Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s initiative to boost up tourism in Purulia has bore fruits with thousands visiting the district again, which was once infamous for drought and lack of drinking water.
Minister Shantiram Mahato said that the number of tourists is expected to be doubled in Purulia this year. More than 1 lakh people from different parts of the state and some parts of the country had visited the place last season.
People have always visited Purulia in order to enjoy nature’s beauty. The number of tourists in this region increased rapidly in the past four years after Maoist activities receded, said Mahato.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stressed on the improvement of tourism sector in different parts of the state including Purulia.
Tourism is a key area of investment and its possibility will be discussed at length in the forthcoming global business meet scheduled to be held in the city from January 7 to 9.
Two tourism fairs – Ayodha and Joychandipahar Tourism Fair - gets organised in Purulia every year. Various cultural programmes including performances of local folk artists are held at the fairs in order to give a local flavor to the festival which helps to attract more tourists. Bengali sweets and food are also available in the fair.
Ayodha Tourism Fair started on 25 December will continue till 27 December with the Joychandipahar beginning from 28 December. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit Joychandipahar Tourism Fair situated near Raghunathpur this time. The fair will be a three day affair.
The number of buses connecting Purulia Bus Stand to the spots like Ayodha and Joychandipahar has been increased. Initiatives have also been taken to improve the connectivity between Kolkata and Purulia. Cottages have been constructed for tourists and initiatives have been taken to make the process of booking the cottages much easier.
Beautification of various tourist spots in Purulia is almost complete with work in some of the remaining places still going on.
Apart from the monsoon season, hundreds of people visit the Purulia every nine months. The improvement in the tourism sector in the region has opened up new means of livelihood for the local people. Villagers have started making handicrafts wares and earn their livelihood by selling them to tourists.