The bewitching beauty of this fascinating landscape is the only one of its kind. It is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breath taking scenic grandeur.
The simplistic yet the cheerful people around really add value to this heaven on earth.
Exploring the Area:
The panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains, majestic rivers, sacred lakes, beautiful waterfalls, lush green vegetation’s, rarest plants and trees, numerous trekking spots gives its visitors a soothing and thrilling experience and makes this state unique of itself. Nestled in the Himalayas and endowed with exceptional natural resources, Sikkim is a hotspot of biodiversity and development. The state borders Nepal to the west, China’s Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and east and Bhutan to the southeast. Known to the outside world as Kanchenjunga, it is the third highest peak in the world, but to the Sikkimese, it is the Guardian deity, a country God whose benign watchfulness ensures peace and prosperity for the land. The five peaks of Khangchendzonga are the five Treasures of the Eternal Snow, a belief beautifully interpreted by the great Lama Lhatsun Chenpo According to legend, the Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche visited Sikkim in the 8th century AD, introduced Buddhism and foretold the era of the monarchy. Sikkim’s Namgyal dynasty was established in 1642. Later, Sikkim became a British protectorate, before merging with India following a referendum on abolishing the monarchy in 1975.
Peiling is at an altitude of 6800 ft, it’s the most excellent place to get a closest view of the world’s 3rd highest peak Mt. Kanchendzonga. Apart from the innate beauty of the place, other attractions in Pelling are the Sanga Choeling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery and the Khecheopalri Lake. Thsomgo Lake is about a kilometer long, oval in shape and is considered very holy by the locals. Between May to August, the lake area is spectacular with a display of rare flowers including the primulas, iris and blue & yellow poppies. The lake has a number of aquatic and aerial species and is a perfect habitat for the red panda. The lake freezes in winter.
Nathula Pass is at an altitude of 14200 ft, is located on the Indo-China border and connects Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. The journey itself is an exhilarating experience, with mist covered peaks, zigzag roads and roaring waterfalls, the passage is simply amazing. Visitors are required to get a permit to visit the place.
The Rumtek Monastery is a magnificent monastery among the top tourist attractions in Sikkim. It provides as a residence for the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The Monastery features some of the extraordinary works of art. The Golden Stupa is the most significant segment of the monastery.
Do-Drul Chorten, built by the head of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945, it has one of the most beautiful Stupas of Sikkim consisting of 108 prayer wheels. It stores various Mandala sets, a set of relics and some other religious possessions. Statues of Gurus are also present there.
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is situated near Rumtek Monastery and is looked after by the Forest Department of the Sikkim Government. The garden is distinguished by enchanting lush woodlands of Oak, different kinds of trees and orchids.
How to Get Around:
By Air: The nearest Airport of Sikkim is Bagdogra, near Siliguriwhich is 117 km away from Gangtok( the capital city of Sikkim). It is connected with regular flights from Kolkata, Delhi and rest of the country.
By Rail: Jalpaiguri, near Siliguri (117 km away from Gangtok) is the nearest railhead to Sikkim.
By Road: All important towns and villages in the state are well connected by Transport Services. There are many bus and taxi operators available for travellers.
For local travelling, you can hire cabs, bus, traveller, city bus, rickshaw etc according to your requirement.
Where To Stay:
There is wide range of good hotels, resorts & home stays with good taste and quality of food in Nagaland. One can find a variety of hotels and resorts according to the need and requirements with best of the amenities. Also, there are fully vegetarian hotels also available here. Also, there are arrangements for stay in Boat House and river side camping for the adventurous and nature loving tourists.
Fairs & Festivals:
LOSSONG, the major festival of Sikkim is celebrated on January as a new year, which is also known as Sonam Losoong for good harvest.
Apart from this, Maghe Sankranti, Saga Dawa, Losar Festival, Dasain, Tihar, Bhumchu,Pang L Habsol, Tharpu Festival, Lhabab Duchen, Gangtok Winter Festival., Mangan Music Festival, HEE Bermiok Tourism Festival are the different festivals celebrated at different times.
Customs & Cultures:
The people of Sikkim are more commonly known as the Sikkimese. Apart from biodiversity, Sikkim is also rich in tradition and culture. There are different communities, cultures, religions and customs which find a perfect blend in Sikkim. Folks are so trendy in the urban areas that they follow full western style and rural areas people stays in own ancestral style.
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