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Thursday , December 20 , 2012
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Book your hot spots before New Year sets in

- Tourism corporation plans go-kart rides & games at sandbar, phaeton rides around Gandhi Maidan

Ride a go-kart and listen to a disc jockey creating jazzy beats on the console to welcome the New Year in style.

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC), an undertaking of the tourism department, is planning a bash at the capital’s sandbar Sabbalpur Diara ahead of January 2013.

Residents would be wooed by go-karts and all-terrain vehicles at the diara. A firm in Patna has been engaged to operate the adventure sports equipment.

Navin Kumar, the deputy general manager of BSTDC, told The Telegraph: “Patna-based firm Ramsons International has agreed to operate the go-karts and all-terrain vehicles at Sabbalpur Diara. We have asked the firm to operate the adventure sports equipment before the New Year. We are also planning to organise parties at the sandbar where disc jockeys would perform. A final decision is yet to be taken.”

The BSTDC has issued a work order to SK Enterprises for developing an amphitheatre, children’s amusement park and food plaza at the sandbar. The Patna-based company would also have to plan other recreational activities.

The facilities provided by both the firms are expected to be up and running from December 30.

“SK Enterprises would provide facilities for playing volleyball and baseball at the diara. They have been asked to complete their work before the New Year,” said Navin.

Sources said the facilities would be part of the tourism corporation’s plans for Sabbalpur Diara this winter. Opened in 2010, the sandbar is being developed as a tourism hub under the Sabbalpur Diara Island River Project.

The diara is around 2km from Kali Ghat near Patna University across the Ganga. It is open seven days a week from 2pm till sunset. Revellers can go to the diara on country-made boats or on the BSTDC’s floating restaurant, MV Ganga Vihar.

But if you thought Sabbalpur Diara could be your only destination for the New Year celebrations, then here are a few more options.

Residents can also go on a phaeton ride around the historic Gandhi Maidan. “We received the phaeton last month. But the carriage could not be operated because of lack of horses. We have recently tied up with three people who are ready to take the phaeton round for the revellers,” added Navin.

Although the rates for a ride on the phaeton are not fixed, sources said every person could have to pay Rs 100-200 for a ride.

Another attraction in 2013 for residents is sound, light and laser shows at Golghar, the city’s heritage granary. “Work on the sound, light and laser shows started a month ago. It is expected to be complete by the second week of January,” said Navin.