Dzongu’s Mayallyang homestay wins Gold in “Best homestay”
Gangtok, Feb 1
Gyatso Lepcha’s Mayallyang homestay located in Dzongu won the Gold ” Best homestay” honour by Indian Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 along with at the IRTA hosted by the Outlook Group’s – Outlook Responsible Tourism Initiative is the Indian chapter of the World Travel Market (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards, UK.
Likewise Pema Bhutia, one of the founding member of Environment based NGO ‘Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC) has been conferred with ‘Responsible Tourism Pathfinder’.
Bhutia was conferred the recognition on January 31 at the Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi.
Pema Bhutia along with his co-founders founded Khanchendzonga Conservation Committee in 1996 and has been working for the conservation of biodiversity, training eco-tourism service providers like trekking guides, trekking cooks, pack animal operators, home stay operators and porters. KCC has also been successfully managing Zero waste trekking trail in Yuksam-Dzongri-Goechala trekking corridor since 2009.
Gyatso Lepcha’s Mayallyang homestay, Dzongu has attracted many national and international personalities for its simple lepcha ethinic ambience with a focus on sustainable tribal lifestyle.
The recognition and IRTA celebrates travel practitioners and outfits for outstanding work that contributes to an alternative imagination of travel- one that is gentle on the earth, invested in local communities and contributes to cultural enhancement.
The Responsible Tourism Pathfinder is a unique category only introduced this year to celebrate practitioners whose outstanding contribution to tourism has changed the narrative of inclusive travel in India. Along with Pema Bhutia, Parag Rangnekar, Founding President of Goa Bird Conservation Network and Initiator of the Verlem Ecotourism Co-operative Society was also conferred with the recognition