Sikkim: No 1 Region to Visit in 2014


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Sikkim, the tiny Himalayan mountain state in northeast India, has come top of the Lonely Planet’s regions to visit in 2014.

The Lonely Planet said Sikkim has set new benchmarks for responsible travel in India, with sustainable community-based tourism and eco-friendly policies that have reinvigorated the state.

It added that organic farming is being promoted in Sikkim, which has a population of around 600,000, and that a new airport scheduled to open near Gangtok in 2014 will shave several hours off travel time to the region. Reaching the state now involves a winding journey from West Bengal on narrow mountain roads, which are often flooded or blocked in winter.

In September 2011, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the region, killing more than 100 people.   That year, Sikkim was one of six states and union territories to experience a decline in domestic tourists, with just over half a million visitors, down 21.1% from 2010, government data show.

Full report here WSJ blogs 

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