Scenic Sikkim, the mystical wonderland, nestling in the heart of the majestic eastern Himalayas is the smallest state in India. The Namgyal dynasty ruled Sikkim for about 332 years and on 16th May, 1975, it became the 22nd State of the Indian Union and has the unique distinction of being bounded by three sovereign nations, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and China (Tibet) in the North. The tiny Himalayan state is an enthralling assortment of lofty peaks, verdant valleys, serpentine streams, holy lakes, ancient monasteries and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak of the world dominates the skyline and is considered as the guardian deity of Sikkim. The people of Sikkim have remained cocooned for centuries by the protective mountains and have developed inimitable lifestyle of their own, untouched by external influence.
Sikkim has earned the epitaph of the ‘kingdom of flowers’ with its wealth of over 4,000 varieties of wild flowers, rare trees and shrubs, including 700 species od rare orchids and rhododendrons blooming in its fragrant meadows. It is a paradise for botanists, birdwatchers and butterfly fanciers, as well as for mystics, folklorists and those who seek a reality beyond the apparent. The stunning environs are a delight for the lovers of adventure sports and outdoor activities. And also, of course for a common or garden holiday maker, who just wants to get away from the daily grind to this ‘Land of the Last Horizon’.
Main languages: Nepali, Sikkimese, Lepcha, Hindi, English
When to go: March to June, September to December
Getting There & Away: How to reach Sikkim
Road: NH-31A and NH-31 connects West Bengal (Siliguri) with Gangtok. Southern and Western parts of the State are connected to northern West Bengal. Sikkim is furthermore connected to Tibet by the mountain pass of Nathu La.
Rail: Being a mountainous state, there is lack of proper Rail network in Sikkim. Siliguri and New-Jalpaiguri of West Bengal are closest Railway Stations.
Air: Sikkim is currently having no operational Airport. Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri in West Bengal is the nearest Airport. Presently Pakyong Airport is being constructed by Airport Authority of India at Gangtok and is on the verge of completion.