Sikkim

SIKKIM- A Prestigious Land

Sikkim is a small state lying in the north east parts of India bordering China, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal. This is one of the most sorted and visited places on earth by the travelers. Sikkim though is an Indian state; it has always been known to have a unique identity with a unique culture and traditions. The state somehow remains protected from the bestiality of human race. Sikkim is well known for the most awards achieving State. The state used to be a monarchy in ancient times but eventually turned into a constitutional body with Kazi Lhendup Dorjee, as its first Chief Minister. The current Chief Minister of the state is Dr. Pawan Kr. Chamling, who has successively remained in power for 25 years. The state holds an abundant bulk of nature which is rich in various flora and fauna. It is richly blessed with stunning mountains and hills and proudly hosts and boasts the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga. You will feel the fresh air fill up your lungs from the moment you enter its area. You will see the hills immediately as if they are standing there to welcome you with a garland of rich nature. The people are also extremely helpful with a pleasing personality. You will feel for yourself once you get there how the state is so different. The cuisine is also quite a treat and there are plenty of options for you to do around the state. From adventures to spas to wonderful site seeing, the state will not fall short of any item to spoil your spirit; in fact it has so many that you might fall short of your time.

The State's Recognitions

2016
  • Sustainable Leadership Development Award by Pranab Mukherjee.
  • Gangtok- Cleanest City in North Eastern India by Government of India.
  • Cleanest State in India by National Sample Survey Office, Government of India.
  • Best Working Conditions for Women by International Studies (CSIS), American think-tank, and Nathan Associates. Khangchendzonga National Park inscribed as World Heritage Site, 2016 under Mixed criteria by UNESCO.
  • Best State Award on Education in the category of ‘Best Small States’ by India Today Group State of the States Award.
2015
  • Cleanest Hill Station ‘Safaigiri Award’ by India Today Group
  • Three awards for Sikkim for MGNREGA by Government of India
  • Award in Excellence in states by the National Commission of India
2014
  • National Award for Road Safety 2012-13 and Highways by Ministry of Road Transport
2013
  • Agriculture Leadership Award by Agriculture Today Group
2012
  • Diamond State Award to Chief Minister for best small state
  • India Today State of States Award to Chief Minister in field of Education
  • e- North East Award
  • National Award in Horticulture by Ministry of Agriculture & Horticulture
2011
  • No 1 in Sustainable Competitiveness by RICS, India.
  • Best Stall at BioFach India by BioFach India
2009
  • Agriculture Leadership Award by Agriculture Today Group.
  • Best State for Adventure Tourism
2008
  • Sikkim as Best Adventure Tourism Destination by Pacific Asia Travel Writer’s Association (INTWAI) International award at ITB, Berlin
  • Best Tourism State, Best Adventure Tourism State by Safari India National Tourism Awards
  • Best example of Community based Tourism by CNBC Awaaz
  • State Award for Water and Sanitation
  • State Award for Citizen Security and Justice
  • Platinum Award for Emerging Tourism State by Today's Traveler
  • National Award as best performing State in Tourism.
  • 4th JRD Tata Memorial Award by Population Foundation if India
  • Cooperative Excellence Award by Cooperative Dev. Cooperation
  • Nirmal Rajya by Ministry of Rural Dev, Govt. of India
2007
  • Most Picturesque destination by Today’s Traveler Platinum award
  • National Tourism Award for the best tourism related programmes
  • Preserving National Resources and maintaining State’s Environment.
  • Best State Education Award
  • Bharat Nirman Award in E- Governance
  • Bharat Nirman Award in Rural Electrification
  • Bharat Nirman Award in Rural Roads
2006
  • Hospitality India Award
  • Best State Award for progress in Primary Health Sector, its Investment friendly Environment and its Positive Budgetary Trends.
  • Union Transport Ministry Trophy by Transport Ministry, Govt of India
  • Cooperative Excellence Award by Cooperative Dev. Cooperation
  • Cooperative Excellence Award by Cooperative Dev. Cooperation
  • Best State for Tourism related Programmes along with Madhya Pradesh
2005
  • Skoch Challenger Award by Skoch Company
  • Union Transport Ministry Trophy by Transport Ministry, Govt of India
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI
  • Best Eco- Tourism Destination by Hospitality India
2004
  • Sikkim Ratna
  • Best Performing State in Education
2002
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI
2001
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI
2000
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI
1999
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI
1998
  • Best Tourism Performing State in the North East by Ministry of Tourism, GOI

Some Famous Places

Gangtok

This is the capital of the State, without visiting which, visit to Sikkim would be useless. Gangtok is the place which will fulfill your appetite for everything that you seek for in a perfect holiday package. Adventure, shopping, visit to antique architectural Monasteries and Temples, Leisure walks around the town or just getting lost amidst the nature, Gangtok offers it all.

Tsomgo Lake

Also known as Changu Lake is the ultimate bliss. You will be left struck by the beauty of its turquoise waters. The reflections on its surface of the dynamic peaks around and the blue skies above simply add to its awe.

Lachung

This is a small town a little further from Gangtok. You will easily get the transport medium to get here. This place deserves to be called a piece of Heaven on Earth because its beauty is such that all praises will spontaneously flow out of your mouth. You are bound to fall in love with this captivating charm. If visited during winters, you will get to see Lachung in her white attire of snow which again is heart melting.

Namchi

Namchi could be called a smaller version of Gangtok. It is equally beautiful with rich nature and plenty of amazing places worth a visit. One notable thing of Namchi is, there are two giant statues, one of Guru Padmasambhava and the other one of Lord Shiva. You can’t miss to capture these in your mind on your visit to this place.

Zuluk

This is a village located on the ancient ‘Silk Route’. It is least famous destination in the entire of Sikkim but it sure is some creation of the Gods. It is an uphill trail with 32 sharp bends. Apart from it itself being a wonder, it provides a refreshing view of Mt Kanchenjunga. The scenery around is also extremely eye soothing. This would also prove to be a perfect spot for adventure seekers.

Yumthang Valley

This is another place touched by an angel. It is hard to believe that there exists a place as mysterious as this. You will feel like "Alice" lost in the "wonder land" with the breath taking beautiful lakes guarded by tall elegant mountains and valleys and landscapes covered by exquisite varieties of flowers of which primrose, cobra-lilies, louseworts and cinquefoils are the most commonly found species.

Yuksom

This small town, which is also known as the 'Meeting place of Three Lamas' is located in the western parts of Sikkim. It happens to the home of the oldest monastery of Sikkim. The village is known for its scenic appeal and for its adventurous trekking terrain into the Himalayas.

Nathula Pass

This is the pass having a historic value as it once was a part of the historic 'Silk Road'. The pass connects Sikkim with Tibet. One thing you should make a note of is that, the pass is open only for Indian tourists after obtaining permission from the tourism department. Other tourists will not be able to make it to Nathu La.

Pelling

This is the town that showcases the most pleasing view of the great Himalayan Ranges and the serene peaks of Kanchenjunga. Apart from it being a nature blessed place it is also rich with pretty waterfalls and stunning rivers which offers visitors a plethora of water adventures.

Rumtek Monastery

This is one of the oldest and the biggest monasteries of Sikkim. It is also known by the name of “Dharma Chakra Centre”. It proudly flaunts its marvelous architecture and the teachings and culture of Buddhism.

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

This is another place of attraction located not very far from Rumtek Monastery. It is a treat for your eyes as the garden is covered with green and other various vibrant colors, of meadows and exotic rare species of plants and trees and orchids that hold high commercial value and medicinal as well.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

This institute, holding the largest collection of Tibetan preaching outside Tibet, was established in the year 1958. It is a centre to learn about Buddhist cultures and traditions.

Gurudongmar

Gurudongmar Lake also known as the Tso Lhsmo Lake is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world, located at a towering height of 17,800ft. A certain portion of the lake is blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and never freezes even in extreme weather during which period the rest of the lake remains frozen. So, the lake is considered holy and sacred.

Ravangla

This stunning beauty is located in the western parts of Sikkim. The place is surrounded by scenic beauty and homes number of wonderful places worth a visit. Its geographical terrain with thick forests and rocky rugged lands offer wide range of adventure opportunities as well.

Kanchendzonga National Park

This is one of the very few high altitude national parks in India. It is also known as a Biosphere reserve. It is blanketed by a verdant of vegetation including forests consisting of oaks, fir, birch, maple, willow etc. Many medicinal plants and herbs are also known to be found here.