Jamshedpur to host Adventure Festival in February, Tourism Department plans week-long gala

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Jamshedpur, Jan 8: Adventure Festival will to make a comeback after a hiatus of eight years with State Tourism Department deciding on reviving the festival.

Sanjeev Kumar Besra, director tourism, Jharkhand said that they have planned to organise the week-long adventure festival in different spots in and near Jamshedpur tentatively in the first week of February. The dates will be finalised soon after consultation with private agencies for conducting plethora of adventure activities at Dimna, Dalma and at Sonari Airport. Significantly, a similar adventure festival was organised at the three venues in February 2012.

The department has proposed to hold water sports in Dimna Lake, adventure sports including trekking in Dalma and aero-sports in Sonari Airport. “We will also decide on the charges and aspects after finalising the agency. However, we might keep the charges free for poor government school students, especially from rural areas to provide them a platform and an opportunity to experience adventure thrills which otherwise they would rarely get in their villages,” added Sanjeev Kumar Besra.

 “Imagine in mild breeze ruffled the trees surrounding the field at a hamlet near Dimna youth participating in rockclimbing, trekking, rappelling, terrain crossing and zummaring under a deep blue sky. It will be a perfect day for adventure, the kind that would make anyone linger a while to watch them,” said an official.

It would be a dream opportunity of not only witnessing but taking part in adventure sports in air, water and land.

The water sports would be held at Dimna Lake in the form of banana ride, water surfing, kayaking and air bubble ride (water zorbing). The aero sports would commence at Sonari airport and would include parasailing, powerflying and hot air ballooning.

An official said that the basic objective of organising such adventure program will be to provide youths a platform wherein they can enjoy few days away from the break of academics.

Sources informed that the Sonari Airport spread in 25 acre of area and having a runway of over 1200 meter will host parasailing, power-flying (hand gliding and paragliding) and hot air ballooning.

The Dalma Sanctuary located nearly 30 km from the city in Chandil sub-division of adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district and spread in 195 sq km will host rock climbing, trekking, rappelling, terrain crossing and others. The scenic Dimna Lake, over 10 km from city in Bodam block of East Singhbhum district and spread in over 5 sq km area will host plethora of water sports including banana rides, surfing, kayaking and air bubbles rides.

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