Kohima, Dec 5 : As part of the ongoing 10 day long tourism extravaganza the Hornbill Bill Festival in Nagaland, the grand and the first Swadesh Darshan Project in the state will be inaugurated on Wednesday.
The 'Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project' would be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in the presence of Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons.
"Going to Kohima, Nagaland for attending the Hornbill Festival," Mr Alphons tweeted. "The festival named after Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species in the state whose importance is reflected in a number of tribal cultural expressions, songs and dances. Every Indian should be here," the Minister wrote.
The Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha was sanctioned by the Modi government
in the centre in 2015 for Rs 97.36 crore.
The main function would be held at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama.
Under the project, the Tourism ministry has developed facilities like tribal tourist village, eco log huts, open air theatre, tribal rejuvenation centre, cafeteria, helipad, tourist interpretation centre, wayside amenities, last mile connectivity, public conveniences, multipurpose hall, nature trails, trekking routes, sources said here.
Like several animals and birds, the Hornbills, to Nagas, are common animal motifs symbolic of variously favoured human traits. To many, the Hornbill represents power, royalty and status.
The Hornbill Festival in recent times has emerged as a great platform for Nagas to showcase the traditions and culture.
The fest plays host to a weeklong medley of cultural performances, indigenous games, craft bazaar, music events, fashion, cycling, motor sporting, a kids carnival a series of competitions in various activities including chilly eating.(UNI)