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Exotic Destinationss Sikkim
Exotic Destinationss Sikkim
Exotic Destinationss Sikkim
Exotic Destinationss Sikkim

Sikkim - The Untouched Paradise

SIKKIM Small but beautiful

Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape including India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kanchenjunga. It is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse. Little is known about Sikkim's ancient history, beyond the fact that its original inhabitants were the Lepcha.

A strong preserve of Tibetan Buddhism, Sikkim's public aesthetics are executed in shades of ritualistic vermilion, gold, blue and green, which make striking photo-ops. Throw in yummy local food, exotic Himalayan wildlife, picture-postcard landscapes and some great hikes in the mountains, and you have a superb mountain escape on the cards.

Places to visit

Gangtok the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet, is an attractive tourist destination, reflecting a unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. An important centre of Buddhism, this charming hill station is surrounded by beautiful scenery at every step, especially stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga. It is also a good base to visit Sikkim's Buddhist monasteries, high-altitude lakes and passes.Gangtok also bustles like any other thriving town. It is a cosmopolitan town which offers the tourist all possible amenities. Hotels are available in a range of prices along with a variety of eateries serving cuisine for all tastes. Shopping complexes, cyber cafes, night clubs and pool parlours abound for those so inclined.

MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out. The country’s first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. You can sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and take in the carnival like atmosphere, especially during the tourist season.

Pelling is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges, as well as the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area. The town of Pelling is famous for its magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga and its ranges it has a rich history, nature environment and local culture.

Named after the guardian deity of Sikkim, Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling every year. It offers a host of fun activities like white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird-watching. It also includes Flower exhibitions, traditional crafts and ethnic food and costume stalls. Cultural folk dances and music add colour and sound to the festivities. The festival is aimed at balancing all diverse aspects of the area to produce a holistic package showcasing its potential for tourism. Folk songs and dances of the Limbo tribe are rich and energetic.

Lachung- The word Lachung means "small pass" It is a town and hill station in northeast Sikkim. The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams is the perfect holiday destination. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two.

Tourists also visit the apple orchards, peaches and apricots which are the prime attractions of the city. Market of the city is filled with handicrafts such as exquisitely woven rugs and blankets. You can buy these handicraft items from any shop easily. Lachung Gompa is the famous sightseeing in this city which was constructed around 1880. Many waterfalls are also available in this city which offers you with the scenic view. This city is the home of Lepcha and Tibetan people.

Yumthang Valley - The Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India. It is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers' and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. Yumthang is a unique place where the tree line ends.

The best season for visiting Yumthang valley starts in late February and continues up to mid June, when thousands of colorful flowers are in full bloom. However, to enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains, the September - December season would be ideal.

Lachen - The name Lachen means "big pass". It is a town in North Sikkim district. It has a population of around 1,000. Lachen has its own system of rules and regulations known as Dzumsa. The heads of the Dzumsa are known as Pipon and Gyenbos.

The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer. It is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. The area is restricted for foreigners, but special passes can be procured in advance. A few lodges are available here for stay as well as Forest Department and a PWD Bungalows.

exotic-destination-hanumantok-sikkim Hanuman Tok -Tok means a temple, so it's a temple of Lord Hanuman. But it's actually far more than that and known for its wonderful serene ambience and a viewing area that offers spectacular view of Kanchenjunga range. It's located at an altitude of 7,200ft and on a road that branches off from the Gangtok-Nathula Highway. It's located at a distance of 11kms from Gangtok town.

exotic-destination-rumtek-sikkim Rumtek Monastery - Rumtek Monastery , also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. Situated around 23 kms from Gangtok, in the hill facing Gangtok is Rumtek, a quiet getaway and home to the Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness, The Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The main attraction, however, is the Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. The largest monastery in Sikkim it demonstrates the best of Tibetan architecture and is an almost replica of the original monastery in Tsurpu inTibet.

exotic-destination-ganeshtok-sikkim Ganesh Tok - Close to Tashi View point is Ganesh Tok, a temple of Lord Gansha. It's located at an altitude of 6,500 ft and at a hill adjacent to that of the huge TV Tower. Like Hanuman Tok, tourists come here not only to offer prayers to Ganesh, but also to soak in the views from the viewing lounge and the circular balcony around it. You will need to climb a stair case to reach to the upper levels where the temple and viewing area are located. Mid-away along the staircase you will be required to take off your shoes. The temple itself is quite small. However next to is the enclosed viewing lounge with glass panels. The balcony around is even better for the views. You can see the Gangtok town, rolling hill and the snow capped mountains including Kanchenjunga.

exotic-destination-EncheyGonpa-sikkim Enchey & Phodong Monastery - Around 38 kms from Gangtok are the monasteries of Phodong, Phensang and Labrang. All three are close to each other on the North Sikkim Highway. Phodang Monastery was built in the 18th century by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal. It belongs to the Kargyupa sect. The original monastery has been rebuilt although the old mural paintings and frescoes were preserved. It celebrates its annual ‘chaam’ on the 28th and 29th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Phensang Monastery was built in 1721 by Lama Jigme Pawo, who was the third incarnation of Lhatsun Chenpo. The annual ‘Chaam’ is held on the 28th and the 29th day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Labrang Monastery is famous for its architectural style with rich frescoes detailing the interiors of the monastery. Between Phodong and Labrang Monastery are the ruins of the third capital of Sikkim, Tumlong.

