Tourists flock to Odisha’s ‘Kashmir’

Flow of tourists to Daringbadi, dubbed ‘Kashmir of Odisha’, has gained momentum with the hill town in Kandhamal district reeling under cold wave. The night temperature at the tourist draw is hovering between 4 and 5 degree Celsius.

“Several visitors are coming to Daringbadi every day. The flow of visitors has increased with mercury going down steadily,” said tourist officer (Kandhamal) Manoranjan Das. Besides cold temperature, vast patches of coffee plantation, scenic hills, pine jungles and ‘lovers’ waterfall attract the tourists to Daringibadi. The tourism department has developed the site keeping in view tourists’ priorities in mind.

Daringbadi, situated at an altitude of 280 metre above sea level, is the only place in the state which witnesses snowfall during peak winter. Around 400 domestic and foreign tourists visited the hill town last month, tourism department sources said. “The tourists are not halting during night due to Maoist fear,” said an officer. Last year, two Italian tourists were kidnapped by Red rebels from near Daringibadi.

Read the full report here, Times of India


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