Imagine walking alongside a 'sal' forest and the gushing Kanshabati river while on a short trip not very far away from Kolkata.
To all travellers' delight, Bankura district administration is all set to promote Swabujdwip. The eco-tourism there has gathered huge popularity among those who visit Bankura. The area, surrounded by 'sal forest' on one side and a stream of Kanshabati on the other, is also near to Mukutmanipur and Jhilimili — two famous tourist destinations. Susunia hills are also close to the area.
"The mindset of Bengali tourists has changed now as people tend to go to those places more and more. Most of them are not eager to go out of state in short trips and prefer nearby areas," said a tourism department source.
The Bengal government and West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation took several steps to promote these places of natural beauty. Many packages were made for enthusiastic tourists.
"In Bankura, Swabujdwip is one of the popular tourist spots at Raipur block. The river Kanshabati has bi-furcated in a place here and reunites again after going some distance. The island in between two bi-furcated streams is known as Swabujdwip," said an officer of the district administration.
"Spending time on the shore of the river, going for fishing are the most popular attractions for the tourists. This is one of the best eco-tourisms in this region," the officer added.
The state government has framed an adventure tourism policy in some areas of Bankura and Purulia. The state Tourism department began to work on a draft plan following the instruction from the CMO. The proposal has been prepared and senior officials of the department will examine it before sending it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for consideration.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had announced to promote tourism in these sectors during her district visit to Bankura. She had particularly mentioned the areas around Susunia hills to be promoted.
"An interesting thing is that this river will never dry up. We have arranged CCTV surveillance in the area so that no tourists feel unsafe here," said Raipur BDO Dipankar Das.