THE MYSTIC HIMALAYAS

 
SIKKIM is a land of superlatives, with its Magnificent Mountains, rich cultures and pristine environment. Yet within Sikkim’s Himalayan boundaries, there are many worlds to discover, as from Buddhist monastery to Hindu mandir, or trek from alpine meadow to cascading waterfall, visiting cities and villages along the way. Cultural diversity is one of Sikkim’s hallmarks,from the Dzongu indigenous Lepcha reserve in North Sikkim, to traditional Bhutia villages in the west and Nepalese agricultural settlements in the south. Sikkim’s flora and fauna include a number of rare species such as the red panda, the snow leopard and the Himalayan black bear, not to mention a huge variety of brightly coloured rhododendrons and exotic orchids. Sikkim occupies an important strategic niche along one of the oldest Himalayan trade routes. Much of the state’s north and west is perpetually snow-covered and dominated by the Kangchenjunga massif, India’s highest and the world’s third highest mountain.
Major attractions of Sikkim are likeGangtok,Nathula pass,Yumthang Valley,Lachung,Pelling,Geyzing,Legship, Lachen,Yuksom,Tsomgo Lake,Ravangla, Rumtek Monastery, Namchi, Do-DrulChorten, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden etc.

Gangtok

 

Gangtok has emerged as a major Buddhist pilgrimage centre and has some of the finest monasteries in India that cannot be afford to miss.Gangtok is surrounded by dense forests which are full of popular,oak and elm trees. The MG Marg (Road) is one of the most happening places in the city and its main shopping and cultural hub and known to be India’s first litter and spit free zone. It includes activities like trekking,mountaineering,and river rafting. A popular lake near Gangtok is the Tsomgo Lake,also known, as Changu Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The Lake changes colour with change of seasons. Near Gangtok is a ridge called Ganesh Tok which gives a spectacular panoramic view of the city. The view of the sprawling town of Gangtok against the backdrop of stunning snow-clad peaks is one of the best reasons to even visit Gangtok. Other major spots are- Kangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Rabdentse.

 

Nathula Pass

 

Nathula Pass is the route that goes down the Chumbi Valley to Yathung. The fenced Indo-China border is few meters away where both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border are seen here.The road towards the Nathula Pass is one of the highest motor able roads in the world. It is richly surrounded with Alpine flora. The visit here during the winter is more pleasurable to see Nathula covered in snow.

 

Yumthang Valley

 

Yumthang Valley is a delightful holiday destination surrounded by mountain views known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. The contrast of green pastures surrounded by snow-clad peaks make Yumthang Valley home to some of the finest landscapes. It is a delight for nature lovers as it consists of stunning places like the Shingba rhododendron sanctuary, green slopes full of tall trees and beautiful Himalayan Flowers with a river quietly running along. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and La Chung. The valley is also known for its hot springs.

 

 

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Pelling is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery....

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Namchi or Namtse is the capital of the district of South Sikkim in the Indian state of Sikkim. The appellation Namchi means Sky High in Sikkimese. It is home of the Buxa Formation of Mamley...

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Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It's divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist...