Originally known as Suk-Heem, which in the local language means “peaceful home”. Sikkim was an independent kingdom till the year 1974, when it became a part of the Republic of India. The capital of Sikkim is Gangtok, located approximately 105 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway station to Sikkim.
Although, Pakyong Airport is under construction in East Sikkim, the nearest airport to Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport. The popular sightseeing places include Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Handicraft Shops, Tsangpo Lake, Chardham, Buddha Park, Ridgepark, Flowershows (Internation Flowershows) Samduptse, Tashi View point Tashiding, Pelling, Yuksom, Rabdentse, Tibrtology, Ropeway.
Mt. Kangchenjunga which is famous for its scenic beauty. Sikkim is considered as the land of orchids, mystic cultures and colourful traditions. Sikkim is well known among trekkers and adventure lovers.
Samdruptse literally means ‘wish fulfilling hill’ in the Bhutia language. Situated near Namchi in South Sikkim, it is at a distance of 75 kms from Gangtok. A unique, awe inspiring and gigangtic 135 feet high statue of Guru Padamasambhava is installed atop Sampruptse. It is the highest statue of Guru Padamasambhava in the world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone of the statue in October 1997. It took nearly three years to complete the statue.
Traveling in Goecha La Journey
Enclosed by beautiful mountain ranges of the Himalaya from all sides, Sikkim, the wonderland of North-East India, brings brilliant opportunity of testing the strength of your legs. Each journey stands different from the next and even the beginner traveler can walk on some of them with minimum (step taken to prevent trouble or injury). For guaranteed fun of traveling in Sikkim the trail of Goecha La is unbeatable. Described as a peaceful high height journey in the Himalaya, Goecha La reaches ranges from easy to not extreme/medium-level and brings opportunity of walking through the amazing Tshoka Rhododendron forests and the huge Dzongri and Thangsing (land areas of grass and flowers). The actual journey starts from Yuksom at 5700 ft and wandering through the deep green forest of Sachen, beautiful Tshoka (place where religious people live by themselves), beautiful green (land areas of grass and flowers) of Dzongri, flowing down Kokchurung, and Thangsing it reaches Lamuney, the last highest point for camping at a height of 13,693 ft. En-route, let your eyes enjoy the views painted by the sparkling blue water of Samiti Lake, Goecha La Pass and sky-touching mountain peaks of Kanchenjunga and Pandim. If you are an early riser, witness the pleasantly tricky sunrise from Dzongri Top.
Bird Watching in Kewzing
Sikkim appears to be a birding paradise when you step out in Kewzing. Whether you are a bird scientist or a normal birder, the dense forest of Kewzing serves as an undisturbed change (to help someone)/place to live and sleep of total 200 species of birds, some of which are native to Sikkim. The Maenam Wildlife Safe place is popular for housing (half-man, half-goat) Tragopan, a rare species of pheasants found in Eastern Himalaya. Among the commonly found species of birds, the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Nonsense talk/talk like a babyr and Streaked Spiderhunter are a few. Well! If your bird loving soul is not yet happy (because of a need that was met or a goal that was reached) head to Pelling (24 Km from Kewzing) where you can see fancy species like Scaly Laughingthrush, Rusty Cheeked Huge, sharp blade Nonsense talk/talk like a babyr, Red Faced Liochichla, Bright red Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Nonsense talk/talk like a babyr, Scaly-breasted Wren Nonsense talk/talk like a babyr. The (next to something else) areas of Khecheopalri Lake, Yuksom Valley, Varsey Rhododendron Safe place and Dzongri are popular bird watching spots in Sikkim where one can capture some of the best bird pictures.
Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
One of the top things to do in Sikkim, cable car ride in Gangtok brings opportunity of watching (as it happens) the stunning views of the beautiful Gangtok town from the highest point of the city forcing/forceful/interesting one to visit the town the second time. The ride covers a distance of one km in just seven minutes and allows one to enjoy a bird eye view of the busy city started/working at ordinary and boring tasks. There are three terminal stations for this ropeway ride with its lower station at Deorali Market, the intermediate terminal at Nam Nang, and upper terminal station is at Tashiling. Every day the ride runs between 8 am to 4. 30 pm and one can join the ride from any of the three stations.
Visiting Rumtek Monastery
If you are looking forward to sightseeing in Sikkim and confused about what to see in Sikkim, start your trip from Rumtek (place where religious people live by themselves) in Gangtok. This beautiful (place where religious people live by themselves) shows typical Buddhist architectural style and impresses the first timers magnetically. The (place where religious people live by themselves) is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre and claimed to be one of the largest (places where religious people live by themselves) in Sikkim. The most impressive element of this shrine is the Golden Stupa that contains (things that survived from the past) of the sixteenth Karmapa. Other than the main temple, the (place where religious people live by themselves) complex encloses monk quarters, a (related to monks and nuns) college, nunnery and (more than two, but not a lot of) related changes (to help someone)/places to live and sleep. However, (places where religious people live by themselves) like old Sanga-Choeling monastey (only (easy to get to, use, or understand) on foot from Pelling), Pemyangtse (near Pelling in West Sikkim), the Enchey (place where religious people live by themselves) (in Gangtok), (what you get in this life because of how you were in a previous life) Kagyu (place where religious people live by themselves) (in Phodong in North Sikkim) also are popular tourist attractions in Sikkim.
Paragliding in Sikkim
Glide like an eagle, let the moment be captured in digital lens and post it on Facebook. I am sure you can‘t stop your notice/communication box from getting filled within minutes. And why not! It truly deserves. Watching (as it happens) the weird beauty of this hypnotic land flying above the hilly houses, sky-high mountains, and unbound greenery let one feel made young again and brings memories to be loved and honored for a long time. However, for the best paragliding experience try visiting Sikkim during the once-a-year Sikkim Paragliding Special celebration (with fun events). The special celebration (with fun events) is held in Gangtok during the month of October and November when the temperature remains not extreme/medium-level and the sky look clear and sunny.
Mountain Biking from Gangtok to Rangpo
Maybe the longest mountain biking route in Sikkim, Gangtok-Rangpo is ideal for those mountain bikers who dream of cycling through the rugged and dramatic trails of the Himalaya. The puzzling view of the countryside, (way of living) of the Sikkimise people and the (wide view of a nature scene/wide area of beautiful land) painted by beautiful flora and animal population is best experienced on a bike through the beautiful green hills. Group mountain biking in Sikkim is organised both in spring and fall. However, solo bikers can go for biking any time they have a habit/desire. There are (more than two, but not a lot of) other routes for mountain biking in Sikkim which include Rangpo – Yungthum route, another very long route that can truly make happy (by meeting a need or reaching a goal) the fun trip bug inside you. Other popular mountain biking routes are Gangtok – Temi, Gangtok – Melli etc.