SUBJECT :The Chalum Dambro ecotourism festival organised by Chalum Dambro Eco-Tourism Committee, in collaboration with SBFB-JICA Ecotourism Division, started today at Gnon-Sangdong village of Dzongu, North Sikkim. 

By-SABELLA GURUNG

Gangtok, January 22, 2020: The Chalum Dambro ecotourism festival organised by Chalum Dambro Eco-Tourism Committee (CDETC), in collaboration with SBFB-JICA Ecotourism Division, started today at Gnon-Sangdong village of Dzongu, North Sikkim.

The main highlight of the two-day festival are traditional sports, traditional cuisine competition, bird watching, butterfly sighting, village walk, art and crafts exhibition, orange eating competition, tribal fashion show and community activities.

“ The Gnon-Sangdong village itself is known as the orange village and the festival has been an integral part of the village. Through this festival, we aim at promoting oranges and village tourism,” expressed CDETC general secretary Marmit Lepcha.

The village with as little as 100 inhabitants has over 14,000 orange trees and is one of the major producers of orange in the State. The festival, which is being held for the fourth time, is mainly held to promote tourism, added advisor Sandup Lepcha.

Sikkim Youth Federation (SYF), which has been conducting their Guiding Juniors programme in the village, felicitated the head of Dzongu primary school and the panchayat for their support towards the programme.

The chief guest for the inaugural session was Forest CCF B.P Pradhan.

In his address, Pradhan appreciated the villagers for organising the festival. He also highlight the importance of organic farming and eco-tourism in Sikkim.


Source: www.sikkimexpress.com