Sikkim - the home of glaciers
The Indian state Sikkim is completely encircled and locked by land portion in southern Asia. Indian state West Bengal lies to its south, Bhutan and Nepal to the east and west respectively. China’s Tibet region covers the area to north and east. Being in the mid of four countries, Sikkim is an internationally important place with diversity in everything and thus officially speaks 11 different languages including Hindi, English, Sikkimese, Nepali, Lepcha, Rai etc.
You can hear about numbers of legends behind the name of Sikkim like in history it is mentioned as 'Indrakil' meaning the 'garden of Lord Indra' or in the Lepcha language it is called as 'Nye-mae-el' meaning 'paradise'. The Tibetan name 'Drenjong', which means the 'valley of rice', represents the agricultural importance of this place.
Sikkim is located in the hill and mountain areas of the Himalayas. Mt Kanchenjunga, world’s third highest peak, is situated in the border of Sikkim and Nepal and most of the areas of Sikkim are covered in snow in winter. Naturally these make this place perfect for tourism which is the main source of income here after agriculture. The capital and largest city Gangtok is one of the most beautiful places to visit here. Another place that should be mentioned is Pelling. Sikkim’s most attractive point is the 28 snow-clad colossal mountain peaks of Himalayan range. Besides, several glaciers, high altitude lakes like Gurudongmar, Tsomgo, Khecheopalri etc. are major tourists attractions with Seven Sister’s Waterfall, hot springs like Reshi, Yumthang and many more. Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanchendzonga National Park, Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary are some of the great preservation centers of Himalayan flora and fauna. You will be mesmerized to watch the surrounding from the viewpoints in Singhik, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok and lot more places. The Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple in Legship, the monasteries of Rumtek, Pemayangtse, Tashiding etc are regularly visited by religious people. The gold-plated top and architecture of Do-drul-chorten is very charming. If you are enthusiastic about adventure and sports, you must not miss Sikkim to visit at least once in your whole life-time. You can trek to Kanchenjunga, Sandakphu or Dzongri, or you can join river rafting Teesta or Rangeet rivers. The dense forests are suitable for safari and needless to say, mountaineering and mountain biking is one of the most popular sports here. Mt Katao is very much liked by the experts for mountain climbing. The hills and valleys make it perfect to launch and land a paraglide and have a flight over the awesome landscape of Sikkim. Once you enter among all the different sites and activities of this place, you will leave with full satisfaction of amazing experience.