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Ideal duration: 3 - 7 days

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

Major Airports: Bagdogra in West Bengal

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"Home to the Kanchenjunga"

Sikkim, India

Sikkim, located in the north-eastern region of India, is a small state with a big heart. Travelling across this Himalayan state is particularly highlighted by the dramatic contouring of the scenery from thick woodlands to colourful meadows to few barren patches to the panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains. Occupied by warm-hearted people offering some of the best hospitality and boasting of magnificent treks, snow activities and scenic views, Sikkim is truly a destination people fall in love with!

The third highest peak in the world and jewel of the state, Kanchenjunga is visible from almost anywhere you stand. Characterised by freezing winters and cool summers, the state plays host to a large number of tourists all year round. Until 1975, when it was merged with India, Sikkim functioned as an autonomous kingdom with its own monarchy. Since then, it has become an integral part of India with a distinctive culture which has evolved into a multifaceted one. Influenced by the peaceful coexistence of the dominant Nepalese community with the native Bhutias and the immigrant Lepchas, one will find many monasteries and Hindu shrines in close proximity to each other.

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. Regarded primarily as a peaceful hilly escape during the harsh Indian summers, Sikkim?s abundance of natural beauty is arguably second to none compared to anywhere else in India.

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What's Great?

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

What's Not So Great?

Some areas are prone to landslides in monsoons.

For Whom?

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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Adventures 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.

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.

Festivals of 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. 

Traditional Costumes 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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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. 

Geography 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.

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.

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