The royal family of Norway has returned back mesmerized by the serene beauty of Dzongu, North Sikkim.
Crown Prince Haakuw, Crown Princess Mette Macit, Prince Sverk Magnus, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Marius Borg Hoiby had stayed in a homestay at Passingdang for three days. They were accompanied by their six personal bodyguards while the State Government was also providing peripheral security cover.
“The royal family was delighted with the beauty and peace of Dzongu. It was an honour for tourism industry of Sikkim to provide hospitality to a royal family. They have praised the village tourism of Dzongu and have given appreciation letter to us. They have also promised to return back next year with a bigger delegation”, said TAAS general secretary Norgay Lachungpa, whose enterprise, Galaxy Tours and Travels had conducted the trip of the Norwegian royal family to Dzongu.
The royal family had stayed in a home stay run by Gyatso Lepcha, an enterprising local youth. “The royal family just wanted undisturbed natural surroundings. They spent their time doing short treks in Dzongu, visited the river and wanted to know the local culture”, said Gyatso Lepcha. Village tourism is working out for me, he added. He asserted that the princess has even promised me to pay visit ones more after she is enthroned in future as well.
When asked when he started the home stay facility Mr. Gyatso said that he had started the same since a year back and till date 40-50 groups have come to his place. On how does the tourist know about Dzongu and your home stay facilities he added that I have a net facility and further I have created a web though which they all come to know and accordingly they plan their trip and itineraries and contact further and booking is done.
He also added that tourist visiting Dzongu especially loves the quite nature and serene beauty of this region further they love to know about the tribal culture and heritage of the land. And sometimes few demands for cultural dances and practices which we do provide and along with that they even love the organic food that we provide during their stay. Importantly they are only conscious about not being ill which we do care about that is hygiene to the most and they love to relax and spend time without any disturbance.
There are places around here where we do even provide sightseeing too. Mostly international tourist visits Dzongu for research works and domestic to know about the tribe and the beauty of nature.
Finally concluded Mr. Gyatso by saying that home stay is doing well in Dzongu and now the local people here are also looking forward in promoting the same and getting involved.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail
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