Sikkim is a land of immense scenic beauty, natural charm and a variety of fauna and flora. It is small but beautiful. The third highest mountain in the world Kanchanjunga (8,586 meteres) is situated here. 'Sikkim' commonly attributed to the Tsong word 'Su-Khim' means New or Happy House. Sikkim has a lot of open monasteries, chortens, flying prayer flags and lofty stupas all giving a tinge of mysticism.
Major Hill Stations in Sikkim
Tourist attractions in Sikkim
Gangtok City : The capital city of the state is now a sprawling urban settlement. Quaint pagoda-roofed houses and colorful monasteries teeming with red-robed lamas sum up Gangtok.
Rumtek Monastery : Only 24 kms from Gangtok, the magnificent monastery is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gangtok.
Tsomgo Lake : Some 40 kms from Gangtok, Tosmgo is a tranquil lake surrounded by frozen hillsides. A drive further uphill would take to the Nathula Pass, which gives a bird's eye view of Indo-China frontier.
Pelling (Pemyangtse) : In the western district of Sikkim, Pemyangtse is a picture perfect destination. It offers a breathtaking view of the world's 3rd highest peak of Mount Kanchendzonga.
Pemyangtse Monastery : It is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, located on a hilltop at a height of 6840 ft.
Khechepalri Lake : The sacred lake has crystal clear water. They say that the birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface.
Alongside the above, tourist attractions in Sikkim include, plethora of Alpine flora and fauna. Sikkim is also a trekkers' paradise.