Sikkim situated in the Eastern Himalayan region with an area of 7,096 sq km and altitude ranging from 300m to 8,586m above sea level is a wonderland blessed with natural abundance from icy cold deserts, flowering alpine meadows, to lush green forests and emerald mountain lakes. The crowning glory of this wonderland is undoubtedly the magnificent Mt. Khangchendzonga (8,586m), the third highest mountain of the world. The mountain is not merely a physical entity but the abode of guardian deity whose benign watchfulness ensures peace and prosperity of the land.
The snow-capped mountain ranges, lush thick forests, plunging mountain valleys flush with rich flora and fauna, picture perfect villages, groves of rhododendrons, hot –springs, waterfalls, perennial streams and grand rivers Teesta and Rangit all contribute to shape Sikkim as a magical, mystical wonderland.
The phrase “Atithi Devo Bhava” finds its true meaning in Sikkim. Diverse rituals, songs, dances, traditional dresses, folklores and legends fill up the cultural canvas of the State. The chimes of bells in the temples and the flutter of prayer flags in the monasteries create a feeling of righteousness and healing of spirit and soul. Feel rejuvenated, energised and spirituality enlightened in this holy land.
Occupied by warm-hearted people offering some of the best hospitality and boasting of magnificent treks, snow activities and scenic views, Sikkim is truly a destination people fall in love with!
Summer lasts from April to June. The summery Sikkim weather is fragrant but moist. This is also the time for Sikkim's renowned International Flower Festival that displays close to 600 species of orchids and 240 varieties of other trees, ferns, shrubs and flowers. Monsoons start from July and last till September. It is highly recommended that you do not visit Sikkim during monsoons as the state is prone to landslides. By the end of August people celebrate the post monsoon ambience, the cat and dog weather again transforms into a tranquil and calm surrounding. With the advent of autumn, pristine and clear blue skies invite you to explore and experience the refreshing milieu of this North Eastern terrain. Sikkim receives uninterrupted and immeasurable snowfall in December that lasts till February. It is a haven as the mountain peaks and roads are enveloped with white sparkling snow.
Apr - Jun: Min: 24° C / Max: 40° C
Jul - Sep: Min: 21° C / Max: 32° C
Oct - Nov: Min: 15° C / Max: 20° C
Dec - Mar: Min: 10° C / Max: 24° C
With magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga peak, uniqueness and vibrancy in colours of culture and tradition infused into the stunning sceneries and just the right dash of subtle city life is one of the most popular tourist destinations..
in the area. The name meaning hilltop, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.
The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Communities of different hues intermingle freely in Sikkim to constitute a homogenous blend. Hindu Temples coexist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara. The predominant Communities are Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese.
Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which offers the tourist all possible amenities. MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out. The countrys first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg.
For a birds eye view of Gangtok take a ride on the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway.
Pelling, a beautiful petite town sited at a height of 6800ft was initially covered with wild thick forest which served as home to many indigenous wild animals. This ridge being situated in between two old Buddhist monasteries (Pemayangtse and Sangacholing)..
developed into a full-fledged village named Pelling. Located 10 km from Geyzing and 130 km from Gangtok, the main attraction of the place is the breathtaking sight of the Khangchendzonga and the neighbouring peaks.
Pelling also has sites for mountain biking, rock climbing, village tours, meditations, apart from serving as a base for a number of treks in the region. The scenic town of Pelling is a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
Famous as the "Valley of flowers", Yumthang Valley is a rare and exotic location with hot springs, rivers, yaks and lush green meadows. Situated at an elevation on 3564 metres, this stunning valley is a paradise for nature lovers..
lovers as it houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers (the state flower) blooming from late February to mid-June.
Yumthang Valley is closed to tourists between December and March due to the heavy snowfall in the region. A few hot springs are situated in Yumthang Valley, which is often visited by tourists as they are believed to have miraculous healing power. Apart from a cosmic green meadow, plush green forest abundant in Pine and silver fir trees fills the area. On your way towards Yumthang Valley, you can see gushing waterfalls and streams along with a splendid view of peaks with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa.