Village tourism in Sikkim is a booming industry and the local community strives to manage it in a manner that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible. The local community is at the centre of the planning, implementation and monitoring processes. This local involvement assists in the conservation of the area’s natural and cultural resources.
Local educated and unemployed youth have organised themselves into Himalayan Environment & Tourism Development Organistaion (H.E.T.D.O). H.E.T.D.O – is a local community based organisation leading the village community in matters related to tourism development. The committee aims to ensure the development of sustainable tourism in the village. It has its own information office at Simchen 4th Mile Kechaplari Lake road.
Formed in 2003 with the objectives to build awareness about natural and cultural resources and to mobilise the villagers in tourism and conservation activities to engage the growing children’s of the village to make them aware about the
Home-stay accommodations at Melli – Kechapalari – Simchen Village for tourists are being organized by the Himalayan Environment & Tourism Development Organistaion (HETDO) at the houses of committee members. Sikkimise village culture and hospitality is distinctively friendly and open and guests are made to feel as though they are part of family and made welcome to join the village activities with their children, partners or group of friends.
So far, the society has identified 20 houses for Home Stay. Which includes the community like Gurung, Rai, Bhutia, Lepcha, Chettri, Tamanag and Limboos.
Our Village is easily accessible as it is well connected with roadways from different corners of Sikkim. The nearest railhead is about 145 km (5 hr drive). The nearest airport is about 115 km away and the journey is approximately 5 hr by road.
Trekking and village walks including observation of rural lifestyle with participation in organic farming activities for those who may be interested.
• Ploughing for Farming
• Cardamom Plucking & drying
• Cow & buffalo Milking
• Pera Weaving
• Grinding of corn by mill stone
• Chyadung ( Tea Preparation)
• Cooking & serving
• Khajyo, Jhero & chyadung making
• Bird Watching
• Maize cutting
• Alcohol Preparation
• Sheep rearing
• Handy crafting and selling
• Jungle walking
• Cavé Tourism
• Tree Tourism
• Rock climbing
• Cream separating from cud
• Meditation for treatment of illness
• Horse Riding
• High Altitude Trekking etc.
Home stay at the village are also provided by the local to provide better facilities to the visiting tourist. Assistance in the form of Software support has also be provided to the home stay operators by the Panchayats under Rular Housing Scheme.
Himalayan Environment & Tourism Development Organistaion ( HETDO) jointly with ECOSS and Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation had provided trainings to the local stake holder and homestay operators.
Households clustered together and little trainings are provided to the village individuals and also to the family members to provide better services to the visiting peoples in their villages.