Sikkim, a mystical
wonderland of spectacular natural beauty perches in the lap of eastern
Himalayas and spread below the Mount Khanchendzonga, world's third highest
peak (8,586 meteres). Mount Khanchendzonga, which can be viewed from every
corner of the state is honoured as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga.
In the past few years, Sikkim has become the most preferred tourist destination
of people from all over the world. Though remains as the second smallest
state of India, Sikkim has to offer her visitors an array of experiences
such as amidst spectacular terrain, snow-capped Himalayas, pristine lakes,
luxuriant forests, roaring rivers and gentle streams, lush valleys, and
cleanliness which is beyond words. 'Sikkim' commonly attributed to
the Tsong word 'Su-Khim' means New or Happy House. Sikkim has a lot
of open monasteries, chortens, flying prayer flags and lofty stupas all
giving a tinge of mysticism.
As far as the tourism is concerned, this wonderful land is most suited for
nature lovers, interested in relaxing holidays with all comforts. Sikkim is also
a haven for adventure seekers which offers an expedition of adventure and
discovery if one wishes to undertake trekking, rafting, mountaineering or
mountain biking. Visitors can spend days in splendid isolation in many places at
short distances from the main hubs of Gangtok, Namchi, Magan and Gyalshing.
Sikkim Government and local NGOs has taken initiatives to bring out the benefits
of Tourism to the villages.
Trekking in Sikkim has its own charm. Trail runs through rich biodiversity
and rich cultural life of Sikkimese people. There are numerous trails,
which is classified as Monastic Trek, Rhododendron Trek, Khangchendzonga
Trek, Coronation Trek, Khedi Trek, Himalayan Trek, etc. One can undertake
mountaineering in these peaks with special permits from the concerned
authority. May to October is the ideal season for mountaineering in Sikkim. The
entrance to the state of Sikkim is at the border town of Rongpo which
is located in the Tista valley. Rongpo is a small town famous for the
liquors and wines produced here. It is a great market for oranges.
March-May and October-December are the best times to visit. Bring light
woolen clothing during summer ( maximum temperature 20.7 degrees Celsius)
and heavy woolen during winter (minimum 7.7 degrees).
Things to Do :
• Adventure Sports
• Monastic & Pilgrimage Tours
• White Water Rafting & Kayaking
• Bird watching & Wildlife Tours
• Sight Seeing
• Speciality and Indigenous Tours
• Fishing and Angling
• Yoga, Health & Rejuvenation