January 5, 2019
Bangla Govt to develop more tourist spots in the Hills
A slew of tourist spots are being developed by the State Government in the ever-popular Darjeeling and its surrounding regions. The projects were mentioned by the State Tourism Minister during a recent trip to Darjeeling.
A high-end property will be developed at Dhotoreah below Rongbull Bazar. It is a beautiful flat land which offers a 360 degree view, and will have high-end cottages, a multipurpose hall where destination weddings can be held, a walking trail and a helipad. A 5 km-long access road to this property will also be developed.
The Darjeeling Tourist Lodge is also being revamped, at a cost of around Rs 25 crore. Six architects have been shortlisted for redesigning the tourist lodge. They are scheduled to hand in the drawings soon, after which tenders will be called. The revamped lodge will have more than 40 rooms, along with common facilities like a state-of-the-art lobby, rooftop restaurant, bar and landscaped lawn.
The Kurseong Tourist Lodge will also be revamped, along with expansion of the property]. There is a property below the tourist lodge which will be used to expand the existing building. The rooms and the restaurant will be renovated, and a modular kitchen, a viewing deck and landscaped surroundings will be added.
The 140-year-old sprawling Lloyd Botanical Garden in Darjeeling is all set to get a major facelift too. The garden is of immense importance to students, researchers and tourists from all over the world as it has thousands of species of plants, many of Himalayan origin. For this, the Tourism Department and the Forest Department will work together. The roads, drains and the greenhouse will be revamped. A detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared, announced the minister. A new tourist destination point will come up on an acre of land adjoining the garden.
In Tiger Hill, Tonglu and Phalut, trekkers’ huts will be built. These will be tent-type accommodations with semi-permanent light construction. The old British bungalow at Tiger Hill is also being rebuilt.
In Kalimpong, Hill Top and Morgan House will be revamped, and a new property that will be built in Delo. New properties are also coming up at Mongpu, Jhalong and Chalsa.
Source: Millennium Post