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The last Shangri La
Despite being small in size and population, Sikkim is big on beauty. It is a land of serene monasteries, green hillsides, flower valleys, streams and waterfalls. In keeping with the surroundings, the people of Sikkim are also known for their peace-loving, soft-spoken nature.
Quick Facts
  • The mountain state of Sikkim has elevation ranging from 300M to 8585M. The summit of the Kangchenjunga is the highest point which falls on the border between Sikkim and Nepal
  • Sikkim state has 25+ mountain peaks, more than 75+ glaciers, 200+ high-altitude lakes, many hot springs, and more than 100 rivers and streams.
  • Sikkim has around 5,000 flowering plants, 500+ rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants
Popular Attractions
  • Yumthang valley is known for its hot springs and profusion of pretty flowers, especially rhododendrons of various colors and varieties. The river Teesta flows alongside the road to the valley, making the journey a delightful one
  • Nathu La is a border post between India and China, located at a high altitude. The drive to Nathu La is an enchanting one, with some ethereal scenery on either side of the road. On the way, one passes by Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake. You can shop near the lake, have some chai to beat the cold weather, taste some yak cheese and pose with the yaks
  • The Tashi viewpoint provides a splendid view of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world
The ‘’India Travellers’’ Experience
  • Sikkim is known for its unique locally produced wines, beers and spirits. While bars in the city stock beer brands like Hit and Dansberg, in the countryside one can savor brands like Roxy. In Kewzing, most homes produce their own homemade millet-based drinks that have a distinct and rich flavor, definitely worth trying
  • Helicopter rides are available from Baghdogra to Gangtok, so you can view the picturesque Sikkim landscape from high up
 
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