Look-up-at-the-sky days

The skies over the Sabbalpur diara area of the Ganga will dazzle with colourful kites from Saturday.

By Nishant Sinha
  • Published 14.01.17
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The skies over the Sabbalpur diara area of the Ganga will dazzle with colourful kites from Saturday.

The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) is organising a kite festival from 11am to 5pm every day from January 14-17 for Makar Sankranti.

"The kite festival is meant to provide some healthy entertainment to the people where they can spend some time with their families," said BSTDC managing director Uma Shankar Prasad.

Arrangements for the festival include small cottages with tables and beach umbrellas where people can sit and enjoy, and food courts.

"A free ferry service will be provided to people to cross the river, with two steamers ferrying people from Gandhi Ghat and Mahendru Ghat to the diara area and back," Prasad said. "Visitors can also buy Rs 100 tickets for a ride of MV Ganga Vihar and MV Kautilya Vihar, the two cruise boats, to reach the venue. The visitors can also hire boats plying on the Ganga to reach Sabbalpur."

The department will distribute around 200 kites among the people visiting the diara area during the festival and felicitate the best fliers.

"We have also called kite-flyers from Gujarat and Delhi to showcase their talents," Prasad said. "A musical programme and sand artwork by renowned artistes will add to the spirit."

Another BSTDC official said 10,000 people had attended the kite festival last year and "this year also, we expect the same turnout".

The tourism department has been organising the festival in Sabbalpur diara since 2011.

In Patna too, markets are flooded with colourful kites and spindles. Bollywood characters like Bahubali and Sultan have captured kite space apart from the usual Chhota Bheem, Pokemon, Angry Birds and Spider Man available between Rs 5 and Rs 20.