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About Sikkim

Tiny yet gorgeous, Sikkim is an unquestionable wonderland located in the foothills of eastern Himalayas which is equally famous for its lovely views, exotic orchids as well as its lush vegetations. The famous Himalayan peak Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak of the world overlooks the entire spread of the state of Sikkim. The peak is considered to be the protective deity by the people of Sikkim. Your interest areas might vary, you may want to go sightseeing or you may be an adventure sports buff but one thing is for sure, the state of Sikkim will come up with something that will satiate your needs. The magnificent mountain peaks, beautiful valleys, the roaring rapids - all of these give Sikkim a unique diversity which can be experienced only by visiting the place because you'll experience sub tropical heat of the valleys to the rugged coldness of the mountain slopes within a matter of few hours. The prevalent religion here is Buddhism as you'll soon find out once you notice some fine old monasteries that are rich in wall paintings, statues of Buddha's various incarnations as well as religious paintings on silk.

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Tourist Attractions in Sikkim

Temi Tea Garden
It is the only tea estate in the state of Sikkim which produces some of the top quality tea that matches the best standards of the international tea market. The Temi Tea Garden sprawls over a gentle Tendong hill slope which produces a spectacular view for the visitors. The tea processing factory is very much accessible if you are interested in knowing more about the process of making tea. A visit to the tea garden is very much an enriching experience as it gives you the exhilaration of beautiful nature combined with a night that is well spent in an old bungalow built in the British period.
Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo Lake
It is a holy lake and is worshiped by the local people. It is approximately 20 km away from the famous Nathula Pass. The water of the lake is cool and the surroundings picturesque just as you expected. The lakeside has a temple of Lord Shiva. The source of water of the Tsogmo Lake is the mountain snow and the lake itself in turn is the origin of river Lungtze Chu though the lake gets frozen in the winters. The lake is located in the restricted area and therefore visitors to the place require an inner line to visit the lake.

Khecheopalri Lake
This lake is renowned for being a wishing lake and is considered as a sacred lake both by the Hindus as well as Buddhists. Therefore the water sports activities are not allowed here.

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
This Botanical Garden is maintained by the forest department of Sikkim Government and is located close to the Rumtek Monastery. Here you'll be able to see several botanical species, a veritable treat for the plant lovers.

Rumtek Monastery
The Rumtek Monastery is located close to Gangtok and you reach here by driving through the beautiful countryside. It is the seat of Kagyu order which is one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects. The building has a traditional design and has been deliberately built in a way to replicate the Kagyu Headquarters in Tibet.

Book Your TourClimate of Sikkim

Most of the populated area of Sikkim has a temperate climate where temperatures are enjoyable with temperatures going to up to 4 centigrade in January - February whereas sunshine is abundant in between March and May. In the heights above 6000 meters, snowfall is a common sight in winters. The monsoon season takes place between June and September when heavy rainfall takes place in the state which also causes landslides. Though the seasons have been classified here, the fact is that barring winters, the rains continue almost throughout the year and sometimes even the winters can be irritatingly wet.

Culture of Sikkim

Culture of SikkimThough the culture and rituals of people of Sikkim may be diverse, they all share common characteristics like they are warm, simple and friendly. The people who inhabit the state of Sikkim are the Lepchas, Bhutias and the Nepalese.

Since the people here live in complete harmony, therefore the place has come out with a composite culture which gives a common appearance to the entire state.

Book Your TourHow to Reach Sikkim

By Air
Bagdogra is the nearest airport from Gangtok which is 124 km away. You can book your ticket from Gangtok also for the regular flights that operate between Bagdogra and Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi.

By Rail
New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the nearest railway stations from Gangtok which are 125 km and 144 km away respectively.

By Road
Gangtok is well connected with other major cities by road such as Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri. You can hire cars, jeeps and luxury coaches for the purpose or choose to travel on the regular bus service that is operated by Sikkim Nationalized Transport.