|(From top) Tribal women match steps in geet at the inauguration of Rusika Sangeko in Amadubi on Friday; male dancers present dasai, another tribal dance form; and state tourism minister Suresh Paswan checks out a Swiss tent at the resort. (Bhola Prasad)
From mud huts to Swiss tents, from pyatkar paintings to mushroom peetha — Rusika Sangeko, the retreat in Amadubi, opened its doors on Friday with the pledge of pastoral fantasy for every wanderer.
Tribal geet and dances like firkaal and dasai marked World Tourism Day as state minister Suresh Paswan inaugurated the Rs 44-lakh resort in Dalbhumgarh, 60km from Jamshedpur, calling it the gateway to extensive rural tourism in Jharkhand.
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FEEL AT HOME
Two Santhal-style cottages each with a double bed, pyatkar motifs and cane furniture
Two Swiss tents that can host two persons each
Two open dining spaces
A kitchen serving local cuisine
A museum replete with clay utensils, tribal musical instruments, handloom items and chhau masks
A library of tribal tomes
An amphitheatre for cultural shows on request
Pyatkar gurukul to learn the art form, mainly painting folklore on scrolls
MAKE YOUR TRIP
Trips can be organised to Dalbhumgarh airstrip, Narsinghgarh Fort, Rankini Mandir, Dasbhuj Mandir, Kotwal Temple, Raas Temple, local haat and sal forests
Packages start from Rs 1,000 per day. One for three days and two nights can cost Rs 3,000, excluding food and sightseeing
“I request Kalamandir (a voluntary outfit and implementing agency of the project) to maintain this beautiful place so that tourists keep coming back.
This is where they get to know real Jharkhand, its tribal life and tasty food,” Paswan said, grabbing a bite of sattu peetha and mushroom peetha in kaansa (bell metal) plates. He added: “I have already prepared a detailed project report on many other tourism spots. This is just the beginning.”