A land of immense natural beauty, Sikkim is the smallest among all the states of North East India. Infused with ancient history and Buddhist mysticism its mountains are the trekkers’ paradise and its mighty rivers provide some of the world’s wildest spots for white water rafting. Its trekking trails lead to hidden lakes and ancient monasteries. The drive up the Teesta Gorge to Gangtok is simply spectacular. Just a short distance away is the Rumtek Monastery.
There are many attractions in Sikkim; the journey itself is an enriching one, as after each turn on the winding roads, the scenery changes and the Himalaya presents itself with its many grandeurs. Sikkim is dotted with numerous Buddhist monasteries and people interested to learn more about the Buddhist traditions finds this place ideal.The 16th century Rumtek Monastery is one of the main attractions of Sikkim. There are many traditional festivals that are celebrated in Sikkim. One of the most intriguing dance forms is the Chaam. Lamas wearing colourful masks dances on the monastery compounds to drive away evil spirits. Losong (Jan/Feb) are the Sikkimese New Year. Saga Dawa is the holiest of Buddhist festivals. Drukpa Tseshi (August) celebrates the preaching of the Four Noble Truths by the Buddha. Pang Lhabsol (Aug/Sept) commemorates its guardian deity, Kangchendzonga.
Some of the more popular tourist sites in Sikkim are Gangtok, the capital city, a sprawling settlement with great Himalayan scenery; the Tsomgo Lake, a tranquil lake surrounded by frozen hillsides; A drive further uphill takes you to the Nathula Pass which gives you a bird’s eye view of the Indo-China frontier; Pelling in the western district of Sikkim is also a picture perfect destination and it offers a breathtaking view of the world’s 3rd highest peak of Mount Kanchenclzonga; Pemyangtse Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, located on a hilltop at a height of 6840 ft. There are many other monasteries such as Sangachoeling Monastery, Dabdi Monastery, Tashicling Monastery and soon.
The Kanchejunga Trek is one of the most popular in Sikkim. This trek in Sikkim is from Yoksarn to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La and has superb views of Mt Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tsokha. A further trek brings one to Dzongri, 4020 mtrs. From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thansing, 3930 mtrs. The final stop is at Samiti Lake.
We organise a diverse range of activities in the state of Sikkim. From leisurely sightseeing trips to thrilling rafting rides, trekking holidays in the Sikkim Himalayas to tours to Buddhist destinations. Our guides ensure that all the guests get to know the local culture and customs.
Places of interest and worth a visit are Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim which has the world’s largest treasure of invaluable Tibetian books & manuscripts; Himalayan Zoological Park, and various monasteries; Tsomgo Lake & Nathula Pass and Dzongri Wildlife Sanctuary are also places to visit.