Shillong: Kongthong village of Meghalaya, which is also popularly known as the whistling village, has bagged selection for its entry to UNWTO (The World Tourism Organisation) 'Best Tourism Village'. Two other villages in India has also been selected for the same.
The village of Kongthong gained popularity among tourists for its unique ancient tradition. As per the tradition, a mother does not call her child by name but instead uses a tune.
The news of Kongthong village's selection was shared by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on his official Twitter handle. He wrote, "Meghalaya's whistling village Kongthong is selected for entry to the @UNWTO 'Best Tourism Village' along with 2 other villages in the country."
As per sources, Pochampally of Telangana and Ladhpura Khas of Madhya Pradesh are the two villages that have been selected for entry to UNWTO 'Best Tourism Village'.
The Meghalaya government had previously announced that the state has re-opened for tourism since September 1. The state government of Meghalaya had also issued a set of guidelines and rules which included complete vaccination of the tourists, negative RTPCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for those who are partially vaccinated, proper registration in the Meghalaya Tourism website and more.
As per sources, Meghalaya has recorded about 12 lakh tourists in 2019, 12 lakh in 2018, 10 lakh in 2017, 8.5 lakh in 2016, 7.5 lakh in 2015, and 7.2 lakh in 2014.