Gangtok: Chamling wants Sikkim to become a hub of Buddhist circuit

Gangtok: Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today said that Sikkim has the potential to become a hub of Buddhist circuit to enhance its profile as an international tourism destination.

Sikkim can be developed as a hub connecting all major Bhuddhist destinations in India and its neighbouring countries, he said at the Regional Conference of the Tourism Ministers of the East and North-Eastern states at Chintan Bhawan here inaugurated by Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja.
 
The Rumtek Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Lumbini in Nepal, Taktsang in Bhutan, Potala and Mansarovar Lake in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China present themselves as the unique trail of eco-tourism and pilgrimage tourism, he said.

The development of all these tourism destinations will help regional integration and enhance cross-border religious bonds among the people of these countries, besides presenting a viable economic and commercial opportunities, Chamling said.

On Sikkim’s own potential as a key tourist destination in the country, the chief minister asked the Centre to provide more funds and incentives for development of tourism infrastructure and marketing.

From ZeeNews

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