Tourism 1994).Rural tourism is vital for rural and sustainable development. Imagination and media portrayal of rural society always creates a sense of inquisitiveness for the urbanity. But when urban folk experience rural life they came closer to the warm and hospitable rural folk. In Assam most of the villages are endowed with beautiful natural landscape, forest, hills, rivers, historical monuments, ancient temples, shrines, flora & fauna, etc. A few places like Sivasagar, Hajo, Tejpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Marigaon, Tinisukia, Golaghat, Karbi anglong, Mongoldoi, Barpeta, Sarthebari, Sonapur, Sualkuchi, Boko, Mirza, Rani, of Assam has enoromous untapped potentialities for rural tourism. If traditional village life starting from attires to traditions, arts to crafts, folk culture to custom, are
showcased in week long folk cultural fest, village mela, on particular time of a year then definitely attract flow of tourist. Apart from this if rural people involves in expansion of orchids garden, floriculture, horticulture, sericulture, mushroom cultivation, bamboo & cane work in rural area then surely tourists can be pulled for experiencing it. As a result of it villagers avails employment opportunities. To make all these possible rural people should take initiative by providing large acre of lands to setup camping site, recreational parks, flower garden, museum, market, souvenirs stall, local handloom and handicraft stalls,
- P. Bhattacharya. Tourism in Assam: trends and potentialities. Dibrugarh: Bani Mandir, 2004.
- R. N. Saletore. Encyclopedia of Indian culture. New Delhi: Starling publishers pvt. Ltd., 1985.