Sikkim is an Indian state situated in the East of the country and also known as the "Switzerland of the East". This Himalayan state borders Chinese Tibet in the North, Nepal in the West, Bhutan in the East and Indian state of West Bengal in the South.
The state is legendary for its heavenly nature, peacefulness and simplicity. The snow covered mountains & lush green valleys not only invigorates one's soul, it also leaves the spectators mesmerized by the extravaganza of its natural beauty. Sikkim is famous for Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world situated at 28,169 ft above MSL. The mountainous state offers tremendous variety of plant and wildlife besides a diverse ethnic mix of people with rich cultural traditions.
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra (IXB) - 120 km from Gangtok. Sikkim's newly opened Pakyong (PYG) airport is around 30 km away from Gangtok. Helicopter flights connecting Gangtok to Bagdogra are also available. The nearest major Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) - 115 km from Gangtok. Both are situated at Siliguri in the state of West Bengal (110 km from Gangtok) which is the main junction where Road, Air and Rail traveller gets down before travelling to Sikkim. There are two main entry points to Sikkim. Tourists visiting East and North districts including capital Gangtok, enter into Sikkim through Rangpo (around 74 km from Siliguri). The other major entry point is through Malli (around 56 km from Siliguri) which is the entry point for West and South districts.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is a unique hill resort situated at an altitude of 5,410 ft. It is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the mount Kanchenjunga and its highest peaks.
Tashi View Point of Gangtok offers good view of Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Ganesh Tok is a spot of Gangtok that offers a bird's eye view of the town.
Just above Ganesh Tok lays Hanuman Tok viewpoint offering nice view of the mountains along the horizon and the Gangtok town.
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is a glacial lake lying about 38 km northeast of Gangtok at an altitude of 12,313 ft. The lake remains frozen throughout the winter up to April end. Snowfall is also common in this area even during the summer months. The Tsomgo Lake is considered extremely sacred by the local people, the lake surface reflects different colours with the change of seasons and is observed with great reverence as Buddhist monks auspicate after studying the changing colours of the lake. The place is a paradise for bird lovers with large number of Blue Whistling Thrush, Redstarts and Forktails around. The lake is host to a number of migratory birds among which the Brahminy ducks are prominent.
Ravangla is the picturesque hill resort famous for its breathtaking landscape and tranquility, situated at 8000 ft. It is approximately 65 km away from the state capital Gangtok and 120 km away from Siliguri, West Bengal. Ravangla and its surrounding areas offer an undisturbed view of the snow ranges of Greater Himalayas. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Siniolchu, Mt. Kabru are just a few of the major peaks that are clearly visible from here. Upper ridges of this area experience snowfall during winter. Thousands of known and unknown flowers are in full bloom during April-May and Ravangla gets an unparalleled romantic look with the riot of colours and fragrances of the flowers.
Ravangla offers some fabulous short treks. A 12 km trek from here through the Oak, Pine, Rhododendron, Magnolia, chestnut and fir forests will take you to Maenam peak at 10,600 ft. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Valedunga, a hilltop offering beautiful view to the surrounding mountains. The entire trek route passes through the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary which houses a rare collection of Himalayan species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard cat, black pheasant cat and many species of deer etc.
Rayong Sunrise View Point at 8 km away from Ravangla on the road to Damthang is the viewpoint that offers spectacular view of the sunrise, as the first few rays of sun lightens up the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Mt. Jopuno, Mt. Kabru, Mt. Rathong and Mt.Pandim.
Temi Tea Garden is situated at a distance of only 16 km from Ravangla and is one of the most beautifully located tea gardens of Sikkim. The journey through the winding road via Damthang is even more breathtaking.
Ralang Monasteries situated at 13 km from Ravangla hold the famous Kagiang festival in December.
Ralang hot spring is situated at 26 kms away from Ravangla and can be reached after a 1 hour downhill walk to the Rangit valley from the Ralang monastery. Borong hot spring is a 7 km drive from Ralang and a further 45-minute downhill walk. Both are traditional and natural winter spas located along the banks of the Rangit River where visitors spend a week or more soaking in these springs that have medicinal and therapeutic values with miraculous healing power. Both these hot springs can be sighted from October to April.
Tendong is a famous trek. Trek starts with a 13 km drive to Damthang and then a 2.5 hours trek through the Tendong sanctuary. Tendong peak (8500 ft) offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Sikkim - an unforgettable view of the Kanchenjunga and the Singalila range in the west, even the distant plains of North Bengal in the south is visible.
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