Facts you didn’t know about Sikkim

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Sikkim is the third highest peak in the world

Sikkim is the land of beauty. At the head of Sikkim in the north of West Bengal is Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. The life, culture and religion of the people here are united with the Tibetan way of thinking. People of this state believe in Buddhism. So on the way – in the wilderness, you can see the monastery, Mani Laghang, various signs of Buddhist architecture. In the Sikkimese language the word Sikkim means ‘happy home’. “Heaven” in Lepcha language…

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This state is truly beautiful like heaven.All around are mountains, a kingdom of endless mountains. Snow covered mountain peaks. Floating clouds, horizon wide lake. Thrilling thrills in the twists and turns of the hilly roads. Birds sing in the quiet forest. The color of thousands of blooming flowers is breathtaking. numerous springs coming down from the mountains; Orange and apple orchards, the meditative atmosphere of Buddhist monasteries—all in all, Sikkim is unmatched by tourists.

Sikkim geographically

The hilly state of Sikkim. Geographically, the state is slightly different from other states in the country, as the state is surrounded on three sides by three countries—China to the north, Bhutan to the east, and Nepal to the west. This state covers 64 km in east-west and 110 km in north-south. East, West, North, South — these four districts. There are several glaciers flowing in North Sikkim…

The Teesta River flows from north to south in Sikkim, originating at Chung Thang in North Sikkim. One-third of the state is covered by forests—salal, sapling, oak, fir, birch, maple, bamboo. The entire Sikkim is like a garden of flowers, about 600 varieties of flowers bloom. April-May seems like a flood of colors. Most of the people here. Nepalese (71%). And there are,Lepchas,Bhutias,Hinduism(58.81%),Buddhism(28.15%),Christianity(9.07%),Islam(3.14%)Other or not stated (0.83%) Religion continues to influence people’s lives here.

sikkim history

Lamaism is integral to Sikkim’s past. The king here was also a Buddhist. During the British period, the British spread their influence in Sikkim. Sikkim became a British protectorate in 1890. India continued to rule over Sikkim even after independence. During the reign of King Chogyal, chaos started throughout the kingdom. The first general election was held in Sikkim on 23 April 1973. People’s rule was established in the state. Finally on 26 April 1975, Sikkim was declared as the 22nd state of India by popular vote…

Not much industry has developed in Sikkim. Even today the economy of the state is dependent on agriculture, forest resources, tourism. China is touching the border of Sikkim. Chinese Prime Minister Jian Bao visited India (April 2005) and recognized Sikkim as a part of India. Foreigners need a Special Area Permit to visit Sikkim. Certain areas require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) even though there are no restrictions on Indians. Apply with 1 copy of photo. These permits are available from tourist offices.

Sikkim at a Glance

Altitude: 224 meters to 8590 meters

Area: 7096 sq km

Population : 610,577 (2011)
Male 287,507, Female 323,070

Population density: 86 (per sq km)

Literacy: 81.42%

Capital: Gangtok

Total District : 6

Forest area: 3129 sq km

Languages spoken: Sikkimese, Gorkhali, Hindi, Lepcha, English

Main Language : Nepali

Newspapers and Magazines: 14 are published

Major cities: Gangtok, Mangan, Namchi, Gejing,Soreng,Pakyong.

Airport: Pakyong Airport

Temperature: 27.28°C-12.13°C in summer, 16.18°C-0°C in winter

Major Festivals : Losar (Feb), Lusung (Nov/Dec), Dussehra (Sept/Oct

Visiting period: March to May, September to November

 

“”Sikkim Map”””

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Getting To Sikkim

India International Airport:  “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport”, Kolkata.(IGIA) Delhi, (CSMIA) Mumbai, (TO) Bagdogra Airport.
Indian, Alliance Air, Air Deccan Jet Airways have regular flights from Kolkata to Bagdogra. It takes 1 hour.

Domestic airport: ( Bagdogra Airport )

There is no railway or airport in Sikkim. However, from Bagdogra Sikkim Tourism “5 seater helicopter” goes to Gangtok, the fare is 3000 rupees. For Booking Contact: Sikkim Tourism Ph: 03592-222634. Siliguri is the gateway to Sikkim. Siliguri city is only 13 km from Bagdogra, there are buses, taxis, autos.

“Gangtok is the main point of Sikkim: Nearest station to Sikkim by rail is New Jalpaiguri, which is 114 km from Gangtok.India Kolkata City, Sealdah Station to New Jalpaiguri runs 2343 Darjeeling Mail, 3147 Uttarbanga Express, 3149 Kanchanakanya Express, 3141 Teesta Torsa Express, 2509 New Jalpaiguri Express, 5657 Kanch. Njangha Express . 2517 Guwahati Gari Barath Express runs from Kolkata. 5959 Kamrup Express from Howrah, 2345 Saraighata Express and several tens from South India to Guwahati. Autos, rickshaws, taxis and buses ply from New Jalpaiguri station to “SNT” bus stand in Siliguri…

There are many public and private buses plying from Kolkata to Siliguri. It would be convenient to catch a night bus and reach Siliguri early in the morning. Share Jeep, Trekker, Maruti are running from Siliguri to Gangtok. From the Sikkim Nationalized Transport or SNT bus stand in Siliguri, the bus takes 5 and a half to 6 hours to reach Gangtok, 114 km away. Share jeeps are running from in front of the bus stand. The fare is 140 taka per person. One is the private bus stand at the city entrance and the other is the MG road government bus stand 1 km away. Also buses are coming from Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Newzalpaiguri.

“Capital”Gangtok is called Gateway of Sikkim.

