Tourists and residents of Bhubaneswar will be able to enjoy a ride in the wilderness with the launch of Bharatpur Jungle Safari on Thursday.
Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray launched the safari for public which will give them an opportunity to explore the wildlife on the outskirts of the Smart city.
Situated in the south eastern part of Chandaka-Dampara sanctuary, Bharatpur forest is spread over 20 sq km. The forest is rich in biodiversity and home Asiatic elephants, spotted deer, wild pigs, honey badgers, porcupines, jungle cats, mongooses, civets, hares, pythons and cobras.
According to sources, the public and tourists will be able to take a tour of the Bharatpur jungle in the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in five safari vehicles.
The tours will be organised in three batches with two batches at 6 AM and 10 AM in the morning and one in the afternoon between 4 PM and 6 PM. A safari vehicle can be booked at Rs 2,000.
“Each visitor will have to pay Rs 250 for a trip. In case, there are less than 8 visitors for a trip and there is no other booking, they can book the vehicle by paying Rs 2,000,” Chandaka Divisional Forest Officer Kedar Swain said.