Sikkim

Sikkim

Sikkim lies under the mighty range of Kanchenjunga (8534m) in the Eastern Himalaya. Only bio-organic state of India and  the base of Ningma Buddhist culture.

Best Time to Visit

March to May

Oct to Dec

Overview

Sikkim is wedged between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and the North Bengal Plains of India, this region is a tangled mass of mountains drained by the Teesta, and Rangit Rivers.

The grain of the country rises from near sea level to 8500 meters, in a short distance, forming a giant amphitheater, hewn as it were from the great mountains. This provides an arc of the most magnificent snow clad mountains along west, north & east of Sikkim as a backdrop, making tiny state of Sikkim & Darjeeling (north Bengal) very beautiful. 

Small but beautiful, Sikkim is the Jewel of the Eastern Himalayas, spread below the crowning glory of the 8534 meters high, Mount Kanchenjunga; which is not just a mountain, but the Sikkimese protective deity.

Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys fast flowing rivers, terraced fields, live a friendly people with deep belief in their culture and religion. This region offers her visitors rare and singular experience. Stunning snow clad mountain views, forest and flora, Buddhist culture and hill top monastries, thriving bazars, ancient handicrafts, holy lakes, and the delights of walking holiday, Car Tours & the high altitude treks, can all be yours, within the span of a few days.

All this and more in a land peopled by an amazing ethnic mix of beautiful, cheerful, Lepcha , Tibetan, and Nepali people forming a unique sub- culture of their own.

This region is connected to Delhi, , Calcutta, Guwahati by daily air services. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. Train service from NJP railway station are avalable to all parts of India.

Sikkim is a restricted area but is open to foreign tourists for 15 days at a time. Foreign nationals can easily get a Sikkim entry permit endorsed on their India visa, by applying for the same to the nearest Indian mission.Entry permits are now also available at the Entry check posts at Rangpo and Malli. Contact us in case of difficulty.

Places to visit in Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the 

East Sikkim of the Indian state of SikkimThe lake is surrounded by steep mountains 

which are covered with snow during winter. 

Western Sikkim – Cradle of Ningma Buddhism; Monasteries & trekkers’ delight

The legendary installation of the Namgyal dynasty, by three monks in 1642, introduced Ningma Buddhism in Sikkim. They came together at Yoksom, and as it had been prophesied, in sacred texts, they searched, and found Phuntsog Namgyal; anointed him with holy water, gave him the title of “chogyal” – meaning king of religion, and urged him to spread Buddhism, amongst the ethnic Lepchas. At that time the local people were animist worshipping nature spirits. On various hill tops inter- visible to each other, are located a string of holy sites.

All the holy Buddhist sites can be visited by staying at Pamayangtse ( Pelling and Gayalshixing), Tashiding – Yoksom & Renchenpong.

Around Pamayangtse, the main attraction is the Pamayangtse Monastery-the sublime perfect lotus. It was built in 1705, and is the paramount of the Nyingmapa monasteries of Sikkim, being regarded the most prestigious. It is well known for its seven level wooden pagoda structure of mind boggling intricacy, depicting paradise. The late Dongzin Rimpoche crafted this, over five years of solo effort. Sangacholing Monastery-the place of secret spells, was founded in 1697. Clay statues dating back to the 17th Century are amongst the oldest in Sikkim. Another reason for visiting Pamayangtse are the splendid sunrise views of Mount Khangchendzonga.Rumtek Monastery is regarded as the second most important monastery after Lasha 

in Tibet and houses some of the world’s most unique religious scriptures and relics.

Rumtek Monastery also called the Dharmachakra Centre. 

 

North Sikkim – Snow, sky- scraping mountains, Rhododendrons, Century old Gumpas & yaks

This is the most rugged and spectacular district of Sikkim, has its headquarter at Mangan. Is 76 kms from Gangtok. It comprises the valleys of Lachen, Lachung (the valley of flowers), Dzongu and Tholung.

The two main distributaries of Teesta Leaching Chu & Lachen Chu flows from here.

Each of these is formed by fast flowing glacier fed rivers originating from The Great Himalayan Range and its offshoots, the Singelila Range and the Chola Range. Mighty peaks ranging between 6000 to 8500 meters, enclose it on three sides. A part of North Sikkim, even lies across the Himalayas, on the Tibet Plateau. The visitor can visit the high altitude, Yumthang Valley of Rhododendrons, the tribal villages of Lachung and Lachen with great Gurudongmar Lake. 

With special permits you can stay at the remote Lepcha reserve called Dzongu, and trek through the remote Tolung Valley to the Kishong-la .Indian nationals, now from 2018 foreign nationals can also visit the 5136 m high Gurudongmar Tso ( Lake) which is located acress the Great Himalayan Range.

Lachen:  

Lachen means big pass, situated at an altitude of 2750 mt  is a stunningly beautiful & peaceful place in North Sikkim known for its sacred Gurudongmar Lake and century old  Lachen Monastery dominating the village.

Lachen is the base of many trekking areas in North sikkim region including famous Green Lake , Kanchenjunga National Park treks.

From Lachen one can visit  Chopta Valley and one can take expedition to Green Lake & Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary with special permits.

GURUDONGMA LAKE & CHOPTA VALLEY IS NOW OPEN FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS ALSO.

Lachung :

Lachung means small pass,  is a beautiful hill station in North east Sikkim in North Sikkim District with an altitude of 2900mt(9600 ft). Before the Chinese occupation Lachung was a trading post between Sikkim & Tibet.

This beautiful place, now has developed as a tourist town. Trip to Yumthang Valley  till Zero point with Rhododendrons during the season, the fluffy snow and stunning sky scraping mountains are the tourist attractions.

Dzongu :

Dzongu is the untouched protected area for Lepchas, the original people of Sikkim, in the north Sikkim, 17 km from Mangan, with best snowcap Mountains, streams, waterfalls, thick forests, tiny beautiful Lepcha hamlets, absolutely non polluted  air and serene & tranquil atmosphere.  It has been recently opened up their homes to the visitors who love nature.

Activities that you can involve with are walking, trekking, taking baths in rivers/waterfalls/hot water spring, birding, running behind the butterflies, visiting tiny hamlets, enjoying local cuisine, bamboo bridge crossing and to befriended withLepcha folks.  

Dzongu offers good walking circuit around its villages in upper & lower Dzongu.

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