‘Foreign Tourists Inflow To NE Has Increased By 27 Percent’

SHILLONG, Oct 14: Foreign tourists’ inflow into Northeastern states has increased by over 27 per cent last year against a national growth of only 5.9 per cent, a top Union Tourism department official said here on Tuesday. “The number of foreign tourists visiting the Northeast region has increased by 27.9 per cent in the past one year,” Union Tourism Ministry Secretary Parvez Dewan told...

Shoppers Cannot Get Enough Of Namphalong

Going to Namphalong, I expected the Burmese would talk about the clamp down, illegal migrants and chucking the Junta out. To my utter surprise, they were painfully passive, they didn’t mention anything about the regime and it was clear that they only wanted to talk about the border town business. The military imagery we have of the country is very strong, the vigil of the security guards from both...

Mizoram Opposes PAP Removal From North-East

Foreign tourists in India (file photo). Image Credit: Bharat Chronicle. GUWAHATI, Feb 16: Mizoram has refused to echo Manipur in celebrating the lifting of Protected Area Permit (PAP) from the Northeast. New Delhi had on December 30 last year lifted PAP after agreeing that the law and order in the region has improved enough for the permit to go. PAP was required for foreign visitors to the region. At...

Tripura Could Be Gateway To North-East, Say Visiting MPs

AGARTALA, Feb 16: A parliamentary team Wednesday said it will suggest the name of Unakoti, a seventh century pilgrim spot in Tripura, as a world heritage site and also pointed out that improved infrastructure could make the state the gateway to India’s northeast. The team of MPs headed by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury will also propose to the central...

Protected/Restricted Area Permit For India

Beautiful North-East... The Foreigner (Protected Areas) Act requires foreigners to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit certain areas in India. This requirement is in addition to getting an Indian visa. In order to get this permit, you must meet certain requirements. Such restriction is in place due to security reasons. Even Indian citizens who are not residents of those areas require an Inner...