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Jharkhand tourism on a roll with advance bookings

RANCHI

If you still haven’t planned your winter vacation in the state, chances are that you are too late. For, most guesthouses in Jharkhand’s prominent tourist spots are chock-a-block with advance bookings, a trend that is as unusual as it is pleasant.

A Calcutta-based group of tourists discovered how firmly Jharkhand shed its image as an “unsafe destination”. The main tourist concern is the availability of guest house rooms, not rebel fears.

“We planned a two-day stay in Betla on December 24 onwards, before proceeding to Netarhat or McCluskieganj. Though we managed to get bookings done with the help of a local friend, it was surprising to see so much advance booking rush. We learnt a lesson. If anyone plans a trip to Jharkhand, bookings must be done three-four months ago,” said Sashwat Mitra, young professional from Calcutta.

He’s lucky. A group from Bhubaneswar had to scrap their plans to visit Netarhat.

“We were told there were no rooms in Netarhat,” said Rajesh Mishra over phone from Bhubaneswar.

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