North Bengal likely to open 89 more trekking routes
With an aim to attract more tourists and promote tourist in the state, the West Bengal Tourism Department has recently sanctioned 89 trekking routes in north Bengal. “Measures will be taken to ensure safety of visitors opting to go for trekking,” said WBTD.
Besides Darjeeling, the tourism department has discovered quite a few trekking routes in the Dooars region too. Lodges/small cottages are available along the routes for the trekkers.
The tourism department is expecting that opening routes in Darjeeling and Dooars region will help in creating employment opportunities in regions that are socio-economically backward. As most of the proposed trekking routes are passing through places that fall under the State Forest Department, the tourism department is holding talks with the forest department authorities to open these as early as possible for trekkers.
The West Bengal Government is also setting up a tourist hub at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling. The tourism department is planning to construct 10 new cottages, and the forest department has been entrusted with the task of planting trees and grass around the cottages. Considering the popularity of Tiger Hill, it is expected that the said project will help the region witness a major socio-economic development.