INDIA: Recently, the Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series held its 86th webinar titled “Mountains to Mangroves – A Journey of 1000 Kilometers.” India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off by the mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Every state in India is distinct from each other in its landscapes, heritage, arts & crafts, cuisine and offers varied tourism options to travel enthusiasts. In this webinar, the journey of 1000 kilometers from mountains to mangroves was focused on two of the most picturesque states that are West Bengal and Sikkim.
The marvelous journey starts from the Himalayan range of mountains from Sikkim through the Queen of the hills Darjeeling to the Gangetic Plains in the south across the coastal region to the world’s largest Delta which is known for the natural habitat of Royal Bengal tigers of Sundarbans. It’s a journey through spirituality, breathtaking landscapes, tea gardens, trekking trails, UNESCO World Heritage site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway & Sundarbans National Park, heritage & colonial rich architectural treasures of West Bengal.
The States of Sikkim and West Bengal are some of the most preferred states on the travel lists as both offer a wide range of tourism products, be it an adventure, spiritual, heritage, wildlife, and many more. The State of Sikkim is blessed with natural abundance with the magnificent Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world, flowering alpine meadows, mountain lakes, etc. Gangtok, the capital of the State of Sikkim, Pelling, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar Lake are some of the famous tourist destinations in Sikkim. To visit Sikkim foreigners must obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) previously known as InnerLine Permit.
More information on Sikkim State and permits can be found on the Official Website of Sikkim Tourism
The State of West Bengal has a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, heritage architecture, finery arts and crafts, vibrant folk festivals, music-theatre-drama, traditional celebrations, delicious cuisines, and much more to offer.
A few famous sites are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kalimpong, Dooars, Jaldapara, Malda, Bishnupur, Santiniketan, Kolkata- the City of Joy, Sundarbans (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Digha Beach and the list is endless of this incredible state.
The Webinar was presented by Shri Debajit Dutta, Director &CEO of Impression Tourism Services (India) Private Limited, an expert in experiential tours, adventure tours and offers voluntary Project services & community tourism initiatives as a part of sustainable tourism practice.
The DekhoApnaDesh Webinar Series is presented in technical partnership with the National e-Governance Department, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.