The magical lure of Sikkim has always been attracting people all over the world. Its legendry mountains, landscape that defy imagination, all culminates into a masterpiece of the Creator. But you don't have to be the holy one to taste the beauty of Sikkim. Presently, Sikkim has thrown up its gates to every interested visitor. Browse below for all the necessary information, for both domestic tourist and foreigners.
Gangatok The capital of the state of Sikkim lies at an elevation of 1,780 m. It is a charming, laid-back town straddling a ridge with houses spilling down the hillside. It is a modern capital city with all vibes of city life has mingled with traditional style of living, to make this place a unique land.
Pelling A small dwelling in about 118km from Gangtok is gradually developing as an urban settlement, due to heavy tourist inflow. Situated at an elevation of 2061m from the sea level, Pelling offers a vista of snow capped mountains ranges of Eastern Himalaya.
Yuksom The first capital of the princely state of Sikkim , the first Chogyal of Sikkim was consecrated in Yuksom in 1641A.D by three learned Lamas and Norbugang Chorten bears its evidence, in the form of stone seat and foot print. Yuksom lies at a distance of 42km from Pelling and is the starting point of the trekking route to Dzongri and base camp of the Mt.Khanchenjunga begins.
Versey Its is famous for the Rhododendron Sanctuary and a beautiful 4km trekking route from Hilley, will take one to the land of “ Guras ” (rhododendron).From an altitude of 3000m the beauty of Himalaya can be experienced.
Lachung A small Bhutia village, lies at a distance of 115km from Gangtok. The village is spread on either side of river Lachung Chu. The place became a centre of activity with the discovery of Yumthung Valley . The land resting at an altitude of 2684metres is surrounded by hills and snow capped peaks from all side. The Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite to the state highway is the religious epi-centre of the village. A visit to the cottage industry will give you an insight into the local handicrafts.
Ravangla Is a quit village situated at the base of Menam Hill at an altitude of 2122m is Ravangla, is a transit point to various destinations in South and West Sikkim. It is a developing tourist spot and a transit point for the trekkers to Menam Hill and Borong. A trek down to the sacred cave “SHAR CHOK BEPHU”, one of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience. The Rolang Monastery built in 1768 AD is the centre of attraction of Ravangla. It is believed that the Ninth Karmapa, who was the incarnation of Lord Buddha, spread a handful of Paddy over the place as blessing, where this famous monastery was built.
Temi Tea Garden The only existing tea garden of the state of Sikkim is the producer of one of the best quality of tea. The garden has its own colonial story which relates its past which still reveals in its present.
Kalimpong is a small hill station between Siliguri and Gangtok.The road is one of the most scenic routes in this part of the nation. The swift flowing Teesta river runs by the side of the road adding to the beauty of the scenery. The name, Kalimpong, has three different origins. One, it means the place where the local tribesmen gathered to organize field sports, second, it takes it’s name from the Bhutanese king’s minister’s stronghold and thirdly, it is named after Kaulim, a fibrous plant found in abundance in this region. The town is 1250 m above sea level and offers excellent views of the Mt Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan peaks. The popular view points are Durpin Dara and Deoro Hill. Kalimpong has several monasteries and also a Kali temple. The Tibetan Monastery and curio center and Dr Graham's home are important tour stops.
West Bengal is a land of natural beauty, exquisite lyrical poetry and enthusiastic people.
Situated in the east of India, West Bengal is stretches from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the South. This state shares international boundaries with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Hence it is a strategically important place. The state is interlocked by the other states like Sikkim, Assam, Orissa and Bihar. Hooghly and its tributaries - Mayurakshi, Damodar, Kangsabati and the Rupnarayan, enrich the soils of Bengal. The northern districts of Bengal like Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Bihar (in the Himalayas ranges) are watered by the rivers Tista, Torsa, Jaldhaka and Ranjit. From the northern places (feet of Himalayas) to the tropical forests of Sunderbans, West Bengal is a land of incessant beauty.
Darjeeling with its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from liesurely scenic walks to more gruelling activities such as trekking and river rafting for the adventurous ones. Discover the many nuances of Darjeeling and get complete information on your travelling needs to Darjeeling and its resources online. Darjeeling - the name is derived from the Tibetian word 'Dorje' which means the precious stone or ecclesiastical sceptre, which is emblematic of the thunderbolt of Indra, and 'ling' - a place, hence the land of the thunderbolt. The sceptre of Indra is believed to have fallen at a place where now stands the Observatory Hill.
Silguri is the main commercial city of North Bengal and its importance comes from its strategic location near international and state borders. It is situated on the banks of the river Mahananda. Spread around the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, the town is an important transportation, trading and educational center.
Hooghly Situated in the north west of Kolkata along the River Hooghly, Hooghly was in prominence till Kolkata came into picture. It was a major trading point for the British, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish and also the Mughals. Surrounded by Howrah, Nadia, Bardhaman, Bankura and Midnapur, Hooghly still retains its old glory. It comprises a fertile, low-lying alluvial tract dotted with marshes and abandoned river channels and drained by the Rupnarayan and Damodar rivers.
KOLKATA - Located in northeast India, West Bengal is bounded in north by Sikkim and Bhutan, east by Bihar and northwest by Nepal. Calcutta is India's second largest city and the capital of West Bengal. The Capital of India till 1911 and till recently called Calcutta, the city is still one of India's commercial and cultural centers. It is a city with a great deal of charm - a city of strange paradoxes and one that leaves an indelible impression on the visitor. Total population of Calcutta is around 12 million, and the main language is Bengali.
Howrah (also spelled Haora) is the second largest city in the West Bengal state, with a population of over 1 million. It is kolkata’s (Calcutta) largest satellite city. Howrah is not a major tourist town but it does have a few attractions that can be part of a Kolkata (Calcutta) tour.