SIKKIM A hill state called “Switzerland of The East” having four Dist. East, West, North and South. Capital Gangtok is in East Dist. In East a tourist can visit Nathula Pass the Indo-Tibet Border at an altitude of 14450’. On way comes holly Tsomgo Lake remains frozen from Dec. to April and are surrounded with flowers primulas, blue and Yellow Poppies etc. take a Yak ride around it is the land of red ponda, verity of birds. Forget not visit legendary Baba
Sikkim, the least populated state in India, located amidst the Himalayas, bordered by Bhutan to the east, Nepal to the West, West Bengal to the south and Tibet to the North is perhaps one among the most beautiful and richly cultured states of our nation. With 11 official languages and a wide range of rituals the state has managed to preserve its heritage and simplicity till the very date.
If you are a late riser as well as a late sleeper, Sikkim is just the place you need to visit to get yourself on track. It is pitch dark by 6 in the evening and the entire town retires by 7, on the other hand morning light hits the place by 4 and all the shops, people and offices are fully functioning by 7 am.
The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Hindu Temples coexist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara. The predominant Communities are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. The people of Sikkim are extremely warm, well mannered and welcoming.
Harbhajan Singh Memorial and enjoy the hospitality of Indian army. Other places of interest in east are Aritar Lake, Fambong Lho WLS, Zoological Park, Rhadodendron and Magnolia forest at Pastanga with magnificent view of mountain range.
In west you may visit Yoksum, The last resort where from trekking starts for Goeachala (Kanchenzonga Base Camp) OR Uttare the last motorble village and base camp of Singlila range trail.
Number of huge falls will make your visit more enchanting. The holly Khechopalri Lake, Pelling, Rubdantse Ruins, Pemayangtse, Tashiding and Dubdi Monasteries etc. are other places of interest in west. The Varsey rhododendron sanctuary is a priority choice for nature trailers.
The North Sikkim is famous for very high altitude lake and snow surrounded flower valley. Gurudomber lake (17,800ft), Tsnoga (14,000ft), Yaungtham valley (11,800ft), Katao valley , 7 sister falls, Lachung and Lachen villages are major attraction for North Sikkim.
South Sikkim is mainly covered by tourists between their movement to and from east and west Sikkim. Samdruptse, the wish fulfilling hill having a 135ft high world tallest statue of Guru Padmo sambhaba. Namchi, Tendong Hill, Temi tea garden, Rabangla, Manona Hill, Sikip are other places of interest in South Sikkim.
Places of tourist interest in Sikkim
- Gurudongmar Lake (the holly lake)
- Tsmongo Lake
- Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple (Baba Mandir)
- Pelling (West Sikkim)
- Khecheopalri Lake (the wishing lake)
- Singshore Bridge
- Yumthang Valley (the valley of flowers)
Gurudongmar Lake (the holly lake), North Sikkim
It is situated 17,800 feet, it is 190 km. from Gangtok. According to a legend the lake used to remain frozen through out the year, it was not possible to use it for drinking so when GURU PADMASAMBHAVA passed by the local residence approached him. A portion of the lake touched by him and that does not freeze during extreme winter.
Tsomgo Lake, East Sikkim
This beautiful lake is surrounded by frozen hill side. This lake is over one kilometer long and 50 ft. deep. On a visit to Gangtok, do not miss the chance to visit the Tsomgo Lake or the Changu Lake! Located only 38km from Sikkim’s capital,is one of the highest lakes in India.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple (Baba Mandir), East Sikkim
This temple lies between Nathula and Jelepla Passes.
Pelling, West Sikkim
It is a five hour drive from Gangtok. Pelling is a beautiful hill town in Sikkim. The view of Kanchanjanga range is so near as if you can touch them when the weather is perfect you can see PANDIM, KABRU, DOM, KOKHTANG, SHIMBO, NORSING, SINIALTU are stand tall. If you are an ardent fan of the captivating Himalayan Range, Pelling is the destination for you! It is from this Sikkimese town, one can have the best views of the Himalayas.
Khecheopalri Lake (the wishing lake)
It is 25 km. from Pelling. According to a legend birds do not permit a single leaf to stay on the surface of the lake so the water remains clean every time.
Singshore Bridge, West Sikkim
This highest bridge is located at 25 km. from the Pemayangtse Monastery.
Lachung, North Sikkim
Lachung is a small town in north Sikim. Surrounded by tall peaks It is Situated at a height of 8,610 ft., Around 5 hours journey From Gangtok to Lachung.
Lachen, North Sikkim
Lachen is also a small hill town of North Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 2750m. it is at a distance of 125 km. from Gangtok.
Yumthung Valley (the valley of flowers), North Sikkim
It is situated at a height of 11,800 feet. And 148km. from Gangtok.it is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating bland of flora and fauna and breath taking sonic beauty.
The capital city of Sikkim, Gangotk is nestled in the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the kaleidoscopic tourist destinations in the state.Whether you are looking for serene beauty,
Translated into the native Tibetan language, Namchi means the ‘top of the sky’. And on a visit to this magnificent Sikkimese city, this will be proved!