Sikkim is the home of wonderful and historical Buddhist monasteries, it is a religious state which is full of old Buddhist tradition and culture. Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world is located in Sikkim, which makes Sikkim the perfect destination for the visitors to spend their good time during holidays. Gangtok is the capital of the state and the main tourist hub at Sikkim as well. Almost 35% area of Sikkim is covered by Kanchenjunga National Park. This blessed North eastern state was founded in the 17th century by the Namgyal Dynasty.
Culture of Sikkim
Sikkim is a multi cultural and traditional state, which was founded by the Namgyal Dynasty (Chogyal) back in the 17th century. At Sikkim, people of different caste like Gurung, Pradhan, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Brahmin and Lepcha reside. Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism are two main religion of the state and almost all the culture, tradition and festivals are based upon it. The monks or lamas of Sikkim fully believes on ancient history of the state and follows the traditional Buddhist culture.
Five Things Not To Miss At Sikkim
- View of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from the cable car.
- Tsomgo Lake the beautiful glacier lake of Sikkim.
- White river rafting at Teesta River.
- Taste of the mouth watering Sha Phaley.
- Visit to the famous Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.
Places To Visit
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim which was made the 22nd state capital of India in 1975. M.G. Marg, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Enchey Monastery, Tashi View Point and Do-Drul Chorten are the most famous attractions of Gangtok.
Pelling is a beautiful part of Sikkim which is located at the West district of Sikkim. Pelling is known as the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after the capital Gangtok.
Namchi is a beautiful tourist spot in South Sikkim. The monasteries and temples at Namchi are just a treat to watch during holidays. Sherdup Choeling Monastery, tea gardens, Rock Garden are the main attractions in Namchi.
Zuluk was once the main point of the historic silk route between Tibet and India. It was the route that connected Lhasa and Kalimpong. Now, it haas become one of the main tourist attracting area of Sikkim.
How to reach Sikkim ?
Sikkim can be easily reached by travelling via road transport. After the arrival at either Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway Station, the visitors need to hire a cab or travel by a public vehicle which will take them to Sikkim within few hours.