On behalf of the Sikkimese people, I extend my warm greeting to all and salutations to the COVID warriors on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
Blessed with the most hospitable people, mesmerizing landscape, rich biodiversity, vibrant culture, breathtaking treks, pristine nature and ancient monasteries- Sikkim is a true travellers destination.
Sikkim Tourism is guided by the Principals of Cultural Integrity, Equity Inclusiveness & Social Justice, and Environmental Sustainability & Atithi Devo Bhava. These Principals have been an integral part of the Sikkimese culture and way of life.
With more than 500 species of orchids, the Khangchendzonga National Park a UNESCO declared world heritage site exhibiting one of the widest altitudinal ranges of any protected area worldwide, the majestic Mt.Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world in the background, unspoiled sanctuaries, rich wildlife, floras and fauna, gushing rivers, Sikkim is a trekkers delight.
Sikkim’s homestays are an unforgettable experience and a great way to explore local culture, cuisine and traditions. It’s a break from the hustle of urban life amid virgin nature and simple village folks of diverse ethnicity.
Intending to provide the travellers with added world-class experience of nature and rural life, Sikkim has embarked on the mission of development of Eco-Tourism Pilgrimage complex at Dodak in West Sikkim and a herbal, medicine/ yoga, spiritual healing tourism complex at Nandugoan in south Sikkim.
Having already made a niche in pilgrimage tourism, wildlife tourism & birds and butterfly watching. We will also be promoting ADVENTURE TOURISM in the coming tourist season to make Sikkim a world-class Adventure Destination by focusing on new trekking routes having ultra-modern facilities, mountain climbing, river traversing, yak safaris, mountain biking and more.
We are well aware of the pandemic which has adversely impacted the entire economy. In the scheme of things, a small state like Sikkim has been badly affected as the majority of our population directly or indirectly are dependent on the tourism industry. I am grateful towards the Government of India for their concern and assistance during the pandemic. I hope they will further assist us in the survival and regeneration of the tourism sector in the State.
Once again I would like to wish all my fellow citizens a very Happy World Tourism Day and hope the days to come will bring everlasting happiness and prosperity.