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Ideal duration: 3 - 7 days

Best Time: March to June, October to December Read More

Major Airports: Bagdogra in West Bengal

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"Home to the Kanchenjunga"

Sikkim, India

Nestled in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is a captivating state that offers a mesmerizing blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and spiritual tranquility highlighted by the dramatic contouring of the scenery from thick woodlands to colourful meadows and panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains. The state is home to the majestic Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, which dominates the skyline with its snow-crowned splendor.

From the verdant meadows of Yumthang Valley to the crystal-clear waters of Tsomgo Lake, every corner of Sikkim is a visual delight for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Sikkim's capital, Gangtok, is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends modernity with tradition. The bustling markets, lively eateries, and charming cafes offer a glimpse into the contemporary side of the state, while also serving as a base for exploring the surrounding attractions.

Sikkim's cultural heritage is equally captivating. The state is a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups, including the Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalis, each contributing to its vibrant traditions and festivals. The famous monasteries of Rumtek, Pemayangtse, and Tashiding are not only architectural marvels but also spiritual sanctuaries where visitors can immerse themselves in Buddhist teachings and witness enchanting rituals.

Beyond its natural and cultural wonders, Sikkim offers a plethora of outdoor activities. Trekkers can embark on thrilling journeys along the Singalila Ridge or the Goecha La trail, while adventure seekers can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, and mountain biking. For those seeking tranquility, Sikkim's numerous hot springs and serene meditation centers provide a serene escape from the bustle of everyday life. 

Accessible mainly via road from the neighbouring states, the newly inaugurated Pakyong airport near the capital city of Gangtok highlights government efforts towards better connectivity. Bagdogra airport, located 124 kilometres from Sikkim. is the nearest international airport.

The best time to visit Sikkim is during the spring and autumn months, from March to June and September to November, when the weather is generally pleasant with clear skies and moderate temperatures. However, for those seeking the enchanting beauty of snow-covered landscapes, the winter months from December to February offer a mesmerizing experience, especially in places like Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass where snowfall transforms the region into a winter wonderland. Keep in mind that heavy snowfall during winter may lead to road closures, so plan your trip accordingly.

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Weather & Road Conditions
During Sikkim's monsoon season (July to August), heavy rainfall occurs, leading to increased risks of landslides and challenging road conditions. Trekking routes and outdoor activities may be limited, making travel less ideal. It's recommended to avoid visiting hilly areas of Sikkim during this period for a safer and more enjoyable experience.


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What's Great about Travelling to Sikkim?

Enchanting sceneries. Pleasant weather throughout the year. Not overcrowded. Friendly people.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Sikkim?

Some areas are prone to landslides in monsoons.

Who should Travel to Sikkim?

Sikkim will be an absolute delight to visit for nature fanatics and adventure fiends. Ideal for those who believe in Buddhism.

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What are the major festivals celebrated in Sikkim?

Due to the amalgamation of various cultures, people and ethnicities, Sikkim is almost like a kaleidoscope of festivals and colours that are celebrated by people with great zeal and enthusiasm. Some of them are- Losoong Festival- This is held to celebrate the end of the harvest season and also the end of the tenth month as per the Tibetan calendar. People pray for a good harvest and better prospects for the coming year. Losar Festival- It takes place in February to celebrate the Tibetan new year. Yak dance is performed, and processions are carried out. Lhabab Dheuchen Festival- This one represents the descent of Lord Buddha from heaven after teaching his deceased mother. The Buddhists celebrate this event with all zest and zeal in Sikkim. Kagyed Dance Festival- It takes place in around December. The dance performed by monks portrays the destruction of evil forces, and they wish for peace & prosperity in Sikkim. Pang Lhabsol- This festival actually celebrates the Independence Day of India. The people of Sikkim on behalf of our country seek God's blessings on this day. Other festivals include Drupka Teshi, Dasain (Durga Puja) and Tihar (Diwali). Dancing festivals or chaams such as the Kagyat Dance, Enchey Chaam and Guthor Chaam held in the Buddist Monasteries are a joyful time for everyone in Sikkim. 

What is the traditional dress of Sikkim?

