In order to boost tourism in Nongjrong village, the ‘Escape to Nongjrong’ festival will be held on February 16 and 17.
The Mawkynrew Tourism Sociable Society (MTSS) will host the festival in collaboration with the Tourism Department.
Of late, Nongjrong has become a go-to destination for thousands of tourists who flock there to witness the mesmerising sunrise over misty floating clouds rising up from its deep valley.
This festival, which will be held on the banks of the Umngot River, will showcase the famous Nongjrong orange, which remains in season longer than other varieties, up to the first week of April.
“In the festival we will have stalls that will showcase a variety of culinary delights from the area, like smoked meat, rice cakes, cakes made out of millet, chips made out of jackfruit and banana and also wines made out of various fruits available in the area,” MTSS secretary Olet Kharsohnoh said.
The festival will have camping sites for those who wish to stay overnight and there will be boating, kayaking and paragliding for the more adventurous.
He also said that the organisers of the festival will arrange an “orchard trek”, wherein visitors will be able to pluck their own fruit, and live music.
The MTSS aims to promote not only Nongjrong through this festival but also other areas in the Mawkynrew area by rotating the event annually.