Red Panda Winter Carnival to showcase Sikkim at its best

Gangtok, 04 Jan:

The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim organised a press conference for the celebration of Red Panda Winter Carnival 2017 -18 at the conference hall of Tourist Information Centre, MG Marg, today. The Carnival will be inaugurated on 08 Jan and closing ceremony will be held on18 Jan.

The conference was chaired by Tourism Minister, Ugen Gyatso and attended by GMC Chairman, Ashis Rai, Mayor, Shakti Singh Choudhary, Special Secretary, CP Dhakal and senior officials of the concerned department. Also present during the conference were director of "Pahuna", Paakhi Tyrewala and Pragya Rathor who are also the co-ordinators for the Red Panda Winter Carnival event.

It was informed that the Brand Ambassador for the upcoming Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival for 2017-18 will be renowned singer and music composer, AR Rehman. Ms Tyrewala mentioned that AR Rehman is scheduled to arrive in Gangtok on 07 Jan and will leave on 09 Jan.

While addressing the media, the Minister talked about Sikkim being an all-round tourist destination and highlighted the progress made by the state in the field of tourism over the past few years. He also discussed at length about the various activities to be undertaken during the carnival.

He also informed about the importance of conducting such events and bringing in ways to further boost tourism in the state.

"Tourism is the only future as through tourism Sikkim has managed to be visible in the national and international arena. It is a golden era for Sikkim in terms of growth and development and it would be a big loss if we do not capitalize on this," said Mr Gyatso.

He urged every individual and the press to participate in the event actively and to be the mouthpiece to promote Sikkim. He also added that the 10-day long carnival will be followed by series of tourism festivals and activities throughout the State.

While addressing the press, Ms Tyrewala said that the main aim of such an event is to make Sikkim known worldwide. She congratulated the state government for hosting such a grand carnival and wished for its success.

The conference highlighted the various programmes and activities to be undertaken during the event. The major attractions of the festival this year is the Carnival Parade, Eco-adventure sports, live performance of various artists of India and Nepal, cultural, musical, organic products exhibition and sale, Riders Meet, traditional food fest, Fashion Show, Beat contest, art & photo exhibitions, etc.

The Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival is the biggest tourism festival of the state and aims at promoting communal harmony and ‘Unity in Diversity’, whereby all the ethnic communities of Sikkim come together to celebrate life and culture. The festival will showcase Sikkim’s rich and diverse culture, traditions, customs, cuisines, bio-diversity, folk music, history and lifestyle and a mélange of cultural and traditional displays under one roof.