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Tourism in Sikkim to Bounce Back after Earthquake

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

Tourism in Sikkim has been affected by the earthquake in 2011, and the government is taking immediate measures in order to counter the sudden drop in tourist influx - here's more...

The recent earthquake in the northeastern state of Sikkim has hit the tourist influx to the state, and in an effort to counter this, the local government has announced plans to kick start tourism again in the region. Though the earthquake of devastated the region during the 18th of September with a magnitude of 6.9, life is slowly returning to normal in the state.

The mainstay of the state’s economy is tourism, and the local government is doing everything in its power to hasten the rescue and rehabilitation process. Although the incessant rains and inclement weather have hindered the speedy rescue of those affected by the quake, the army has stepped in quite successfully to help the state government in its rescue efforts.

Growing Tourism in Sikkim

With the third highest peak Kanchenjunga as one of its major attractions, Sikkim is one of the most tourist friendly states in the country, although there are some restrictions for foreign tourists. It is also a major trekking destination for nature enthusiasts.

The River Teesta with the towering Kanchenjunga in the background and its pristine valleys offers unparalleled views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and the Teesta valley has become famous for eco tourism in recent years. The entire scene was affected during the 2011 earthquake.

Government Measures to Restore Tourism

The Dzongo area, with its indigenous Lepcha tribe, has been cut off from many parts of Sikkim due to rains and landslides. The government is taking immediate efforts to solve this problem and minimize the adverse impact of the quake on tourism.

Though there have been some cancellations for the last week of September, the governing body -the Travel Agents’ Association of Sikkim - opines that as soon as the roadblocks are removed, tourists will flock to the valley. The army and the local administration are working to restore and repair the infrastructure to help the tourist season that’s set to begin in October.

Though Sikkim is connected to the rest of India by only one highway, which is often unusable due to bad weather, it is popular because it is a peaceful oasis, a veritable Shangri-la. The Rumtek and Char Dham monasteries have been damaged heavily by the quake, so efforts are underway to restore the tourist season starting in a few weeks.

Dzongo, Namchi and Mangan are some of the most popular spots among tourists who flock here to enjoy nature at its best. Though a quake is devastating by itself, the problem is compounded and rescue efforts are hindered by inclement weather and roads that are useless because of landslides. 
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