LOCAL SIGHTSEEING IN SIKKIM – THE VALLEY OF ORCHIDS
Sikkim in India is the second smallest and the least populous state which is situated at an altitude range of 280m to 8,586m. Across the undulating topography, it is the local tour operator in Sikkim. Sikkim is a part of the Eastern Himalayan, as notable for its vast biodiversity including alpine and subtropical climates as well as being a host of the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth is Kanchenjunga. Travel agent in Sikkim covers as much of the place local sightseeing to witness the extravagant display of the aesthetic blooms beneath the towering Kanchenjunga which is an experience of a lifetime.
What does it offer?
When you are at the place, a travel agency in Sikkim will expect to witness panoramic views of the Himalayas range from close vicinity. The trekking and the winding roads to sky high passes by offers breathtaking views of the lush valleys that are converging in the bottomless pits flanked by the crystal waters of the Teesta rivers. You should not also miss out the holy lakes of Sikkim, colourful prayer flags, miniature rotating prayers bells & golden Buddhas, typical Sikkim mugs decorated with the flying dragons. Read more about Sikkim
A whole world on a single hilly state
Places you cannot miss
Paying your reverences to the 87 ft tall Shiva resting in a meditative position near Namchi amidst the twelve surrounding jyotirlingas is a must. Char Dham is a recreation of the original holy shrines/dhams that dot the entire Indian topography. Slide in a ropeway cabin that floats you through Deorali at an altitude of 100ft and get a panoramic glimpse of the Himalayan stretch overlooking the well-manicured tea estates. Get a glimpse of the 130ft high golden Sakyamuni Buddhi that greets you by the entrance to Buddha Park and explore the local folklore of Sikkim by the Banjhakri Waterfalls as the animated figurines depict the life episodes of a mythical forest gnomes who are believed to be the worshippers of forest spirits.
More places to explore –
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Rumtek Monastery
- Tsongmo Lake
- Nathu La Pass
- Baba Mandir
- Dzongri Trek
- Yumthang Valley
Sikkim is famous for locally brewed millet or rice beer called Chang served in traditional bamboo mugs. Sikkimese people are extremely fond of Phagshapa, which are strips of pork fat cooked with radishes and dried and fresh assortment of locally grown chilies. You should also try thukpa. They are steamed or fried noodles served with a flavorful broth and assortment of sliced meats and vegetables, soy sauce & tomato chilli salsa. Sikkim is a famous exporter of liquors and manufactures the local favorite, Hit Beer.
Originally inhabited by Lepchas & Bhutias, Sikkim witnessed the rapid influx of Tibetans, Nepalis, Biharis, Bengalis, Muslims and Marwaris over the course of time. Now it’s a diverse state that celebrates Lhosar, Eid-ul-Fitr, Christmas, Saga Dawa, Dussehra, etc.
Best time to visit
Spring and Autumn along the months of March to May and October to December are ideal periods to visit Sikkim. The astounding variety of flora that the state houses initiates full bloom in Spring and Autumn assures the availability of crisp, cloudless skies that permit stellar unhindered views of Khangchendzonga and its sister peaks in all its magnificence.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is 124 km away which offers helicopter services from the port to Sikkim's capital Gangtok on a daily basis.
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is 125kms away and connects to Sikkim via NH31 & a well-woven network of roads covered by Sikkim Nationalized Transport from Siliguri on a daily basis.
Rented cars, jeeps & coaches are also available for rentals & reservations besides the State operated public transport systems.