Sikkim promotes village tourism

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Gangtok, Jan 31 (ANI): Endowed with spectacular scenic beauty, Sikkim is harnessing its natural bounty for sustainable development through village tourism.

Sikkim is considered as one of the most peaceful and fastest developing states of Northeast India.

In a bid to further develop its economy, the first Winter Village Festival was held at Assam Lingzey village in Gangtok with the aim of promoting Village tourism to boost its revenue generation mechanism.

During the festival, villagers of the area got an opportunity to exhibit their products and resources besides presenting the unique traditions and distinctive cultural features of the Sikkimese society to the visitors.

"We want to introduce eco-friendly tourist spots. We will be able to supply organic based products. Once we start working in this sector, we will be able to encourage local people in tourism sector." Amrit Rai, member, organizing committee, Winter Village Fest.

Different government departments, self-help groups, NGOs and Panchayat units set up around 32 stalls that showcased traditional Sikkimese food, exotic flowers and crafts of the state.

The main attractions of the event were Adventure sports like rock climbing and cultural shows.

"This type of programme will definitely attract tourists from outside. They will get the benefit of knowing new traditions, cultures and people of different types. We can interact," said Kamala Rai, a local.

The Sikkim Government is aiming to build more traditional houses in model villages with suitable modern amenities so that tourist can experience the rural lifestyle of the state. By Tashi Pradhan (ANI)

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