Land of deserts and sand, it’s a desert paradise.
But in this idyllic backdrop, it is the village of Bagel Dunes.
This year the town will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the town is looking to make the most of the occasion.
“The theme of the celebration is ‘Village’ and it’s all about community, it has been the theme for the last few years.
We are trying to create a village feel, and create the environment for the community to enjoy,” says Rajendra Bhattacharya, Village Head, Bagel.
The village has been in operation for nearly 25 years.
“We have been running the village for almost 30 years, we were initially a community centre.
We have a school and a school canteen, and we are a hostel and a village hotel.
There is a gym, a swimming pool, a yoga studio, and a cafe,” says Bhattcharya.
Bagel Dukes has also been recognised by the Centre for Excellence in Rural Development (CERD), a global leader in the design, development and management of sustainable development.
The area is home to more than 200,000 people, and it has a population of almost 8 lakh.
It has been recognised as the world’s largest rural development community by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
It has the fifth highest gross domestic product in India and has become a leader in agriculture, with a record annual output of 3.4 lakh tonnes.
“Our main goal is to attract the best of the best from the surrounding villages, which is the main focus of the village, and bring them together for the celebrations.
It’s also to create awareness and generate goodwill among the community, which has been one of the key themes of the celebrations,” says Pramod Kumar, CERD’s Director General.
The town also hosts a few of the world leading international companies, such as Microsoft, Nike, BMW and Cisco.
“This is a special place to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the town.
It is a very special place, and I feel it is a good fit for this festival, and will bring out the best in the community,” says Kumar.
The celebration is a unique opportunity for the village to showcase its own achievements and highlight the efforts of the community.
“It is a place that we will always keep a very close eye on and be proud of.
There are many challenges ahead for the development of the area, but I am confident that the village can get on and flourish,” says Bhaskar.