Bengal Safari Park to bank on ‘big cats’ to rope in visitors
Tiger Safari is expected to begin at Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri from this month. This Safari Park is already the home to two Royal Bengal tigers.
It was learnt that some leopards would also be taken to the Bengal Safari Park very soon.
For the first time in the country, a leopard safari would be introduced at the Bengal Safari Park.
During her visit to North Bengal which is scheduled later this month, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the safari park.
Around Rs 25 crore would be spent in the first phase of the construction work of the Safari Park which is a part of the total 287 hectare wildlife garden that houses only herbivorous animals.
The park is situated off Sevak Road enroute Kalimpong and Sikkim. The park has been divided into several zones where different varieties of deer, rhinoceros, wild boars, and wild cats will be kept.
The tourists will be taken to the safari in eco-friendly vehicles. The charges of the vehicle will be Rs 50 per hour while the entry to the park will be Rs 20 per person.
It was also learnt from the sources, that Himalayan black deer safari would be introduced in North Bengal before the onset of the monsoon.
Senior officials of the state Tourism department believe that it will attract a huge number of tourists from various parts of the country and abroad.
To make this a favourite destination for the tourists, the state Tourism department and the North Bengal development department are working jointly to put in place infrastructure so that the visitors do not face any problems.
Cottages are being prepared at the area. State government is also stressing on the Homestay policy as many tourists prefer to stay in a homely atmosphere.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had expressed her wish to set up cottages run by the government agencies around the Bengal Safari Park. The breeding of tigers will be done at Siliguri’s Bengal Safari Park.
The state Forest department will rehabilitate tigers from different places like Alipore Zoological Garden, Nandankanan Zoo of Odisha, Jharkhali of Sundarbans and Dakshin Khayerbari of Dooars at the Safari park during the mating season.
Because of easy accessibility, the park is likely to be one of the major tourist attractions in the state. More animals will be brought to the park with the passage of time.