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Sikkim, a traveller's paradise:
Small but beautiful, Sikkim is situated in the eastern Himalayas and famous for its curly narrow streets. Sikkim is the crown of West Bengal and it’s extended its area below the Mount Kanchenjunga (8534 meters), the third highest peak in the world. Sikkim reveals the culture of Buddhists. 194 monasteries, a lot of Lungda (Holy prayer flag) and Manilakhan are the examples of the prevalent Tibetan ethnicity and culture. Sikkim is showing its eminence with the adjoining Tista River crossing its valleys. Elevation of Sikkim varies from 224 meters to over 8598 meters above sea level. The gravel state is spreading itself over a region of 110 km towards the north-south direction and 64 km towards east-west side. Sikkim is delimited from Darjeeling by Ranpo and Rangit River at the southern side along with Kanchenjunga and Tibet at the northern face.
Situated amidst the stateliness of the mountain peaks, flourishing valleys, mad hilly river streams, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and splendid experience. Within a matter of few hours one can move up to a different environment of cold of the pebbly mountain slopes from the sub tropical heat of the lower valleys.
Sikkim was a state which used to be controlled by India for many years before finally it got into Indian Territory as the 22nd province on 26th April, 1975. But restrictions are imposed on the tour of North Sikkim. A special consent along with passport will allow you to enter into the north Sikkim for just 15 days. Sikkim is a trekker’s delight.
36% of Sikkim is covered in dense forest. The forest has many rare and typical plants. The rich forest exhibits trees like Sal, Oak, Maple, Rhododendron, Simul and diversified species of Bamboo. Flora and fauna of the forest include 4000 species of plants, 650 types of flowers, 36 kinds of Rhododendron along with 650 species of orchids, cactus, 552 species of birds and 690 types of butterflies. Leopard, wild donkeys, and red pandas are the inhabitants in the bower of greeneries. The ever green beauty of the valley is really magnificent and satisfying. 75% Nepalese, 18% Lepcha, 6% Bhutia and 1% people belonging to other parts of the country constitute the total population of Sikkim.
Previously the eastern side of Nepal, Chumbi valley of Tibet, Ha valley of Bhutan along with Darjeeling and Kalimpong were the integral part of Sikkim. 7000 mile long silk route around the border of Sikkim was stretched over an expansive area from China to Mediterranean Sea.
The border state, Sikkim has immense importance due to the sporadic political condition between India and China. The beautiful province was in dearth of any improvements of social lives but now the Government has come out of its dormant state and improvements of the society as a whole are taking place in a fast manner. The roads through the mountains of Sikkim, passing by the Mahananda Sanctuary, are satisfying and rewarding for individuals with wanderlust. The road goes through the gripping greeneries alongside the Tista River leaving West Bengal behind and touching Rongpo to Singtam. Roads bifurcate to different parts of Sikkim from Singtam. Watching the panoramic view of the sunrise in Sikkim is a pleasant and refreshing experience. Rongpo forest bungalow, about 4 km off Rongpo, alongside the River Rongpo, is the best and suitable option to stay overnight on the lap of natural milieu.
Rongpo tourist centre and many more privately owned hotels are available in Rongpo with their quality services.
How to Reach: Siliguri is the gateway to Sikkim. From Siliguri, there are buses and cars that will take you to Sikkim.
Click here for the official site of Sikkim.