The most beautiful place in India - Sikkim !!!
Sikkim, state in India,is located in the northeastern part of the country, in the eastern Himalayas. It is one of the smallest states in India. Sikkim is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast, by Bhutan to the southeast, by the Indian state of West Bengal to the south, and by Nepal to the west. The capital is Gangtok, in the southeastern part of the state
A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates, as well as being a host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth. Sikkim's capital and largest city is Gangtok. Almost 35% of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park.
Long a sovereign political entity, Sikkim became a protectorate of India in 1950 and an Indian state in 1975. Its small size notwithstanding, Sikkim is of great political and strategic importance for India because of its location along several international boundaries. Area 2,740 square miles (7,096 square km). Pop. (2011) 607,688.
People and Culture:
The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Communities of different hues intermingle freely in Sikkim to constitute a homogenous blend. Hindu Temples coexist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara. The predominant Communities are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. These myriad Cultures has produced a quintessential Sikkimese Culture that encompasses all ways and walk of life, but has also managed to preserve their own identity. These can also be seen in the various places of Worship, Festivals and Cultural dances that are celebrated through the year.
Flora & Fauna:
It borders Tibet in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is also located close to India's Siliguri Corridor near Bangladesh. Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates, as well as being a host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth. Sikkim's capital and largest city is Gangtok. Almost 35% of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park.
With the state offering abundance of places to visit, a pitstop at some of the beautiful lakes in Sikkim will certainly overwhelm you. Mainly the lakes are located in such serene environ that makes a visit to these attractions captivating and thrilling. These are some of the major crowd pullers that draw travellers from across the world to bask amidst tranquil lakes and surrounding mountains. Besides, lakes offer a relaxing and calming environ that makes the tourism in Sikkim vibrant and impressive.
Places to visit in Sikkim:
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and the beauty of this city justify it being one of the prominent cities in the state. Incredibly beautiful, exuberant, and garlanded with clouds all over. Sikkim is blessed with the kind of cultural and historical significance Gangtok adds to the pride of this state. To catch majestic glimpses of mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, you must land to Gangtok whilst exploring Sikkim. If you are coming to Gangtok in the months of March to Mid-May then you’ll be received with the fragrance of Rhododendrons spread throughout the city. Gangtok is considered as one of the beautiful hill stations in India.
Teesta River is like a magical delight for its visitors who get mesmerized by its shiny wilderness with which it flows tirelessly. You can come to visit the Teesta River in winter when the river appears in the frozen state and enhance the beauty of the season with its view or you can visit the Teesta River in summer to relish the blooming flowers and shiny water of this river.
Tsomgo Lake is nestled around 40 km away from the main city of Gangtok. This immensely beautiful glacier lake is one of the top tourist destinations of Sikkim. Tsogmo literally means ‘Source of Water’. This mesmerizing lake is one of India’s highest altitude lakes which make Sikkim even more beautiful.
nathula Pass is around 53 km away from the main city of Gangtok. This place apart from being one of the best tourist places in Sikkim and is a politically very important point of Sikkim. Nathula Pass connects India to Tibet which creates an amalgamation of Indian and Tibetan culture around this place.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp:
Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-highest peak and going on a camp to the base of this mighty mountain can surely give you a thing to brag about. The trek to Kanchenjunga starts from Dzongri which is the last road lay around this peak. Adventure lovers will surely enjoy their experience at this thrilling base camp which is nestled so close to India-China Borders.
Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley:
These three immensely beautiful villages soaked in Sikkim’s culture surely hit your list of places to visit in India. You must go and explore Lachen which is a really small village in North Sikkim. This village is the home of Tibetan nomadic tribes during winters. However, Lachen is not as popular as other tourist destinations in Sikkim but this place is worth a shot.