As a conservation initiative and promotion of eco-tourism, a dolphin safari program has been launched in River Ganga. Launched by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the ‘My Ganga, My Dolphin’ campaign, the dolphin safari was announced on Ganga River Dolphin Day which is celebrated annually on October 5. If you are anything like us, we’re sure you’re as curious about it as we are. So let’s get some more details, shall we?
Where Can We Go For Dolphin Safari?
The program has started in six destinations across India. These six destinations are in Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, through which River Ganga flows. The dolphin safaris on river Ganga will begin in Varanasi, Bijnor, Brijghat, and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, Kahalgaon in Bihar, and Bandel in West Bengal.
What Will Happen in the Dolphin Safari?
- Tourists will be able to sight the Gangetic dolphins during the safari.
- The Ganga Praharis, who are the trained volunteers from the local community Ganga shall take the tourists for a dolphin safari.
- The initiative will conduct a dolphin census in a 250-km-long stretch between Bijnor and Narora.
What to Know About Ganga River Dolphin/Gangetic Dolphin?
In 2010, The Ministry of Environment and Forest declared the Gangetic dolphin the national aquatic animal of India. As per reports, currently, there are about 3,700 Gangetic River Dolphins in India. They can be found in Uttar Pradesh Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal.