Official Trekking book of West Bengal Tourism was launched by Shri Gautam Deb ( Minister for Tourism ) Govt of West Bengal on 26th August 2019 at Gymkhana Tourist Lodge.
A book “Trails of Discovery” Bengal Trek Routes, Chapter 1 was released on Monday by the tourism minister. The illustrated book contains information on 87 trek routes of the Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts. A similar book will also be published on trek routes of South Bengal. “It is a well-researched book and took more than two years to come out with. These trekking routes can be promoted and will provide important activity for tourists visiting these localities,” add the minister.
Book survey and details were provided by Off Road Adventure from Darjeeling,During the event Shri Samrat chakraborty ( Executive Director) for Tourism Department thanked Sangay Sherpa and team for doing all research and survey of this book for Darjeeling region.
Anjan Guha, divisional forest officer, Parks and Gardens stated: “Most of these trek routes run through the forests. The home-stay owners and travel agencies while promoting these trek routes should always make their clients aware that the forests need to be preserved, water should not be wasted and plastic products should not be used in the forests. Forests call for responsible behavior.”
The state government will be promoting the registered homestays through the tourism department and district websites along with promoting them in tourism marts and festivals.
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) principal secretary Surendra Gupta said, “The population has increased and it is not possible to provide government jobs for everyone. This initiation by the Bengal government to promote home stays is a way that selfemployment can be created for which the government is providing help.”
A homestay owner at Lepcha Jagat, Bikash Tamang said, “It has been about six years that I am running my homestay which has four rooms. I was a carpenter earlier on but my business is running well with my home stay full about 10 to 11 months in a year so now I do not have to depend on anything else. In my area there are about 20 to 22 homestays. This initiative started by the government is a good one as we earlier got no help from the government but are now getting it. I will also register my homestay.”