SUBJECT : Tourism promotion boost

A homestay at Ayodhya Hills in Purulia. Picture by Mita Roy

Purulia, December 19, 2017: The Purulia district administration has taken up a project to promote village tourism and homestay facilities at Ayodhya Hills, a popular tourist destination which presently lacks enough accommodations.

Ayodhya Hills is an extended part of the Eastern Ghats with the highest peak about 2,800ft high. It is also a popular place for young mountaineers to learn the basic course in rock climbing.

The district administration had sought expressions of interest from villagers, who are mostly adivasis, for the project.

"The project was launched to promote village tourism. The government sought land or portions of houses from those who expressed interest in setting up homestays. Cottages will be built and the portion of their house would be renovated for homestay. The cottages and renovated rooms will be later handed over to the beneficiaries who will operate them to generate income," said a government official.

Abhishek Biswas, the block development officer of Bagmundi, said the beneficiaries would be trained in hospitality and catering management.

At present, five cottages are coming up on the land of five beneficiaries at a cost of Rs 30 lakh provided by the backward class welfare department.

Sources said after the inauguration of a 200-bed youth hostel on December 12, Ayodhya Hills had a capacity to accommodate around 1,000 people on a single day. All accommodations, including the Comprehensive Area Development guesthouse, are booked till February.

Source: The Telegraph