Sikkim

Why Sikkim?

When in Sikkim, you would feel a unique essence of nature. Magnetic attractions of mountains, the roars of the Teesta River, and the chants from the monasteries. Besides being a window to the Himalaya, Sikkim has many things worth knowing. Explore some interesting facts such as major ethnic groups in Sikkim are Lepcha and Bhutia, International Flower Festival is also held during summer where huge varieties of flower, orchids and plants are displayed. The state bird of Sikkim boasts of over 552 different species of bird and 690 species of Butterfly. Most famous natural hot springs in Sikkim are Yumthang Hot springs and Yume Samdong hot spring. An elevation of 8,586m, Mt. Kanchenjunga in Sikkim is the third highest mountains in the world.

Demographics

State : Sikkim
JOINED THE UNION: 16th May 1975
AREA : : 7,096 km2 (2,740 sq mi)
POPULATION : : 6, 10,567 (2011 CENSUS)
LANGUAGES SPOKEN : NEPALI and 9 other regional languages

Climate

Summer : April-June
Mild & temperate Temperatures : 13°C to 22°C
Monsoon : June-September
Extremely heavy rainfalls, mist and fog Annual rainfall : 380 cms
Winter : November-March
Freezing cold mists and fog Temperatures : 4°C to 7°C

What to do?

Trekking in Goecha La Trek
Trekking in Goecha La Trek

Be part of the adventurous and thrilling trekking at the Goecha la which is enclosed by majestic mountain ranges of the Himalaya from all sides.

River rafting on the Teesta
River rafting on the Teesta

The River provides currents which makes rafting a thrilling adventure experience for the rafters. It is sure to quench your thirst for some wild adventure.

Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
Cable Car Ride in Gangtok

Take the cable car ride in Sikkim which lets you have an overview of the wonderful Gangtok and the sorroundings as it slides down to Deorali.

Yak Ride near Tsomgo Lake
Yak Ride near Tsomgo Lake

An experience more than an adventure, Tsomgo Lake provides some beautiful scenes along with the unique Yak riding experience.

Rumtek Monastery
Visiting Rumtek Monastery

The largest and festive monastery of Sikkim which must be visited to have a brief idea about Buddhism and the cultures that drives them.

Sikkimese Nightlife
Enjoy the Sikkimese Nightlife

It has a few nightclubs and pubs that keeps the night awake for Sikkim even after the usual hours of the night.

fun fact

An Indian state but not by birth

On 16 May, 1975 Sikkim officially became the part of Indian Union. Despite several disputes from the Chinese over Sikkim, India with the help of their R&AW agency, Sikkim became a part of India without any bloodshed.

Sikkim has already become the first fully organic state of India.

Due to the efforts of the present Chief Minister of Sikkim, Sikkim has proudly announced its transformation as an Organic State where the use of harmful chemicals for growing vegetables have been banned completely.

Sikkim has a temple built to honour a martyred soldier.

The famous Hero of Nathu La, “Baba” Harbhajan Singh is believed to guard the Indian soldiers even after his death. His presence is still existent in the army camps and a temple is a medium people used to honour and pay gratitude to the martyr.

Second highest suspension bridge in Asia is located in Sikkim.

The Singshore Bridge is a suspension bridge present 5 km away from Pelling. The Bridge, with a height of around 100 m and length of around 240 m, is the highest altitude bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia. Standing on that bridge is really a daring act and it really is a man-made wonder.

Not one or two but as many as 11 languages are spoken in this tiny mountain state.

Nepalese is the lingua franca of the state which is spoken by a majority of the population yet the formation of Sikkim and the presence of immigrants have given way to the existence of various tribes like Bhutias, Lepchas, Tibetan, Lachungpa and few others which have made way to around 9 other languages used inside the state.

The spectacular Holy Water ceremony of Bhum Chu

It is one of the most unique ceremonies that are held in Sikkim and something which you might not hear much often. Every year, Tashiding Monastery holds a celebration where a small urn is opened after prayers, sacred hymns and chants, which predicts the future of Sikkim for the year through increasing and decreasing levels of water.

Where to go?

Tsomgo Lake

It is one of the most fascinating destinations in Sikkim. The 360view of the glacial lake is majestic and breathtaking. To visit Tsomgo Lake requires permits from tour operator registered under Tourist Department of Sikkim.

Yoksom

Yoksom is quite famous for offering the best trekking point. Its serene and tranquil atmosphere allures a huge amount of people and spends some time in town.

Nathula Pass

Nathula is the most beautiful mountain road in the world. The silk road of Nathula Pass is an adventurous itself. This beautiful place offers the breathtaking views of Mt. Chomolhari.

Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley

Lachung is a picturesque mountain village which is embraced by snow-capped mountains, glistening streams, and breathtaking waterfalls. Lachen has magnificent peaks, glacier, rock cliffs and beautiful valley which are surrounded by Rhododendron forest. Yumthang is famous as ‘Valley of Flowers’ and is a paradise for the nature lover with a flawless blend of flora and fauna.

Ravangla

It is one of the small picturesque towns in Sikkim which offers a peaceful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other great Himalayas.

Namchi

The two gigantic statue of Namchi is the main tourist attraction. It offers a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range and Rangit Valley. The Sherdup Choeling Monastery and the Dichen Choeling Monastery are there

Zuluk

It is a hilltop point within the silk route. It makes 32 hairpin turns to reach Langthung by the road through Zuluk. The great attraction of Zuluk is watching the stunning sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Gangtok

The capital city, Gangtok offers the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It’s a cosmopolitan town which provides all kind amenities, shopping malls, cyber cafes and hotels with a variety of eateries. The great place for chill out in Gangtok is MG Marg.