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Bordered 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 trekking hotspots.


Once you 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.


For 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 Khangchendzonga, Khecheoplari 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.


There are 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.

 

 

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Cities: Gangtok, Pelling, Yuksom, Namchi, Lachen, Lachung

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

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East Sikkim Tour (Approx. Time: 2 Days)
Gangtok – Rumtek Monastery - Tsong Mo Lake – Phodong Monastery - Nathula Pass

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Lachung – Lachen – Yumthang

West Sikkim Tour (Approx. Time: 3 Days)
Pelling – Peymangtse Monastery – Yuksom – Khecheopalri Lake

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