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Disc jockey beats in tiger abode

New Year revellers in the state can welcome 2013 like never before — dancing to the tunes of a disc jockey (DJ) near a tiger reserve.

DJ Rishabh, a regular feature at popular nightclubs across the country, would perform at the newly set-up resort, Safari Lounge, near Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) at Sighai village in West Champaran district, around 250km northwest of Patna, on December 31. “We wanted to offer something different to those who want to spend a musical night in the woods. It led to our plan of organising a DJ night on New Year’s eve,” lounge owner Sitanshu Amar told The Telegraph .

Kushang Kishore Singh, who is managing Rishabh’s visit to the resort, said the DJ was also scheduled to perform in Patna in the first week of January.

Those willing to book tickets for the DJ night at Safari Lounge can visit the website of the resort, Entry fee for a couple would be Rs 1,000. In addition to this, a tour package of three days (December 30 to January 1) is on offer, for which a couple would have to pay Rs. 10,000. The package includes pick-up and drop from Patna, the stay at the safari and the entry for the DJ night.

On the resort’s plan to organise the event, VTR field director Santosh Tiwari said: “The resort is more than 10km from the core area of the reserve and over 3km from its outer boundary. Organising DJ night at the resort would not have any impact on the wild animals of the reserve.”

He also appreciated Amar’s idea to set up a resort in the far-flung place. “The facilities offered by us as part of the eco-tourism project allow tourists to visit Valmikinagar, Ganauli and Madanpur ranges of the reserve. The presence of another facility would give an option to visitors to choose places of their choice during their visit to the reserve,” he said.

Setting up the resort in the hinterlands of Bihar is a classic example of benefits that accrue to local entrepreneurs because of promotion of eco-tourism.

The resort, the first to come up near the only tiger reserve of the state, was set up in the end of October this year, which coincided with the time when the state government formally launched eco-tourism in the tiger reserve in the first week of the November.

“The government’s plan to promote eco-tourism at VTR did factor in while setting up the resort because it is located in such a place from where a person can visit Govardhana, Raghia, Harnatar and Manguraha ranges of the reserve,” Amar said.