The word Sikkim is derived from the two words Limbu “Su” which means “new” and “Khyim” means “place” or “house”, so the word combinedly means new place or house.
Sikkim is located between the kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan, lies in the lap of Himalayas, embraced by Mount Khangchendzonga and surrounded by Bhutan to the east, Nepal to its west, Tibet (China) to the north and Indian mainland to its south. Tour to Sikkim mesmerize the tourists with its spectacular natural beauty like dense forests and bald tablelands, flower-bedecked meadows, shrubs and grasslands, mountain peaks, lush valleys, deep gorges and snow-clad peaks, emerald green wooden slopes and glistering glaciers, mountainous terrains, torrential streams and meandering rivers.
Tourist Attractions in Sikkim
Sikkim is very popular all over the world especially for its adventure tourism, eco-tourism, wildlife tourism, spiritual tourism, cultural tourism, heritage tourism, trek-tourism etc. that lure the tourist to explore the region in all seasons. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Sikkim tourism are Kabi Lungtsok which is a historical place; Singiek is famous for viewing the Mt. Khangchendzonga; Chungthang is famous for two passes Lachen and Lachung; Yumthang for nature lovers; Namtse for the snow capped mountains; Tendong Hill for lush green forests; Ravangla for nature trails; Maenam Hill for scenic view; Borong for beautiful landscape and Varsey for rhododendron sanctuary. Some other attractions of Sikkim are Flower Festival, White Hall, Ridge Garden, Do-Drul Chorten, Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling and Yuksom.
Monastery Tour in Sikkim
Monasteries of Sikkim are the perfect example of the Buddhist architecture rich in culture and heritage demonstrate the ancient Buddhist traditions. Sikkim offers more that 200 monasteries scattered in whole areas of Sikkim inspire the followers of all religions because of its appeal of spiritualism leading towards peace and harmony. Some of the famous monasteries of Sikkim are Pemayangtse Monastery 140 kms. from Gangtok; Rumtek Monastery 24 Kms. away from Gangtok; Enchey Monastery situated on a hill top in Gangtok; Phodang Monastery 28 kms. away from Gangtok; Tashiding Monastery in West Sikkim and Rhenock Monastery which is 63 kms. away from Gangtok etc. All these monasteries of Sikkim attracted the all those who are in search of internal peace through spiritual tourism.
Adventure Tourism of Sikkim
Sikkim adventure tourism gives an opportunity to explore remote, exotic and possibly hostile areas of Sikkim where the traveler seek unusual holidays entirely different from the typical beach India holidays. The adventure tourism of Sikkim is famous all over the world for mountaineering, trekking, river rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, yak safari and hang gliding with full of enchantment and tranquility. The famous spots of adventure tourism in Sikkim are as: Kanchendzonga is famous in the world for mountaineering; Pemayangtse, Yuksum, Dzongri, Zemathang, Tashiding, Yangang, Rabongla, Sang and Sikip are famous for Monastic trek, Rhododendron trek, Khangchendzonga trek, Coronation Trek etc.; Teesta and Rangit are famous for River Rafting and Kayaking; Dzongri is famous for Yak Safari; North Sikkim and West Sikkim are popular for Mountain biking and hang gliding.