‘Discover Bihar’ roadshow to be held in 10 cities
PATNA: To attract domestic tourists to Bihar, Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has organized a series of roadshow – ‘Discover Bihar’- in 10 big cities. This initiative kicked off from Hyderabad on Friday and would conclude in Guwahati on March 25.
“The major focus of this initiative is on telling people to change their old perception of Bihar. Now people can travel safely in any part of the state,” said Navin Kumar, deputy general manager of BSTDC.
During the roadshow, BSTDC team would be spending two days in each of the 10 cities – Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur and Guwahati.
“We are showcasing Bihar through PowerPoint presentations and also through posters and banners explaining its rich glory and the present-day Bihar. We have already organized quiz on Bihar. In Hyderabad, more than 300 kids participated in the quiz contest,” Kumar told TOI.
Kumar, after his return from Hyderabad said: “We received a huge response in Hyderabad. Thousands of people visited the roadshow and appreciated the effort made by the state government for promotion of domestic tourism.” The BSTDC team also explained the rich tradition of Bihar’s art and handicrafts. The samples of Madhubani paintings, Sikki art work and Bhagalpur silk were liked by one and all.
“Due to some reasons, we could not hold a folk music and cultural programme in Hyderabad but in other cities we will also organize folk music and dance performances by local artistes of Bihar,” said Kumar.
Through the roadshow, the BSTDC team also informed people about the state’s famous religious and adventure sites. The major religious centres of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Sufism caught the attention of Hyderabadis.
“Bihar has attracted more than 5.27 lakh foreign tourists till November in the last calendar year. We want the same response from domestic tourists too with this initiative,” Kumar said. The BSTDC visiting team also mentioned the recently introduced cruise in Ganga, ecotourism, para gliding at Rajgir and floating restaurant and water sports in Patna.