Boating resumes in Gangamaya Park

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 10:30 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020 04:49 [IST]

Boating resumes in Gangamaya Park

Our Correspondent
With tourists gradually starting to visit Darjeeling, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Tourism department has resumed tourist activities like boating at Gangamaya Park, about 12 km from here.
GTA Tourism assistant director Suraj Sharma said boating has resumed again at Gangamaya Park after a period of three years. It had been closed since the agitation in the year 2017.
According to Sharma, when the hills were shut down for more than three months in 2017,heavy rains along with siltation had damaged the lake which was later repaired. The approach road was in a bad condition and drivers only brought tourists till Rock Garden, about 4 km above the park. The approach road has also been repaired now.
“At present, we have started boating with three boats. Tourists are coming in but only a handful. We hope that in the coming days more tourists will come after which we will add two more boats,” Sharma said adding that a 15-minute boat ride will be charged Rs.50.
The department is also scheduled to start boating at Jamuney, about 20 km from here from Friday. Boat rides were also started recently in Mirik Lake with eight boats.

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  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
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