exotic-destination-Tashiviewpoint-sikkim Tashi View Point - It's located in Tashi and about 8kms from the Gangtok town. It offers a sweeping view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks on a clear day. In fact the view of sunrise from here is unforgettable, you will see the peaks dazzling with changing colors. But for that you must reach the point before 5am. In the opposite mountains, you can see the Phodong and Labrang monasteries. From the road level you need to climb steep flights of stairs to reach up to the circular viewing area. It can easily accommodate about 15-20 persons. There is no admission fee. However you can pay Rs. 10/- to get closer view of the peaks through a binocular and telescope mounted here

exotic-destination-Tashiviewpoint-sikkim Gangtok Handicrafts & Handlooms - Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms (DHH) was established in 1957 in order to promote manufacture and sale of various handicrafts, carpets, furniture etc. It's located at the zero point and about 1km from MG Marg. If you take the Tibet road from MG Marg, go straight up and at the end you will find the Handicraft center at the crossing.
The main building in front houses the training centers for various handicraft items. It also has a museum which was opened in 2007 to showcase many artworks and items which are created in this center by local artists and artisans. Behind the main building, there is a 2-storey Sales Emporium where you can buy various products created at the center.

exotic-destination-bakthang-waterfalls-sikkim-sikkim Bakthang Waterfalls - This is a wonderful waterfall located on the North Sikkim Highway towards Tashi View Point and about 3kms from Gangtok town. While visiting Tashi View point or returning, it's worth stopping at this roadside waterfall for some time. While the height of the fall isn't much, it's the width of the fall that makes it so beautiful. The source of the water is at Ratey Chu. The flowing water falls over a canopy of green creepers. It's a wonderful sight to take pictures. Flower Show - During the summer months of March and April, when alpine flowers are in bloom, it’s worth peeping inside the Flower Exhibition Centre , a modestly sized tropical greenhouse full of exotic plants, including several species of orchids, anthurium and lilium. To get here, walk through the Ridge gardens and take the stone staircase going down to the left. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology - This fantastic museum housed in a traditional Tibetan-style mansion boasts a jaw-dropping collection of artifacts related to Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Established in 1958 to promote scholastic and cultural research, its ground-floor hall displays Buddhist manuscripts, icons, thangkas (Tibetan cloth paintings) and Tantric ritual objects, such as a thöpa (bowl made from a human skull) and kangling (human thighbone trumpet). The library on the 1st floor houses precious Buddhist tomes, some dating back several hundred years. The revamped souvenir store within the building sells a collection of ritual objects, jewelry, mementos, books and documentaries on Sikkimese tradition and culture.

exotic-destination-Tsomgo-lake-sikkim-edholidays Tsomgo Lake - Tsogmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, approximately 40 kilometers / 25 miles away from Gangtok at altitude of nearly 3780 meters / 12400 feet. The road to Nathu La passes the lake on. Baba Mandir "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (August 3, 1941 – October 4, 1968) was an Indian army soldier who died near the Nathula Pass in India. He was revered by the soldiers of the Indian army who have built a shrine in his honour near the Lake at an altitude of around 4000 meters / 13123 feet. Legend has it that he appeared in a dream a few days after he went missing while patrolling the border, and expressed a desire that a monument be built his memory. Namchi - Namchi or Namtse is the capital of the South Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. The appellation Namchi means Sky High in Sikkimese. Namchi is located at 27.17°N 88.35°E.It has an average elevation of 1,315 metres (4,314 ft).

Singhik View Point - Singhik is a small quaint hamlet in the north district of Sikkim. Perched at a distance of 4 kms from Mangan on North Sikkim Highway, Singhik is a lovely town trapped in the natural beauty. Singhik is actually renowned for the splendid vista, it offers. The majestic range of Mt. Kanchenjunga looks stunning from Singhik viewpoint. This vantage point is situated just on the wayside of Singhik. A spectacular glimpse of Mt Siniolchu, Mt Kanchenjunga along with other ranges can be seen from Singhik View Point.

Seven Sister Water Falls- It is located 32 kilometers away from Gangtok on the National Highway subleading to North Sikkim. To facilitate the tourists to savour the pristine beauty and to be with nature, Tourism Department has set up a waiting shed and cafeteria where they can take a break and shoot pictures. A must see picturesque beauty of nature.

Chungthang - Chungthang is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated at the confluence of two rivers: Lachen River and Lachung River, both tributaries of the River Teesta. Chungthang is located a distance of 95 kilometers from the capital Gangtok. The Indian army has a major forward base in the town including a medical center.

