After the pandemic, adventure tourism gets a boost in serene North Garo Hills

GUWAHATIA: Adventure seekers now have a new address in scenic Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills to not only explore and experience the thrills of nature, but also compete!

Adventure tourism in Kharkutta, about 100 kilometers from Guwahati, has also been taken to the next level with the organization of the first National Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Meghalaya on Friday.

A paraglider in action

Meghalaya minister James K Sangma opened the four-day competition as the main guest.

“Meghalaya is hosting a National Paragliding Accuracy Championship for the first time and this in itself is a matter of pride. I have a feeling that the event will not only help Meghalaya to showcase its natural beauty, but also boost tourism in the state,” Sangma told media.

Rupert Momin, NPP MLA from Kharkutta constituency, was the man behind the start-up of the adventure sport in North Garo Hills about a few years ago, which finally paid off in the form of a paragliding accuracy contest at Chotcholja in Kharkutta.

“Such an initiative by the MLA is indeed commendable as it will help improve the tourism prospects of the region in the near future which in turn will greatly benefit the local community. This is just a start and in the coming days, adventure tourism in the area will be taken to the next level,” said Sangma.

Meghalaya minister James Sangma will be welcomed as the main guest at the venue on Friday

Momin said the aim of organizing the event was to revitalize tourism in Meghalaya, especially in the post-COVID scenario, when much needs to be done to revitalize the tourism industry.

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