The kiosk of a travel agency at the fair in Ranchi on Saturday. (Hardeep Singh)
Ranchi, Aug. 16: The enchanting mountains of Bhutan or the bewitching beaches of Thailand? Or would you prefer to first explore the scenic delights of your own state like the hills of Netarhat and forests of Giridih.
Jharkhand’s travel buffs can pick their favourite destination from options galore at a three-day tour mart-cum-tourism fair that kicked off at the multipurpose hall of Ranchi Club today. Organised for the fourth consecutive time by the state tourism department in collaboration with Mega Events Private Limited, the fair is promoting major tourist destinations in and around Jharkhand besides offering tour options to foreign destinations like China, Thailand, Singapore and Bhutan.
While Gujarat is the partner state this time, tour packages to other states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Bihar are also up for grabs.
In all, there are 12 kiosks set up by tour and travel agencies. Some of the participants are Calcutta-based Raj Yatayat (P) Limited, Vinayaka Holidays and Ranchi’s Suhana Tour and Travellers.
Inaugurating the mart, state tourism minister Suresh Paswan said: “This is a step to not only generate awareness about Jharkhand’s tourism potential, but also give our people knowledge of the tourist sites in other states. It will help generate revenue.”
The places within Jharkhand that are being promoted include Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Deoghar, Giridih and Netarhat. Outside the state, Kerala, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are the attractions.
Prakash Naik of Maharashtra said Bhandardara valley and Tarkarli beach in his state were popular. “We get around 10,000 tourists from Jharkhand every year,” he said.
Naik couldn’t have been more right. Queries poured in on the first day.
“I booked a family trip to Chikhaldara, a hill station in Maharashtra, during Durga Puja,” said government employee Sushil Sahay.
The fair is open from 11am to 7.30pm. Entry is free.