A land of fascination, mystery, and romance, Sikkim
is one of the most beautiful places in India. It is one place in the country
that interests every kind of traveller. Be it history, nature, or wildlife,
this beautiful state always tops the chart, especially when it comes to
untouched beauty. Hence, it would be perfectly fine to say that Sikkim is the
ultimate travel destination in India.
The state is famous for dazzling waterfalls, virgin forests,
alpine meadows, rhododendron flowers, and more. Khangchendzonga, the third
highest peak in the world, also lies in Sikkim.
Listed below are 8 major reasons why every traveller must
consider planning a trip to Sikkim once in their lifetime.
(1) Richly Diverse
Sikkim has one of the largest forest covers in India and
accounts for about 50% of the total land. So, when half of Sikkim is blessed
with rich and thick forests, how can it stay away from a richly diverse
Unarguably, it is home to numerous rare and endangered
species of plants and animals. It is one place where you can spot the endangered
red panda. Sikkim is also home to hundreds of colourful species of migratory
and indigenous birds. So, if you are a wildlife lover and a photographer,
Sikkim deserves to be on your bucket list.
(2) The Land of
Sikkim is nestled in the lap of the great Eastern Himalayas.
Hence, over a period of time it has become the foremost choice for several
If you are looking forward to savouring the beauty of
snow-capped mountains, then Sikkim is a wonderful destination for you. There
are some wonderful treks that take you close to several noteworthy peaks.
(3) A Paradise for
Trekkers and Campers
Apart from forests and snow-clad mountains, the major
natural beauty that makes Sikkim a heavenly expanse and a must-visit
destination for travellers is its undulating towering hills that are covered
with lush vegetation. On account of these beautiful hills, it has become a
perfect weekend stoppage for several trekkers and campers.
Don’t you think a night spent atop a hill from where you can
capture the best of panoramas and where you can savour the best of nature would
be worth remembering? If yes, then the hills and mountains of Sikkim are
4. Home to Beautiful
If Sikkim is called the home of peace, then it is certainly
on account of the presence of beautiful age-old monasteries within its
boundaries. These religious complexes are of great significance, and hence,
they have become must-visit tourist attractions in the state.
If you yearn for places of calm and spirituality, then these
monasteries should be your stoppages: Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery,
Phodong Monastery, Lachen Monastery, and Ralanga Monastery. Their peaceful aura
will certainly compel you to stay in Sikkim forever.
5. Cultural Beauty
Sikkim is said to be one of the oldest inhabited regions in
Northeast India and has a history dating back to thousands of years. Sikkim is
like a beautiful cultural bouquet that is adorned with age-old traditions and
customs of different tribes and castes. These myriad cultures have given birth
to a quintessential Sikkimese culture that encompasses all walks and ways of
life. Having said that, Sikkim has also managed to retain its own identity.
These can also be seen in their festivals, various places of worship, and
cultural dances that are celebrated throughout the year.
The ceremonial mask dance performances are a must-watch when
you plan a trip to Sikkim. They are performed by the monks with superfluous
zeal and energy. The sparkling jewellery and swords add to the authenticity of
the performance while they dance to the resounding drums and trumpeting of
6. People of Sikkim
Another thing that can make your trip to Sikkim an
unforgettable memory is the friendly nature of its locals.
Sikkim is a unique blend of different customs, religion, and
traditions of different communities. Since ancient times, Sikkim was occupied
by three tribes, namely, Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalese. The Nepalese
population dominates a considerable portion of Sikkim’s population and that is
why Nepali is also the most common language among all the others in Sikkim.
Recently, people have flocked over from the entire country and many Bengalis,
Punjabis and Biharis have settled in to set up travel and construction
businesses. Hence, a fusion of many cultures can be spotted but the state has
remained exceptionally friendly and peaceful.
7. Sikkimese Cuisine
Food is simply amazing here! Sikkimese cuisine is a blend of
three cultures: Nepalese, Tibetan and Sikkim. Hence, it’s a blast of flavours
that tickles the taste buds in the right way! The dumplings (momos), thupka,
phagshapa (pork dish), sha phaley (deep-fried bread stuffed with beef and
cabbage), gundruk (staple Nepalese food made using leafy vegetables), and sinki
soup (made of radish tap roots) are the must-try Sikkimese food. These
delicacies are something that you cannot miss if you love to experiment when it
comes to food. The flavours that you’ll experience in Sikkim will always remind
you of your journey to this spellbinding state.
8. Most Cleanest
If you are looking for pristine places for a holiday, look
no further than Sikkim; it was awarded the cleanest state in India. It is also
the first state in India that has banned plastic and firecrackers successfully.
It is also completely organic and environment-friendly.
Sikkim is a welcoming place and the people there will
definitely melt your heart. Their hospitality is amazing and you cannot help
but overstay your vacation.
Take a look at some Sikkim tour packages and book a holiday
that’s perfect for you.