Khonoma, June 15: Khonoma, known as Asia’s first green village, has gained recognition as one of India’s 50 tourist destinations. Minister for Tourism and Higher Education, Temjen Imna Along, announced this during his visit to the village.

The selection of Khonoma as a tourist destination is part of the Tourism Challenge Mode project initiated by the Ministry of Tourism. The village’s potential and unique attractions caught the attention of the ministry, leading to its inclusion in this prestigious list.

During the visit, Minister Along was warmly welcomed by Minister for Horticulture and Woman Resource Development, Salhoutuono Kruse, along with representatives from the Khonoma Village Council, Khonoma Youth Organisation, and Khonoma Eco Tourism Committee.

This recognition aligns with the government’s vision to develop 50 destinations across India as comprehensive tourism packages. The selection process emphasized an integrated and innovative approach, focusing on both domestic and foreign tourists.

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To enhance the tourist experience, the government plans to launch an app that provides comprehensive information about the selected destinations, including physical and virtual connectivity, tourist guides, food streets, and security measures.

Skilling programs and entrepreneurship development will also be implemented to promote domestic tourism and support the “Dekho Apna Desh” initiative.

Additionally, under the Vibrant Villages Programme, efforts will be made to enhance tourist infrastructure and amenities in border villages, encouraging tourism in those areas as well.

Salhoutuono Kruse expressed gratitude to Imna Along for recognizing Khonoma as one of the country’s 50 tourist destinations.

This acknowledgment not only puts Khonoma on the tourism map but also highlights the village’s commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism practices. With its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and eco-conscious initiatives, Khonoma is poised to attract more visitors and contribute to the growth of tourism in the region.