Sikkim became the most favoured destination for foreign tourists in the North-Eastern (NE) region of India. This was revealed by the data released by the Union Tourism Ministry in the second week of August 2014.
As per the Tourism Ministry data, Sikkim got the highest number of foreign tourists among NE states. In 2013, Sikkim got 31698 foreign tourists. In 2012, it got 26489 tourists and 23602 tourists in 2011.
Sikkim is followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura respectively.
Earlier, the state has already been recognised as the best place to visit, in the world famous travel guidebook Lonely Planet.
On 18 February 2014, Sikkim won the National Tourism Award 2012-1 and Union Ministry of Tourism declared Sikkim as the best State in the implementation of rural tourism projects. The Ministry described, Sikkim as a perfect destination to experience rich culture and scenic natural beauty.
Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state located in the Himalayan Mountains. The state is bordered by Nepal to the west, China's Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and east, and Bhutan to the east. The Indian state of West Bengal lies to the south.
Sikkim is the least populous state in India and the second-smallest state after Goa in total area, covering approximately 7096 km. Sikkim is nonetheless geographically diverse due to its location in the Himalayas.
Why: for foreign tourists
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