Comments on Draft Sikkim Tourism Policy 2016

Adventure tourism, especially large-scale adventure tourism in the Himalayas, is vulnerable to fragile geological structure of the mountain. This very structure creates enviable adventure destinations. Smart planning is therefore required before unplanned adventure tourism forces a long-term closure of the challenging and scenic landscape for natural repair and recovery work.…

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Which Are 3 Staple Products of Adventure Tourism Business in Sikkim?

3 major activities of the adventure tourism business in Sikkim

3 principal products of the adventure tourism business in Sikkim are:             1. Trekking, the main source of revenue           2. Mountaineering           3. White water rafting   However, these products registered slow growth despite huge potential.       The government is trying to develop new venues and promote two more…

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Sikkim Tourism Development Guidelines: A Chronology

An overview of Sikkim Tourism Development plan and policies

Almost two decades ago Sikkim started preparing tourism development guidelines and strategies for sustainable high quality tourism. However, the first comprehensive state tourism policy was published in 2010. Today’s timeline introduces you to different guidelines prepared by public and private sectors for Sikkim tourism development.   Watch the timeline to learn…

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Cost of Photographing Khangchendzonga National Park

Photography fee for Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

The Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP), located in Sikkim, was inscribed on the World Heritage Sites’ list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in July 2016. The park, covering one fourth of the State, is home to Mount Khangchendzonga, the 3rd tallest peak in the world. KNP…

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IHCAE Conducts Adventure Activity Courses in Sikkim Himalayas

I have been frequently asked about Sikkim-based government institutes offering mountaineering and other adventure activity courses.  I have earlier talked about the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.) located in Gangtok. However, this institute does not cater to individual requests. But do not worry! The state tourism department built Indian Himalayan…

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Ambitious Paragliding Plan of Sikkim

Sikkim Government created an ambitious plan to expand paragliding adventure tourism by 2020. The government would develop safe paragliding sites of international standards in all the districts to host 5,000 paragliders every year.

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To scale Himalayan peaks, train in Sikkim

You can train at the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.), located in Gangtok, Sikkim, to be a mountaineer.  The institute, set up in 1963, organizes different adventure courses, including Basic Mountaineering Course (B.M.C.). The institute has trained several noted mountaineers, such as Sonam Gyatso, Phu Dorjee and Yangdi Sherpa. The…

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