With its diversified terrain of snow-capped mountains to cascading waterfalls, this landlocked state of India is no less than the fictitious Pixie-Hollow (ref: the Disney fairies franchise ) where the fairies dwell.
Nestled in the lap of the colossal and mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga, the state of Sikkim tops the list of the vacationers- a picture perfect destination for the travelers with its stepped hamlets, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, varied flora and fauna, and definitely the rugged snowy terrain along the borderline. The people are also known for their hospitality; a little respect from your side and trust me, their hospitality quadruples.
The land of tinker fairies; the Tinker Nook- the busiest part of the State with all hustle and bustle and everyone busy working.
Being the capital city Gangtok is the most versatile location of Sikkim. Herefrom all the four districts can be easily availed. The border areas need permits for the visits. Mahatma Gandhi Marg is the most renowned point for a little stroll through the boulevard; the mall is having a number of benches so that the pedestrians can sit and enjoy the ambiance of the place. The ropeway is at the end of the mal road. The place is apt for buying souvenirs and warm clothes. However the best timing is the evening when the marg lit up by the lights of the surrounding buildings.
During a sudden downpour the natives seated on the benches in the M G Marg; so aristocratic in their traditional attire .
Besides the market place, Gangtok is also known for the cultural tribunes namely Rumtek Monastery, Ranka Monastery and Enchey Monastery. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is an old institute acting as the reminiscence of Tibetan culture. Banjhakri falls and Bakthang falls are the renowned waterfalls here. The former is a park exemplifying renewable energy resources. Sikkim Himalayan zoo is a must visit as it homes incredible species of flora and fauna. Other notable places include Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok and Tashi view point.
Ranka Monastery . Here the monks daily prepares the Buddhist mat depicting Shambhala/ Shangrila.
The land of the Water fairies; with the twining rivers of Rangeet and Teesta and considerably higher amount of rainfall
South Sikkim marks the entry to the State through Rangpo. It is marked by hilly hamlets of Singtam, Namchi and Ravangla. Singtam located on the banks of River Rangeet connects the district to the capital. Temi tea garden is located here in the southern district. Temi is worldly known for its aromatic organic tea product; the sprawling garden stretches on the hillside and the connecting roadway is a natural beauty. Given the visit is in correct season, the beauty of the valley is enhanced by the cherry blossoms.
Namchi and Ravangla together marks the spiritual trail of Sikkim. Namchi boasts of Char Dham Siddhesvara Temple where all four demi dhams are present with a centered statue of Lord Shiva.
The opposite hillock holds the shrine of Lord Padmashambhava on Samdruptse Hill. Ravangla nestled on the lap of Maenam Hill, similarly is a home to the statue of Lord Buddha or Tathagatha. Besides the statues, the southern region is a home to a number of old monasteries namely Rabong, Ralang, Bon and Tashiding. One can also trek Maenam Hill which has the base at Ravangla.
The land of Garden fairies; with the bunch of rhododendron sanctuaries. The district headquarter Gyalshing itself means 'The King's Garden'
The true destination for nature lovers with a number of gushing waterfalls amidst the lush greeneries. The tranquillity is broken only by the flowing streams or the frothing waterfalls. Pelling and Yuksom are the main attractions. Pelling is the home to the well-known falls like Kanchendzonga Falls, Phamrong Falls and Changey Falls while Yuksom is the basecamp to few celebrated treks like Dzongri and Goechala trek. Yuksom is also famous for the rhododendron sanctuary trek and so is Varsey and Uttarey. Since the western region shares borders with Nepal, it is quite obvious that the idyllic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga is the refreshing element herein. Rinchenpong and Kuluk are viilages offering such refreshments. Besides the natural allures, Pelling is famous for Rabdentse ruins, Peymangste Monastery and Singshore Bridge, Asia's second highest suspension bridge.
The combined sector of the Winterwoods and the Fast-flying fairies
The eastern region shares the border with China; Nathu La is one of the oldest trading border posts, the historical transaction link of silk trading between the two countries. The silk route covers some breathtakingly beautiful places like the twining and looping Zuluk,serene and pacific Gnathang Valley, culminating with riverside camping at Rishikhola and visit to Sillerygaon and Icchegaon. The East Sikkim also has mesmerising lakes- Tsomgo/Changu, Nathula lake, Kupup Lake and Aritar Lake. Aritar Lake is also famous for hosting the adventure activities during the Lampokhari festival.
Welcome to the Winterwoods- the land of Winter fairies. Less dwellings and yet marvellous terrains. Always save the best for last.
It is the largest district and the least populated region. Although the initial journey is through clouds and dense roadside forest, it would finally end up with the white rocky mountain peaks. Rough rugged terrains skirts the highway to one of the highest lake in India, Gurudongmar Lake at 17.300ft. The horizons are marked by snow-capped peaks, the pine-covered mountains are greenish white, yaks grazing the meadows enclosed by the high held mountains, the frozen waterfall; this is a kind of paradise that makes all the murk go away. However the snow would never fade away. One would never fail to utter- this is bliss. At places the mountains are like giants looking down upon us- they blurred the sky up ahead. The cold breeze would numb you out, yet the place would never fail mesmerizing you. Such is the beauty!
The places that would leave you speechless are Lachung valley, Yumthang Valley, Yumsamdeong, Lachen, Gurudongmar and Kala Patthar. At Kala Patthar, one could literally slide down the snowy slopes of the mountain.