In the direction of promoting tourism, a remote village located in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills has set an example by being immensely neat and tidy. Located about 25 km from Tura town, residents of Aminda Rangsa village have taken up the mantle of attracting tourists by setting up a Garo heritage museum.
Handum Marak, a stone-carving artist, is doing his bit by giving shape to a park in the village with just 39 households with a population of 200 people.
In 2011, the village bagged the Nirmal Gram Puraskar. The award motivated the villagers and they decided to come together to emulate Mawlynong village of East Khasi Hills, which has the distinction of being Asia’s cleanest village. Handmade dustbins are kept in different locations of the village, where the community has come together to make the village clean.
The unique initiative to promote the village as a tourism destination is slowly attracting visitors. In addition, artist Handum Marak’s creativity has given shape to a park at Aminda Rangsa.
Constructed with generous donations from different agencies and the villagers, Handum has etched his creativity on uprooted trees at the park.
Handum said he wished for Aminda Rangsa to become a model community tourism destination.
Last year, the village also bagged an award for its conservation efforts in the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion Programme, a flagship programme of the state government.