Dalma packed for Puja

Those looking forward to spend Durga Puja in serene Dalma but are yet to book accommodations are in for disappointment

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 12.09.18
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Cottages at Makulakocha inside Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary

Jamshedpur: Those looking forward to spend Durga Puja in serene Dalma but are yet to book accommodations are in for disappointment

The Pinderbera forest guest house atop Dalma hills, about 30km from Jamshedpur, and the four plush air-conditioned cottages at Makulakocha have already been booked by tourists, mostly from Calcutta.

A staff at the Dalma range office in Mango said three non-AC accommodations situated inside the compound hosting the cottages have also been booked during Durga Puja.

"All our prime accommodation facilities have been booked from October 14 to 20. Many tourists prefer spending time in the hills rather than celebrating puja. There is always a craze during the festive season," the staff said.

While the tariff for each of the two rooms at Pinderbera forest guest house is Rs 800 per night, the cottages are available at Rs 1,100 each per night. Tariff for the non-AC facilities is Rs 600 per night.

Dalma range officer R.P. Singh said they were expecting Puja rush at the sanctuary. "Pinderbera forest guest house and the facilities at Makulakocha have already been booked. Tourists have reserved rooms well in advance. Besides, there are also no issues with water and electricity at both the facilities," he added.

Ever year tourists from Jharkhand, Odisha, Bengal and Chattisgarh flock the 192sqkm sanctuary to enjoy its flora and fauna.

Visitors prefer Pinderbera, 14km uphill from the main entry gate at Makulakocha, because of its picturesque location. A Shiva temple, located 4km from the guest house, is also an added attraction. Tourists also get an opportunity to get a panoramic view of the sanctuary from a vantage point near Hanuman temple.

Trackers - village youths recruited as daily wagers to keep a tab on movement of elephants and other animals - are also available to take tourists to scenic spots across the sprawling sanctuary.