The State of Sikkim is the second smallest state in size existing in the Himalayan part of the country. The State is bordered by China to the North, Bhutan to its East, Nepal to its West and The state of West Bengal in the South. The state is considered the least populous state in India. It was ranked as the Cleanest state of India in the year 2012. The state officials are on their path of going completely organic. Just like the size of the state, the family are also small in size and are polite, sweet and happily welcoming.
These being the general facts and introduction to the state, lets know the specialty and beauty of the state it is known for or the reasons to visit.
1. The state being the part of the Himalayan region of the country, shares the beauty of Himalayas in itself. With greenery surrounding everywhere you turn, it gives you a pleasant feel of calmness in your heart. The Sunrises are one to die for. The state also owns the third highest mountain peaks of the world, Kanchenjunga.
2. The State is known for its Flora and Fauna, though small in size it is diverse in it giving. Sikkim’s botanical richness is awe-inspiring, boasting of more than 4000 species of plants and 30% of all the birds found in the Indian Sub-continent. The state animal is the Red Panda. 81% of the state comes under the administration of the forest department. Sikkim celebrates the International Flower festival every year between March to May. The main displays in the flower show are Orchids, Gladioli, Roses, Cacti, Alpine Plants, Creepers, Climbers, Ferns, Herbs and many more.
3. The State as we mentioned before is Diverse in giving, on one hand it provides the extensive landscapes and greenery for nature lovers while on the other it also provides various treks and other daring sports & experiences for the Daredevil Souls. Some of the Adventurous and fun activities to try your hands on are– Trekking, River Rafting, Para Gliding, Yak Safari, Hang Gliding and Mountain Biking.
4. After Nature Lovers, Adventurous Souls comes the Peace seekers, with Buddhism being one of the predominant religions of the state, peacefulness and happiness is infused the winds of the region. The Tibetan Monasteries are welcoming and impart knowledge and teaching pf Tibetan Buddhist Culture. The Rumtek Monastery is the one of the most popularly visited by tourists.
5. Like its Himlayan companions, Sikkim is known for its Cuisine with Noodle based dishes such as Thukpa, Chowmein, Momos- steamed Dumplings and Wontons. The state offers a part of all its border neighbors like Nepalses, Tibetan Cuisine.
6. The state is so accepting as it celebrates all Hindu festivals including Diwali & Dussera. Losar festival that is the Tibetan New Year is also very enthusiastically celebrated with offices and educational institutes staying shut for a good whole week. The Tendong Lho rum Faat Festival–Specific to Lepchas, this festival marks the celebration of Tendong Hill. As per legend, the hill had risen as a Horn-during a great flood to save the Lepchas. Sikkimese Muslims also celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr and Muharram.
7. The State comprises of Eleven Official languages, which includes– Nepali, Sikkimese, Lepcha, Limbu, Tamang, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar and English.
8. The Culture and traditional Heritage of Sikkim is very rich and reflects in the simplicity and history of the state. The People are of Sikkim are Shy, Hospitable and very Friendly. They will surely make you have a Home away from Home moments.