Sikkim & Darjeeling – Overview
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.
From the visitors angle, Sikkim Himalayas include the geographical area of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
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 as a backdrop to your holidays.
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.
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. Forest and flora, Buddhist culture and hill top monastries, thriving bazars, ancient handicrafts, holy lakes, and the delights if 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.
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.
Gangtok – Monasteries,bazaars, Alpine lakes & flora
The capital of Sikkim, is located in the shadow of the Chola Range at an altitude of 1767 m. It has a rich cultural heritage, bustling modern bazaar, exotic handicrafts, and lovely people. The main attractions are:-
- Rumtek Monastery, for its gilded “chorten”, traditional architecture, exquisite paintings, intricate woodwork, treasures of manuscripts and icons.
- The Tibetology Institute, displaying Buddhist icons, religious paintings, and literature.
- The Directorate of Handicrafts, where ancient skills are kept alive.
- The old bazaar for atmosphere.
- Day trip to the holy Tsangu Lake at 3800 m altitude, on the old trade route to Tibet, with its rugged snow peaks, mountain & valley views, and the Kyangnosla Nature Park, for Alpine Flora.
- Day trip to the Buddhist monasteries at Phodong and Labarang.
- International flower show showcasing Himalayan flowers & orchids