The simple behavior of the people here, the smiling face touches the heart.
In 1894, the capital of Sikkim was moved from Tumlong to Gangtok. The small town of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a paradise for tourists. Beautiful view all around. The snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga can be seen in the distance. Clean roads. The house is like the picture. The word Gangtok means ridge. This rock town is 1780 meters high.

Gangtok can be reached from Siliguri by crossing the Coronation Bridge and reaching Kalimpong. The beauty of the path is incomparable. Green forests on the banks of the Teesta, winding mountain roads. It takes two to three days to visit Gangtok and its surrounding areas.We will share some locations with you so that you don’t have any difficulty in your journey. Let’s start a new journey. First you choose an accommodation in Gangtok city. Then you leave your luggage and freshen up. Start your journey on your own time.

Day1:-“Gangtok” First Day Morning ( 9 ) Places

(1) Tsuklakhang Monastery:- Nearby is Maharaja’s (Chogyal) palace (Tsuklakhang Monastery). Public entry is prohibited here. It can be visited only during the Pang Lhabsol festival in the last week of December. The distance from Gangtok city is 1.5 km and five minutes on foot. Here is the Maharaja’s Durbar Hall. There are huge images. The sales emporium of the Institute of Cottage Industries has been developed with the handicrafts of Sikkim…

Tsuklakhang Monastery sikkim gangtok

The objective of this organization is mainly to increase the production and promotion of cottage and handicraft products. It was established during the period of Chogyal kings. There are hand-woven shawls, blankets, summer clothes, bags, various wooden crafts, tables, cloth dolls, masks. These can be collected as souvenirs of Sikkim travel. Closed on second Saturday and Sunday of the month.

(2) Enche Monastery :- Just 9 minutes walk from Gangtok, 3 kms near Sinyalchu Lodge. In 1840, Lama Karpo came from Mainam Hills in South Sikkim and built this gumpha, which was rebuilt in 1910. Nyangpa or red-capped Buddhist lamas live here. There are statues of various gods and goddesses. The two-story library houses numerous masks of the llama dance. Every year in January the Mask Dance Cham is held. This program is very interesting.

Enche Monastery sikkim gangtok

(3) Research Institute of Tibetology:- Research on Buddhism, philosophy, culture is done here. It has the third largest collection of Tibetan texts in the world. The Dalai Lama laid its foundation on February 10, 1957. Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated it in 1958. Besides Tibetan, there are Sanskrit, Lepcha dolls. Scholarly researchers come from all over the world. The museum here is worth a visit. There are Buddha images of different eras, silk embroidered tankas, Ajanta paintings on the walls of the three floors. Tantric flutes made from human clavicles, skull vessels are amazing. The museum is open daily from 10.00-16.00. Distance from Gangtok is 2.2 km and 7 minutes by foot. Right next to it you will find (Stupa) Do-drul_Chorten.

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(4) Do-drul_Chorten:- (Stupa) This chorten is very sacred to Tibetan Buddhists. The chorten was built in 1945 by Guru Tulsi Rimpoche of the Singhma sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. There are various Buddhist figurines, complete mantra or chanting books, a collection of precious objects, 108 mani lachars or prayer wheels. Near the stupa is a huge statue of Guru Rimpoch.

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(5) Tashi View Point:- 7.5 km from Gangtok on National Highway 7 minutes by foot. Built by King Tashi Namgyal of Sikkim, this view point offers a spectacular view of the sunrise. “(Gonjong Monastery)” will be read on the way. The Prothom-alo of the sun falls on the mountains and spreads various shades. A beautiful view of Kanchanjwa can be seen on a cloudless day. Fodong and Labrang monasteries on the opposite hill can be seen, there is also a cafeteria.

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(6) Ganesh Tak:- Another view point near Gangtok is Ganesh Tak at a height of 7200 feet. Gangtok city can be seen from the top of the hill 7 km from the city. Kanchenjunga Sinyuluch Mountain is also visible.

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(7) Hanuman Tak:- Hanuman Tak is higher than Ganesh Tak. Gatherings of devotees take place throughout the year. The view from here is mind-blowing. The military is in charge of looking after the temple.

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(8) Himalayan Zoological Park:- This park is spread over 205 hectares opposite Ganesh Tak. This region is called Bulbule. The park includes approximately 3 km of vehicular roads, although entry by car is prohibited. But Jalighera can be explored on foot. Different hill animals of Sikkim including red panda, deer, bear are roaming in natural environment not in cages. Like the forest, here too, if you have patience, you can see different animals.

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(9) ridge park:- Fifteen minutes walk from the market area is a small flat ridge park. Here is the Chief Minister’s residence, named Mintokgung. At the ridge is the White Hall, the Nehru statue. The historic White Hall was built in 1932 in British style. Not for milk white, it is named in memory of the first British officer, Claude White. There is Officers Club, Badminton Court.

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Presently, Burlado is a place of flower exhibition. There are different types of colorful flowers.In these ten points, you can easily save on car rental from your hotel location. If you want, the locations can be rotated by choosing between these 10 points on paper.

Are you ready for the second day?

On the second day Another part of Sikkim, be ready to go to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple via Changulek or Nathula pass dew point. Distance from Gangtok is 37 to 58 km. On the way you will see some mind-blowing locations. Kanchenjunga View Point, Kyongnosla Water Falls, Somgo Lake Ice Playground, Somgo Lake View Point, Sarathang Lake, Nathula Pass View Point, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple and Hangu Lake. This trip The car drivers go as a package.

You can also take a share taxi or hire a private one. In season, many jeeps, Maruti vans ply from the city to Changu every day. If the city of Gangtok becomes your whole horse at the end of the day you should talk to a travel agency. Or contact the hotel staff or manager of the hotel where you will be staying with travel agencies. Time is very important so we will do our best to manage your time properly.

Day2 :- Nathula pass from gangtok,Seven more popular places in Sikkim

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