Sikkim - the home of glaciers
Sikkim is a Northeast Indian state, bordered by Tibet in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and Indian district Darjeeling in the south. It is one of the prime centres to learn the culture of Tibetan Buddhists. Sikkim is a complete paradise in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas. Sharing such an internationally important location, this state is stuffed with variations in everything –whether it is the landscapes, the culture, dresses, languages etc. Because of this, Sikkim has 11 official languages to communicate in.
Sikkim offers an excellent and vivid view of the third highest mountain peak of the world, Mt Kanchenjunga. Other than that, a lot of mighty peaks of Himalayan range can be seen from here. Sikkim has wide variety in landscape –the jungles, valleys, lakes, rivers, monasteries, temples, sanctuaries, parks etc make the location proper for travellers to find solace here.
Places to visit in Sikkim
Do Drul Chorten
This Buddhist stupa or dome was built by a Buddhist monk named Trulshik Rinpoche. There are Buddhist mantras found engraved in the stupa. The gold-plated top of the stupa attracts tourists the most.
About 190 km away from Gangtok town, Gurudongmar Lake is located at an altitude of around 5400 meters. The surrounding place has a breathtaking view that leave you jaws dropped. The picturesque beauty of this place is way beyond imagination until you experience.
People visiting Sikkim for leisure tourism does not usually prefer the route towards Mt Katao as it is not so comfortable for random tourists. That is why this place is untouched by the chaos and a must visit destinations for the adventure lovers.
Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary
This sanctuary is located beside Yumthang River and surrounded by mountains. In the time of full bloom during April and early May, the Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary on Yumthang valley looks marvellous with 40 different species of rhododendron trees.
The location of Rumtek Monastery is also called the Dharmachakra Centre. It is situated 25 km from Gangtok town, at an altitude of 1500 meters. The shrines and monastery is very important, especially to the Tibetan Buddhists.
Reshi Hot Spring
Reshi Hot Spring is a hot water body in North Sikkim. It is located around 25 km from Gyalshing on the bank of Rangeet River and frequently visited by tourists for its medicinal value to cure particular skin issues because of high in sulphur content. The average temperature of the spring remains 50C throughout the year.
There is a glacier lake in Sikkim which is around 40 km away from Gangtok and visited by several tourists each year. It is known as Tsomgo or Changu Lake which is a proper an excellent area for bird watching. This lake remains completely frozen in winter as it is located at an altitude of 3780 meters.
Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve
A large part of the biosphere reserve in the steeps of Mt Kanchenjunga is home and preservation centre for 127 kinds of birds, red pandas, leopard cats, Himalayan tahrs and such endangered animals, reptiles, mammals, flowers and plants of the Himalayas.
Seven Sisters Waterfall
At 32 km distance from Gangtok towards North Sikkim, tourists visit a beautiful waterfall. The mountain stream drops down in seven steps through the rocks here; hence it is named as Seven Sisters Waterfall. It gets its full life during the monsoon and offers marvellous sightseeing of the surrounding too.
Nathu La Pass
Nathu La is a mountain pass between Tibet and Indian state of Sikkim, especially for trading purpose. The site provides enormously stunning view of the snow-clad Himalayan peak. The pass is situated almost 54 km east from Gangtok town.