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Jamshedpur: Weekend rush at Dalma wildlife sanctuary,  accommodations chock-a-block

No rooms available till August 15 and beyond, foresters not entertaining guests

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, July 23: Accommodations at the scenic Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, 30km from Jamshedpur, are bursting at the seams in the weekends when people prefer to spend quality time amid natural surroundings.

The accommodations at residential quarters at the entrance of Pinderbera forest guest house atop the hills and the Makulakocha AC and non-AC cottages on the foothills are full till beyond August 25. Lucky tourists can find rooms in the weekdays but it’s not sure to say the least.

The four-room forest guest house at the entrance to the sanctuary is also full. The rooms here have attached toilets, a large kitchen-cum-hall, and ample space in the front. The rooms and toilets as well as the kitchen space have glazed tiles.  Beds, mattresses and blankets are also in place.

A Dalma official, who looks after the accommodation aspects, said they were not entertaining guests in the weekends. “All rooms for spending quality weekend time are full till beyond August 15. We are helpless. It is almost difficult to let out rooms in the weekdays,” he added on condition of anonymity.

Foresters are helpless and not entertaining any booking requests. “We are getting booking requests in large numbers almost daily. Most of the bookings are from Bengal-based tourists as Dalma is the most preferable getaway in the region,” said an official at the forest range office in Mango.

A forester said temperatures are not very pleasant in the area but tourists can have  a cosy stay at the residential quarters. “The weak monsoon is threatening conditions across the sanctuary. However, the tourists from Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Chattisgarh are still pouring in to enjoy their weekends,” he added.

Apart from flora and fauna, another key attraction is the presence of Asiatic elephants, some of whom are presently statiioned uphill. Ten jumbos are presently stationed uphill while a sizable section is scattered in th foothills. Elephanrs are one of key attractions for tourists, another forester informed.

Shiva and Hanuman temples uphill (12 km from Pimderbera forest guest house), is another attraction. Tourists make it a point to visit the temple. They can also have a panoramic view of the sanctuary from a vantage point near the temples.

The Dalma authorities utilised the Covid-induced closure of the sanctuary by having the roads mended.

“Tourists can enjoy a smooth ride to the top. The roads have been mended,” the forester said.

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