Major Destinations in Sikkim Sikkim22nd State of India known for its strategic location and as one of the last Himalayan `Shangri – La`, its climate, natural beauty and the fine cultural heritage attract tourist from all over the globe. Nearly wide range of Orchids and varied species of butterflies are found at various altitudes of the state.
Its remoteness, spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora – fauna, monasteries and the marvelous view of the Himalayan Range makes it a unique destination. Sandwiched between Nepal, TAR in China and Bhutan is this beautiful state of India. Leisure tour, Pilgrimage Tourism, Heritage Tourism, Cultural tour, Village Tourism, Hot Spring, Caves, Buddhist Circuits, Flora and Fauna, Lakes and Glaciers, Wild life Sanctuaries, Trekking, Adventure tourism Districts of Sikkim East district is the most populated and developed. Gangtok being the capital town with main administrative and business centre.
Apart from the modern attractions of the capital town, in the east you will also find the beautiful Tsomgo Lake, the historically important Nathu la, as well as many monasteries and temples. Rumtek & Ranka are the most attractive monastary of the region. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and the business hub. West District – West Sikkim is rich with history and religios activity.
The first Chogyal of Sikkim was consecrated at Yuksom in 1642 and this is where the holiest and most important monasteries of Sikkim were established, including Dubdi and Sanga Choling, the first monasteries to be built in Sikkim. West Sikkim is beautiful terrain abounding in lakes and waterfalls and also has great trekking routes. Gyalshing is the head quarter town of the West District. South District – South Sikkim offers variety of tourist attractions. View of the Khangchendzonga range, the south of Sikkim is a land of picturesque villages and high hills. Near Namchi, the district headquarters is Samdruptse Hill, the site of the 135 feet tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava.
Attractions in the south are Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill, of mythical importance to the Lepchas and Bhutias, as well as the tourist destination of Ravangla which hosts the annual Pang Lhabsol festival with great pageantry. Namchi is the district headquarter and is 78 kilometers from Gangtok. North District – This is the most beautiful of the districts, it offers exquisite experience for the lover of Nature and alpine scenery. Yumthang, Hot water spring, The rhododendron alone is captivating, with its panoramic Valley of Flowers. During springtime the lush meadows abound with delicate flowers offers a riot of colors. A must-see here are the Hot Springs and the vibrant Sikkimese tribal culture and customs. 67 kms from Gangtok is the Mangan District Headquarter of North District. A three day music festival is held at Mangan in December every year. Best to visit from December to mid April