Namchi, 05 Sept (IPR): Minister for Tourism, Irrigation, India-Nepal Uttarakhand River Projects, Government of Uttarakhand, Satpalji Maharaj, visited South District along with nine other delegates from the Government of Uttarakhand today.
The Minister and his team and officers from Sikkim visited various sites in an around Namchi.
The team visited the Temi Tea factory where Chairperson, Temi Tea Estate, MP Chamling, general manager Labin Tshering and the officials and staff took the team on a tour of the factory followed by a power point presentation by the Assistant Manager Prateek Gautam.
The Minister was also briefed about the accolades that Temi Tea has received in the recent past.
An interactive session between the tourism stakeholders and the Minister was also held where the Minister offered insights on strengthening Tea Tourism in the region. He also delved upon the various aspects of Tea and put forth suggestions to enhance tea tourism of Sikkim while also applauding the State Government and agencies involved in giving Temi Tea national and global visibility. Thereafter, Shri. Satpalji Maharaj along with the delegates and officials visited Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism (IHCAE)Chemchey where they were shown around the premises by the officials of IHCAE. The Minister was briefed upon various aspects namely adventure tourism, wellness and yoga tourism alongside social programmes such as SAATHI that IHCAE is currently hosting in their institute.The Minister strongly vocalised the need to replicate such initiatives in his state and commended the pro-active Government and the administrative body in running the institute in an ideal manner.
The Minister then visited various pilgrimage sites in Namchi such as Samdruptse and Siddheshwar Dham (Char Dham). He took a keen interest in learning about the culture, teachings and religious faith of both places of interest and also admired the infrastructure and the vision of the Chief Minister in materialising such ambitious projects in Sikkim. He also inspected and visited the Rose Garden in Solophok Hill. It may be mentioned here that Shri. Satpalji Maharaj will be visiting Buddha Park, Ravangla on the 6th of September after which he will proceed towards West District to make a detailed study about organic agriculture and village tourism of Sikkim.