Sikkim is a land filled with utmost beauty and is adorned with radiant alpine lakes, grandiose mountains, rich wildlife, thrilling rivers, vibrant monasteries, beautiful temples and hospitable people compelling one to must visit this fairytale land. However, like every beautiful destination, Sikkim also has a certain set of rules that one must follow in order not to interrupt the peaceful life. Keeping that in mind, here are few guidelines to be a responsible tourist in Sikkim.
Do's and Don’ts for Responsible Tourism in Sikkim are:
- Respect people's privacy, always seek permission before taking their photographs.
- Dress modestly while visiting religious places and be aware of the customs and culture.
- Always travel with a local guide. Look for genuine travel guides who knows everything about the state.
- While trekking, always follow the designed path, do not interrupt the fragile vegetation.
- Do not litter in the forested areas, always carry back all the waste litter such as cans, plastic bags, empty bottles etc.
- Keep your identity card and passport with you at all times. You can also make copies of it in case needed.
- Be responsible and throw the waste in dustbin. Else, if it is not available, hold the waste in your pocket or bag till you see a dustbin.
- After defecating in an open area during your trek, always cover with mud or sand and always keep in mind to excrete at least 100 metres from the river or any water source.
- Applying of sunscreen is a necessity to avoid sunburns and always carry sunglasses and hats while touring.
- While hiking, wear comfortable shoes since the trails can get rough at places.
- Avoid buying products made of endangered species or of any another animal.
- Smoking and drinking in sacred sites are restricted.
- Do not go near the waterfalls since there are chances to slip and hurt yourself.
- Do not scribble on trees, buildings, rocks etc