Garden Kingdom of the Himalayas. Small albeit beautiful, Sikkim is perched majestically in the Eastern Himalayas Barley spread across 7096 sq kms, it nevertheless boasts of ice-capped summits of Kanchendzonga the third highest peak in the world.
Sikkim's history date back to the 13th century. It was once an independent Buddhist Kingdom ruled by the Chogyal dynasty. Under the 16th Chogyal, Sikkim became the 22nd state of India.
Sikkim offers and indigenous variety of tours. The destinations seem to have a laid back approach but nevertheless boasts of all modern amenities like fast food joints, swanky markets, discos, ropeway and the latest addition of casino and spa.
Sikkim offers indigenous as well as monastic and pilgrimage tours. Yak safari, wildlife tours, bird watching, white water rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, trekking, & angling can be thrilling to the hilt.
History of Sikkim
It was a kingdom run by the Chogyals, and was later gifted to India after independence. It became a part of India on May 16th, 1975, becoming the youngest state of India. Sikkim was then divided into 4 districts, with the state capital Gangtok sitting in the eastern part. It is India’s first organic state, having banned the use of plastic, pesticides, gambling, spitting and littering state-wide. Inhabited my multiple communities, the state applies joint efforts to make itself one of the most hospitable locations in India. Sikkim won the Best Holiday Destination Award by the Indian Ministry of Tourism.
A pristine water body believed to have been blessed by Guru Nanak & Guru Padmasambhava.
A high altitude snow pass that takes you to the Indo-Chinese Border guarded by soldiers from both sides.
The administrative capital of Sikkim with great accommodation options and access to modern facilities.
An off-beat destination dotted with lakes and scenic Himalayan views, and a quieter atmosphere.
The spiritual & religious centre of Sikkim, seat to Buddhism & the rule of Kings of Sikkim known as Chogyals.
The best location to experience snowfall and soak in the ambiance of being amidst the mighty Himalayas.
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Places to Visit
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Gangtok, with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga, uniqueness and vibrancy in colours of culture and tradition, infused into the stunning sceneries and just the right dash of subtle city life is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the area.
The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanisation, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast. It has an amazing view of mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Also like everything around it, Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake Baba Mandir, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India.
Pelling is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has evidence of the king’s bedroom and kitchen.
Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monasteries namely the ancient Pemayangtse Monastery and Sanga Choeling Monastery, the rock garden and waterfall at nearby Rimbi River, the holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Chhange Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists.
Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It's divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards. Nearby, the Yumthang Valley's Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary protects many species of rhododendron. The valley is also known for its waterfalls, pine forests and hot springs.
Lachen is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 metres. The name Lachen means "big pass". The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.
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