Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
Darjeeling is now undergoing the thorough severe economic drought and for this the tourism department of East Indian state West Bengal and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) are going to host the Darjeeling festival to revive the economy.
After a 104-day-long bandh crippled Darjeeling and brought its thriving economy to a standstill, the popular hill station of Eastern India is all set to host a five-day tourism festival from December 27 to attract people to the ‘Queen of Hills’.
According to the West Bengal tourism minister Gautam Deb, they are planning to invite foreign consulates and embassies to visit and participate in the festival in order to send out the message to the world that the situation in Darjeeling is normal again, and visitors can enjoy the peace and serenity of the hills.
The 104-day-long agitation and bandh, demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, was called off on September 27.
The economy in the hills, once popular for the nostalgia perception which is largely dependent on tourism, had taken a hit owing to the agitation.
In the backdrop of this, the Information and Broadcasting Department, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and Tourism Department of West Bengal are organising this festival to tell people that there is nothing to fear about and that they are more than welcome to Darjeeling.
The GTA principal secretary said that there are the lesser-known destinations in the hills will be promoted during the festival, to be held from December 27 to December 31, at four venues — Darjeeling town, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik.