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Sikkim: A Gateway to Paradise

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Hidden away safely from the chaos of the city life is a little Himalayan paradise named Sikkim. The state of Sikkim belongs to Northeast India. It is surrounded by Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is the second most sparsely populated state in India.

 

Why visit Sikkim; you might wonder. There are countless answers to this question. For starters, Sikkim is one of the calmest places you will ever visit. The people of Sikkim are very warm and welcoming to tourists. The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, is unlike any other towns you might have visited. Gangtok is a picturesque little town with breathtaking views surrounding it. Serene waterfalls, gorgeous Himalayan mountains, enchanting Buddhist monasteries and crystal clear lakes; you get it all in Gangtok.

 

If you choose wisely, the balcony of your hill resort might offer a gorgeous view of Mount Khangchendzonga. When the first rays of the sun hits the superior mountain, it is a sight not to be missed. Whether you are honeymooners, relaxed tourists or interested in the Buddhist culture, Gangtok will never disappoint you. The heart of the city,  M G Marg, is itself a beautiful place to just sit and soak in the beauty of the nature.

 

If you are looking for sightseeing in Gangtok, you should visit the flower garden; take a ride of the cable car offering complete view of the Gangtok city or even take a tour of the various Buddhist monasteries rich in culture. You can hire a car to visit Tsomgo Lake which is about a couple of hours away from the main Gangtok city. It is a clear lake nestled between mystical snowy mountains. A little distance away from Tsomgo Lake is the Nathula Pass which is the Indian-Chinese border. Although, most foreign tourists are not allowed there and even Indians need special permission to visit the place.

 

You can also visit Aritar in East Sikkim if you are a nature lover by heart. Lush green forests, pristine waterfalls, calm lakes and dominant Himalayan peaks, Aritar offers them all. It is simply a nature lover’s paradise. Mount Khangchendzonga embraces Aritar from all sides, giving it an uninterrupted view of the beautiful mountain. This place is ideal for spiritual peace seekers, honeymooners, people looking for relaxation away from the city and of course nature lovers.

 

Other mentionable places around Sikkim include Lachen, Lachung, Pelling, Namchi, Yumthang Valley and many more. The best time to visit Sikkim is during Summer, through the months of March to June. Summer offers higher temperatures and mild weather for a perfect vacation. Winters in Sikkim can often be brutal with very low temperatures. Even while visiting in the warmer season, it is recommended to pack light winter clothes to avoid the overall cold climate.

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