Sikkim is a north east state of India. Assembly of Sikkim abolished monarchy and resolved to be a constitute unite of India. It boarders China in the north and Bhutan in its east. Sikkim is located close to the Siliguri corridor near Bangladesh. It has less population and it is second smallest among the Indian states. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain Kanchenjunga that is 8586 km. Sikkim also has home of Glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wild flowers. Sikkim is welcome diversion from all conventional nations of an Indian society. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim.Gangtok became the capital of an independent state after the end of British rule,but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains the Tibetian Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for hikers through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Gangtok is a Municipality, the capital and the largest town of the India state of Sikkim. It is the headquarter of east Sikkim district we can reach Sikkim through the means of flight, buses and train.if we have taken a flight ticket,firstly we have the reach Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, then may be by train to NJP station. After reaching Siliguri we take taxi heading towards Gangtok through NH 31(115 kilometers approximately) and travel at least for four hours. If we are travelling by a train then we can catch a vehicle either directly from NJP station or junction (Siliguri) and catch a taxi for Gangtok.
Points of Interest in Sikkim
1. Nathula: Nathula is on of its point of interests. It is a mountain pass in Himalayas of Sikkim. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.The pass, at 4310m above sea level, forms a part of an off shoot of ancient Silk road. The scenery of the silk road looks amazing from the sky view.
2. Tsomgo Lake: It is also or famously known as Changoo Lake. It is a glacier lake in the East Sikkim, some about 40 kilometers from Gangtok. The lake remains frozen during the winter season.The lake surface reflects different colours with change of season and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people.
3. Rumtek Gumpa or Monastery: This is also known as Dharmachakra center, is a gompa located in Sikkim near Gangtok.Its is beautiful place for the tourists to visit.
3. Yamthang Valley: It is a valley of garaging pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in Sikkim.
4. Pelling: Pelling is a small town of Sikkim. It has its natural beauty and a closest view of Mount Kanchenjunga. The 17th century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has great mountain views and the another Padmayangtse Monastery has a wall paintings, sculptures and gold plated statue of guru Padmasambhava. We can have views of waterfall, Khecheopalri lake the holy rock Rani Dhunga. Pelling is 115 kilometers from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 from Siliguri town West Bengal.
5. Yamthang Valley: This valley is surrounded by the Hmalayan mountain in the north of Sikkim.It has the height of 3564 meters above sea level and a distance of 150 kilometers from the capital Gangtok. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung. Yamtang is mostly closed during winters due to heavy snow fall. Skiing is also conducted in the beautiful valley.
6. Lachung: Lachung is a town and a hill station of Sikkim. It is located in the north of Sikkim near the boarder of Tibet and at the height of 9600 feet.The town is approximately 125 kilometers from the capital Gangtok. During winter season the town usually covered by snow.Skying is also conducted here near phuni.
7. Ravangla: It is a small tourist town situated on the height of 7000 ft. in South of Sikkim district. It lies between Pelling and Gangtok. Buddha park of Ravangla also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla) in south Sikkim. The site was chosen within the large religion complex of the Rabong gompa (Monastery), itself a century old place of pilgrimage of the 2550th. anniversary of Gautama Buddha.