Where Nature Smiles!
Sikkim is one of the seven North Eastern States of India which is bordered by West Bengal in the South and Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet in the West, East, and North respectively. It was a princely State during British rule and even after independence it did not join India till 1975 when a referendum was held and ruled in favor of joining the country. It became the 22nd State of India and has some of the most spectacular tourist spots in the country.
Sikkim, the mountainous State towering over India:
While you are here, be sure to enjoy the local delicacies besides being enchanted by the scenic beauty. Gorge on the delicious Momos which are dumplings and be sure to taste the lip smacking Thukpa and Sha Phaley. You can pick some souvenirs such as the woolen carpets, prayer flags and wall hangings from Sikkim and during your stay do click some moments in the local dresses of Sikkim.
Language and Culture:
In Sikkim the official languages include English, Sikkimese, Lepcha, and Nepali. Some of the other languages which highlight the culture of this place are Sherpa, Magar, Limbu, Tamang, etc.
Popular Attractions in the State:
Some of the major tourist attractions in Sikkim are a trek to Chhangu Lake and Baba Mandir and then follow it up with a blessing at the famous Rumtek Monastery which is an ancient Buddhist monastery. The view of the sunrise at Tiger Hill is an experience you must not bypass during your visit to Sikkim. Besides these, you must visit places such as Tsomgo Lake, MG Marg, Nathula Pass, Zero Point, Namchi Char Dham, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Kaala Pathar, Buddha Park, and many such other attractions. Tourists also make sure to visit the beautiful regions such as Pelling and Lachung and enjoy a stay there with the enchanting view of the mountain peaks. The Kanchenjunga is visible from these areas and make for an extraordinary view. From being a nature enthusiast, to appreciating the beauty of the mountains to visiting for spiritual peace, everyone is welcome at this heavenly destination and it is one of the best hill-destinations that you can pick.
Festivals in Sikkim:
Most of the festivals in Sikkim are held in accordance to the Buddhist calendar and some of the most enthusiastically celebrated festivals in Sikkim include Drupka Teshi, Saga Dawa, Bumchu, Dassin, etc.
Sikkim is well-connected by land routes, rail routes and airways. Pakyong Aiport is around 30km from Gangtok and the region can also be reached from Bagdogra Airport which is around 120km from Gangtok. The New Jalpaiguri Station is an important railway station connecting the region and it is roughly 120km from Gangtok.
Best Time to Visit:
Since this is a mountainous region, it is important to travel when the weather is clear for the best view of the mountain ranges. It is thus best to travel during the months of October to March. It is best to avoid the rains during the months of July and August and in case you want to experience the snowfall you can visit during the months of January to March.
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