Locals to be part of Dambuk Orange Festival

DAMBUK, Oct 05:  A two-day intensive training for 48 community based tourism leaders and stakeholders of Dibang and Lower Dibang Valley concluded here on Saturday

The training aimed at integrating local villages with state sponsored Dambuk Orange Festival, being celebrated for last five years, as suggested by Chief Minister Pema Khandu to make local stakeholders part of the tourism mega festival.

The program began with training the participants with exercises which helped them to think and work as one community with tourism being the main tool for sustainable local development. Each of them, who were responding as individuals, now began their thought plans in groups.

The trainees realized their capacities in tourism with deep rooted traditions, agriculture and wildlife as major strengths to march ahead and decided to showcase month-long (November 25 to December 24) Dambuk Orange Festival, particularly during  December 12 to 15, in the best possible way.

The villagers, with the help of acting DTO Anung Lego,, Roing and prominent social worker-cum-APTOA active member Neharika Sahgel Umbrey formed Lower Dibang Valley Himalayan Orange Tourism Committee, with representative from most villages to plan  various activities.

The trainees were taught basics of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava environment’, housekeeping, menu planning, table layout and hygiene.

They also decided to set up a community based museum at heritage site, completely abandoned and in a dilapidated condition now. The festival will include rafting, cycling, hiking, home stays, local cooking classes, handicraft & handloom training, learning local traditions of architecture, agriculture & survival. Many homestay, local lodges, orange retreats and camping would be provided to the visitors.

The organizing team was led by tourism assistatnt director (HRD) Bengia Manna Sonam while the trainers included  Raj Basu (chief resource person), Anung Lego (training coordinator), Mamung Danyi (TIO),  Tajom Tayeng (SFCI faculty) and Umbrey.

SP Sanjay Kumar Sain when apprised of the development assured all possible support, according to an official release.

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