Sikkim Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Sikkim is unsurpassed for scenic beauty. It has a greater variety of vegetation – which includes 4,000 species of plants, almost all rare – and more mountains 7,300m and more in height per sq kilometer than anywhere else in the world. Among its mountains is the fabulous Kanchenjunga of the five peaks, the third highest mountain in the world. Once a remote mountain kingdom, Sikkim is today opening up and proving to be an enchanting new world of friendly, extroverted people, fantastic flora and fauna, fabulous vitas and serene monastic settlement.

It is a land of spectacular mountain terrains, varied flora and fauna and ancient Buddhist monasteries. The area of Sikkim is 7,096 square kms and measures approximately about 110 kms from north to south and about 64 kms from the east to the west. The majestic mountain peaks, the dense foothill forests, the frothing rivers and the lush paddy fields make this 22nd state of India a hotbed of bio-diversity not found any where else.

When to visit: March to May, September to November (Permit necessary for entry)

Places of Interest

Gantok: Handicrafts, Enchey monastery, Saramsa Garden, Ganesh Tok, Tsongo Lake, Tashi View Point, Phodong monastery.

Lachung: Waterfalls, Yak Sanctaury.

Rumtak: Buddhist monastery nearby Gangtok.

Yuksom: Training base for Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Town associated with Sikkim’s royal family.

Yumthang: Hot springs, Yak.

Trekking in Sikkim

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