So far we have covered following states of the India in our remote trip – Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura , and Meghalaya. And now I’m in the Sikkim.
One of the least populous state of India and the land of highest peak in India and third highest peak on the earth, Kanchenjunga. More than 35% of land is covered by Khangchendzonga National Park. Today, Sikkim is multiethnic and multilingual state. It has 11 official languages including – Nepali, Sikkimes, Lepcha, Tamang, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar, and English. The predomiant religious are Hinduism and Buddhism. Economically Sikkim is depented on agriculture and tourism.
So let’s help Sikkim in its economy, being a tourist. This state is divided in four districts – North Sikkim, South Sikkim, East Sikkim, and West Sikkim so I’ll be detailing places here instead of district.
Pemayangtse Monastery – located around 140 km from the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok and it is one of the oldest monateries of Sikkim and you must visit this if you really want to get familiar with Sikkim and its lifestyle.
Khangchendzonga National Park – as I told you earlier, it covered prodominantly of Sikkim’s land. You should visit this if you are animal lover. Natha La Pass. Tsango Lake – Foreign nationals are not permitted to visit this lake without permission. Other places are – Himalayan Zoological Park, Rumtek Monsatery, Namchi, Khecheopalri Lake, Phodong Monastery, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang, Lachung, Lachen, Thangu Valley, Chopta Valley, Crow’s Lake, Cholamu Lake, and Trekking at Kanchendzonga.
Let’s celebrate the festivals of Sikkim.
Losoong – one of the most popular festivals of Sikkim. It is being celebrated as the New Year festival in Sikkim and also known as the Sonam Losoong. If you have planned yout trip in the end of the December then you should be a part a part of this amazing festival.
Maghe Sankranti – which is known as Makar Sankranti in rest of the India.
Saga Dawa – it is the day of full moon which is being celebrated in the end of the May or in the first week of June.
Losar Festival – So this is one of the most popular festivals in Sikkim. In the February month you can be a part of this festival and enjoy the different dance forms including – Guthor Cham, Lamas dance in the colourful traditional costumes.
A few more are – Dasain – which is known as Durga Pooja in the rest of the India, Tihar, Bahumchu at Tashiding, Phang Lhabshul, Tama Lochar, and flowers festival.
I think after enjoying a lot of festivals in Sikkim you got tired and feeling hungry like me, isn’t it?
So let’s swim in the food of Sikkim. Here we go.
As we are in Sikkim, here we gonna find food, some taste of Bhutan and Bangladesh where some of Tibet and India. Momos and Tupka are two items which you should try while your stay in Sikkim and a must try thing that is local beer, Chang.
This was all about my remote trip to Sikkim and sorry for delaying this due to my upcoming book.
I hope you enjoyed and learned new things. I’ll try my best to come with another state soon.
Have a great life ahead!