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Table Of ContentsAbout Sikkim Accessibility Social Indicators People & Culture Sources Of RevenueTourism Statistics Tourist Festivals Adventure Sports Types Of Tourism TouristAttractions â East, West, North South SWOT Analysis Of Tourism ShoppingMayfair Review Investment Opportunities
About Sikkimï ï ïSikkim is a very small hidden paradise located north/east of India. It isIndias 22nd state It comprise s of beautiful mountains, valleys, historicalsites and religious shrines Sikkim has four districts East Sikkim, West Sikkim,North Sikkim South Sikkim Capital : Gangtok Smallest state in terms ofpopulation 2nd smallest in area after Goa Hot tourism spot for domestic andforeign touristsï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï
AccessibilityAirways1.The airport located nearest to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal whichis only 124 Kms away from Gangtok 2. In Gangtok, major air ticketing agenciesare Josse & Josse Travels and Cox & King.Railways1.New Jalpaiguri (125 km) and Siliguri (114 km) [West Bengal] are the two railstations nearest to Sikkim(Gangtok)2.Reservation facilities are available from Sikkim Nationalized Transport officein all working days
AccessibilityRoadways1. Two hour ride on National Highway 31A which connects Gangtok with Siliguri 2.Adequate buses by SNT as well as private buses , jeeps and taxies are availablefrom morning to eveningSikkim Helicopter Service1. 2. 3.Sikkim Tourism provides this service from Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport and back.Special Mountain Flights Special Sight-Seeing Flights covering monasteries &exotic flower valleys of West & North Sikkim.
Sikkim Tourism DetailsSikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC)Mr. John (Assistant General Manager) Ms. Deo Maya Mrs. Tshering Wangmo 94341-27252 9943630349 9434484617Official No: 281372/281316 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Bagdogra to Gangtok Mr.Madan Pradhan (D.D.) Siliguri Tourist Information Center Bagdogra Mr. Nima Mr.Gopal Bagdogra Office : 0353-269803098320-6561798323-63957 98320-26699
Social indicatorsïPopulation â 406457ïCommunities âNepalese , Bhutias, Christians, Muslims and few othersLanguages -Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, English and Hindi Religion - Hindu-67%,Buddhist-29%, Christian-2%, Muslim-1%, others-1% Best Session - From Mid -February to late May and from October to December State - Animal Red Panda(Ailurus fulgens) State Bird - Blood Pheasant (Ithanginis Cruentus) State flower- Nobile Orchid (Dendrobium Nobile)ïïïïïï
The People & The CultureThe People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups : ï Lepcha ï Bhutia ïNepali Local Delicacies ï Momo ï Thupkaï ï ï ï ïSaelroti Chhurpi Kinema Gundruk SinkiPlaces Of WorshipHindu Temples coexist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara
Sources Of Revenueï ï ï ï ï ï ï ï ïAgriculture Horticulture Forestry Mining Liquor Industry Hydro ElectricityGeneration Handicraft & Handlooms industry Inland Fisheries Livestock
Tourismï ïïTourism is going to be developed as most important sector for contribution ofthe GDP Tourism has created a substantial employment, directly or indirectlyTourists :Year Local Foreign 2003 1, 76,659 11,966 2008 5, 00,000 23,000 2009 6, 00,00023,000*ïState has received more than 21 number of National Awards in Tourism in variousfields.
