Jaipur: Hollywood actress Sharon Stone had tweeted a viral video of peacocks dancing to entice a large harem on an empty rural road somewhere in Rajasthan. The video invoked the Basic Instinct of Rajasthan Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh Bharatpur and he did not miss the opportunity to invite the Bobby of Hollywood to Rajasthan saying – Padharo Mahare Desh!!
The 62-year-old actress had tweeted the video saying, “Peacock of Rajasthan are now dancing on the empty roads.” The video has been going viral for many days but The Mighty actress tweeting it on her verified account has highlighted the natural beauty of the land which is otherwise perceived by the outside world as a barren desert with warring tribes of ancient times.
The scrub forest of Rajasthan provides excellent protection to peacocks which are thriving in Rajasthan. The video tweeted by ‘Broken Flower’ actress shows peacock trying to entice the hens on a rural road while human traffic is not disturbing them due to the lockdown.
A wildlife enthusiast, Vishvendra Singh Bharatpur threw his dice meticulously to the ‘Casino’ actress by prompting an invite. “Thank you for promoting the natural beauty of Rajasthan to your several thousand twitter followers. As a tourism minister of the state, I am humbled and Padharo Mahre Desh – Please Come to Rajasthan.” Bharatpur said in his tweet reply.
Scion of the former royal family of erstwhile state of Bharatpur, Vishvendra Singh has been at the forefront of revival of the tourism industry in Rajasthan which is the mainstay of the economy of the desert state. Tourism in Rajasthan provides direct or indirect employment to around one crore people. “I am trying my best to promote tourism in Rajasthan to keep them afloat with a meagre budget of Rs 300 crore. How could I have let go of the opportunity to perform my duty to promote tourism when it was coming without any cost,” Singh said.
In a Total Recall of state of tourism in Rajasthan, Vishvendra Singh said that survival and revival of tourism is his foremost priority during the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have to cut the red tape to become innovative to promote Rajasthan tourism. We not only have historical monument but wildlife and bird watching are also major tourism activities in Rajasthan,” said Bharatpur.
Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur has been famous for wintering of the Siberian crane while Sambhar Lake near Jaipur is a Ramsar Wetland site attracting dozens of species of migratory birds every year. Desert National Park (DNP) in Jaisalmer is home to Indian Bustard while Nahargarh sanctuary in Jaipur is home to white-napped tit, the only home of this small passerine bird.