Sikkim is 2nd smallest state of India. Entire Sikkim is a mountainous region in the eastern Himalayas. Sikkim borders three countries, China in the north, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west. Sikkim is also the only fully organic state of India and have the least population. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is famous for its biodiversity with tropical, temperate, alpine and tundra vegetation. To the west is the great Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak which is surrounded by vast region by the Khanchendzonga National Park. Sikkim's capital is in east district and largest city is Gangtok which is also the most popular tourist destination. Gangtok is the capital and has multiple attractions including the only place in entire eastern India where you can play casino. Entire state of Sikkim is dotted with places of tourist interest. There are majestic high altitude destinations like Yumthang Valley & Gurudogmar Lake. Famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in the West district and home to unique Red Panda. East Sikkim is a unique tourism destination popularly called Silk Route which connects with the Chinese occupied Tibet. South Sikkim is also a very upcoming and popular destination with the only tea garden, the famous organic Temi Tea Garden. Sikkim is suitable for all tourism categories adventure tourism, honeymoon destination, family vacation, trekking destination, weekend destination.
Darjeeling is famous for its tea worldwide and its tea gardens, magnificent view of Kunchenjunga and the legacy of British Imperial legacy. The romanticism of the beauty of Darjeeling has been portrayed in multiple Hindi and Bengali films, songs and writings. Tea Gardens, orange orchards, some great bakeries and eateries and most importantly the toy train makes Darjeeling a must visit place. Darjeeling boasts of some iconic places of tourist interest like the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mahakal Mandir and the famous Ropeway. Chowrasta (referred to as the mall) is the most famous hangout destination for both locals as well as tourists, the Glenaries Cafeteria, the Keventers, Planters Club, the tea garden and Tenzing rock are places worth visiting in a Darjeeling package tour. In Darjeeling you should not miss the tour to Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom monastery. Kalimpong is also famous for its views and unique landscapes, nurseries and view of the Himalayan range.
Dooars region is referred to as the southern foothills of himalayan mountain region constituting the plains of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and the northern part of Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. These are the gateways to the mountain regions of Sikkim Darjeeling Kalimpong and the Kingdom of Bhutan. There are innumerable numbers of rivers and streams flowing from the Himalayas to this Rich alluvial flood plains. Teesta is the major river besides others like Jaldhaka, Murti, Torsa, Geesh, Leesh, Neora, Kalchini, Jayanti and numerous others. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve, Garumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Neora Valley National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Chilapata forests are located in this region. Number of species of animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, one horned rhinoceros, asiatic elephants, many type of deers, bison, rare birds species and reptiles are found in these jungles. The economy of the region depends upon the three Ts, timber, Tea and tourism.
Sikkim Tourism can be undertaken in multiple ways to enjoy the beauty of the region. A short tour of 3 night 4 days will cover the capital Gangtok, Changu Lake, Baba Mandir, Gangtok Local Sightseeing and stay at the picturesque capital city of Sikkim with walks on MG Marg is the minimum you can opt for. You can choose a little bit longer with 4 Night 5 Days with Lachung, Ravangla or Pelling added in to give a better coverage. However if you intend to cover the entire of Sikkim you at least need to make a tour of 8 Night 9 Days. This Sikkim tour package will cover the best tours of the state covering East, North and West Sikkim covering all places of Gangtok, Pelling and North Sikkim included.
If you are intendent for a nature based tourism then we would suggest you ignore Gangtok entirely and get a tour of East Sikkim or South Sikkim. A 4 Nights 5 Days tour of East Sikkim Tour package is quite able to serve your desire for high altitude Sikkim tour which will you can serve your desire to experience nature. East Sikkim has very unique geography which makes it very popular among tourists.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills are coverable with 2 days at each place. So Sikkim tour packages can be clubbed with both Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Or if you are short of time then you can take a 2 or 3 Nights Packages to Darjeeling. You can opt for 3 Night 4 Days Kalipong, Lava, Lolegaon Tour which covers the Neora Valley National Park.
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North Sikkim Tourism is best known for the high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and higher up for the barren landscapes. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are the popular tourist attractions. North Sikkim landscape matches that of Ladakh and often referred to Ladakh of East.
Silk Route Sikkim Tourism are referred to a trade route between China and other South Asian and other European nations. One of them is known as the Sikkim Old Silk Route. This route is a hilly Road connect Lhasa via the Jelep La Pass to India. This route is now are the parts eastern Sikkim and West Bengal.
South Sikkim is popular for idyllic scenic town of Ravangla, Temi- the only organic tea gardens, Namchi, Sandruptse, Tarey Bhir, Kitam Bird Sanctuary and many awesome attractions as well as some remote villages offering majestic view of mountains and valleys .
Pelling is in most itinerary of Sikkim Tour as there are some great local sightseeing places. Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a unique attraction drawing lots of visitors to see the orchid flowers during summer. Yuksom(trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp), Tashiding, Singshore Bridge & the only glass Sky Walk is here.