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Sikkim - State of Hills, India

India is full of glorious places, though some of the destinations are amazing and people around the world are reaching such spots at various occasions. Sikkim is one of the fantasy destinations of India popular for scenic beauty. The residents of Sikkim are known as Lepchas. This paradise of India is 2nd smallest state of India nestled in Himalaya ranges. Amazing hill ranges including Khangchendzonga are located in Sikkim state. 

Visiting Sikkim will allow voyagers to enjoy rich culture, bio-diversity and striking scenery. Adventurous sports and festivals are also best thing in state Sikkim. You can imagine the beauty of state by watching some impressive and interesting images on various search engines. 

This tiny state of India is spread in four different regions such as West Sikkim, South Sikkim, North Sikkim and East Sikkim. Specialties about the regions of Sikkim are mentioned below:

West Sikkim: Geyzing is the famous spot in west region. It is full of lush landscape and striking scenery that is full of charming ponds and stunning waterfalls. Enjoying trekking in this area can make you happy as maximum part of west Sikkim is complete with adventures spots. 

East Sikkim: Most populated region of state is Gangtok located in this area. This capital is famous attraction for travelers having impressive Lake Tsomgo (also known as Changu) and Lake Menmecho. 

South Sikkim: This region is smallest area of Sikkim offering striking view of high hills. 

North Sikkim: North Sikkim is most impressive place having best scenic areas and people from around the world are reaching north Sikkim for their vacations. 

Attraction in Sikkim:
Gangtok: Capital city of Sikkim is first place to visit. Gangtok is the historical and cultural place of India having charming spots with striking homes on the hills. Gangtok is popular for traditional custom and modern living. This beautiful metropolis is having all amenities which mean travelers can enjoy the nature with modern facilities. 

Yuksom: Next location for voyagers is Yuksom popular for historical values of state. According to records of Sikkim the divine ruler was sacred in 1641 by 3 lamas. You can get the evidence of establishment of Sikkim tradition in Norbugang Chorten. 

Tsomgo Lake: A natural spot located at just 1 km distance is another tourist spot. This lake is in oval shape and local people consider it for holy values. Reach Tsomgo between May-August to enjoy the festival season. You can see the rare flora such as primulas, blue poppies, iris and yellow poppies. It get freeze in winter season and you can enjoy the skiing at lake but be careful as the temperature gets really low in winters.

Nathula Pass: World famous route between amazing hills is best place to visit. Nathula Pass is located at altitude of 14,200 feet. However, the pass is closer to India China border. This pass connects the Sikkim state to Tibet (region of China). Covered peaks, roaring waterfalls and zigzag roads give different feeling to travelers. Even the simple roads of Nathula pass are impressive as they are covered with trees from both sides. Voyagers have to get the permit to travel from this route as it connects two international borders. 

Pelling: Next place is Pelling preferred as best destination located at altitude of 6800 feet. View the world's 3rd uppermost peak Mount Kanchendzonga is possible from this spot. Some more attractions of Pelling are Pemayangtse Monastery, Sanga Choeling and Khecheopalri Lake. 

Rumtek Monastery: A monastery turned as favorite attractions for visitors of Sikkim. Enjoy the art work of 16th Gyalwa in this monastery. 

Do-Drul Chorten: Constructed by the leader of Nyingma from Tibetan Buddhism community in 1945. It is considered as best Stupa of Sikkim having 108 wheels for prayer. 

JNBG (Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden): Beauty of state is their greenery areas and amazing gardens. JNBG is one of them founded in 1987. This garden is closer to Rumtek Monastery and FDSG (Forest Department of the Sikkim Government) is handing the management part. 

There are many other areas to visit in Sikkim, though each part cannot be described in the article. You can get the guide of the state and learn more interesting places to visit during your holidays. 

Nearest tourist attraction of Sikkim:
Darjeeling: One of the darling places of India having countless tourist attractions. It is the most demanding summer holiday spot popular for toy train. Famous Darjeeling tea farming makes it special location for nature lovers. 

Siliguri: Another big and best tourist attraction close to Sikkim is Siliguri. Superb landscape, snow views and capped peaks are best thing to see. 

Two other best and nearest spots from Sikkim are Kalimpong and Mirik. 

Attaining to Sikkim:
By Road: As Sikkim state is full of hills the easiest way to reach parts of state is road. NH (National Highway) 31 is directly connected to Sikkim allowing voyagers to cross Siliguri and Gangtok cities. Route to Gangtok is linked through Kolkata as well. The distance between Kolkata and Gangtok is just 721 km. However, Darjeeling is only 139 kms away from Gangtok. Kalimpong is also easy reachable from Gangtok city. 

By Rail: Closest railhead for Sikkim is New Jalpaiguri located at 117 km distance from Gangtok. Trains from Kolkata are available in good frequency for New Jalpaiguri. Next station Siliguri connected to some big stations of India. 

By Air: Domestic airport Bagdogra is having flights from SiliguriGangtok and some more cities. However, big international airport Kolkata is serving both national and international flights at good frequency. Flights from New Delhi, ChennaiMumbaiBangalore and big cities are available for Kolkata.