In nature’s lap: Amadubi resort will be inaugurated by state tourism minister Suresh Paswan on September 27
Wish for a weekend trip this festive season? Set out for the picturesque Amadubi rural resort and spend a day or two far from the madding crowd.
The tourism department’s Rs 44-lakh project, delayed by funds crunch and technical complications, will finally see the light of day next week.
State tourism minister Suresh Paswan will inaugurate the rural retreat on September 27 in a fitting tribute to World Tourism Day.
The resort, located some 65km from steel city Jamshedpur, is an Arcadia for nature lovers. Besides life in the lap of nature, a stay at Amadubi also promises mouth-watering Santhali delicacies like chokla peetha and smoked chicken, tribal dances to the tune of dhol and mandar and local sightseeing.
Kalamandir, the NGO roped in as the nodal agency for the project, is busy chalking out attractive tourist packages. “We will start reservations after the inauguration,” said a member of the NGO.
Kalamandir and Village Tourism Development Committee, which is entrusted with maintenance of the resort, have decided on a tariff of Rs 650 per cottage per day.
This budget rate is tentative and may be increased later when the resort is able to offer better facilities. However, the tariff won’t soar too high because the objective is to lure middle-class tourists.
The tourism department, on its part, is leaving no stone unturned to promote the getaway modelled on rural Jharkhand. Principal secretary Sajal Chakraverty recently met tour operators in Calcutta to discuss opportunities. The move is aimed at attracting tourists from Bengal.
“The feedback from tour operators will help us understand the areas of improvement. These include accommodation, a central reservation system and sightseeing. There is a lot of scope for improvement. Once people start coming, we will know the gaps that need to be plugged,” he added.
The department is in the process of drawing up promotional events in Bengal and Jharkhand. It will also float tourist helplines soon.