily cycle rides to different Mishing villages (ethnic tribal group in Assam) and Vaishnavite Satras (monasteries) in the island will be launched. The cycles will be available on rent for the tourists at Majuli.
• Storytelling as a key element of the eco-friendly tourism project, trained storytellers will narrate the history, tales and legends of the mystic island to the tourists.
• There will be different cycle tourism activities like tours for students and only women tours where the visitors can experience authentic village life and learn about Sattriya culture (traditional Assamese dance form).
Did you know?
• Majuli is one of the largest inhabited river islands of the world.
• The first Satra was founded in Majuli in the 15th century. Satras are not just monasteries, but centres of traditional performing arts. It was founded by Sankardeva, the father of Assamese culture.
• Currently, there are only twenty two Satras in Majuli.