For Patnaites, choices too many to celebrate New Year
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.