Sikkim Tour Packages – Reasons to Visit!

7gangtoksikkimSikkim- the land of mystique! One of the smallest states in India, Sikkim is a personification of the phrase ‘good things come in small packages’. Enveloped by the Himalayas, this state happens to be the ideal spot for all kinds of people.

Here are the reasons why Sikkim Tour Packages should be your next vacation destination.

1. Sikkim is a land of mountains that touch the heavens

These mountains form a part of the long range – the mighty Himalayas. the Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world, is situated in the state.

2. It is considered to be one of the best places for meditation

The most popular monastery visited by the tourists is Rumtek Monastery. This monastery incorporates a proper school to communicate knowledge and teachings if Tibetan Buddhist culture. The most unusual birds are also present inside the monastery complex. It also organizes various festivals, predominantly in the month of July.

3. The state has an enormous variety of flora and fauna

From tropical to the alpines, Sikkim’s botanical and zoological 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.

4. Sikkimese cuisine is popular all over India

Momos, Thukpa, and Wontons, anyone? They make up a part of the Sikkimese cuisine, and is enjoyed by everyone in the country.

5. It has been named India’s cleanest state

The state was given this title in 2012, and it aims to become a completely organic one by 2015. Things like plastic bags are completely banned here.

6. The state celebrates the International Flower Festival every year (March to May)

Sikkim has around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. The main displays in the flower show are orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs, etc. There are also seminars and lectures held. Sikkimese cuisine and Yaks are also major attractions during the time.

7. It is a land of adventure

Activities like trekking, river rafting, yak safaris and mountaineering always attract tourists.

8. It is the perfect place for admirers of nature

Water bodies like the Gurudongmar Lake and the Chhangu Lake are breathtaking. The Gurudongmar lake has a wonderful history attached to it, too.

9. The Tendong Lho Rum Faat Festival is celebrated with grandeur

Specific to Lepchas, this festival marks the celebration of Tendong Hill. As per Legend, the hill had risen like a horn during a great flood to save the Lepchas. Read more here.

10. Sikkim has been named one of the ‘top visiting regions’ in the world by a leading international travel publication

11. The state has 11 official languages

Nepali, Sikkimese, Lepcha, Tamang, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar and English.

12. And finally, the friendly people will melt your heart

The locals of Sikkim are shy, hospitable and very friendly. They’re sure to make you feel at home even when you’re far away from it.

So, what are you waiting for? I’ve already packed my bags. You too choose Sikkim Tour Packages and get ready to pack your bags!

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Best Time to Explore Sikkim Tourism

16299150_1167257296675889_4223649649963315660_nHailed as one of the world’s last utopias by legendary Buddhist guru Padmasambhava, Sikkim is arguably among the loveliest destinations in India. Bordered by China, Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim has long been regarded as one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las. The state was an independent kingdom up until 1975, when it was taken over by India following a period of anti-royal riots and political unrest.

However, it certainly is one of the most energetic and refreshing. There’s something very soothing to the soul about the mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture in Sikkim.

Sikkim Tourism is an ever enchanting state with its elegant natural beauty. The beautiful state observes the five seasons, winter, summer, spring, autumn and monsoon respectively. Summer season prevails from April to June and provides a fine time to enjoy the blooming rhododendrons and orchids that grow in the region. Summers are the ideal time to grab the opportunity for trekking too.

In the peak summers, temperature can be soaring in the valleys. The weather fluctuates with altitude and varies from tropical in the low valley to polar-like surroundings of everlasting snow and ice in the elevated areas. Sikkim is one of those rare states in India that receive regular snowfall. Owing to intense altitude, you can find tremendous discrepancy in climate and vegetation of Sikkim Tourism.

During monsoons, the rivers and roads become impassable. Sikkim is prone to land-slides, thus it is not recommended to visit the state during the monsoons. The monsoon season persists from July to September. Though you can get rooms at cheaper rates, a trip is not suggested. Once again, by the time August ends the flowers blossom.

With the arrival of autumn, the skies get clear and offer an invitation to come to the marvelous lands of Sikkim. From the months of September to December, the weather is perfectly fine to take pleasure in Sikkim. During winters (December end till February), it is extremely cold out there, receiving perpetual snowfalls. The roads and mountains get enveloped in snow. In Toto, the best time to visit Sikkim is during the months of March to June and from September to December.

Flowering Season in Sikkim

With the arrival of spring, heralds the beautiful flowering season in Sikkim. Hills and valleys are resplendent with flowers of beautiful colors, welcoming the sunshine and spirit of the spring season. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Orchids and other flowers decorating the state like ornaments, is one of the most mesmerizing sights one can ever see. Yumthang Valley is one of the best places to enjoy this spring bloom.

Festivals in Sikkim

By having a mixed population of Hindus and Buddhists, Sikkim Tourism boasts of several rich and colorful festivals that are celebrated with much exuberance.

Time to See Snow in Sikkim

Snowfall in Gangtok is a very rare and uncommon occurrence. However, places like Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, and Zero Point etc. witness heavy snowfall during winters. Therefore, winter is the best time to go to Sikkim if someone wants to see snow. However, the cold is really harsh during winter in Sikkim.

Now imagine spending your solitude amidst a serene place that is blessed with nature’s best…the rolling green hills, cascading streams and waterfalls, flower-strewn meadows and panoramic views. Get ready to enjoy Sikkim Tourism!