Indian Village in Nagaland gets ecotourism efforts launched

The Jotsoma village in Kohima district of Nagaland received a boost as a tourist destination with the launch of a nature conservation and eco-tourism project on Saturday at Puliebadze Chahe ki, a rest house on the foothills of the mount Puliebadze.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio was the chief guest at the programme. He was overwhelmed with the sight of rich natural vegetation and virgin forests all around. He said that he has been associated with Jotsoma village for a long time and expressed his happiness over the fact that the people of the village have conserved their natural surroundings.

Rio Jaguarão

Rio Jaguarão (Photo credit: Jefferson Bernardes)

The chief minister stated that the thick natural vegetation and virgin forests of the Japfu mountain range could have water sources, particularly for the capital town Kohima, for which he appreciated the people of the Southern Angamis and the Western Angamis living in the ranges as they preserve and conserve flora and fauna. Encouraging the people to keep up their conservation efforts, he further said that other people can adopt the model followed by the Jotsoma villagers to preserve the forest. Rio also advised that the community based forest should be set up.

Rio said that there are many employment opportunities for the people of the state in preservation and conservation activities. He said remote areas of the state have a lot of potential tourist attractions and added the government should make a proposal in this regard. He suggested that the village can take the initiative and the government can provide assistance. He also suggested that the villagers should set up rhododendron and orchids garden, which can be a special attraction to visitors.

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