Ranchi, Oct. 11: With eco-tourism picking up in different parts of the country, can Jharkhand be far behind?
On the contrary, in less than two months, the tribal village of Janumdih in Potka block of East Singhbhum will offer a unique rural experience for visitors. Initiated by Kala Mandir, a Jamshedpur-based NGO, the project is in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).
With an estimated cost of Rs 10,06,150, Nabard chief general manager M.V. Ashok hoped the project will give Jharkhand tourism a new dimension. “Despite its rich potential, the state has not exploit ed its tourism potential to the fullest. This initiative will set things right. We will officially begin by year-end,” he said.
“Jharkhand has immense potential for rural eco-tourism in terms of locale, culture and food,” said Kala Mandir secretary Amitava Ghosh.
Artisans, performers and craftsmen live in Janumdih and its surrounding areas. According to Ghosh, the project can help create alternative livelihoods for these people.
On offer will be exotic charms of Firkaal, a dance form, Narina’s Rankini temple, Dhengam’s picnic spot. “Tourists will stay in mud homes and learn about tribal culture first-hand,” said Ghosh.
“We expect most tourists between the months of August and March. First, we will target the student community, then offer others custom-made packages,” said Ghosh.