Yumthang Valley Flowers -The Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India. It is at an elevation of 3,564 meters (11,693 ft.) above msl at a distance of 150 kilometers (93 mi) from the state capital Gangtok. t is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers' and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited center. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.

Chopta Valley - The relatively unexplored and untouched Chopta Valley is located in north-east Sikkim. Rich with alpine trees, orchids and rhododendrons, enthralling lakes and rivers add to the beauty of Chopta Valley. A preferred destination with nature lovers, Bird watching is a popular activity and the region is ideal for trekking and other adventure sports. The valley, located at an altitude of 13200 feet, is preferred destination for hiking, angling and water sports.

Gurudongmar Lake -Gurudongmar Lake at a height of 17100 ft, is among the top 15 highest lakes in the world and is the second highest lake in Sikkim as well as in India, the first being Cholamu lake at a height of 18000 ft, also situated in Sikkim. Being the second highest lake in India, the panoramic and scenic beauty of the place is a sight to behold. Named after Guru Dongmar, the lake has a religious appeal. The view of Mount Siniolchu and Khangchendzonga is breathtaking from that point. The beauty of the lake is awesome and out of the world spectacle. Surrounded by snow clad mountains and crystal clear icy water, it is considered to be a very sacred lake. The water of Gurudongmar Lake are said to have curative properties and many tourists carry the water with them on their way back. Close to the lake, there is a 'Sarva Dharma Sthal', and as the name suggests, it’s a place of worship for all religions.

Khangchendzonga Waterfalls - About 28kms from Pelling and about 18k,s further than Rimbi and 5k,s before Yuksam is Khangchendzonga Waterfalls which is situated at a sharp curve on the road side. The falls being very big in size and equally attractive throughout the year, it has become one of the subleading tourist spots in west Sikkim. The loquacious waterfall is a treat for the eyes and is one of the most beautiful falls in Sikkim. The tourist can see the beautiful view of mountain streams passing through the rock cliffs which is majestic and breathtaking. The backdrop of mountains, enhancing the beauty of waterfall makes for a truly unforgettable experience. It is an amazing sight and most visitors stop by to marvel at this great symbiosis of sound and sight.

Rimbi Water Falls - About 12kms away from Pelling and about 5kms further down from Darap village is Rimbi River Bank which falls on the way to Khecheopalri and Yuksam where the main attractions are the river, waterfalls, oldest Hydel power station, Sewaro rock garden and the village. Water falls is spectacular in summer that attract many waterfalls lovers, The power station by name Karchen Power house is the oldest in west Sikkim which was made in early 70's during the last king’s government which successfully supplied energy to the most villages and towns of West Sikkim including Gazing, Tigjuck and Pelling.

Rock Garden - Sewaro rock Garden developed by the tourism department of Sikkim with richly maintained rocks, gardens, pools, zigzag foot paths and interesting recreation amenities like swimming yard, viewpoints and cafeteria. This has now come up as one of the popular picnic spot for the locals in Sikkim where many local picnic parties arrive in winter. On the other side is a village inhabited by local people from mixed communities and schools with beautiful children. Visit them.

Darap Village And Valley - About 6 kilometers from Pelling on the way to Yuksam is Darap Village, in habited mainly by People from Limboo Community and a small number of families from mixed communities like Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepchas. The land scape of the area is moderately sloppy and gentle valley unlike other locations in west. Because of its location advantage as it is merely some minutes’ drive away from Pelling Darap possesses tourism potential and the educated youths of this village are actively in to activities of promotion of this little valley. Culturally and traditionally rich Darap appears photogenic when bough wheat farms bear flowers and harvest takes place.

Khecheopari Lake - About 28kms from Pelling at a height of about 6000ft is Khecheopalri Lake which is the most holy and wish fulfilling. According to Buddhist belief the lake is the emanation of goddess Tara blessed by Guru Rempoche. Local folk tales say the lake got migrated from elsewhere and stayed in the valley which some of the then villagers saw it, therefore, they named the lake Chojoo “The lake that stayed” . The 15th full moon day of the 1'st month of lunar calendar which falls in Feb- March there is usually a festival of mass worshipping of Lake with prayers and offerings during when the Lake area will be fully crowded with pilgrims.

Helipad View Point - Is a landing area or platform for helicopters. While helicopters are able to operate on a variety of relatively flat surfaces, a fabricated helipad provides a clearly marked hard surface away from obstacles where a helicopter can land safely. Rooftop helipads sometimes display a large two-digit number, representing the weight limit (in thousands of pounds) of the pad. In addition, a second number may be present, representing the maximum rotor diameter in feet.

Rabdentse Ruins - Rabdentse was acknowledged to be the second capital of Sikkim. With the passing time, Rabdentse was desolated and ravages of time turned the royal capital into ruins. Located in West Sikkim district, Rabdentse is regarded as an archeological site that truly peeps into the history of Sikkim. Rabdentse ruins have been preserved by the Indian Archeological Society. Today, the ruins of this ex-capital of Sikkim act as a tourist attraction reminding the royal aspect of this place.

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