A fairytale land undeniably, Sikkim is ornamented with glistening high altitude lakes, azure rivers, rolling green mountains, pretty rhododendron groves, milky waterfalls and vivid monasteries.
The west-most Northeastern state of Sikkim is manifestly an abode of beauty, however, it does have a window of opening for adventure. Not to forget, the state is famous for its unbelievable view of the third highest mountain in the world, Mount Khangchendzonga/Kanchenjunga.
The first glimpse of Sikkim tourism excites tourists with a scenic view of chains of mountains and lush greenery. In fact, the state claims dramatic contours that array from dense forests to barren lands and patches of meadows. The northern part of Sikkim is principally known for its high altitude lakes like Gurudongmar, and that of a paddock called Valley of Flowers. The scenery of this part of the state is quite idiosyncratic, and that is why it is mostly chosen by adventurers who relish trekking, camping and mountaineering here. Also, the wildlife lovers enjoy their visit to North Sikkim which houses a larger percentage of famous Khangchendzonga National Park. Apart from the lofty mountains, lakes and alpine meadows, the nature lovers can get enthralled by the overwhelming beauty of the meandering and scintillating rivers like Teesta and Rangit that cut and run through several popular destinations in Sikkim. The enormous cascades/waterfalls such as Seven Sisters also add the splash of surrealness to the state, whereas the alpine mountain passes like Nathu La and Goecha La help in adding more to the character of the heavenly place.
Standing second to the nature’s bountifulness in Sikkim are the vibrant sacred sites. Sikkim, home to a numerous quantities of Buddhist monasteries and a decent sum of Hindu Temples, Churches and Gurudwaras, releases it door wide for pilgrimage tours. The state that has been said to have been sanctified by Guru Padmasambhav himself is dotted with 200 monasteries, each being exclusive in its own way. Amongst the prominent Buddhist places in Sikkim include Samdruptse, where the world’s highest Guru Padmasambhav statue is established. Then there are monasteries like Tashiding, Pemayangtse, Enchey, Phensang, Rumtek, Ralong, Tolung, Phodang, and Labrang Palden Phuntsok that draws the thoughtfulness of the Buddhist pilgrims and tourists alike.