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The tourism minister of Bihar, Narayan Prasad, on Friday said that the state-of-the-art zoo safari at Rajgir, developed by the forest department, would be thrown open to the visitors next month.
“In a bid to conserve the forest area at Rajgir, the tourism department has planned to allot 506 e-rickshaws to the local ‘tonga’ riders to take tourists from Vishwa Shanti Stupa to Ghora Katora. The new facilities will boost the tourism sector in Bihar, which has been going through a rough phase owing to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the minister said.
The Rajgir zoo safari is spread over 480 acres of land. “At the zoo safari, animals will move freely in big enclosures and tourists will be taken there in closed vehicles. There will be separate enclosures for leopards, lions, tigers, and herbivores,” a tourism department official said. The minister said the tourism department has also spent INR 2,048 lakh on several upcoming ropeway projects in the state.
“Modern ropeway facilities would come up at Rajgir, Mandar Hill in Banka district, Rohtasgarh in Rohtas, Mundeshwari Hill in Kaimur district, Vanabar Hill in Jehanabad and Brahmayoni Hill, Dungeshwari Hill and Pretshila hill in Gaya district. The ropeway facilities will promote religious tourism and generate employment,” Prasad said.
He added the tourism facilities are being improved at Patna Sahib where Sikh tourists from across the globe arrive to offer prayers to the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
People in the state are elated with new tourism amenities coming up in different districts. “I am quite keen to visit the zoo safari at Rajgir with my friends and family. At a time when traveling outside is a risky affair due to Covid pandemic, development of such facilities in the state is a boon for common people in the state,” said Mansi Agarwal (20), an undergraduate student.
Mayank Pradhan (26), a software engineer, said, “Bihar is undoubtedly growing in tourism. The government is focusing more on the promotion of religious sites, which will surely boost the sector. However, the state’s tourism sector needs more branding to attract people from other places.”