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Eco-tourism packages for Katarniaghat launched (Nov)

The Times of India, Bahraich,  1st November, 2013
Correspondent :
BAHRAICH: Special eco-tourism packages were launched for Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary by the district administration on Thursday. Deluxe buses would run from Bahraich bus depot. Orders have been issued to arrange food for the tourists in the forest.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav initiated the development of sanctuary into an eco-tourism centre last year.
District magistrate Kinjal Singh told a meeting attended by officers of tourism, transport and forest departments that the special tour package is meant to boost tourism to the forests. The tourists could see the rare wildlife and panoramic view of the nature.
It was decided to promote the handicraft of Tharu community inhabiting the villages adjoining the sanctuary. view of the tourism. Facilities for tourists would be developed.
Buses would start running from November 17. Special arrangements would be made for tourists on Saturdays and Sundays. ARTO ordered to arrange deluxe buses. School and college students would be encouraged and the educational teams coming from other places would be provided facilities.
Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and located in the Terai area of Bahraich district. It covers an area of 400 kms and was established in 1976.
The sanctuary is now being managed along with the Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary as part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger of the government. The Katerniaghat Forests provide strategic connectivity between tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and the Bardia National Park in Nepal. Its fragile Terai ecosystem comprises a mesmerizing mosaic of sal and teak forests, lush grasslands, swamps and wetlands. it is unique for the number of endangered and critically endangered species, which include gharial, tiger, rhino, Gangetic dolphin, swamp deer, hispid hare, white-backed and long-billed vultures.
One of the best places in the world for seeing gharial in its natural habitat is the Girwa River. The project to conserve this reptile from the verge of extinction was initiated in 1975. In Girwa, mugger or crocodiles are also seen though in smaller numbers as the favourite spots of these animals are stagnant wetlands taals and baghars. Gharial can be seen frolicking with dolphins.
The snake family of Katarniaghat is highly fascinating and represented by species such as banded krait, Burmese rock python, yellow speckled wolf-snake and the paradise flying snake that have been discovered here recently. Recently, a rare red coral kukri snake was sighted in the sanctuary. It is named Oligodon Kheriensis after the location Kheri, where it was sighted for the first in 1936.