Small but beautiful, with its mystic and rugged beauty, Sikkim (believed to mean ‘new palace’) is the popular landlocked Mountain Kingdom, situated in the eastern Himalayas. A precious jewel, embedded in snow-capped mountains, it is a primeval land unlike any other and the perfect destination for travelers in quest of enchantment, tranquility and adventure.
The state is an enchanting medley of mountains, valleys, streams, lakes. The state capital, Gangtok, literally meaning “high hill,” is a scenic resort, located on a ridge at 5400 ft. Wander up lush green mountain trails, in the footsteps of the early travellers. Marvel at the stupas, monasteries and temples in the land of lamas. Acquaint yourself with a culture that is, at once, timeless and fascinating. Choose from a host of adventure sports, including river rafting, mountain biking, hang gliding & yak safari. Drive along narrow roads that snake precariously along the mountainside to reach the serene Tsomgo Lake at 3700 metres. Or quite simply, just take in the breathtaking spiritual beauty of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, at 8598 metres. With its pristine, unspoilt beauty and peace loving people, amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys and flowing rivers; Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience.
Places of interest: Govt. Cottage Industries Institute, Mangyal Institute of Tibetology, Monasteries (Rumtek, Pemayangtse, Phodong, Enchey, Tashiding); lakes (Tsomgo,Gurudongmar, Khecheopalri); Dodrul Chorten (stupa), Orchid sanctuary, Tsuklakhang (Palace Monastery), Permanent Flower Show Hall, Orchidarium, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Deer Park, Tashi View Point, Zemu glacier, Borong & Ralong hot springs, Pelling.
By air: Bagdogra (124 km)
By rail: Siliguri (144 km), New Halpaiguri (125 km)
By road: Gangtok connects with Siliguri by NH 31A; can also be reached via Darjeeling (90km) or Kalimpong (70 km).
Official website: www.sikkimtourism.gov.in