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Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state located on the Himalayas and is bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and China. Gangtok is its capital state and the languages generally spoken are Nepalese, Tibetan and Dzongkha.

Hindi is the second language and English is used as the official language of the state. Sikkim is the state with the lowest population in India and is also the smallest state after Goa. Sikkim has an open borderline between India and China.

The state provides tourists with amazing landscapes and captivating scenic beauty. The world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, is located in the state. It is said that the Buddhist Guru Rinpoche came to Sikkim in the 9th century and started Buddhism. There are eleven official languages in the state viz. Bhutia, Nepali, Lepcha, Newari, Limbu, Rai, Mangar, Gurung, Sunwar, Tamang and Sherpa.

Destinations to Visit in the State


Sikkim is dotted with tourist spots and serves as a major hub for tourists in the country. The state is home to many natural marvels and some esoteric and remote monasteries.

The Institute of Tibetology and the Enchey Monastery are located in Gangtok and are popular tourist destinations. The Do-Drul Chorten is an important “gampa” in Sikkim. The gampas are Tibeto-Buddhist temples. Scores of devotees visit the place and offer their worship.

The Changu Lake is located at 12400 feet above the sea level and is a beautiful place that you should witness. The lake comes to life during the summers and usually remains frozen throughout the year. The Dzongri treks are famous among adventure lovers. The major monasteries in the state are Tashiding and Pemayangtse Monastery and that of Pelling. Towards the northwest of Pelling lies the Khecheopalri Lake, this is also known as the Wishing Lake and is considered to be sacred by the Lepchas.

The Rhododendron Sanctuary and Menam hill are dotted with natural beauty. The Lepcha village of Chungthang provides a majestic view of the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga peak. The place is ideal for trek enthusiasts who are used to trekking in difficult geographical terrains. The trekking routes are situated at an altitude of 6000 to 7000 meters and attract many mountaineers.

How to Reach


By Air


There are no airports in Sikkim. The closest airport to the state is the Bagdogra Airport in Paschim Banga. The major international airport near Sikkim is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, which has flights to all the major destinations in USA, Europe, South East Asia and North America.

By Trains


The closest railway station to Sikkim is the New Jalpaiguri railway station; it is 125 kilometers away from the capital city of Gangtok.

By Road


You can drive up to Gangtok from Siliguri, which is 114 kilometers. Private buses and taxis generally ply the state. You can experience the captivating landscapes within the state while travelling via roads. The rainy season sometimes witnesses landslides, which are immediately cleared up by bulldozers.
 

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