Sikkim is a tiny hill station in North Eastern part of India. It is known for its lofty mountains, old fashioned villages, pure scenery, holy lakes and Buddhist Monasteries, a holiday in Sikkim is sure to bring you close to nature providing you ample peace and love. Sikkim is always a paradise for adventure freaks, trekkers and mountaineers owing to its myriad adventure activities. Whether you are looking for a laid back break, taking in the extravaganza of nature’s beauty or seeking a fun-filled adventurous holiday, Sikkim will not leave you disappointed.
It is also known as the ‘Land of Monasteries’, Gangtok is the beautiful capital of Sikkim. Mesmerizing views of the soaring peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga, fresh mountain air, picture postcard beauty and salubrious climate; makes it one of the best places to spend relaxing and peaceful vacations in the lap of Mother Nature.
It is located at a distance of around 55 km. from Gangtok and at an altitude of 14,500 ft. Nathula is an important trade link between India and China. Spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas from Nathula, thousands of tourists from all over the country visit this scenic place every. It is an important military post of the Indian Army, so special permissions need to be taken 24 hours in advance from the Army authorities in Gangtok to view this spot.
Enroute to Nathu La, you will come across the Tsomgo Lake. Crystal clear waters of the lake with stunning backdrop of the snowy summits of the Himalayan peaks, offer great visit. The lake gets completely frozen in winters, giving it an additional touch of artistic splendour. It is one of the favourite stopovers for tourists heading to the Nathu La. Enjoy the view with delecious Yak milk, hot tea and maggie.
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
It is located around the Tsomgo Lake area is another interesting tourist attraction, the ‘Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary’, which is one of the best high altitude scenic wildlife sanctuaries in India. Apart from being the home to some endemic species of Himalayan alpine flowers. the sanctuary is also famous for its Red Pandas and Snow Leopards.
It is largest monastery in Sikkim, the ‘Rumtek Monastery’ is a must visit place in Sikkim. Located at a distance of 23 km from Gangtok and perched at a height of 5000 ft. The monastery is surrounded with lush green landscapes and small flowing streams. Built in a traditional Tibetan style of architecture and decorated with colourful murals. Peaceful settings of the monastery combined with sounds of enchantments of mantras by the monks, reverberates your souls with inner peace and solace during your visit to this divine place.
Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal, in the Himalayan foothills. The distance between Sikkim and Darjeeling is 125 km, easily reached by public transportation. Darjeeling is popular for toy train ride and tea industry. Its view of Kangchenjunga, the world third highest mountain. Darjeeling is an unembellished canvas of natural beauty. Attracting visitors with its sprawling expanse of green set against the white of majestic snow-capped peaks, Darjeeling’s panoramas are captivating in every way.
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Bhutia Busty monastery is also known as Karmaa Dorjee Chyoling monastery is a Buddhist monastery located in Bhutia Busty, Darjeeling district, India. It belongs to the Red Sect of Buddhist Lamas. The Bhutia Busty Gompa is a beautiful walk uphill from the busy Mall Road of Darjeeling through a narrow meandering road. The road, passing by a few houses, finally opens up to verdant trees with just the sound of cool breeze whispering in ears. The monastery is a bit off-route and hence often missed by tourists, which makes it a perfect place for people looking to spend some time amid serene environs.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Darjeeling zoo. Open in 1958, The zoo attracts about 300,000 visitors every year. The park is named after Padmaja Naidu, daughter of Sarojini Naidu. This is highest altitude zoo in India. You can see animals like the Tibetan Wolf, Red Panda, Snow Leopard etc all in semi natural habitats. And then there are Siberian Tigers, Yaks and lot more.
Darjeeling Mall, Chowrasta
The Chowrasta or the Mall in Darjeeling is where the roads converge. It’s a meeting square to lounge and enjoy the views, and do some shopping as well. Benches along the periphery offer great vantage points to admire the surrounding scenery.