India is replete with immense natural beauty. North East part of the country is the least explored region. Sikkim is slowly becoming hugely popular owing to its abundant natural wealth. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. People of Sikkim speak Dzongkha, Nepalese and Tibetan.
Know about Sikkim
English is official language of Sikkim. Hindi is basically the second language. As far as population is concerned the state has lowest population in the country. The state is landlocked by the majesty Himalayas. It shares borders with countries such as China, Bhutan and Nepal.
Owing to it picturesque landscape the state is known for its natural delights. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in world, is in Sikkim. Most of the people of the state follow Buddhism.
The culture of the place is hugely influenced by Nepalese culture. Few of the well known festivals of the state are Bhimsen Puja and Maghe Sankranti . Other festivals celebrated in the state are Sagar Dawa, Losar, Loosong, Drupka Teshi, Lhabab Duechen and Bhumchu. People come here primarily because of its exotic locales.
Sikkim has so many tourist spots and a big part of revenue of the state comes via tourism. The state has several esoteric as well as remote monasteries and huge chunk of natural wonders. Few of popular tourist places in Sikkim are Institute of Tibetology and the Enchey Monastery. Boh are in Gangtok. You will also see “Gampas” in the state; basically these gampas are Tibetan-Buddhist temples. Here devotees come to offer worship. A well knwon Gampa in state is the Do-Drul Chorten. People from far and wide come here to present their reverence.
Another point of tourist interest in Sikkim is Changu Lake. It is located at an altitude of 12400 ft above sea level. Changu Lake is a very nice place to visit with family as well as friends. Amongst the adventure enthusiasts is famous the hugely popular Dzongri treks. The main monasteries of the state are Pemayangtse Monastery and Tashiding . Pelling is also another monastery located in Sikkim. Towards northwest of Pelling is located Khecheopalri Lake, it is also referred to as the Wishing Lake. It is regarded as quite holy by Lepchas.
Menam hill and Rhododendron Sanctuary are places of extreme natural beauty. Lepcha village which is in Chungthang presents majestic view of the Kanchenjunga peak and Himalayas. This place is well liked by trek enthusiasts.
How to reach Sikkim
As you will not get any airports in Sikkim, the state is not accessible by air. The nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport. This is situated in Paschim Banga. Another vital international airport which is located near Sikkim is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. This is located in Kolkata. From here flights run to all key places in, USA, North America, South East Asia and Europe.
The nearest railway station to Sikkim is New Jalpaiguri. This place is at a distance of one hundred and twenty five kilometers from Gangtok.