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Travel Attraction Sikkim

Fast Facts:-

Location Eastern Himalayan Region
Area 7,096 sq. Km.
Population 406,457
Latitude 26 degree 12’ and 30 degree 27‘ North
Major Peak Kangchenjunga
Capital Gangtok
Altitudes 5800 ft. (1547 m)
Languages Are Nepali
Best Visiting Season March to May & October to December

Sikkim Travel

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”.

It's never 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.

Changu Lake

Location: 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 Valley

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.


Rumtek Monastery

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.

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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.

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