The former kingdom of Sikkim lies in the north-east of India, between the sno-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains. The fresh air is a welcome change to the heat of other states, and the people are among India’s most friendly in their shy and unobtrusive manner.
Quite aptly Sikkim was named Nye-mae-el by its original inhabitants – meaning “paradise”. And that it truly is: The rugged peaks, deep valleys, dense forests and raging rivers are a feast for every nature lover’s eyes.
Sikkim boasts lush forests interspersed with rice terraces and groves of bright rhododendron. Here and there you can find Tibetan Buddhist gompas with colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Kanchenjunga, at 8587 metres the world’s third highest mountain, lies on the Sikkimese border to Nepal. There are several magnificent viewpoints to its peaks throughout the state.
The best season to travel Sikkim is from late September to mid November, April and May, as the winter months tend to get very cold and in summer monsoon hides much of the beautiful landscape. Throughout the year there are vibrant, unique festivals, to which visitors are most welcome.
Sikkim has only around 600,000 inhabitants and is an exceptionally clean state of India, the use of plastic bags is banned.
Sikkim treks and tours
19 days for £1650 per person
Explore to Asian countries in one holiday: First you will take a tour through Nepal including the sights of Kathmandu, the stunning scenery of Pokhara and spotting wildlife in Chitwan, then go to India to visit Sikkim and Darjeeling, the home of the world’s best tea. click to view details
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