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Sikkim Tourism: Into the Lost Kingdom

Sikkim is probably the most touristy of all the Northeastern states. It’s transition from a reclusive, landlocked Himalayan Kingdom to a tourist hotspot worth noting. Due to its sheer position, it provided the usual charm of the Himalayas and that itself is enough to attract people. Apart from that, Sikkim offers numerous other attractions including high altitude lakes, verdant alpine meadows, rhododendronlined treks, magical monasteries, and cultural delivery guys of the local communities.
Sikkim is sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan and historically connected to both. Nepalis and Bhutias inhabit Sikkim but the original inhabitants here are the Lepchas.

Sikkim Tourism Map

Sikkim Tourist Map
Sikkim Tourist Map
Sikkim has four districts, obviously named after four directions. Let us have a look at them to have a clearer picture of what they have to offer.

South Sikkim

South Sikkim is closest to the plains and low in altitude. It is famous for goes such as Namchi and Ravangla as well as the tea garden of Temi. If you look deeper, you can find many delightful rural escapes here.

East Sikkim

East Sikkim is centred around Gangtok, the capital. It is close to the frontier and attractions like Nathu La and Dzuluk were parts of ancient trade routes connecting India to China.

West Sikkim

West Sikkim cemeteries around Pelling is the hub of trekking. Apart from the value treks in the Kanchenjunga region, it also boasts of archaeological sites like Rabdentse and Yuksom.

North Sikkim

North Sikkim is the farthest, highest, and largest of the districts although a lot of areas of this frontier district are not accessible to civilians. Yumthang Valley is the most famous attraction here along with the iconic Gurudongmar Lake.

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