Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa Overview
In order to promote Tourism, the Govt. of Sikkim has decided to setup a, Tourist cum Socio-Cultural Amusement Park at Ranka. It islocated 15 kms. from Gangtok coming up over sprawling 16 acres of land. The project comprises of 24 tourist accommodations of traditional Sikkimese architecture, Villa Club with bars, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, multi- gym, open-air theatre, children’s park, Food Court, Exhibition Halls showing arts, handicraft, ornament, musical instruments etc.
It will have Centralized A.C in the Reception cum Information Center, Multipurpose hall, Amusement Park with Rides, Simulators, Musical Fountain, Water Chute, Closed Circuit TVs, laser-cum-video show on water screens, Rain Forest Cafe, etc, along with all infrastructure developments works and tourism facilities. The small state of Sikkim is East India, nestled among the Eastern Himalayan mountains has an ace up its sleeve for tourist attraction.
The state has presented a mega tourism project which is a combination of provision of modern facilities combined with the cultural heritage of Sikkim. The project was open to tourist after President of India, Shrimati Pratibha Patil inaugrates Khangchendzonga Tourist Complex cum socio-cultural amusement park at Ranka, East Sikkim on 15th April.
The project is the first of its kind in the state of Sikkim. It was conceived in 2005 by the Chief Minister of Sikkim and work started on the same in June 2006.
The park spread over 16 acres of land has many cultural attractions like the dome shaped Sikkim Panaroma, swimming pools, bowling alleys, colourful and musical fountains and laser shows. The Sikkim Panaroma houses relief features of important places of Sikkim including the state’s low lying areas and going higher up to Mt Khangchendzonga. These relief features are made from fiber glass. There are also murals of the ethnic communities of Sikkim in the Sikkim Panorama along with traditional huts. Also in keeping with the serenity and surroundings of the region, the park has a rain forest café, a unique food joint with glass floors over a natural stream with lots of greenery. For the locals of Ranka and tour operators in Sikkim where the tourist villa cum park has been built, such a mega project will vastly benefit their economy as tourist flow will increase. Since the project is a new feature in the region of in and around Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, tourist may extend their visit by a day or few in order to visit this place. The government is spending another Rs. 30 crore for reviving local economy so that the place can be given good marketing publicity in addition to the project and the tourist can be persuaded to extend their stay in Gangtok and visit Ranka.
Ranka also has other tourist attractions such as Lingdum Monastery and Banjakhri Falls. Also with limited recreational and entertainment facilities in Gangtok, the locals can visit Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa cum park for their own entertainment benefit as well.Khangchendzonga Tourist Villa cum Socio-Cultural Amusement Park is a pioneering standalone project of its kind, celebrating the many gifts Sikkim is endowed with. Itis a landmark not only in the state but in all of Northeastern India. It is the pride of the people of Sikkim and brings joy to visitors to this enchanting land.