CM flags off Trans-Arunachal Drive 2021

  • Miss World Japan 2016 among participants

NAMSAI, Apr 07: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today flagged off Trans-Arunachal Drive 2021, an initiative to boost adventure tourism in the state, powered by Mahindra Adventure, from here on Wednesday.

Eminent journalists, bloggers and tour operators are taking part in the 12-day drive along Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) from Namsai to Tawang. The drive will also touch remote locations like Dong and Geku.

The 2500-km drive will culminate on April 18 next at Tawang. The road excursion is expected to offer a chance to experience the ‘Unexplored Paradise’, that is Arunachal Pradesh, in the most unique way possible.

Welcoming all participants, Khandu hoped that at the end of the rip, they will have a positive outlook of the state and understand its potentials in the tourism sector.

“Once you go back, I believe you will carry pleasant memories and unforgettable experiences and become ambassadors of Arunachal Pradesh in your respective fields,” he said.

The CM specifically thanked Miss World Japan 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa and top business leaders representing JK Tyre and Mahindra Adventure who are taking part in the trip. He expressed optimism that “this adventurous event will put forward Arunachal as a major driving destination,”

Organized by the state tourism department, the event is being managed by Motorsports Club of Arunachal. The trip has being undertaken by Mahindra Adventure with specially prepared adventure vehicles with service along with JK Tyre & Industries Ltd and a host of other associate sponsors.

“We hope to bring the tourism industry back on its feet after the unprecedented2020. We hope to provide a memorable experience to the members as they discover the boundless cultural steams in a giant patch of unexplored green on the country’s map.  The entire state is a perfect ground for adventure sports and has emerged as the favourite driving destination of the Northeast region of India. With travellers joining us from different states of the country, we have ensured strict measures to guarantee a healthy and safe stay,” he said.

The trip, one-of-a-kind, expedition will traverse from high altitudes of the Himalayas cutting across the entire length of the state to the sub-tropical forests. Through the drive, the enthusiasts would witness a confluence of the country’s first sun rays, pristine scenery, an array of flora and fauna, beautiful monasteries, along tribal culture and tradition.The TAH (NH13) is a double-lane highway extending from Tawang to Kanubari covering 1,559-km. It connects the district headquarters and other important places and help in reducing isolation syndrome of the state. There is no other road in India that can match the beauty, landscape, road condition, and wilderness of the Trans-Arunachal Highway.

Propagating a safe environment, the trip is being conducted with a series of stringent safety protocols in line with the government mandate.

Host of dignitaries including Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Tourism Minister Nakap Nalo, Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao and MLAs Chow Zignu Namchoom, Laisam Simai, Jikke Tako, Hayang Mangfi, Ojing Tasing and Kumsi Sidisow were present at the iconic landmark Kongmu Kham or Golden Pagoda, the venue. (CMO)

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