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Year review of Sikkim: India’s First fully Organic State in 2016 and Cleanest State in the country

Sikkim is also the cleanest state of India

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December 31, 2016: Sikkim became India’s first fully organic state in 2016. Apart from this, Sikkim is also the cleanest state of the India. The Kanchenjunga National Park of Sikkim was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also, the state was conferred overall best in education.

Around 75,000 hectares of land was converted to certified organic land according to the guidelines laid down in National Program for organic production. The idea was proposed in 2003. It took nearly 13 years to implement organic farming.

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According to PTI, the government under Pawan Chamling amended the gambling and casino rules of the state. From July, all locals were banned from entering the casinos. In June, Chamling submitted four memorandums to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that included a demand of Rs. 43,589 crore for development. Also, Bermiok-Total Senior Secondary School, situated in south Sikkim became the first school in Northeast to have smart classes.

On June 7, the lifeline of Sikkim, Sevoke Gangtok highway, was handed over by BRO to the PWD, West Bengal. BRO had been the in-charge of maintenance since the 1968 landslides. The highway has been rechristened NH-10. It leads up to Nathula along Indo-China border.

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On 17th July, Kanchenjunga National Park, situated in West Sikkim, was declared by the world heritage site committee as the UNESCO World Heritage site at its 40th session held at Istanbul.

Meria Subba won the Mega Miss North East title in June. In September, kickboxer Sushmita Rai made the country proud by winning a bronze at the World Martial Arts Masters Championship held in South Korea. She, along with kickboxer Sushmita Rai,

In September, the National Sample Survey Office, India named Sikkim the cleanest state of India. The award was given by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Rural Development Minister, based on the results of a survey conducted in 2015.

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According to PTI, all the four districts of the state were included in the top 10 districts of the country’s hill states. Also, Ministry of Tourism named Sikkim the cleanest tourist destination in India in October. The award was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

But Sikkim had some lows in 2016. In August, a landslide blocked a portion of Kanka River. This created an artificial lake and submerged five houses. Hundreds of families were affected by this landslide. The continuous threat of a flash flood from the river caused panic among the people. In May, a student from Kolkata, who was on a vacation, was raped.

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7 Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India

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Places to visit in North East India. Pixabay

North Eastern India, the home to the ‘Seven Sisters’ is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions, yet the most unexplored part of the country. From Shillong’s rainfall to Assam’s beautiful tea gardens, the region is indeed the home to exotic beauty. However, the tourism of the region has gained pace in the recent years. The picturesque views of the streams, hills and farms are breathtaking.

Here is the list of 7 beautiful places to visit in North East India:

1. Kaziranga National Park

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Kaziranga National Park. Pixabay.

Kaziranga national park in Assam is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. It is the most famous tourist spot & one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. The place has been declared a UNESCO heritage site and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. Hundreds of migratory birds and around 35 species of mammals fly down every season to the national park. The incredible fauna cannot be found anywhere else in India.

2. Nathula Pass

Places to visit in North East India.
Nathula Pass. Wikimedia.

A trek on the Nathula Pass in Sikkim will give you a memory completely irreplaceable. The beautiful scenic views which you will observe through your trek journey can be found nowhere else in India & makes if one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. A vacation to this place with your family during the summers is a must. Also the fact that a bearable temperature in the summer season will let you enjoy your trek more. A trek in the Nathula pass should right away be added to your bucket list.

3. Cherrapunji

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Cherrapunji. Wikimedia.

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the world’s wettest place. The place is known for receiving the maximum rainfall in the world. And, the weather of the place adds to its beauty. It is definitely one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India.

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4. Phodong Monastery

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Phodong Monastery. Wikimedia.

According to reports, the Phodong monastery in Sikkim is built in the 18th century. It situated 28 kms from Gangtok. It is known to be one of the most religious places for a sect of Buddhists. The place is a residence to around 260 monks. The place is full of positive energy. The people around the monastery are amicable and have some interesting stories in their pockets to tell you. The architecture of the monastery depicts a unique culture and beauty. These characteristics make this monastery, one of the beutiful places to visit in North East India. So grab your tickets soon!

5. Dampa Tiger Reserve

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A bird in the Dampa Tiger Reserve. Wikimedia.

Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram & a must visit place in north east india. The Tiger Reserve is a home to leopards, barking deer, sloth bear, langurs, Indian Python and a variety of birds. The fauna and flora of the place will leave you stunned.

6. Majuli Islands

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Majuli Island. Wikimedia.

A river island situated along the Brahmaputra is a home to many tribes. A variety of birds can be found on the island. The size of the island has been reduced due to river erosion by the Brahmaputra.

7. Shilloi lake

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Shilloi Lake. Wikimedia.

Shilloi lake, the largest natural lake in Nagaland situated in the state’s Phek district is covered by picturesque views including beautiful mountain peaks and trees. The best time to visit this lake is in the summer season. The beauty of the lake makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in North East India.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.

 Twitter: @ImMeghaacharya.