Community Based Tourism in Tipam Responsible Tourism in Assam
Tai Phake Ecotourism is a small non-governmental organization formed solely to promote balanced sustainable tourism in areas inhabited by the Tai Phake Tribe in the remote areas of eastern Assam. Their highlight is the Tipam Phake Ecotourism Camp (TIPETC) settled at Tipam Village by the banks of the ever-flowing Buridihing River which cuts through the Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Established in 2010, the purpose of the camp is to provide employment to the otherwise unemployed youths of the tribe and to offer nature-based activities focussed on the conservation of the local environment including the biodiversity rich wildlife sanctuary. The camp offers numerous activities engaging both visitors and the host community along with the environment. These include rainforest walks to the forest where one can learn about the flora and fauna, and educational visits to nearby ethnic villages of different tribes with plenty of cultural and historical interactions. The setting is also perfect for picnics, some bird-watching, perhaps sail up the Buridihing to the forest, or spend calm country evenings by the fire indulging delicious local dishes such as rice beer and roasted pork.
Greener Pastures is engaged with TIPETC supporting them by including their endeavor and activities in some of our itineraries. We have also personally visited the camp couple of time to engage with the locals and have discussions.