Sikkim Tourism

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Sikkim Tourism can be said to be the only source of revenue for the state of sikkim in india. The scenic natural beauty, blooming orchids, snow-peaked mountains, fast flowing hill- streams, and tall colorful Rhododendrons makes the state a exquisite place to visit. In the recent years Sikkim had been the favorite destination for honeymoon tourism and also for other romantic holidays. Adventure tourism and nature tourism are also popular in sikkim, attracting the adventuresome tourists from across the globe.

Generally the sikkim tourism sector is at its boom in the period between mid-March and June when one can enjoy the exotic beauty of the sparkling Rhododendrons and blooming orchids. The entire state is surrounded with mountains and there are many Buddhist monasteries peeping out from the corners of these rugged mountainous terrains. The state reflects pristine and serene tranquility which allows the tourists to experience a dream holiday away from the bustling world.

The major places of sikkim apart from the religious monasteries, that attracts maximum tourists every season are like Gangtok, or the capital city of sikkim, Pelling or Pemyangtse, Tusklakhang, Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology, Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Gate Ways, Deer Park, Orchid Sanctuary, Kanchenjunga National Park, and Khabelongstok.

Sikkim tourism encourages religious tours of the followers of Buddhism as well as many others also comes to pay a worthy visit to the monasteries of sikkim. Some of the famous monasteries are like Dube-De Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, and Rumtek Monastery to name a few. Important and rare manuscripts and murals are stored in these monasteries which also attracts many interested tourists.

The sikkimese festivals reflects the heritage of the state and the government has been playing a significant role in conducting them. Some of the popular festivals are like-

  • Buddhist festival of Bumchu
  • Festival of Chaam
  • Buddhist New Year
  • Harvest Festivals
  • Tse Chu
  • Tibetan New Year
  • Drukpa Teshi
  • Phang Lhabsol
  • Dasain
  • Bhutia festival
  • Tihaar
Tsomgo Lake: Some 40kms from Gangtok, Tosmgo is a tranquil lake surrounded by frozen hillsides. A drive further uphill would take you to the Nathula Pass, which gives you a bird's eye view of Indo-China frontier. Mind it, entry is restricted for foreign nationals.

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. You can do mountaineering in numerous peaks in and around the state or do white water rafting along the turbulent rivers of the Teesta and the Rangit.

Sikkim, India is a haven of scenic and natural beauty with its imposing snow capped mountain peaks, dark green deep and dense forest cover, calm and tranquil lakes, a multitude of flowers and a large variety of animal life. In fact it is believed that there are more than 500 species of birds in Sikkim, India.

The tourism sector in Sikkim, India is working towards promoting wildlife tourism in this region. There are quite a few wildlife parks in the region and the most popular among these is the Kanchenjunga National Park.

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