SIKKIM (“A Window of Himalaya”)

#1 A Nation Turned State!

India became independent in the year 1947. But till 1974, Sikkim was recognized as an independent nation. In 1975, the Prime Minister of Sikkim appealed to Indian Parliament to change the status of Sikkim so that it could become the State of India. Finally, on 16 May 1975, Sikkim officially became the 22nd State of India.

#2 Enjoy the Natural Spa!

The numerous natural hot springs of Sikkim acts as a natural spa. Some of the most famous natural hot springs are Yumthang Hot Spring, Yume Samdong hot spring, Taram hot spring, Reshi hot spring, Borong hot spring and Ralong hot spring.

#3 Green Lake

 Green Lake is still an unexplored and unhindered destination in Sikkim. It serves as a base to the those willing to climb Mount Kanchenjunga and Zemu glacier.

Starting from Thangu village, the trek to Green lake passes through the magnificent  Kanchenjunga National Park and also brings forth the scenery of the confluence of the Zemu Chu and Lachen Chu which are two very significant rivers of the region.

From Gangtok, if someone drive to Lachen via Mangan and then Thangu to start the trek that time keep your eyes open for wildlife, especially for the rarely found Red Panda in the region.

#4 Ravangla

Embark on a journey to explore a lesser-known quaint village amidst the high mountains of Eastern Himalayas in South Sikkim. Ravangla is a village at an elevation of around 8000 feet above sea level with breathtaking landscapes painted by  Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks of Kabru,  Pandim,  Siniolchu. 

Rayong sunrise viewpoint, Temi Tea Garden, Relang hot spring and Ralang monasteries are few local attractions that can interest a traveler. The winding roads which take you to these places and Ravangla are very scenic too.

#5 Zuluk

Perched atop a height of 10,000 feet, surrounded by rugged lower Himalayan mountains lies Zuluk, a small hamlet that redefines natural beauty. Situated close to to the Indo-Tibetan border is this picturesque village with a big troop of Military settled and guarding.

Zuluk serves as the base of places in the East Sikkim like Nathang Valley, Tsomgo lake, Kupup, etc., and used to be a former trade route between Tibet and Kalimpong via Jelep-la. 

Located around 91 kilometers from Gangtok, visiting Zuluk needs permission. From herds of yaks to deer, wild dogs, Himalayan bears to exotic birds like Monal Pheasant Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, and Snow Pheasant, etc.; Zuluk wildlife sanctuary is a wildlife enthusiast’s delight.

#6 Teesta River

Teesta river is the main river of the state of Sikkim and divides its region from that of the state of West Bengal. Covering a total course of 309 km before meeting the mighty Brahmaputra, the river passes through the cities of Rangpo, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong, where it has a high importance as the main source of living.

Originating from a high altitude lake in the North Sikkim and the Teesta Kangse Glacier at the height of 7068m, the river is also a great source of adventure as there are a number of locations where you can enjoy rafting in the river.

#7 Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant, Ravangla

Restaurants aren’t often considered as tourist attractions, but, when it comes to places to visit in Sikkim, the Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant surely is one. It’s one of the best places to be in the market area when you are hungry. 

It might sound strange, but the Taste of Sikkim Restaurant becomes even more wonderful when there’s no electricity and you eat in the candlelit tables. The experience of the always-smiling staff serving you the best momos, soup, and noodles is really soothing. It also has an open door policy for local musicians.

#8 Let’s have a local kick!

Chaang is a fermented cereal based mild alcoholic beverage. It is the most famous drink of Sikkim and is consumed during social activities. The most interesting part of this drink is the way in which it is served. It is served in a long cylindrical vessel made of bamboo which is known as tongba. When consumed in its most potent form, this drink gives a mild kick to its drinker.

#9 Baba Harbhajan Singh temple

There are many temples which have been dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses. But rarely is any temple erected in honor of a human being. This honor has been preferred upon the Indian army soldier Major “Baba” Harbhajan Singh who is hailed as the “Hero of Nathula.” It is believed that his spirit protects all the soldiers who serve their country while serving at the inhospitable high altitude terrain of Eastern Himalayas.

#10 Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery is located in Rumtek which is 23 kilometers from Gangtok. The Rumtek Monastery is the seat of Gyalwa Karmapa which is the head of 900 – year old Karma Kagyu lineage. The most interesting art object in this monastery is the ‘Black Hat’ which is studded with rubies, golds, diamonds and other precious stones.

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