Sikkim: Switzerland of the East
Peacefully nestled in the Himalayan ranges, Sikkim Tourism is all about majestic Buddhist monasteries, picturesque lakes, rhododendron laden hills and panoramic vistas. It is believed that the term ‘Sikkim’ refers to the first palace built by Phuntsog Namgyal, the monarch of Sikkim. While, Denjong, the Tibetan name for Sikkim denotes the ‘Valley of Rice.’ The knowledge about the ancient history of Sikkim is quite limited, pertaining only to the existence of inhabitants called as ‘Lepchas.’ Later in the 18th century, the size of Sikkim reduced due to the Nepalese, Bhutanese and British invasions. Nevertheless, these conflicts and invasions have aided in the evolution of Sikkimese culture, people and language – adding to the interesting features of Sikkim Travel Guide.
There are several tourist attractions in Sikkim. For example, there are more than 200 Buddhist monasteries dotting Sikkim. Tashiding, Pemayangtse and Rumtek are the important monasteries. One can also visit other monasteries like Karma Kagyu, old Sanga-Choeling and Enchey Monastery. Those wishing to give their adrenaline level an adventurous pump; can explore the trek from Yuksom to Dzongri Peak. The latest adventure is definitely the Teesta River Rafting in Sikkim. And nothing provides a better peek into Sikkimese culture like the festivals and mask dances. Saga Dawa, Phang Lhabsol and Dasain are few important festivals of Sikkim. So do explore the majestic view, salubrious air and rejuvenating ambiance of Sikkim for once in your life.recommended tours