Char Dham attracts 41,068 visitors in 2 months
NAMCHI, 11 Jan [IPR]: As expected “Siddesvara Dham” popularly known as Char Dham here in Namchi, South Sikkim has become a huge hit with the locals as well as people from outside the state and nation.
It has not only put the small Himalayan State of Sikkim on the global map for the right reasons, in a short period of time, but also the small town of Namchi.
Administrator, Siddesvara Dham, Depen Sharma, informs that since 19 November to 31December, 2011 the total number of local, national and international (from countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Norway and Nepal and Bhutan) visitors has swollen up to 41,068.
Total number of vehicles which entered this pilgrimage spot is 6,413, and the total revenue collected is Rs 2, 14,910. After deducting the total expenditure amount of Rs 47,171, the total amount deposited was Rs 1, 67,739.
He further informed that the collected amount is solely from the parking charges, selling of tea and coffee and the service charge from the Cloakroom where visitors keep their belongings. The cloakroom charge is not mandatory, as it is charged only when visitors wish to keep their belongings there.
No entry fee is levied for anyone as we are in the initial stages of the operation, he informed.
Mr. Sharma also added that after minor works are completed within this month, the Dham will be handed over to the Trust by the end of January.