Traditional attire of the state is novel and very different from the rest of India. There are three communities in Sikkim- the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalis. They all have different styles of dressing. The traditional dress for females of Lepcha community is Dumdyam or Dumvum, Tago, a loose blouse, Nyamrek or belt and Taro. Lepcha women decorate themselves with traditional ornaments like Namchok, Lyak, Gyar. The females of Bhutia community wear Kho or Bakhu, Hanju, a full-sleeve blouse of silk fabric, Kushen, Shambo and Shabchu. Gold is an obsession for this community, and most of the jewellery items are made up of pure gold. When it comes to Nepali women, they prefer to wear Pharia, a saree with Chaubandi Cholo, a loose blouse. Tharo Cholo is one more variety of blouses worn by the women of this community. Lepcha males? traditional costume is called Thokro-Dum, which consists of white pyjamas, Yenthatse and Shambo. The traditional attire of Bhutia males is a Kho or Bakhu which is a loose piece of cloth tied at one side of the neck and waist with a belt. Bhutia males also wear Jya Jya, Yenthatse, Kera and Shambo. Nepali males of Sikkim follow their own culture and tradition concerning their costumes. They wear Shurval, Daura, Aaskot and Patuki.

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What are the best adventure activities to do in Sikkim?

Sikkim offers you with a wide variety of thrilling adventures. For trek-lovers, Goechla Trek is the best. Walk through the dense forests and picturesque meadows and enjoy the green-cloaked hills and the trickling stream of waters. River rafting in Teesta river is another adventure which is sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Yak ride near Tsomgo Lake is also exciting. The yaks are covered with vibrant woollen clothes, bells and strings are hung around their neck.  The cable car ride in Gangtok should also be added to your to-do list. It allows you to witness the stunning views from the highest point of the city. Mountain biking on the rugged and dramatic terrains of Sikkim is another activity you must do when in Sikkim. The journey from Gangtok to Rangpo is considered to be the longest mountain biking route in the country. Paragliding and mountaineering are a few other things while you enjoy the glory of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges.

What are the popular art forms of Sikkim?

Renowned for appealing, dazzling beauty, Sikkim houses many art forms that it becomes hard to abstain from its charm. The cultural experience makes shopping in the state is an enjoyable experience. Carpet Weaving- The Bhutia Community primarily practices the art of weaving. Jute and other rugged materials are used to make the best quality rugs. Wood Carving- Wood carving is a symbolic art of Sikkimese people. Furniture of different designs is made from wood carvings. Thangka paintings- They are exclusive to the state. Initially created as a medium to preach Buddhist ideals, the Thangkas are made on cotton canvas with a frame of silk. Gods, Goddesses, priests and monks from the Buddhist tradition are usually portrayed in these paintings. Other Handicrafts- This includes Sikkim shawls, jackets, bags and woollen blankets of striking designs and patterns. Choktse Tables- A kind of a foldable table that has become unique to the land of Sikkim, the Choktse tables come in different designs and dimensions and are extremely renowned in India as well as in other countries. 

How are the local people of Sikkim?

Sikkim has an interfusion of diverse communities, cultures, religions and customs. The leading communities in Sikkim are the Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese. The people of Sikkim are warm, simple, friendly and slightly shy but they love to celebrate. The Sikkimese culture finds expression in its beautiful arts and crafts. Languages spoken in Sikkim are Nepali, Bhutia and Limbu. The working language of the government is English, and Hindi is the official language.

What is the history of Sikkim?

The history of Sikkim takes us back to the time when Lepchas, Limbus and Magars were the original inhabitants of the state. It is known that Buddhist Saint Guru Rinpoche passed through the land in the 9th century and introduced Buddhism in the state. Buddhism took its distinctive Sikkimese form four centuries later, when three Tibetan monks, dissatisfied with the rise of the reformist Gelukpas, migrated to Yoksum in western Sikkim. Over the centuries, the territory was lost to the Bhutanese, the Nepalese and the British. After the Independence from British rule in 1947, Sikkim remained an independent country. Then, on 26 April 1975, it became a part of India and the 22nd state of the country.

What is the landscape of Sikkim?

Sikkim is located in the Eastern Himalayas. It shares its borders with Tibet on the north, Nepal on the west, Bhutan on the east and West Bengal to its south. The world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga is located on the Nepal-Sikkim border. Tista is the largest river of Sikkim and Rangeet is another major river of the state. About one-third of the state is heavily forested.

The Himalayan mountains surround the northern, eastern and western borders of Sikkim. You can enjoy the scenic views of mountains covered with snow in winters and with lush greenery in summers. Hot springs are also there in Sikkim which is renowned for their medicinal values. Gangtok, the largest city, is also the capital of the state.

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