The Ministry of Tourism has nominated Meghalaya's Kongthong village, also known as the 'Whistling village', for the World Tourism Organization’s “Best Tourism Villages" award.
The other two villages
- Kongthong village is nominated with two other villages in the country. The two other villages are—
- Pochampally in Telangana: Bhoodan Pochampally is a census town in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district of Telangana.
- The place is known for its traditional weave, featuring geometric patterns in ikat style of dyeing, named after the destination.
- There are thousands of looms in this village that produce this textile in bulk.
- Pochampally sati also received Intellectual Property Rights Protection or Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2005.
- Ladhpura Khas in Madhya Pradesh: Located in Orchha Tehsil of Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh, it is about seven kilometres away from Orchha, another popular tourist destination.
Interesting facts about the village
- In Meghalaya's Kongthong village, a mother calls her child by a tune instead of a name.
- The villagers have two names in Kongthong-a regular name and a song name.
- In fact, the song names have two versions, a short song and a long song.
- The short song is normally used at home.
- The longer names are used in the forest to keep away evil spirits.
- The musical names are called ‘jingrwai Iawbei’ in the village.
- There are 10 major clans in the village and four of them, namely Khongsit, Majaw, Lynrah and Pohnong, claim to be the founders.
- In 2019, Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar Rakesh Sinha adopted the village and had suggested a UNESCO tag for the hamlet.
Best Tourism Villages
- Villages across the world that are committed to the promotion and preservation of their cultural heritage and sustainable development through tourism.
- These villages harness the power of tourism to provide opportunity and safeguard their communities, local traditions and heritage.