As part of the Uttar Pradesh government’s One District, One Ecotourism Spot initiative, a village on the Indo-Nepal border dominated by the Tharu tribe will be developed as a tourist destination.

Bahraich Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) explained that eco-tourism centres are developed in districts and forest divisions to attract tourists under the scheme. As far as he was aware, Katarniaghat Forest Division already has an operational eco-tourism centre, but there was no similar facility in Bahraich. This is one of the main reasons why the Tharu-dominated Balaigaon village, on the Indo-Nepal border was selected.

Moreover, he added that because there are no trees within the specific area where tourism facilities will be built, trees will not need to be cut down to develop the areas. Leopards, hyenas, tigers, and wild boars live in the picturesque forest area, he said.

Due to the fact that the Tharu tribal people maintain their cultural practices and traditions, the primary objective of developing the spot is to attract Nepalese tourists.

As part of the forest policy to attract tourists, he said, roads, accommodation options, and other necessary amenities are being developed. There will also be a tourist park and a nature trail in the green belt, and ponds in the area will be developed to attract Siberian birds.

The government will spend INR 2 crore on the project during the first phase. Apparently, the ecotourism facility will include a 10-km safari track, four vehicles equipped with trained drivers and guides for jungle safaris, and four Tharu huts.

A Tharu canteen will also serve traditional food to tourists. The UP Eco-Tourism Corporation will operate the tourist destination through online bookings, according to reports.

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