A picturesque landscape
The mesmerising view of the snow-capped summits of Kanchendzonga, Sikkim is the Garden Kingdom of Himalayas. Sikkim dictates the throne with the Mt Kanchendzonga as its crown and a picturesque landscape as its council. The snowcapped mountains, icy scenery, charismatic natural beauty altogether make Sikkim a wonderful paradise. Heaven in one word, with a plethora of options to explore and indulge in, Sikkim makes a fascinating holiday destination.
There are more in the menu which Sikkim has to offer, say it's the variety of flora and fauna or the appealing villages, or the waterfall or the charming people. With the abundance of touristic offerings, Sikkim's history dates back to the 13th century. In 1975, its merger with India opened a door to a blissful land.
Exploring the land of intense heritage is like going on an expedition of experiences. From swanky markets to the discos or the comfy cafes, Sikkim has a lot in its kitty to offer. If you are an explorer and have a thirst to discover, there are endless options-get the first-hand rural experience, the spirituality of ancient monasteries, colourful festivals, and a range of adventure sports.
This majestic, mighty land of the green valley became the part of India on May 16, 1975, and was one of the youngest Indian states. Ruled by the Chogyals and later gifted to India, Sikkim is India's first organic state having banned the usage of plastics, pesticides, spitting, and littering. The most hospitable state in India, Sikkim inhabitants of multiple communities make it more vibrant and cultural.
Being a colourful state, Sikkim is engulfed in harmony. The handicrafts and artifacts found in the state showcase a variety of cultures. Some of the major handicrafts to grab your hand on are Thangka Painting, Choktse Tables (a foldable table), Carpets (the technique used here is the oldest form of carpet weaving of the world), and a range of woolen blankets, bags, shawls, and jackets.
Without trying the delicious and fresh flavours of Sikkimese cuisine, your trip to the hills is incomplete. Once you land here, combine your excursion with the exploration of food. Sikkim has a lot to offer for vegetarians as well as for the meat lovers. Some of the delicious and must-try are Gundruk Soup, Sael Roti, of course, Momos and Thukpa, Chhurpi-Ningro Curry, Phagshapa (a strip of pork fat, braised with dry chillies and radish), Sinki, Kinema (made of soya beans, boiled and fermented to attain a sticky texture).
Travel is always supplemented with shopping which also helps to discover the diversity of Sikkim. There are a variety of options to shop either a souvenir or a decoration item, from a prayer flag to canvas wall hangings, masks, tea, or a Sikkimese dress. If you are Sikkim, the best places to shop are MG Road, New Market, Old Market, and Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms.
Places to Visit
The famous Silk Route is located at a height of 4,310 m above sea level.
Enjoy the enthralling treks along with its majestic beauty and rustic feel.
Tsomgo Lake/Changu Lake
The highest lake in India remains frozen during winter and summer.
Popular for best treks and is also a paradise for bird watchers.
One of the oldest and grandeur monasteries, a witness to Buddhist architecture and teachings.
A pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and it also houses 108 feet high statue of Lord Shiva.
A scared lake named after Guru Padmasambhava-founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
Famous as a snow destination adorned by beautiful Lachung Chu River and Lachung Gompa.
The scenic beauty, lush forest, and enchanting mountains, a paradise for a nature lover.
Bestowed with picturesque views and an alluring view of the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga peak.
7,096 square km)
March and May or September and mid-December
For the lower altitudes-light sweater, tee-shirts, etc. For the higher altitudes – jacket with woollen lining, mufflers, woollen socks, and gloves. During the monsoons, a small umbrella, raincoat, and gum-boots should be carried. Anti-glare snow- goggles and, snow boots for snow prone areas.
Hindi, Gorkha, Bengali, Nepali, Dzongkha, Groma, Hindi, Majhi, Majhwar, Thulung, Yakha. Tibetan and English
Nearest Railway Station
Darjeeling(Narrow Gauge), Siliguri & NJP (Broad Gauge)