Sikkim - The Home of Glacier
Sikkim has grown into becoming one of the most important travel paradises that provides a bit of everything for everyone. There are numerous lakes and the altitude ranges from a mere 200 meters and rises until a height of around 8585 meters. The state of Sikkim lies beautifully to the backdrop of Mt.Kanchenjunga and welcomes its guests with warmth and a cultural heritage to boast of.
Sikkim too has managed to preserve its green cover and has become the first state in India that claims to grow only organic vegetables within the state. The existence of hot water springs, lakes, peaks and rich flora and fauna just add to the already beautiful state that has become a popular name in the Global Tourism industry along with Darjeeling.
One of the main aspects of Sikkim that makes it unique is also the co existence of various cultures that live together in harmony. It is also a rich pilgrimage point that has various religious spots related to various religions.
The Capital of Sikkim is Gangtok which is probably the first place that people stay or visit while traveling to Sikkim. You can also mix your trips from Bhutan to Darjeeling by booking through a Tour Operator for Sikkim in Jaigaon and the availability of car rental in Jaigaon for Sikkim makes the process even smoother.
Places to Visit
It is 24 km drive away from Gangtok through the scenic lush green terraced fields takes you to the headquarters of the Kagyupa sect, the Rumtek Monastery that was built in the year 1960. It is also the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa Lama. It is immensely decorated & is certainly the largest traditional architecture of Sikkim with unique art objects of the world.
Yumthang, at an elevation of 11,800 ft. & 140 kms. from Gangtok, is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora & fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur. Yumthang "Tsa-Chu" or the hot spring on the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its curative and healing power.
It is literally known as "source of the lake " in Bhutia language. Just about 40 kms. away from Gangtok, the capital of the state, this serene lake is situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft on the Gangtok Nathu La highway. It falls in the restricted area and hence an inner line permit is required by Indians to visit this place.
It is fast growing to be an urban settlement due to tourist influx. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers a good view of entire mountain ranges and due to this locational advantages, many hotels and lodges have mushroomed in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation facilities.
It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim on JN Marg and only citizens of India can visit the pass, that too after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.
Tashi View Point
It Situated along the North Sikkim highway it is only 8 kms. from Gangtok. From this point you get a breathtaking view of Mount Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu, one of the most graceful peaks in the world.
Temi Tea Garden
It produces one of best quality teas in the international market. The garden is spread over a gentle slope of hills from Tendong and offers an extra ordinary view of surrounding villages. Borong, Singchu-thang, sikip etc are the other important destinations of South Sikkim.
Lachung (2,684 m/ 8,610 ft.) is a beautiful remote Bhutia Village with a unique self - governing body called the Dzumsa, which substitutes the modern Gram Panchayat. Lachung has emerged as a tourist destination with the soaring popularity of Yumthang Valley, which is just 24 kms away from Lachung.
Namchi 78 kms away from Gangtok, Namchi offers a panoramic view of snow capped mountains. The head quarter of South Sikkim is a fast developing tourist destination. Namchi is famous for the flower festival which usually held in the month of February.
The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. It was constructed in 2006-13 and features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece. The site was chosen within the larger religious complex of the Rabong Gompa (Monastery), itself a centuries-old place of pilgrimage. Also nearby is Ralang Monastery, a key monastery in Tibetan Buddhism.