KOLKATA: Tourists have one more reason to visit their favourite hill station Darjeeling. Besides trekking and other adventure sports, they can now go on a cycle ride in the mountains.
This is the first dedicated cycle park in any hill station in the country, reports Hindustan Times.
On Sunday, the Hill authorities inaugurated India’s first mountain cycle park along a 20-km stretch inside a forest in the Senchal wildlife sanctuary.
Adventure adventure such as zorbing, paragliding and white-river rafting are already being popularised in the Darjeeling hills.
Cycling in the mountains has become popular with the locals and this park will come as a big boost for them as well as the tourists.
“Chatakpur has been declared the first mountain cycle park in India. There is a stretch of around 20 km inside the forest, which will be used only by mountain cyclists.” He added, “Adventure tourism is an area whose potential is yet to be exploited completely in Darjeeling,” said Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastava.
Chatakpur is situated at 6,800 feet and is about 20 km from Darjeeling town.
On Sunday, the Darjeeling district administration along with Off Road Adventure, a company promoting adventure tourism, organised a cycle rally from Darjeeling to Chatakpur to mark the first-of-its-kind initiative in India.