Tourism in Sikkim has received a fresh impetus with the completion of a special project funded by the Union Tourism Ministry.
The Rs 98.05-crore project opened by Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons on Wednesday is the first in the state under the central government’s Swadesh Darshan’s initiative.
Sikkim’s First Swadesh Darshan Project
K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the project ‘Development of North East Circuit: Rangpo– Rorathang- Aritar- Phadamchen- Nathang-Sherathang- Tsongmo- Gangtok-Phodong- Mangan- Lachung-Yumthang- Lachen- Thangu-Gurudongmer- Mangan- Gangtok-Tuminlingee- Singtam’.
Glimpses of my visit to Sikkim. Made a visit to Rumtek Monastery and other places in Sikkim. #Gangtok city is pretty impressive in the sense that it can match any European city in terms of cleanliness. #incredibleindia #Sikkim pic.twitter.com/RFEv1YsdAO
— Alphons KJ (@alphonstourism) January 29, 2019
The Union Tourism Ministry has sanctioned another project in Sikkim under Swadesh Darshan scheme, the work of which is 75% complete.
The department developed facilities like tourist information centre, meditation centre, organic eco tourism centre, flower exhibition centre, walkways, cafeteria, rain shelters, parking, public toilets, etc under the project.
Tourism In Sikkim: Developments In 2018
Last year, Sikkim had also won the first prize at the prestigious United Nations-backed Future Policy Award.
It state was chosen for the award for its policies that have benefitted over 65,000 farmers and accelerated tourism, setting an example to other countries in the world.
The World Future Council also stated that the tourism in Sikkim increased by 50% in the three-year period of 2014-2017.
Besides this, in October 2018, the state came on the country’s aviation map with the opening of Sikkim’s first airport at Pakyong.
Promoting Tourism In North-Eastern India
Earlier in January this year, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the Lake View Cottages and Orchid Lake Cottages near the panoramic Umiam Lake under the Swadesh Darshan Project of the Ministry of Tourism.
The project,“Development of North East Circuit: Umiam (Lake View) – U Lum Sohpetbneng- Mawdiangdiang – Orchid Lake Resort”, was the first Swadesh Darshan Project in Meghalaya.
The Ministry of Tourism has taken several initiatives for the growth of domestic and international tourism in the region.
Of the many challenges, the absence of quality infrastructure, services and awareness about the tourism opportunities in the area is a major concern.
The tourist ministry has sanctioned 16 projects for Rs. 1349.04 crore covering all North-Eastern states under the schemes. As a result, the foreign tourist arrivals in the region have shown an upward trend over the years.