In an exclusive interview with BE’s Kishore Kumar Biswas, Goutam Deb, Minister-In-Charge, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, points out how his department is pushing the boundaries for tourism in the state and emerging as a financially self-sufficient department.
Q. You are going to start the Bengal Tourism Festival – North Bengal 2019. It is the first-of-its-kind in the state. Please tell us what it is about.
A. This festival will start from November 17 and end on December 22 this year. It is a weekend tour programme. In this one and a half month, the programme will start every Friday and end at noon of the corresponding Sunday. For each weekend, we will be covering a tourist location. Six places have been selected in north Bengal. It will start from Sittong in Darjeeling. In the next weekend, Mansong in Kalimpong district will be covered. Next it will be organised at Rajabhatkhwa in Alipurduar district. It will then be organised at Gajoldoba and then at Matiyali, both in the Jalpaiguri district. The last programme will be at Kaldighi in South Dinajpur district.
Q. Why did you go for such an initiative?
A. The purpose was to introduce interested people to important places in north Bengal and to expose them to the special cultural aspects of those places like dance, music and food. Tourists can enjoy trekking, visits to bird sanctuaries, go for jungle safaris, elephant rides and enjoy cycling and fishing.
A tourist can choose any place from the earlier mentioned venues in our programme according to his/her convenience. Our department will arrange for pick-ups and transport them to the venue. Visitors will be lodged at well-made camps or in nearby homestays. We will arrange for everything including fooding for the three days of this tour. After the programme, visitors will be dropped at convenient locations that will enable them travel back.
Q. What will be the individual cost of this visit? Will the middle class be able to afford it?
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
IT sector boosts employment after sluggish growth
India is the largest off-shoring destination for Information Technology (IT) companies across the world.
Indian handicrafts need new vision to compete globally
High-quality handicraft goods
AHSI hosts Bicentennial Flower Show and World Regional Rose Convention 2020
The Agri Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) recently celebrated its bicentenary year by hosting the Bicentennial Flower Show and the World Regional Rose Convention 2020.
Threat Of A Third World War?
Renewed tension in West Asia forebodes a troubled 2020.
Railways Financial Stress: Is Economic Slowdown The Main Reason?
The Indian Railways (IR) has been going through a rough financial patch for the last few years.
US-Iran Hostility: India Feels Heat Of Crude Oil Price Hike
The geopolitical tension triggered by the killing of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) top military leader Qasem Soleimani and the subsequent retaliatory missile attacks on American military bases in Iraq by Iran has brought many countries including India to the edge.
Landmark Judgements To Stop Animal Cruelty
Some of our judges are now beginning to understand what animal cruelty does to a nation and act on it.
Opportunities And Challenges In The Aviation Sector
The Bharat Chamber of Commerce organised a national seminar and an exhibition on the ‘Indian Aviation Sector: Opportunities and Challenges’ at the Park Hotel, Kolkata. The prospects of private participation in maintenance, overhaul, and repair were discussed.
India Needs To Learn A Lesson From Brexit
The verdict given by the people of the United Kingdom in 2016 in favour of quitting the European Union (EU) is popularly known as ‘Brexit’. People who voted for Brexit argued that it was because of the adoption of erratic neo-liberal policies that had led to livelihood crises.
US-China Trade War Continues: Global Implications
The ongoing US-China trade war had its origin in 2012. It began then as a “cold war”, well before Donald Trump became the US President.