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Siliguri to host kite fest on Sept 27

Siliguri, Sept. 16: The Bengal tourism department will organise a National Kite Festival at the Uttarayon ground here on September 27 to celebrate World Tourism Day.

Around 30 people from different parts of India have been invited to fly kites at the festival that will be conducted in association with the Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators’ Association.

Sunil Agarwal, the joint director of tourism (north Bengal), today said state tourism minister Rachhpal Singh would inaugurate the event that was aimed at attracting more visitors to the region.

“For the first time in north Bengal, a day-long national kite festival will be organised later this month to mark World Tourism Day. We had earlier decided to host an international kite festival. But we had to scale down the event to a national level festival because of paucity of time and preoccupation of international participants. Around 30 people from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat will take part in the event,” said Agarwal.

The official said no international kite fliers were available for the Siliguri event as they are taking part in the 17th International Kite Festival at Dieppe in France. “The French festival is being held from September 8 till tomorrow. Many Indians are taking part in the event and they will join the fest here after returning from abroad,” he said.

The festival will start with a rally from Hashmi Chowk in the morning. “There will also be a seminar on tourism activities in north Bengal. Tribal and other ethnic communities in the region will perform cultural programmes to entertain the tourists,” said a tourism department official.