Whitewater rafting a hit for Sikkim tourism

New Delhi: The northeastern states of India offer a huge potential in the tourism sector. Endowed with abundant natural resources and huge bio-diversity, Sikkim tourism, however, still remains largely untapped.

Sikkim, one of the smallest provinces of the region, stores some of the famous outdoor adventures as the state is surrounded by Himalayan mountain ranges and dramatic landscapes.

White Water Rafting in River Teesta, a 309-km-long river which flows through the Indian states of West Bengal and Sikkim and neighbouring country Bangladesh before emptying into the Bay of Bengal, is increasingly popular among the tourists in the state.

Both the beginners and seasoned rafters are assisted by river guides to ensure a safe ride, at the same time enjoy the gushing water along the Teesta and Rangit Rivers.

“We enjoyed a lot, I had done rafting in Rishikesh earlier as well and I enjoyed the rafting experience here as well. The staff here is very corporative and did their job properly, I also jumped in the river, under the staff’s supervision, and they have a good staff,” said Manoj Tiwari, a tourist.

While rafting also takes place at Triveni, the most popular place for rafting on River Teesta is Melli, which is situated between West Bengal and Sikkim border.

The mesmerizing view of the dense forests along the slope of the mountains, the vegetation, fishes on the water, combined with the excitement of rafting through the torrents and foaming waters create an unforgettable experience for the rafters.

This perennial river is fed by melting snow in the summer months and rainwater in the monsoon season. With increased tourist inflows, the state’s economy will also get a huge boost and help generate employment for the youth.

Sikkim is also known for its mountainous landscapes and undulating hills. The varied ranges of tourist destinations include the mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetans, the Nathu La Mountain Pass; the highest mountain pass in India, and Kanchenjunga Mountain; the third highest mountain in the world. (ANI)