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Winter tourism festival underway at Pelling

Friday, Dec 27, 2019 08:17 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Dec 27, 2019 08:17 [IST]

Winter tourism festival underway at Pelling

KUSH HANG LEEWANG

GEYZING,: The 10th Kanchenjunga Winter Tourism Festival began at Pelling, West Sikkim on Wednesday. The festival is organised by Pelling Tourism Development Association (PTDA) for propagation and promotion of tourism in West Sikkim.
Transport minister Sanjit Kharel inaugurated the festival in the presence of area MLA and PHE minister Bhim Hang Subba, Soreng-Chakung MLA Aditya Golay, organizing committee chairman N.B Dahal and others. 
At the outset, organizing committee president Wangchuk Bhutia informed that the objectives behind organizing the tourism festival was to promote and propagate tourism sector through distinct socio-cultural activities in West Sikkim. He added that PTDA since its establishment in 1992 has been working for promotion and development of tourism in West Sikkim through the activities based on tourism. Bhutia maintained that tourism sector has been in flourishing state in West Sikkim and the sector has played a crucial role in improvement of economic conditions of the people and has contributed towards employment generation for the locals. "Flow of tourist is increasing in West Sikkim by each passing year and homestay tourism has witnessed a notable surge in recent years. West Sikkim has an immense potential to grow up as a tourism hub,” he said.
However, he maintained that connectivity, drinking water, sanitation facilities, hotel management and other issues are to be worked on.
Minister Sanjit Kharel in his brief address called for greater participation of people in the tourism sector. He maintained that promotion and development of tourism sector could open floodgates of opportunities for the sikkimese people. He added that economic sustainability could be achieved through tourism sector. "Sikkim is a serene, peaceful and a beautiful place and through tourism sector we should utilize the distinct and diverse features of our state in a way that would be beneficial for the people of the state,” he said.
He further pressed for collective effort of the State government, tourism stakeholders and individuals for sustainable development of tourism sector.
As part of the festival, a State-wide bike ride on the theme 'Ride for unity and for sustainable tourism' is also being organized by PTDA.
The visitors at the festival venue can relish traditional food items at the stalls set up by the communities of West Sikkim. The other attractions are yak riding, paragliding, trekking and cultural activities.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi