For Pat­naites, choices too many to cel­e­brate New Year

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Reena Sopam/Av­inash Ku­mar

If still puz­zled where to spend New Year’s day, here are some op­tions.

You can en­joy the day with friends and rel­a­tives at the sprawl­ing Eco Park in the city. The vast open space with mul­ti­ple mini gar­dens based on themes re­lated to var­i­ous re­li­gions and the tree hubs re­lated to zo­diac signs of­fer a per­fect set­ting to spend this spe­cial oc­ca­sion. An added charm will be the screen­ing of a num­ber of films, planned by the for­est de­part­ment on the oc­ca­sion.

For those with an in­cli­na­tion for her­itage, the Kum­ra­har park, the site of the Mau­ryan age 80-pil­lared hall, is all decked up to wel­come the vis­i­tors. The Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia

(ASI) has dis­played posters and pho­to­graphs of the na­tion­ally pro­tected sites and mon­u­ments. An­other op­tion for the her­itage lovers is the Patna mu­seum, where peo­ple can spend time vis­it­ing gal­leries of nat­u­ral his­tory, rare bronze art, the Patna Kalam and Thangka paint­ings. The vis­i­tors will have to pay R15 for en­try ticket while stu­dents with iden­tity cards need to pay only R5 for ticket.

But those who want to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion on board the Ganga Vi­har, the Bi­har State Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (BSTDC) has of­fered hour-long trips on the MV Ganga Vi­har from 11 am on Jan­uary 1, 2013.

Rais Azam, a BSTDC of­fi­cial said, “Hour long cruise trips be­tween 11am to 5pm will be avail­able for R100 on De­cem­ber 30, 31 and on Jan­uary 1. Oth­er­wise the cruise trips are avail­able only dur­ing evenings.”

If you are look­ing to make a splash on the New Year, Fun­ta­sia Is­land, lo­cated off Sam­patchak-Parsa Road on the out­skirts of Patna is all geared up to make it spe­cial for you. The fes­tiv­i­ties got un­der­way on Mon­day evening with a bang and would con­tinue till late on Jan­uary 1. There was a lav­ish fire­crack­ers show to ring in the New Year.

Away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city, it will cre­ate its own buzz, with speed slides and un­sea­sonal rain on a dance floor re­ver­ber­at­ing with just the right mu­sic. There will be magic shows, fash­ion show by kids, lot of games, orches­tra and not to miss, de­li­cious multi-cui­sine non-veg­tar­ian din­ner.

“We have a chef from Ra­jasthan’s the group of palace ho­tels. It was real fest last evening, but those who missed out, there is al­ways an­other op­por­tu­nity to her­ald the New Year in style,” said CMD of the water park, Anil Ku­mar.

The sprawl­ing 10-acre area has turned out to be a per­fect fun des­ti­na­tion. “We have some­thing for all age-groups-from 2 to75 years. Those who want to en­joy some spe­cial mo­ments with their loved ones away from the usual glare, it is just apt,” said Alok Ku­mar, who was at the park with his fam­ily.

The venue also of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for water sports, viz. high-speed slides or free-falls amidst Sun­bath. “We hope the weather re­mains bright and sunny so that chil­dren could en­joy it to the hilt. By next year, there will be more ad­di­tions to make it more invit­ing for the guests,” said one of the project of­fi­cials.

(From left): MV Ganga Vi­har, Eco Park and Patna Water Park all decked up for New Year cel­e­bra­tions.

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