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The first North East Tourism Festival 2018 will kick off on November 15 at the river bank of Huishu Village, Ukhrul district and will wind up on November 17.
Managing director of Ukhrul Hills Development Foundation (UHDF) and Mikpingla Industries (MPI), Achui Graceson Shatsang informed that the three-day long tourism festival is being held in association with North Eastern Council (NEC). It will showcase musical nights from various bands, artistes and DJs, and will also provide an opportunity to the visitors to explore the scenic beauty of Huishu mountain, river and neighbouring ranges, he added.
He also said that there will be fishing, mountain trekking, and rifle shooting and photography competition activities during the festival.
Minister of Information and Public Relations, Th. Biswajit Singh will attend the inaugural function as chief guest while members of ADC Ukhrul, Yaronsho Ngalung and Mark Luithing will be the guests of honour, informed Achui.
He further highlighted that general secretary (Admn) of BJP Manipur Pradesh, Sarat Kumar will be the chief guest on the second day of the event, and members ADC Ukhrul, Paothing Vashum and Themreishang Awungshi will be the guests of honour.
Moreover, director of Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited, Sapam Ranjan have consented to attend the closing ceremony as chief guest, and it will be attended by ADC Ukhrul chairman, K. Dickson, former principal advisory of Brahmaputra Board, Sword Vashum and former MLA of Ukhrul, Somatai Shaiza as guests of honour, said Achui.
He also informed that the main purpose of organising the festival is to promote the beautiful places of Ukhrul district and make Ukhrul a hot destination for tourists. The kind of event will also foster better understanding and unity among the diverse communities in the State, he added.
Besides, the festival will also be attended by celebrities including Kaiku Rajkumar, Sylvia Daphro, Timmi Rinpam Lunghar, Maxima Paonam, Tangkhul actress, Pamchuiwon Kashak and former Miss Manipur, Phapha Gachui.
The organisers will also provide means of transportation from Ukhrul Headquarter to Huishu River, which is about 50 km away from the headquarter towards Jessami NH 202. Tents will be available for rent and food at a low price.