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Tourists enjoying rafting along Bornadi river in Bogamati, Assam
Tourists enjoying rafting along Bornadi river in Bogamati, Assam|EastMojo image 
ASSAM

Once a militant hideout, this Assam area is now a tourist hotspot

Despite being endowed with nature’s bounty, Bogamati in Baksa district was marred by terrorist activities till a few years ago; all that is changing now

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: Bogamati is a perfect example of nature's bounty. Located near the India-Bhutan border in the Baksa district of Assam, it is surrounded by hills and scenic locales, with the beautiful Bornadi river flowing through it.

However, till about 2004, when the Royal Bhutan Army conducted military operations to flush out separatist insurgent groups such as United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) from the southern part of the country bordering Assam, Bogamati and its adjoning areas were known as a hideout for armed rebels.

Over the years, the popular picnic spot has turned into a major destination for leisure travellers and adventure seekers. Thanks to concerted efforts by local residents and civil organisations, Bogamati is now getting its due attention.

It is located about 90 km from Guwahati.

Inaugurating a host of summer activities at the spot recently, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) executive member Ganesh Kachari said that Bogamati, which was declared a picnic spot by the council in 2007, has now turned into a core destination for foreign tourists.

"Under the dynamic leadership of our parliamentary representative, Biswajit Daimary, BTC has done various developmental works including staircase, sitting places and a Buddha statue at the tourist spot," Kachari added.

Incidentally, many private organisations and NGOs of the area are also lending a helping hand in developing the tourist hotspot as a hub for various adventure sports.

Green Trek & Adventure, a local adventure club, has been organising various summer adventure activities for tourists coming to the spot in the past three years. These include rafting, parasailing, night camping, jungle trails and aqua roller.

Green Trek & Adventure organises summer activities for tourists at Bogamati every year
Green Trek & Adventure organises summer activities for tourists at Bogamati every year
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Rafting, in particular, is seeing a great demand. Tourists often come to undergo the activity along Bornadi river that originates in Bhutan and flows through two ridges of the hills. Green Trek & Adventure has arranged two rubber rafting boats for this purpose.

A Green Trek & Adventure organiser said that Bogamati is one of the most preferred destinations among all rafting sectors in Assam.

Tourists rafting on Bornadi river in Bogamati, Assam
Tourists rafting on Bornadi river in Bogamati, Assam
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"People can have a good idea of adventure activities in the tough terrain of Bogamati," he added.