Sikkim

- Mountain Peaks, Valleys, Rivers, Passes, Hot Springs, Lakes, Old Monasteries

Located in the north east part of India, Sikkim lies in the lap of the fabulous Himalayas. It is the second largest state in the country. This state is enriched with the dazzling mountain peaks, deep running valleys, swift rivers, passes, hot springs, lakes, rivers, old monasteries, and the list will go on. The special thing about this state is that it is peaceful, clean, hasselfree and organic. Besides being richly blessed by the divine beauty of nature which offers wide range of adventure opportunities to the travelers seeking some rush in their adrenalin, this state offers purely organic food as well. Another thing that this state takes pride in is that it happens to be the only state where litter and spit free zone exists and the state has completely banned the use of plastic bags in the state. There is much more to this state that makes it a must go once in a life time destination, in the world.

FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF SIKKIM

Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley :

These towns are located in North Sikkim. Lachung and the Yumthang Valley is wwell known for its dazzling and picturesque scenery. Lachung monastery, Yumesamdong (Zero Point), and the high-altitude Gurudongmar Lake, one of the world's highest lakes are the other attractions in the area.

Pelling :

It takes three to four hours to drive to Pelling from Gangtok. Its main attraction are monasteries. Its location on a ridge provides a spectacular viewpoint.

Ravangla :

Ravangla is famous for its Buddha Park, the height of which is 130 foot. The golden statue of Buddha is surrounded by manicured gardens which is just pleasure to look at. There are number of other monasteries that can be visited in the area as well.

Namchi :

Namchi, is also famous for giant statues. At the moment it has two, one is of Guru Padmasambhava which is for Buddhists and the other one is of Lord Shiva which is for Hindus. The Buddhist statue, of Guru Padmasambhava , is around 140 feet tall located up on the Samdruptse Hill and The statue of Lord Shiva is white and 108 foot tall, located at Solophuk Hill.

Zuluk :

Zuluk is a small village with a very empowering history because of its connection with the Silk Route. During winter, it provides lovely view of the snowcapped mountain ranges. The best time to visit this place would be in the months of August and September as the foggy spoils the view of all its attractions, The Nag temple, Mt Kanchenjungha and Thambi View Point.

CULTURE AND CUISINE

Sikkim is sparsely populated, with warm and friendly people. It has a population of 644660. Lepchas are believed to be the the original inhabitants of Sikkim. Later, the Nepalese from Nepal and the Bhutias from Tibet migrated as well. Today, the highest number of inhabitants is formed by the Nepalese. Earlier Sikkimese used to be animist, this tradition still lives in some parts of Sikkim today. Hence, there are many religious sites, hills, lakes and rivers that are still worshipped. The common language here is nepali, but there are other languages too spoken by different tribe of people residing there. Sikkim is full of life throughout the year but they are livelier during their festivals. Bhaat (rice) is their staple food Along with tarkari, tune and achar. Other popular foods here are, momos and thukpas. The traditional foods are, taba( bamboo shoot), kinema(fermented soya bean), gundruk(fermented green leaves called "saag"),etc.

WHEN TO VISIT SIKKIM

Spring

March and April forming the spring season, is probably the best time to visit Sikkim as it will be glistening with radiant colors of its flora and nature. As you walk on the clean streets flowers will pour on you as if it were welcoming you to spend a little time with it. Perfect time to go with you dear ones.

Summer

May, June, July and August form the summer season for Sikkim. The weather remains cool and pleasant, so you can explore the best of Sikkim and take home some really precious memories. The temperature goes only as high as 22 degrees Celsius so it’s not that bad.

Monsoon

June, July, August and September make up the monsoon season for Sikkim Sikkim experiences quite heavy rainfall and landslides occur in few places cutting itself completely from the main route connecting it with the rest of the country. It would not be the best time to visit Sikkim unless your inner spirit asks for a different kind of thrill.

Autumn

September, October and November form autumn season. This is that period of time when the trees shed their leaves and the flowers all go away but the view is still mesmerizing and kind of romantic. So it would be just perfect to go there if you want to build a broken relation or even if you want some special memories. There is something magical about this time.

Winter

December, January and February make up the winter season. Sikkim goes only as high as 7 degrees Celsius during winters. The mornings are chilly, but as the sun rises high it envelops the state with loving warmth. The skies remain clear allowing you to explore. Snow falls every year in the Northern parts of Sikkim. It would be the best destination for honeymooners this time of the year.

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