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2007-06-21
Name: Editor Do you find touring a useful activity? Do you think it might be worth visiting Gangtok? Have you ever been to Gangtok and been inspired by the experience? If so, did you find it awe inspiring to see the Sun' s early morning rays illuminate Kanchendzonga? Do you feel Gangtok is losing its natural charm and becoming too touristy?
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2007-06-22
#1
Name: plato
Subject:  i´ ll enjoy it
I do not wish to bury myelf in pessimism about how Gangtok is losing its charm. I plan to go there soon, missed a chance last year and regretting it sorely. if i can find just one spot of serene loveliness in all the touristy razzmattazz i will be happy. and i will continue to seek the beauty all my life. wherever it is to be found. who knows, may be some sort of beauty lies in the flashiness too??
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2007-06-22
#2
Name: sudenshu
Subject:  Is all Sikkim like Gangtok?
I was put off Gangtok by what people talk about it. However, most people who have been to Sikkim praise it. Any one has any idea about touring Sikkim?
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2007-06-22
#3
Name: world_weary
Subject:  Tourism id parasitic
Let' s face it... India has immense tourism potential. But the frenzy of haphazard development that we have unleashed on our tourist places is similar to killing the proverbial golden goose.

Visit Mahableshwar, Nainital, Manali or Kodaikanal and all you see is a beautiful scenic spot that is gasping under the burden of unsightly gaudy hotels, billboards, tin shacks, shanties, open sewages, dust, dirt, grime, and the pompous, nouveau rich tourist with his insatiable appetite for kitsch, stomping all over.
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2007-06-26
#4
Name: travel_tramp
Subject:  agree with Ramesh
I agree with Ramesh that it is possible to retain the intrinsic beatuy of a tourist spot when you develop it. I doint know about Frankfurt, but a good example is Bhutan. India could learn a lot from this neighbour of ours.
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2007-06-22
#5
Name: Ramesh
Subject:  Mentaility problems
I disagree with Cinderella. Its more of a mentality problem. I mean look at places like Frankfurt, the germans maintain the black forest very well not allowing for tourism to affect it catastrophically. The environment in the alps is amazing and you dont see the littering and crowding you experience in India
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2007-06-22
#6
Name: Jacen
Subject:  Order to chaos
I think there should be more effort to do a kind of systematic development for tourism in these areas. Avoiding development is inevitable. So something along the lines of dili Haat. Something that serves the tourists needs yet isnt congested and trashy. Agreed there are so many small shops these days all crowding around these hill stations. But if the market are is planned well, paved well and organized things might actually look nice. Instead theres litter on the roads often.
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2007-06-22
#7
Name: Cinderella
Subject:  hopeless
Man´ s dirty inventions and desires will continue to destroy whatever little natural beauty we have left. There are so few of us who wish that a stop be put to ´ development´ . Me for one would like to turn the clock back twenty years and make time stand still. But then what would happen to computers, mobile phones, all the great advances of the modern age? The moral of the story is that you cannot have one without the other. We have a choice - a hard nomadic life with beauty or a convinient, rich life surrounded by dirt. alas, too many people choose the latter. and i cannot help but feel that there is nothing we can do to stop it..
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2007-06-21
#8
Name: sana
Subject:  paradise
Gangtok is heavenly, green hills, misty clouds, the river Teesta...yes tourists have spoilt its beauty though...hotels all over the place...people dirty the whole place
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2007-06-21
#9
Name: Globe Trotter
Subject:  Where the road leads
I think Gangtok is an amazing place to visit. I only think that its become a bit too commercialized. Its lost the old world charm, its a bit messy now. I mean walk in on the main shopping street and you can buy all the latest brands... what we want to see is traditional stuff. Its kind of a battle between two worlds modernization and brand commercialism
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2007-06-21
#10
Name: Vivek
Subject:  absolutely
hey globe trotter...seems been there recently...it would be refreshing to see llamas, monks wandering all over the place...tasted " chang" ?
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