Travel Attraction Sikkim
Eastern Himalayan Region
7,096 sq. Km.
26 degree 12’ and 30 degree 27‘ North
5800 ft. (1547 m)
Best Visiting Season
March to May
& October to December
Sikkim is a
small region wedged in between the eastern border of Nepal and Bhutan.
Until India annexed it in 1975 it was an independent kingdom. This move
was undoubtedly motivated by India's fear of the growing Chinese
influence in the Himalayas. Sikkim is culturally linked to its neighbors
Nepal and Bhutan, and Tibet to the north. Because of its remoteness it
does have a specific flavor of its own. Although the larger part of the
approximately 480.000 inhabitants are Hindus of Nepali origin the land
has many Buddhist influences as well. The ancient monasteries of Sikkim
and beautiful Mount Kangchenjunga are the most important attractions
when visiting the region. A former
kingdom , Sikkim is now the 22nd State of India . It is rooted to the
Himalayan Massif like a scale on the neck of a Dragon. The various
ethnic groups have their own nomenclature - the Nepalese call it
“Sukhim” or “New Home”, to the Tibetans it is known as “Denzong” or “the
Valley of Rice”, and to the Lepchas, Sikkim’s original inhabitants , it
means “Nye-Mal-Ale” or “Heaven”.
been easy to visit Sikkim and even now you need a special permit to
enter. The region close to the Tibetan border remains tightly
restricted. The enchanting hill station of Darjeeling, which lies in the
Indian State of West Bengal, is the starting point for a trip into
Sikkim. You can reach Darjeeling by a nights train ride from Calcutta.
Travel Attraction Sikkim
Sikkim, the land of beautiful scenic
views has unlimited reasons to attract tourists from all over the
world. Lovely Monasteries, temples, stupas and lush greenery catch
everybody's attention. Some of the major attractions of Sikkim are
Orchid Sanctuary, Yumthang Valley, Pemayangste Monastery, Rumtek
Monastery, Pelling, Khecheopari lake, Yuksom, Namchi, Tashding, Dudbi
Monastery and not to forget the adventure sports, waiting for you to
explore every aspect of Sikkim.
Located just 35 kms from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Tourist Attractions Nearby: Kyonqnosia,
Kyonqnosla Alpine Sanctury, Tseten Tashi cave, Nathula pass, river
Lungtze Chu and a little Shiva temple are some of the other added
attractions. Best Activities: Fishing and
just lazing around.
Changu Lake is literally known as the ' source of the lake' in Bhutia
language. Situated around 35 kms away from Gangtok, the capital of
Sikkim, this calm lake is located at an altitude of 12,310 ft on the
Gangtok Nathu La highway.
Yumthang is a valley in the high
reaches of Himalayas also known as the valley of flowers. The Yumthang
valley is situated at an altitude of 1180 ft ( 35564 m) with a close
proximity of Tibet. Location: Located 145
kms from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Tourist Attractions Nearby: Chungthang, the
Sikkim countryside, Lachung and Kangchendonga National Park are the
nearby places which people visit along with Yumthang valley.
Best Activities: Trekking Yumthang is a
beautiful destination, covered with Rhododendron and Primula flowers.
It also offers view of a stunning array of peaks with Pauhunri and
Shundu Tsenpa. A number of hot springs are scattered in the valley
providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water
even in freezing temperature. Rich in sulfur these springs are
believed to have miraculous healing power. A tributary of the river
Teesta flows past the valley and there's the town of Lachung, the
nearest inhibited center.
The largest monastery in Sikkim
sprawling over a huge area. It was originally built in 1730 by the
ninth Karmapa but was destroyed by fire and was reconstructed to the
present state by the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960. It includes a
school built on modern lines to impart teachings in Tibetan and
various aspects of Buddhism. An aviary containing the most exotic
birds also exists in the monastery complex. Some distance above the
monastery is a hermitage in which monks go into complete seclusion for
meditation for period's up to 3 years.
travel North Sikkim
Sikkim is a naturalist’s paradise with
nearly 600 sepcies of orchids and vegetation ranging from bamboo and
ferns in the lower valleys to cherry, oak, chestnu, pine and
rhododendron in the upper reaches. Some of the inner dry valleys of
North Sikkim fall in the rain-shadow area of the Himalayan range.
Tour Packages Sikkim /
Hotels in Sikkim
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