Sikkim is India’s least populated state.
It is also the cleanest state in the country. In the Limbu dialect, Sikkim means the ‘new palace’. It is the land where the mountains touch the heavens.
The Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalayas offer tropical rainforests to alpine vegetation. 35% of the state is covered by the Kanchenjunga National Park. The state is mostly covered by forests, 81% of the state is administered by the forest department.
Sikkim is also the best place for meditation and retreat in India. Several Buddhist monasteries such as the Rumtek monastery offer a serene and tranquil retreat, away from the bustle of the city.
Lachung Valley has breath-taking views of the Himalayas, tiny hamlets, sparkling streams and fruit orchards.
In June, one can witness the Saga Dawa Festival, the most sacred festival for Buddhists.
30 km away from Lachung is Yumthang Valley famous for the Zero Point. Tso Lhamo Lake are among high altitude lakes in Sikkim fed by the nearby Zemu Glacier.
There are many adventurous treks you can embark on around this glacier. The Nathu La is a mountain pass in Eastern Sikkim close to the Indo-China border. The Tsangpo Lake is a glacial lake nearby and the way to the Baba Mandir, a war memorial build to commemorate the fallen Indian army soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh. Momos, Thukpa, and Wontons make up a part of the Sikkimese cuisine, and is enjoyed by everyone in the country.
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