Kongthong, a whistling village in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya has been nominated for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's 'Best Tourism Village' along with two other villages in India.
#Meghalaya's whistling village Kongthong is selected for entry to the @UNWTO 'Best Tourism Village' along with 2 other villages in the country," Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the Meghalaya CM for the achievement.
"Congratulations Meghalaya on Kongthong being selected ‘Best Tourism Village”. @SangmaConrad The village in which people compose a tune for calling a person in the place of names!," Sitharaman tweeted in a reply to CM Sangma's tweet.
Bihar Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha, who adopted the village in 2019 also took to Twitter to announce the achievement. The MP had suggested a UNESCO tag for the hamlet.
"Whistling village’Kongthong, adopted by me in’19 has been selected for entry to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’ category of ‘Best Tourism Village’in the world," Sinha tweeted.
The two other villages that have been nominated for UNWTO 'Best Tourism Villages' award are Pochampally village in Telangana and Ladhpura Khas village in Madhya Pradesh.