“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, informed the Ministry of Tourism. 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 the recent webinar, “Mountains to Mangroves – A Journey of 1000 Kilometers”, the journey was focused on two of the most picturesque states that are West Bengal and Sikkim.
The marvelous journey started from the Himalayan range of mountains from Sikkim through the Queen of the hills Darjeeling to the Gangetic Plains in south across the coastal region to the world’s largest Delta which is known for the natural habitat of Royal Bengal tigers of Sundarbans. 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 State of Sikkim and West Bengal are one of the most preferred states on the travel lists as both offer wide range of tourism products be it 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 of 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 “Restricted Area Permit” (RAP) previously known as “Inner Line Permit”.
More information on Sikkim State and permits can be found on the Official Website of Sikkim Tourism-https://www.sikkimtourism.gov.in/
The State of West Bengal has 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. To name few 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” in India, expert in experiential tours and adventure tours. The Sessions of Webinar are now available on the https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzIbBmMvtvH7d6Zo_ZEHDA/featured and also on all social media Handles of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
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