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Sikkim declares 2010 as Tourism Year

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 3, 2009

Gangtok, 2 JULY: Having declared the year 2010 as the Year of Tourism, the Sikkim government has drawn up a plan incorporating as many as 13 local festivals in the list of popular events to be staged next year to woo tourists from across the country and abroad.
Officials of the tourism department said that the celebration of the Year of Tourism will commence with the Sikkim Discover Festival to be held in March/April, next year and conclude with the State Flower Show to be held at the state capital in March, 2011.
In April, next year, a number of cultural events will be held at Rabong, Aritar and Temi-Tarku to delight the visitors. Apart from this, an international Rhododendron festival will be held at Shingba Lachung in North Sikkim and Varsey in West Sikkim during the first three weeks of May 2010. Also Hee-Bermoik Cultural Heritage Festival will be held in West Sikkim, they said. The events on the occasion of the World Environment Day to be held on 5 June next year will be another attraction for the tourists, while in July the visitors may enjoy the monsoon and the plantation drive throughout the Himalayan state. The tourists will be encouraged to plant saplings at popular tourist destinations and participate in conferences and workshops to promote awareness for conservation of bio-diversity.



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