Majuli Cycle Café to promote carbon-free travel, tourism at the river island
For the promotion of carbon-free travel, Root Bridge Foundation opened Majuli Cycle Café in Garamur, Majuli.
The café consists of a coffee shop, cycle rental place, library, art gallery, village shop and space for art performance. Majuli Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha inaugurated the Majuli Cycle Café.
Majuli Cycle Café is a state of art facilitation center for both host communities and tourists. The café is opened by non-profit organization Root Bridge Foundation which is working towards fostering sustainable tourism practices in northeast India. It is a part of Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project (MSTDP), an initiative of Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) in association with Root Bridge Foundation for the promotion of cycle tourism in world’s largest river delta, Majuli.
Deputy Commissioner of Majuli, Pallav Gopal Jha congratulated Root Bridge Foundation for their different initiatives in Majuli. “The café will be catering different needs of the tourists in the island,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Superintendent of Police, Vaibhav Nimbalkar said that Majuli Cycle Café is a novel idea and it will enrich tourism in Majuli.
“We are intended to make Majuli Cycle Café a happening centre of tourism in Majuli,” said Javed, chairman of Root Bridge Foundation.
“Majuli is emerging as one of the most attractive tourism destination in Northeast and it has all the potential to become a favourite destination of transformational travel, the new worldwide travel trend. There will be storytelling cycle tours to different Mishing villages,” said Root Bridge Foundation chairman added.
The gallery and art space will be used for exhibitions and activities, he said.
“We are trying to include indigenous communities, women and youth into tourism value chain and introduced different livelihood activities,” said Gayatri Baruah, trustee Root Bridge Foundation.
Mirijim is a brand introduced by Root Bridge Foundation as part of the livelihood activities. Different textile products like table runners, table mats and shawls are available in Majuli Cycle Café. Each product consists of a story note, so that the customers can understand the history and legends of each community, their handicrafts and life.
The library books in the café are arranged through crowd sourcing.