Nestled amidst the rocky mountains with lofty peaks, Sikkim has an irresistible charm that can hypnotize anyone who visits this small state in eastern India. This heavenly land is characterized by snow-cloaked mountain peaks, green valleys, garrulous rivers, terraced hills and exquisite floral wealth. The breathtaking Mt. Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks are a delight for the mountaineers and nature lovers. The spiritually inclined can visit the various monasteries that are built here. Some of the must watch tourist attractions in Sikkim are:
Deorali Orchid Sanctuary:
It is located near the Institute of Tibetology in the capital city of Gangtok and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Sikkim. This sanctuary is celebrated for the singular and extensive collection of orchids. You will find about 454 species of orchid depending on the seasons.
It is an impressive monastery built by Lhatsun Chempo, who happened to be one of the Lamas who performed the sanctification ceremony of the first Chogyal for the ‘ta-sang’ lamas (purest among the monks). It is made up of wood and the structure of the monastery looks marvelous along with Mt. Kanchenjunga providing a spectacular backdrop. The walls are adorned with conventional frescoes representing different themes of Tantrik Buddhism. It also houses an assortment of ancient rare Buddhist antique idols, carvings, scriptures and sculptures.
These ruins are also among the most sought-after tourist attractions in Sikkim and are known to be of immense archaeological importance. Rabdentse Ruins are not observable from the main road. These ruins used to be the dwelling place of the monarchs and at this place you will feel as if history has come alive.
The beauty of Pelling cannot be described in words and it is perched at a height of 6, 800 ft in the snow clad peaks of Himalayas. Besides its unmatched natural splendor; it is home to several attractions such as Sanga-Choeling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery and Khecheopalri Lake.
It is a captivating lagoon amidst the dense woods in West Sikkim and can be reached easily from Geyzing via Pemayangtse. This lake holds a lot of importance for both the Buddhists and the Hindus. Lots of pilgrims and tourists from various parts of India and the world drop in to catch a glimpse of this tranquil lake.
It is a consecrated town located in west Sikkim and especially recognized for its outstanding natural beauty. It one of the most interesting places to visit in Sikkim and is an ideal spot for trekking. The key highlights of this bewitching town are 'Phamrong' waterfall, Kartok Lake, Dubdi Monastery and Coronation Throne.
This hill is a famous landmark in south Sikkim and was a favorite spot of Buddhist Lamas, who spent years meditating here amidst scenic opulence. The top of this Hill commands magnificent vistas and is just the right place for spending peaceful time taking delight in the nature’s treasures.
Make certain that you have sufficient time in hand for exploring all the prime attractions on your tour to Sikkim as there are some more to visit that include Dubdi Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Namchi and Temi Tea Garden.
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