By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Justifying the adage ‘Diya tale andhera’ (Below earthen lam is dark), little daughter Sangge Droma produced a picture on Monday which looked like from a different universe.
When asked from the picture is from which country, she gave a cool smile and said “It is from my native village Wangho, few kms ahead of West Kameng district HQs Bomdila. It was difficult to believe but “Seeing is believing”.
It is needless to mention that Arunachal Pradesh, known as ‘Last Shangri La on Earth’, was put on the international tourism map after being adjudged as second runners-up of BBC’s travel magazine – Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Award under ‘Emerging Destinations in India’ category awards in 2013. An expert panel had shortlisted an exhaustive 42 categories which was put to vote to worldwide readers of the famed magazine.
Arunachal’s unique culture, cuisines, art and handicrafts had turned the cynosure of all eyes, particularly among 100 international delegates from three SAARC and 10 ASEAN countries at India’s first three-day International Tourism Mart (ITM) held at Guwahati in January in 2013. That was why Tawang was chosen to host 2nd edition of ITM.
Though Sela Pass located at 13,700 feet above the sea level and Tama Chung Chung ridge where subedar Jaswant Singh and rifleman Shere Thapa respectively had shown their brevity during 1962 Chinese war and Pangateng Tso Lake in Tawang district are awe-inspiring for their natural beauty but Wangho village is exceptional.
The trees near by a lake have no impact of season as its leaves never fall, said Droma and pinpointed that the state Govt giving priority to boost state’s high potential tourism sector should identify all such places. Tourists from within and outside India once such places are identified and projected.
Why don’t you visit yourself to see and enjoy the serene natural beauty of Wangho village, she quipped?