Sikkim – The Most Preferred Destination of Foreign Tourists in North East Region
Sikkim, one of the 7 sisters of India, has always been admired for its natural charm that is clearly reflected through Gurudongmar Lake, Zemu Glacier and Yumthang Valley. Complementing the natural wonders are the man-made attractions that include Rumtek Monastery and Namgal Institute of Tibetology.
It seems that tourists, especially foreigners have recognized the sightseeing opportunities that Sikkim has to offer and are therefore coming in large numbers to this state. This is evident from the press release issued by the Union Tourism Industry in 2014, which states that Sikkim witnessed the maximum number of foreign tourists among all states in the North East. According to the release, Sikkim is followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. In 2013, 23,602 tourists visited Sikkim and this number was 26489 in 2012 and 31,698 in 2013.
It is also worth mentioning that Sikkim won the National Tourism Award 2012, and has been proclaimed as the best state for the implementation of rural tourism projects by Union Ministry of Tourism. Adding another jewel to Sikkim’s already shining crown, the reputed travel book Lonely Planet has described Sikkim as the best place to visit.
Tour My India News Desk.