The tranquil mountain kingdom of Sikkim is far from the madding crowd. Lying in the shadow of the snow capped Himalayas, this northeastern state offers a mystical mix of verdant natural beauty, spirituality and warmth. Its rolling hills, gushing rivers, awe inspiring monasteries and eclectic cuisine makes any Sikkim Trip memorable.
Located in India’s northeast, the state of Sikkim borders Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal. The second smallest of all of India’s states, Sikkim is home to the highest peak in India, Kanchenjunga, and an enviable wealth of biodiversity as well as alpine slopes. Its largest city is its capital Gangtok where most Sikkim Tour Packages begin.
Located the eastern Himalayas, Gangtok is at the center of the Sikkim tourist industry and the starting point of your Sikkim trip. The city is an important stop for Buddhist pilgrimages due the to the presence of several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the area as well as religious educational institutions and centres for Tibetology. Gangtok's most notable Buddhist institutions are the Enchey Monastery, the Do-drul Chorten stupa complex and the Rumtek Monastery. A part of most Sikkim Tour Packages, the Enchey Monastery is the city's oldest monastery and is the seat of the Nyingma order. The two-hundred-year-old baroque monastery houses murals of Buddhist deities and religious artifacts. The Rumtek Monastery, on the outskirts of the city is one of Buddhism's most sacred monasteries. The monastery is the seat of the Kagyu Order, one of the major Tibetan sects, and houses some of the world's most sacred and rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and religious objects in its reliquary. Constructed in the 1960s, the building is modeled after a similar monastery in Lhasa, Tibet.
While you are in Gangtok, make the Thakurbari Temple a part of your Sikkim trip. Built in the 1930s by the Maharaja of Sikkim, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful of the Sikkim’s Hindu temples. The Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok also find their way into many Sikkim Tour Packages especially because of their picturesque location in the upper hills of Gangtok. Also worth as visit is the Himalayan Zoological Park that exhibits the fauna of the Himalayas in their natural habitats. The zoo features the Himalayan black bear, red pandas, barking deer, the snow leopard, the leopard cat, Tibetan wolf, masked palm civet and spotted deer among others.
Not far from Gankgtok is one of Sikkim’s most popular attractions and an essential part of every Sikkim Trip, Tsongmo Lake. An oval shaped lake surrounded by dense forest, Tsongmo is a bird watcher’s paradise being a stopover for many migratory bird species. It is considered sacred by local Hindu and Buddhist populations and is a major tourist draw. A little distance from the lake is a beautiful natural three storied cave, the Tseten Tashi Cave, that is also popular in Sikkim Tour Packages. Another Gangtok landmark you should visit on your Sikkim Tour is Baba Mandir. Captain "Baba" Harbhajan Singh was an Indian army soldier who is revered by locals and soldiers who built a shrine in his honour. Many of his faithful - chiefly Indian army personnel posted in and around the Nathula Pass and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese-occupied Tibet - have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. As with most saints, the Baba is believed to grant favours to those who revere and worship him. The Baba Mandir finds itself in most Sikkim Tour Packages.
Your Sikkim trip will be incomplete without a visit to Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary. A nature sanctuary with rolling pastures, rivers and hot springs, the Valley is popular among trekkers and nature lovers. Part of most Sikkim Tour Packages, the Valley home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. The flowering season is from late February and to mid-June, when countless flowers bloom to carpet the valley in the multi colored hues of a rainbow. A beautiful place to take in the Himalayan landscapes, flora and fauna, the Yumthang Valley is great addition to any Sikkim Trip.
Head deep into the mountains and experience the beauty of the Himalayas on your Sikkim Trip with a drive up to Nathu La pass. A mountain pass in the East Sikkim district, the mountain pass was a part of the ancient Silk Route. Visit the Indian War Memorial on your Sikkim Trip and pay your respects to the martyrs of the Indo China War. The region around the pass is known for its ethereal beauty with misty lakes, fields of rhododendrons and many endangered species. You could spot Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan snowcock, lammergeier, raven, golden eagle, and ruddy shelduck on your Sikkim Trip.
Sikkim also offers a host of adventure activities that you must try on your Sikkim trip. Trekking, river rafting, rappelling, kayaking, mountaineering and yak safaris are all in the offing. The slopes and mountain passes are particularly popular among bikers and are often part of our Sikkim Tour Packages. And while you are in Sikkim, sample some of the state’s delicious delicacies such as pork momos, thukpas and phagshapa.
Your Sikkim trip will introduce you to a part of India, quite unlike the others with serene landscapes and charming people living the simple life. With our amazing Sikkim Tour Packages, you will experience Sikkim at its finest.Read Less
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