The Indian state of Sikkim falls under the Northeast Indian range and is located in the lap of the Himalayas. It shares an international border with Bhutan in south-east, Tibet in east and north, Nepal in west and a domestic border with Darjeeling in the south. This heavenly site amongst Himalaya is widely loved for its variety in everything. Even in case of official language, Sikkim has more than 10 of them –Hindi, English, Sikkimese, Magar, Rai, Lepcha, Sunwar, Nepali, Tamang, Limbu, Newari and Gurung.
In ancient history, Sikkim is mentioned as Indrakil, meaning the ‘garden of Lord Indra’. In the Tibetan language, Sikkim is called as Drenjong, meaning the 'valley of rice' and in the Lepcha people call it as 'Nye-mae-el' meaning ‘paradise’.
Sikkim is located among different countries and thus holds variety in culture, language, people, dresses, dishes, activities, even in the landforms –whatever you want to experience in Sikkim, you will get wide variety in it. You are going to be confused on which places to go first from the long list of exciting locations like Pelling, Gangtok, Namchi, Lachen, Yumthang valley, Lachung, Gurudongmar Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Kanchenjunga National Park etc. The most interesting thing is the route towards the third highest mountain peak of the world, Mt Kanchenjunga.
This glacier lake is around 40 km away from Gangtok and visited by several tourists each year. The surrounding pace is famous for bird-watching. Situating in 3780 meters of altitude, Tsomgo Lake becomes completely frozen in summer.
This mountain pass is an open trading pass between Tibet and Indian state of Sikkim. View of the snowy Himalayan peaks from this road is so heavenly that it can’t be explained in words. It is situated almost 54 km east from Gangtok town.
It is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Sikkim. The paintings in the walls of the main temple clearly explains that how Tibetan Buddhism is practiced here from the core. It is the only place where the monks are given the title of ta-tshang, meaning monks of pure Tibetan lineage.
40 different species of numerous rhododendron trees are scattered in the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary on the Yumthang Valley beside the River Yumthang. The landscape of rhododendron flowers of various colours looks like a colour palette in April and early May.
Any kind of traveller and tourist would love to go to the beautiful landscapes of Pelling. Staying in Pelling, one can go for sightseeing trip for Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Waterfall, Reshi Hot Spring and such exotic locations.
As the roads to this mountain is not so comfortable, leisure tourists usually do not visit the place and it remains untouched by the chaos. That is why the adventure lovers are so fond of having a trekking trip to this place. After arriving at the point, a breath taking view awaits them.
Reshi Hot Spring in North Sikkim is high in sulphur content and thus frequently visited by tourists for its medicinal value to cure particular skin issues. Locating around 25 km from Gyalshing, on the banks of Rangeet River, the average temperature of the spring remains 50C.
Visitors say that the surrounding location and the way to Gurudongmar Lake seem to be a paradise. This site is located at 5400 meters above the sea level. If someone has a little lust for adventure, a trip to the Gurudongmar Lake is must-to-have experience for them.
The national park in the lap of Mt Kanchenjunga is home and preservation centre for the red panda, leopard cat, Himalayan tahr and such endangered animals, 127 kinds of birds, and other reptiles, mammals, flowers and plants of the Himalayas.
This holy pilgrimage of Hindu people is not visited for its religious importance, but for the scenario around it too. Besides, the history of this place is attached to Mahabhrata. Legend says that it is the very place where Lord Shiva, pleased with strong devotion of Arjuna, appeared before him to bless success in the war.
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