SUBJECT :Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic, Odisha and West Bengal have joined hands to boost tourism in the neighbouring states. As part of it, the Odisha government has launched three road trip packages between Kolkata and its key tourism destinations. 

By: Hemanta Pradhan

Bhubaneswar, December 26, 2020: Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic, Odisha and West Bengal have joined hands to boost tourism in the neighbouring states. As part of it, the Odisha government has launched three road trip packages between Kolkata and its key tourism destinations.

The first road circuit — deep into the Mangroves — is from Kolkata to Bhitarkanika via the Bichitrapur Mangrove Sanctuary and Chandipur in Balasore district. The four-night and five-day trip will cover destinations like the Bichitrapur sanctuary, the Talasari beach, Chandipur’s receding beach in Balasore district, the Aul Palace and the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district.

The second trip — The Trail of Cascades-Keonjhar — will also start from Kolkata and end in Keonjhar. This 500-km trip (three nights and four days) will take visitors to the Bhimkund waterfall, Sitabinji caves’ fresco paintings, the terracota crafts village at Ghatagaon, the Gundichaghai and Sanaghagara waterfall and the Badaghagara and Kanjipani ghat.

The third one — Tiger trails and Royalty from Kolkata to Similipal — will cover 470km. The three-night and four-day trip will take tourists to Belgadia palace of Bhanja dynasty, the Similipal Tiger Reserve, the Sitakund waterfall and ecotourism zone, Barehipani (India’s second-highest waterfall) and Nawana valley in Mayurbhanj district.

State tourism minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said, “Tourism is one of the main areas of focus for the state government. During the pandemic, Odisha Tourism took the opportunity to conduct extensive background work to revive tourism and the results are there to see.”

While addressing the Odisha Tourism Virtual Roadshow- 2020, which was organised by Odisha Tourism and FICCI on Wednesday, Panigrahi said this is the time to reach out to tour operators from West Bengal. “Odisha receives 14% of its tourists from West Bengal. Similarities in culture and cuisine are the highlight of the relation between the two states. A memorandum of understanding signed for the joint promotion of tourism between the states will surely boost the tourist traffic.”

Director of tourism Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav said, “The tourists from West Bengal can take these routes to explore beautiful and virgin places in Odisha by road. Besides, Odisha has four other road routes to explore different destinations across the state.” Odisha is rich in spiritual tourism, heritage and Buddhist tourism, culture, art and handicrafts, ethnic tourism, cuisine, wildlife and ecotourism, performing arts and stunning beaches.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com