DC leads exploratory hike to introduce Old Silk Route Heritage Walk through Lingtam-Padamchen

Pakyong, 22 Jun [IPR]: DC-Pakyong Tashi Chophel, APS to the CM, Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha, along with engineers from Culture Department, and a team of Majdoor Indrani Samaj, 130 RCC, took a recce of Lingtam Padamchen GPU today on the invitation of the Panchayat President and Panchayat members to explore the possibilities of reintroducing the "Old Silk Route" through the area which was used for trade with Tibet. The revival aims to leverage the romance of the heritage to boost tourism in the region along with providing local employment.

The GPU has 629 households with 101 Homestays.

As there are no other items on the itinerary, visiting tourists use this place as a one night halt while travelling to Zuluk and Gnathang valley.

Today, the team hiked from Que Khola- Nimachen- Padamchen till Eco Park. On this route fall the old Mani Lakhang, Tashi Chokerling Gumpa and Shivalaya Mandir and a Devithan.

Sonam Gyaltsen from Echostream suggested that stakeholders prepare a culture and nature map and spoke of how local knowledge can be marketed to tourists.

Kaushal Gurung, a bird watcher, spoke on how bird enthusiasts from all over would be interested in the region's admirable flora and fauna.

The DC assured all necessary help to complete the project along with the engineering cell under Culture Department on the revival of heritage Old Silk Route walk with eco-friendly natural materials to make the walk and hike more traditionally authentic in close to nature.

APS Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha is convinced that if the “Heritage Old Silk Route '' walk is introduced, quality tourists will have one more interesting item on the travel menu and instead of a one night halt destination, there will be possibilities of extending visits for a couple of days in the region and help gain economic opportunities for people in the area.

He also informed the stakeholders on how Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang was very keen to promote and boost tourism after the pandemic and highlighted the upcoming Traditional Homestay Projects which will help promote the culture and ethnicity of our region to the rest of the world.