Sikkim is the second smallest state of India. It was an independent monarchy ruled by kings called Chogyals till 1975, when it joined the Indian union. Sikkim has borders with Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the Indian state of West Bengal. Situated in the Himalayan ranges, the state is entirely hilly with elevations ranging between 300m and 8583m. The highest elevation is Mt. Kanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, which is worshipped as the guardian deity of the state. Lepchas are considered to be the oldest inhabitants of Sikkim. Then came the Bhutias from Tibet, and later Nepalis, and the people from Indian plains. Sikkim is home to the Mahayana form of Buddhism and its colourful Gompas (Buddhist monasteries) are a major attraction.
Gangtok is the main city and the capital of Sikkim. It is a cosmopolitan place with views of snow-covered Himalayas, botanical gardens and monasteries. Gangtok is also an ideal base to visit the southern parts of the state where most of the tourist sites are located. Approachable from Gangtok, Tsongo Lake is located 3720m above sea level and is frozen during the winters. The Chinese border at Nathula Pass is close by. The town of Pelling is in west Sikkim and is a popular tourist spot. The Kanchendzonga National Park is a habitat for the snow leopard, red panda, Tibetan antelope and wild ass.
Phang Lhabso and Losoong are the main festivals of Sikkim. Phang Lhabso is dedicated to the worship of Mt. Kanchendzonga and is celebrated in August/September. Losoong is celebrated in December/January and marks the end of the harvest season.
Foreign nationals visiting Sikkim must obtain an Inner Line Permit. The permits are available at Indian missions and tourism offices in Delhi and Calcutta.
Gangtok Himalayan Hill stations
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state and is a hill station in the Himalyan region. Gangtok is famous for its natural beauty and culture. Gangtok is the nerve center of many tourist spots around this small and beautiful state of Sikkim. There are plenty of hotels to match different budgets and local taxis will take you around Gangok and far places.
Pelling Sight seeing
At Pelling the best sightseeing point is from your hotel itself where you can get a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga peaks. Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest in the world and highest peak in India. Depending on the weather condition and visibility the peaks can be seen from Pelling. You can take cover your sight seeing program in one day or you can split it to next day. Before lunch you can cover most of the areas and afternoon you can visit Pemayangtse Monastery & Rabdentse Ruins. Afternoon program you can postpone to next day also as they fall in your return journey to Gangtok or NJP Darap valley.
Lachung & Yumthang valley
This small beautiful village is located at a distance of 22 KM from Chungthang and at distance of 120 KM from Gangtok. This village at a height of 8610ft (2624 meters ) is surrounded by snow capped mountains and at one side by the river Lachung. This river joins Lachen river at Chungthang. This village has many tourist lodges and rest houses as tourist visit this place and stay here for minimum one night. All basic facilities are available here; full time electricity and BSNL mobile tower is available here. The main attraction here is Yumthang valley and beyond the border near zero point. This village is managed by local self governing body known as DZUMSA. The head of this local body is know as Pipon. Road condition connecting Lachung village from Chungthang is better than road connecting Chungthang to Lachen.
Darjeeling is famous for its tea. It's a hill resort in West-Bengal, and for those who are a bit tired of the hustle and bustle of Calcutta it is the ideal place to go. Old colonial style mansions and lush green hills are waiting for you.
Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful Hill Stations in India coming under the state of West Bengal. The view of Kanchenjunga, and other ranges of the Himalayas is the attraction of this little city. Darjeeling can be reached either by Air and the nearest Airport is Bagdogra. By train, you will have to travel overnight from Kolkatta at alight at New Jalpaiguri, then take the famous Toy Train which is running for more than a Century. Winding itself into the hills there is a fantastic history behind the laying of tracks for this rail route. Darjeeling can also be reached on road by jeep, van or car. But the rail route is the most enjoyable.