SIKKIM

Sikkim is home to the highest peak in India and third highest in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. The state has an agrarian economy based on terrace farming of rice and cultivation of crops such as maize, millet, wheat, barley, oranges, tea and cardamom. The state is richly endowed with rare and exotic flora and fauna, which includes 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species & 36 rhododendron species. This makes it one of the leading states in the Northeast region in terms of production & supply of cut flowers to mainland consumer markets. Of the 6,000 medicinal plants in India, over 424 plants (including the famous Artemisia vulgaris that is used as an antiseptic) are grown in Sikkim.

Sikkim enjoys a strategic locational advantage, sharing its boundary with Bhutan, China and Nepal. Teesta and Rangeet are the two major rivers flowing through the state with nearly a hundred tributaries. The state is home to 315 glacier lakes and has also done well on the sanitation front and is India’s first fully organic state.

 

  • India’s #1 producer in terms of large cardamom
  • Highest per capita income amongst North-Eastern states
  • First fully organic state in India by the Central Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare
  • Home to 315 glacier lakes and world's 3rd highest mountain peak Mt. Kanchenjunga

Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism has awarded the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, with the title of ‘Safest Tourist Destination’ in the country. The state featured and ranked 17th in the New York Times ’52 best places to go in 2017’. The central government in 2016 approved Swadesh Darshan projects under which Sikkim was allotted USD $14.6 mn for tourism development.

 

Agriculture and Food Processing

Sikkim is India’s first fully organic state. More than 64% of the population depends on agriculture as their primary source of income.

Floriculture

The state is richly endowed with rare and exotic flora and fauna, which includes 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species & 36 rhododendron species. This makes it one of the leading states in the Northeast region in terms of production & supply of cut flowers to mainland consumer markets.

Hydropower

With an estimated hydropower potential of 8,000 MW, Sikkim is north-east India’s highest hydropower generating state.

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