Three days long Himalayan Orange Tourism Fest kicks up at Salt Lake in Kolkata, Eaknarayan Aryal Consul General, Consulate of Nepal inaugurated the festival. Participations of different mountain states of India along with two SAARC countries Nepal and Bhutan has given a fest an international acclaim.
Opening day of the fest was well responded by the Kolkatian’s, as Sikkim shines with the display of organic produces and new rural tourist destinations. Oranges, Dalley Chillies organic packed products of Ranipool, Nature Gift of Majhitar and Government Fruit Preservation Singtam products was selling like hot cakes.
Most of the visitors often seen toiling around the two Sikkimese stall. The visual presentation which includes the documentaries, short films and presentations of Sikkim’s famous and new tourist destinations was seriously observed during the fest.
New rural tourist destinations like Kitam, Sadam and Nagi of South Sikkim, Pendam , Lamaten Bojeytar, Rolep, Yangang of East Sikkim, Rural tourism of Dzongu of North Sikkim and different homestays of Sikkim and newly launched resorts and hotels also well enquired and booked in advance by the tour operators and the visitors from Kolkata.
13 Members team along with NGOs viz. Nagi Tourism Development Society, Sikkim Tourism Cooperative Society Ltd, 21 Gnathang Machong Eco Tourism Development Society Ltd, Kitam Eco Tourism Development Society, Pendi Valley Eco Tourism Society participated among the others under the umbrella organization of SRTDS.
Most of the Kolkatians proposed the Sikkim to open up the organic stall at the city of joy so that they can easily avail the best of the producers of Sikkim in daily basis.
Sikkim Rural Tourism Development Society (SRTDS) represented Sikkim in the fest and GM Gurung of Rangpo, East Sikkim had graced the inaugural day of fest as a Guest of Honor and a spokesperson for the Sikkim contingent.