Hey, where did you go for vacation this year?
This probably is the most frequently asked question when you return back to your school or college after the holiday season. The most obvious answers to these questions include Shimla, Kullu, Manali and various other hill stations up north. The northern hemisphere of the country swarms up with tourists delighted to play in the white snow blanket and breathe in the cold air.
But India is an amalgamation of scenic beauties and oddly enough you might find something unexpected. Odisha is a state with a tropical genre of climate , and guess what this eastern enchantress filled with breath-taking views has one more surprise up its sleeve for you.
Daringabadi, a quaint and delightful hill town located in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, has earned itself the title of “ The Kashmir of Odisha”. This hill station is as cold and beautiful as any other hill station up north of the country.
According to sources, Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik has opened a tribal museum at the hill-view park of Daringabadi and now the place is all set to get recognised in the tourist map of India.
With the intent to promote Eco-Tourism at this unconventional hill station, the CM has also laid the foundation stone for a nature camp. The museum rolls out the richness and charm of the local Kandha and Kutia Kandha tribes by putting their dress ,jewelleries and musical instruments up for display.
The museum has been built on 1100 square feet with a budget of Rs30 lakh. Meanwhile, the local forest department shall be recruited to set up the nature camp with 6 cottages ,a restaurant and other facilities for forest treks.
With an investment of Rs55 lakh, the forest department has developed a nature park just 6 months ago in a ginormous area of four hectares. The park includes sites like a butterfly park, a medicinal garden ,3D movie halls and exhibits of lifesize images of wild animals.
Now the north is too mainstream, DaringBadi is the new upcoming go to hill station to spend your holidays this year. Expect the best of nature and snow clad hills in this eastern beauty.