Tourism statisticsMonth January February March April May June July August Septemb er OctoberNovemb er Decembe r total Domestic tourist 2010 40160 48420 60560 87172 11664168236 27021 37180 53624 59582 48764 52651 700011 Foreign tourist 2010 984 13202605 3036 1593 830 680 979 1678 2780 2410 1861 20757 Domestic 2011 42314 5065262438 89238 124323 Foreign 2011 1436 1065 2423 2615 287536896510414ï¶Foreign tourist arrival in year 2010 is highest in the month of April andOctober ï¶Domestic tourist arrival in 2011 is more in the months of March ,April and May ï¶In the month of May there is an increase in the number ofdomestic and foreign tourist arrivals ï¶There is an increasing trend in thenumber of tourist arrival
Tourist FestivalsFlower festival Gangtok is the venue for the Flower Festival. The flowerfestival begins with the Orchid Show in March during which competitions are heldin different sections.Gangtok food and culture festivalHee-Bermiock Heritage & Tourism Festival Khangchendzonga Tourist festivalDecember is the month for the annual Gangtok Food and Culture Festival .Sikkimâs multicultural cuisine, along with traditional music and danceperformancesHee Bermiock hosts the annual Heritage & Tourism Festival on the 10th to the13th of May, showcasing the traditional culture of the state. KhangchendzongaFestival is held in December every year at Pelling, It offers a host of funactivities like white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotionaltrekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird- watching.Lampokhari Tourism FestivalThe Lampokhari Tourism Festival is held during end of March and early April. Themajor attraction of the Festival is adventure sports. Itâs a 3 day musicfestival held at Mangan in North Sikkim from the 12th to the 14th of Decemberevery year. Itâs a destination for thousands of tourists who come here inOctober each year for the annual Namchi Mahotsav, a unique festival showcasingthe traditional culture of Sikkim. Is held at Ravangla from 8th to 12th of April. The festival hosts an exhibition cum sale of handicrafts from Sikkim, otherNorth Eastern states and Bhutan.Mangan Music Festival Namchi MahotsavRavangla Festival
Types Of Tourismï ïState Tourism is the tourism carried across the 4 districts of Sikkim Ecotourismis the tourism promoted with emphasis on local culture, ecology and environmentVillage Tourism is dispersal of tourists from city congestion to the villages sothat they can have a glimpse of rural Sikkim, familiarize with unique villageculture and heritageïïAdventure Tourism involves adventure tourism related activities such asTrekking, Mountain climbing and Mountaineering, Rock climbing, River crossing,Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, White water rafting, Angling and many other typesof traditional adventures MICE Tourism: Meetings, Incentives, Convention andExhibition The suitable venues along with all the facilities, transport, andcommunication will be developed as well as tourism oriented expositions at landmark venuesï
Types Of TourismïHealth, Yoga & Herbal Medical Tourism is a combination ofAdventureâEcoâWellness tourism Facilities such as Meditation, Yoga, Spa,Herbal treatment, Jogging etc at the Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure &Ecoâtourism (IHCAE) at Chemchey (South Sikkim) Pilgrimage Tourism in whichmany temples and other pilgrimage places, sacred lakes, sacred rocks & cavesetc. offer a wide range of pilgrimages placesïïFairs and Festivals are spread all over the season, well organized, widelypublicized & target the tourists on well defined themesArts Crafts and Souvenirs are the integrated part of tourism industry and itwill be developed & promoted on the top priority for generation of employment &incomeï
Major Tourist Attractions- East District1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.8.9. 10. 11.12.13.Enchey Monastery Do-Drul Chorten ( Stupa) Directorate of Handicrafts andHandlooms Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Saramsa Garden Rumtek Dharma ChakraCentre Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden Water Garden Tsomgo Lake Nathula TashiView Point Ganesh Tok Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre
Major Tourist Attractions- West District1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.8.9. 10. 11.12.13.Pemayangtse Monastery Rabdentse Ruins Sanga-Choling Monastery Khecheopalri LakeYuksam Tashiding Monastery Varsey Soreng Village Darap Cherny Village DubdiMonastery Khangchendzonga Waterfalls Khecheopalri Lake Pelling
Major Tourist Attractions- North District1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.8.9. 10. 11.12.13.Phodong Monastery Phensang Monastery Singhik Chungthang Lachung MonasteryYumthang Valley Lachen Monastery Guru-Dongmar Lake Rong Lungten Lee SevenSisters Waterfulls Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary Thangu Yumthang
Major Tourist Attractions- South District1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.8.9. 10. 11.12.13.Namchi Temi Tea Garden Ravangla township Menam Hill Borong Samdrupste Phur TsaChu Rock Garden Kewzing Village Borong Buddha Park (Sakyamuni Project) SikipSolophok Chardham
