Tourism

Sikkim Information

Sikkim, the 22nd State of India has few peers as far as its scenic beauty, lush-vegetation and continuous stretch of fascination forest are concerned. It has mountains, 7,300 meters and more in height and afar greater in number per sq. km. than anywhere else on the globe. This small Himalayan State of India Union is bounded in the north by China and Tibet. in the east by Bhutan, in the north by West Bengal and in the west by Nepal. Once, a remote mountain Kingdom Sikkim is now open to tourist and proving an enchanting new world with its varied and fantastic flaura and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, colorful simple hill-folk and breath taking vistas in a cool salubrious surroundings. Gangatok is its capital, at the altitude of 1 ,800 meters is perched on the southern side of the hill. The spots worth visiting are the following in Gangtok.

TusLakhang

This royal Chapel of Sikkim is the main shrine of worship and has very interesting architectural style, wonderful wood carvings and its interior decorated with line mural.

Institute of Tibetology

The principal object of this institute is to promote Mahayan Buddhism and Tibetan traditions through research and study. it is open to visitors from Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Orchid Sanctuary

The sanctuary offers rich feast of colors, variety and beauty for the eyes of the beholder as almost all the species including the rare ones, found in Sikkim, are cultured here.

Deer Park

This deer park was founded in memory of the famous Deer Park at Sarnath near Varanasi. There is an image of sitting Buddha under a beautiful canopy.

Cottage Industries Emporium

This State run Emporium offers sale of hand woven rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets, wood carvings, decoration paper, thankas, painting and bamboo wares.
Sikkims has good hotels (one 4 star: Hotel Tashi Delek) and many other staying places. To reach Sikkim, Bagdogra is the nearest airport and Siliguri on the main line and Choom on famous Mini Train are the nearest railheads. From Siliguri there are regular buses to Gangtok (distance 114 km). Excursions include visit to nearby Rumtek Monastery (37 km), Phodank Monastery (3 hours journey by car). Trekking is also possible is Sikkim and the ideal take off point is Yuksam. The trek to Bapkhim is an unforgettable experience.

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