Tourism Dept welcomes bikers from Andhra Pradesh
Gangtok, 26 May: The Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim welcomed 11 bikers from Andhra Pradesh belonging to Wanderers – Royal Enfield Motorcycles Riding Club in TIC, M.G. Marg today and presented them with khadas and mementos, a press release informs.
The Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, B.S. Panth was the chief guest of the programme. He was accompanied by Additional Chief Secretary, G.P. Upadhyaya, Secretary, Prakash Chettri, Chairman STDC, Lukendra Rasaily, and other officers.
These bikers came from the State of Andhra Pradesh and started their bike ride fromSukhna in West Bengal. In Sikkim, they drove to Gurudongmar lake, Nathula,Zuluk and finally to Gangtok today. This expedition was organized as part of their exploration programme ofthe North Eastern States where they covered Sikkim as the first State. Now, they areproceeding to Assam and other States of the North East. The team leader of theMr. Pawan and Mr. Praveen presented a memento to the Minister. The whole expedition was a tribute to the armed forces that are safeguarding our borders and making supreme sacrifices, the release mentions. It was also aimed atexploring Sikkim as a tourist destination. While giving their feedback they all appreciated the natural beauty ofSikkim, tourism infrastructure, the network of road connectivity, and the very warmhospitality of the people of the State. They apprised the Minister that theyfound Sikkim much more beautiful than what they had imagined. The event wasalso part of the celebration of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Minister Panth expressed his happiness on meeting the members of the expeditionand at the positive feedback about the State given by them. He also thanked themfor coming to Sikkim and requested them to spread a message about Sikkim’sbeauty and its cleanliness to the people in Andhra Pradesh and other parts ofIndia. Additional Chief Secretary, Mr Upadhyaya thanked the members ofthe group and requested them to highlight the positive aspects of the State.