Initially an Independent Monarchy, Sikkim became a part of India in 1975. It is the second smallest and the least populace state of the country sharing international borders with China, Nepal and Bhutan and state boundary with West Bengal. The region has varied geographical features in form of high mountain peaks and steep river valleys.
Sikkim possesses some of the breathtaking views of the mountains, beautiful lakes and charming monasteries. Rich in flora and fauna, Sikkim is also known as the land of orchids.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim with a blend of urbanization and various ethnic cultures will draw you to some of the alluring glimpses in and around the city. A fair distant away is the beautiful Tsomgo lake and the Nathulla Pass. Apart from these, Gangtok is speckled with some beautiful monasteries and museums.
Pemayangtse in Pelling, is the oldest and the holiest of all monasteries in the state . Here, there are some priceless artifacts of Mahayana Buddhism. Pelling is also known for its famous and very beautiful Kecheopalri Lake and some spectacular mountain views. Set amongst unspoiled hills and lakes is the historical countryside of Yuksom where, in the year 1640 AD, three monks who came from different parts of Tibet sanctified the first king of Sikkim on throne. Yuksom is also a starting point for trekkers.
Sikkim is also a trekker’s delight. Prominent trekking trails such as the Goecha La Trek and the Green Lake Trek have some magnificent glimpses of the mighty Kanchendzonga. Numerous snow-clad peaks, alpine lakes and swirling clouds beautify the area for any adventure lovers.
The Sikkimese culture contributes to offer outstanding hospitality. There are several family run guest houses, farm houses and homestays that offer warm hospitality, hygienic atmosphere and one can blend in and get to learn more about culture and the way of life of the Sikkimese people.