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Swanky caravan comes calling

For tourists, this April would be the “coolest” month. Caravan rides to pilgrimage sites or wildlife hubs would be on offer.

With two full-size beds, washroom with shower, two TV sets with DVD player and a refrigerator, one can experience the luxury Shah Rukh Khan enjoyed in the film Swades while travelling in the brand new caravan of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC).

The swanky bus has arrived in the state capital. People would be able to embark on dream voyage from April.

Navin Kumar, the deputy general manager of BSTDC, told The Telegraph: “The caravan would be stationed in Patna. It can be hired for going to tourist spots across the state. It could be rented out for package tours or on charter. Under the package tour, it could be taken to Buddhist, Jain and Sufi circuits among others. It can also be taken on wildlife circuits such as Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Udaipur Wildlife Sanctuary and blackbuck safari at Buxar among others. Though its charges are still to be fixed, but we are intending to start its booking from April.”

The cost of the caravan bus is Rs 25 lakh and has been assembled in New Delhi.

It is fully air-conditioned and its sitting area has four highly comfortable seats, which form two beds when fully stretched.

Overall, it has a seating capacity for seven people and the beds can accommodate two children and two adults. The caravan also has a folding canopy tent at the left, which is ideal while camping in a jungle safari along with several folding chairs.

The bus has three sources of power supply — power generated through the engine while the bus is moving, supply through a power point while the bus is standing at a hotel or through the generator attached with it.

Booking of the bus would be done at hotel Kautilya Vihar in Patna. It would also start the online booking facility through BSTDC official website (bstdc.bih.nic.in).

The BSTDC is awaiting the delivery of a similar caravan in April.

The BSTDC is also in the process of running several air-conditioned special luxury buses on inter-state routes. “We are awaiting reply to our requests made to the transport department for issuing permits to two buses each on Patna-Varanasi-Sarnath and Patna-Siliguri-Jaigaon routes,” said a BSTDC official.