on three sides by Bhutan, China and Nepal,
Sikkim is truly one of the last
outposts of India.
It is one of the few entirely mountainous regions in the country. The world’s
third highest mountain, the Khangchendzonga (28,169 feet), lies within the
state and is worshipped as a patron deity by the native tribal people of Sikkim. A place
of stunning beauty and a cultural melting pot, Sikkim
is also one of India’s
are in Sikkim,
the hustle and bustle of city life will seem far behind. It enfolds you within
its embrace of peace and the charming people will win your heart with their smiles.
Its unique blend of Nepali, Tibetan and native tribal cultures gives visitors a
glimpse into a bygone and forgotten era of cultural syncretism.
Sikkim was ruled by the Chogyal dynasty when in 1975 it
became a part of India.
The Mahayana form of Buddhism is practiced within the state and their colorful gompas or monasteries are a great
tourist attraction. The Rumtek Monastery (near Gangtok), Tashiding & Pemayangste monasteries (Gyalshing)
are considered one of the more important spiritual centers within the state.
tourists, the most accessible towns are the capital Gangtok and Pelling. Nestled
within the mountains, Gangtok offers easy access to Tsong Mo Lake, Rumtek
Monastery and Nathu La pass. Pelling is the gateway to the mighty
Lake, the Pemayangtse and
Sangachoeling monasteries and Sangay waterfalls. Pelling was also the old
capital of princely Sikkim
and is an important spiritual and cultural center within the state.
many trekking trails within this mountainous state. The beautiful countryside
and Tibetan gompas along the way just
add to the experience. Yuksom (near Pelling) is an important gateway for both
‘high altitude’ and ‘low altitude’ treks. The 14 day trek to the
Khangchendzonga Base Camp departs from Pelling.
Cities: Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom, Namchi,
Lakes: Tsong Mo, Khecheoplari, Gurudongmar
Monasteries: Pemayangtse, Sanga Chelling, Tashiding (all near Gyalshing), Rumtek,
Enchey, Phoadang (all near Gangtok)
Nature and Wildlife: Khangchendzonga National Park,
Fanbhong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Shingba Rhododendron
Sanctuary, Kyongnosia Alpine Sanctuary, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary - hide more about Sikkim