SWOT ANALYSIS FOR TOURISMStrengths â¢Political & Social stability â¢Hospitable society â¢Rich NaturalResources, â¢Pollution Free environment â¢Rich Biodiversity â¢Culturaldiversity â¢Rich natural and rural landscape â¢Fairs, Festivals, HolisticHealing Traditions â¢Heritage & Modern structure Weaknesses â¢PoorConnectivity â¢No Airport â¢Lack of strong Brand identity/ USP â¢InsufficientFinancial resources for world class infrastructure â¢Insufficient marketing indomestic and international market â¢Problem of land availability & landAcquisition â¢ Limited facilities outside urban areas â¢Poor availability ofSkilled Human resources Threats â¢Failing to involve the communities indecision-making process â¢Poor management of rural / village marketing â¢Cross-Border Competition outside India â¢Competitive States within India â¢Natural Disasters â¢Non-vernacular structures â¢Domestic & Internationalconflicts /disturbancesOpportunities â¢Natural Resources â¢Huge potential for village tourism â¢Unique Wetland tourism â¢Wellness Tourism â¢Wilderness Tourism â¢Rich &diverse heritage, culture and civilization â¢Strong Private Sector
ïSHOPPINGïIn Sikkim major shopping opportunities are available in the capital city ofGangtok. One can shop handloom and handicraft items produced in the state ,thanka paintings, carpets, handlooms, wooden carved and painted items, woodenmasks, cane and bamboo works, traditional hats and caps, multi-craft items,embroidered products and stuffed dolls. Jewellery - The Dragon set is unique toSikkim. Intricately carved in silver and gold and inlaid with precious stonesthese consist of finely designed dragons on earrings, pendants, bracelets andfinger-rings Tea - The Temi Tea Estate in Sikkim grows excellent tea which ishighly prized in the world market. Large Cardamom or Bari Elaichi - Cardamom orElaichi grows in abundance in Sikkim Sikkim Liquor & Liqueurs - Sikkim FireballSpecial Brandy, a fruit based alcohol is a popular item sought by tourists. Youcan also buy the Sikkim Ginger Liqueur and the Sikkim Cardamom Liquor . .ïïïï
Reviews on MayfairïGood leisurely stay, the rooms were very spacious and leisurely plus theservices were excellent The property is beautiful, 9 kms away from the Gangtokcity. Offers amazing spa services and has good entertainment facility. Taxis areeasily available from right outside so no problems of commuting. One of the bestplace to stay based on buddisim,mayfair itself is a tourist place. One can saymayfair is more beautiful place rather then any place in Sikkim.ïïïMayfair in Gangtok is a property ideal for those who wish to spend quality timewith family. It has a beautiful ambience and is a sprawling property withdifferent types of flora thanks to the pleasant climate. Rooms are done up intypical European fashion. Spacious interiors and good food make the stayworthwhile High end cottages have attached swimming pools.But the food is same everyday and not very delicious Good hotel but transportfacility needs urgent attention.ïï
Investment opportunitiesïSikkim, due to its spectacular natural beauty, cultural uniqueness and religiousmysticism, is emerging as a tourist destination in the Eastern Himalayas. Itincludes wealth of natural resources, the third highest mountain of the world,rich flora and fauna , the cultural festivals and the ancient monasteries andtemples . The Government of Sikkim is encouraging private participation in thedevelopmental and commercial activities of the tourism sector.ïïïThere are tremendous opportunities for investment in meeting the touristsdemands for resorts, hotels, restaurants, surface and air transports,entertainment outlets, souvenirs, etc.State has received more than 15 National Awards in Tourism in various fieldsï
Land Acquisition Problemsï5-A of the Land Acquisition Act, 1884, which required a public hearing of theconcerned landownersThe State government has taken away the fundamental rights of the people (Rightto Property) as enshrined in the Constitution and in violation of Article 371(F) applicable to Sikkim by repealing the relevant provision of the LandAcquisition Act to deny the public an opportunity of hearing to oppose forcibleacquisition of their land along with a notification issued by the Land Revenueand Disaster Management Secretary to do away with a mandatory public hearing TheState government had issued a notification for acquisition of about 26 hectaresof East Sikkim for the purpose of development of tourism infrastructure by thetourism department last month. People who donated their land for the SikkimUniversity allege that inspite of providing cheap land to Sikkim University ,the concerned department has discriminated among the land donors. The departmenthas awarded higher rates to some land donors and less to others The stategovernment is only making a drama of resettlement issue in regards to SU landacquisition but the fact is that the government does not want to allocate theacquired land to Sikkim University.ïïïï