Location: Sikkim is centrally located in the North Eastern part of India , it’s a small state curled between the international borders of Nepal , Bhutan and China .
Climate: Sikkim is the most favored destinations in India from the climatic point of view. Winters are generally frosty with temperature falling to minus 4 degree Celsius but yet full of Masty, summers are pleasant while monsoon welcomes heavy foggy rainfall. Sometimes it rains non-stop for several days but still every thing is fine with an umbrella.
Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to December.
Languages: Nepali, Bhutia (Sikkimese and Tibetan), Hindi, English.
Main Festivals: All the major festivals of Hindu Culture in India like Dussehra, Diwali, Janmashtmi, Sankranti, Holi are celebrated in Sikkim including local festivals like Losar, Saga Dawa, Bumchu, Phang Lhabsol, Kalcharka Puja, Namsoong, Sakewa are celebrated with full entertainment and hospitality.
Destinations to Explore and Things to Do in Sikkim:
Gangtok: Being the capital city of Sikkim , Gangtok is the main commercial and tourism hub in Sikkim . Any human being will be mesmerized by the greenery, cloud draped peaks, variety of orchids, monasteries, lakes, parks and winding roads. The prime attractions of Gangtok are Do Drul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Tsongmo Lake , Lal Bazaar, Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok.
Yumthang Valley: Located in North Sikkim, is the place of hot springs that have healing properties. The valley is covered with beautiful and colorful flowers, most of them are endangered and rare specially Rhododendron and Primula. The best time to visit here is during February/March, when the valley seems to be a flowerbed, although till June first travelers use to come over here to fill up their travel thirst.
Rumtek Monastery: Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery in Sikkim . It is located in Eastern Sikkim . It is a holy pilgrimage site for the Buddhists, which is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre in History and peoples mind. It remained an important seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage for several years.
Tsomgo Lake: Also known as Changu Lake , it is a place of worship for the Sikkimese with a landmark of a historic Shiva temple located close to the lake. It’s color of the water was used to predict future in earlier times, by the Buddhist saints. The Lake and its nearby areas offering a quiet pleasant and eye cashing sight for the travelers spending their evening.
Pelling: For an awesome sightseeing of the tallest Kanchenjunga peak, Pelling is the perfect choice. Just peep from the luxury and comfortable resorts and hotels here, you can have a glimpse of the great Himalayan peak. Apart from the mountain peaks, other attractions of the place are Pemayangtse Monastery, Kechepalri Lake and Sangay Waterfall.
Tedong Hill: Tedong Hill is another famous attraction of Sikkim , known for its picturesque views of the greenery, green hills, vast valleys and tranquil atmosphere. It’s located in South Sikkim . Tedong Hill is mostly visited by Buddhist monks and pilgrims. Although thousands of travelers used to come over here round the year to meditate in the peaceful ambiance.
Besides above there are various options available for adventure sports and activities in Sikkim throughout. It would definitely be a thrilling experience to try out mountaineering here on the Kanchenjunga Peak of great Himalaya , strictly for the trained climbers. For Rock Climbing, one can explore Kabru and Sinolchu. One can also try out other sports and adventurous activities like mountain biking, river rafting, hang gliding, kayaking and other less dangerous and fun activities like fishing, yak safari etc. All the above mentioned enthralling sports and adventure activities will definitely slake your thirst for unforgettable adventure.