In the first week of February 2014, Sikkim, a small state in the Indian Himalayas, surpassed its bigger counter parts in sanitation. The state achieved more than 100% sanitation in both urban and rural regions as part of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan program of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. All residents of the state are now proud owners of latrines that meet high hygiene and sanitation standards.
In his Need Hierarchy Theory, Abraham Maslow rightly said that only after fulfilling the basic (physiological) needs people can think of satisfying the higher needs. Sikkim has met one of the basic needs, sanitation that plays a crucial role in maintaining and preserving the mountain environment that is the pivot on which paragliding and other adventure tourism activity segment revolves.
The state also planned to build on its successful paragliding initiatives taken in 2008, 2010, and 2012 that drew paragliders from India and abroad. The new plan includes the following measures to expand paragliding tourism:
- Increasing the number of local direct and indirect paragliding service providers from 100 to 500
- Developing two new paragliding sites of international standards at Soren and Yumthang
- Investing INR 10 crore during 2012-17, the 12th Five Year Plan
- Beautifying and expanding Chakung and Bulbuley Dara paragliding sites
- Developing two paragliding sites of international standards in each district of the state
- Creating multi-adventure activity routes
- For instance, a paragliding and hiking route has been developed in west Sikkim.
- A new route between Dentam and Phoktey Dara at Indo-Nepal border is identified for paragliding.
During 2011-2013, the state hosted 6,000 paragliders. However, the government is working hard to reach the ambitious annual targets by 2020: hosting 5,000 paragliders per year and generating annual revenue of ten crore rupees.
Sikkim Paragliding Timeline
2008: Local youth received paragliding training under self-employment schemes of the state government
2010: Paragliding Adventure Sports Cooperative Society was set up.
2012: Sikkim Paragliding Festival at Bulbuley Dara, the first paragliding event in the state took place
The state has an advantage over other paragliding regions: the take-off sites in Sikkim are located in desolate uninhabited mountain areas that attract only a few trekkers occasionally.
Source of Information
- (2014, Feb 9) Sikkim surpassed sanitation target. The Hindu. Retrieved from http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/sikkim-surpassed-sanitation-target/article5670015.ece.
- (2014, Feb 4). Sikkim Turning Hot Spot for Paragliding, Adventure Tourism. The New Indian Express. Retrieved from http://www.newindianexpress.com/lifestyle/travel/Sikkim-Turning-Hot-Spot-for-Paragliding-Adventure-Tourism/2014/02/04/article2037730.ece.
- (2014, Feb 3). Sikkim emerging as paragliding destination of India. iSikkim. Retrieved from http://isikkim.com/2014-02-sikkim-emerging-as-paragliding-destination-of-india-02-4/.