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A Journey to the Pristine Land Of Sikkim

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Sikkim, the vivacious land

 “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

A journey is marked by the experiences one collects, not the miles traveled to get there. Sikkim is the mystical land of icy glaciers, alpine meadows, thousands of varieties of wildflowers like Orchids of Sikkim and the Himalayan orchid species, Rhododendrons of Sikkim, azaleas and landscaping plants like Hemerocallis (Day Lilies), Bromeliads, bamboos, ferns etc.

Sikkim is the second smallest state in the Indian Territory and as they say, ‘small things come in big packages’ this place is indeed dotted and packed with numerous places to adore the beauty and serenity of nature. It is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Camouflaged by part of the Great Himalayas, the area has a histrionic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, Kangchenjunga at 8,586m. Gangtok is the capital of the striking state and an established Buddhist pilgrimage site. The aloofness of the state and the fact that permits are required to enter the state, Sikkim isn't the most accessible area to visit in India. However, it certainly is one of the most lively and robust places to visit.

Best places to visit in Sikkim

The sloping terrains, Tibetan Buddhist culture, National parks and lakes are the highlights of a journey to Sikkim. Waterfalls in Sikkim also provide a visual feast to the eyes. These are some of the places, one must visit while voyaging to Sikkim.

•    Flora and Fauna Sanctuaries:

Sikkim is the land of the most exotic and precious varieties of flora and fauna. It provides a home to over 450 species of birds, 450 varieties of orchids, 300 ferns and its allies, 4000 flowering plants, 400 species of butterflies, and 40 species of rhododendron. Khangchendzonga National Park, Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary and Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary are some of the most famous sanctuaries in Sikkim.

•    Buddhist Monasteries:

The spiritual state of Sikkim was an independent state until 1975 and later captured by India. The state is filled with beautiful Buddhist shrines and numerous Buddhist flags can be noticed in the capital city, Gangtok. The most popular Buddhist Monasteries in Sikkim are Rumtek Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery and Enchey Monastery. These are specifically famous for the festivals that they hold particularly around Losar in February/March. Others being, Tse Chu, in July and Charm festival in the chilly months of December/January.

•    Tsomgo Lake:

Sikkim is the land of enchanting beauty revered by meandering rivers and lakes. Tsomgo Lake is one of the most scenic lake in the state and is sited at only 38km from Sikkim’s capital at an altitude of 12,400ft. It is one of the highest lakes in India and remains frozen during winters. It is only summers when the sun does the magic and the water flows.

•    Nathu La Pass:

This historically significant pass connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. It was once widely proclaimed as the ‘Silk Route’ and was used by many foreign invaders as a trade route. It is located at 4,310 m above mean sea level and one has to obtain permission from the tourism department in order to visit this pass. This place is strictly not visited by any foreigners due to historic reasons.

•    Lachung:

Lachung’s untouched and surreal beauty makes it one of the scenic as well as charming tourist places in Sikkim. It is sited at an enthralling height of 8,610ft which makes it a popular snow-destination in Sikkim. This picturesque mountain village is festooned by the striking beauty of the Lachung Chu River and is also known for the Lachung Gompa.

The other must visit places are Tree Garden, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Bakthang Falls, Tashi Viewpoint, Flower Garden, among others. Trekking in Sikkim is also one sport enjoyed and participated in the most by the adventure enthusiasts.

 

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