One of India's “Seven Sisters”, which together constitute India's North-East, Sikkim is a small, extraordinary state blessed with nature's bounty. Sikkim's effortless beauty is characterized by its serene, mountainous terrain, and cheerful and hospitable locals. However, Sikkim’s mixed race confused me the most. There are the Lepchas, the Bhutanese, the Nepalese, the Tibetans and many smaller groups.
Sikkim is divided into four districts - North, East, West, South. While South Sikkim is a heaven for peace lovers, the western part of Sikkim is for thrill seekers. Rafting and kayaking on River Teesta draws people from far and wide to this small region. The places I visited in Sikkim include Namchi, Jorethang, Geyzing, Pemayangtse, Pelling, Yuksom (Kanchenjunga), Ravangla, Rumtek, Gangtok, Chungthang, Yumthang, Gangtok, NathuLa
Apart from beauty and adventure, Sikkim is a virtual smorgasbord of remarkable dishes and is known for its unique, locally produced wines, beers and spirits. While bars in the city stock beer brands like Hit and Dansberg, in the countryside one can savor brands like Roxy.
The starting point of my trip was Bagdogra and then a charming 4-hour journey to Darjeeling through tea plantations and tiny villages. For those of you who only wish to trek, you have to option of starting your trek from Darjeeling itself. In the following trip, I'll take you through my experience in Sikkim.