Sikkim, nestling in the Himalayan Mountains, is known for its Beauty and Mountainous terrain. Sikkim is a Northeastern state of India. Almost the entire state is hilly. The Himalayan Mountains surround the northern, eastern and western borders of Sikkim. The Lower Himalayas, lying in the southern reaches of the state, are the most densely populated. The state has 28 mountain peaks out of which Kangchenjunga is the world’s third highest peak.
Three ethnic communities- Bhutias, Lepchas and the Nepalese intermingling lives in harmony throughout the culture and environment rich Sikkim. Culturally & environmentally rich Sikkim offers varieties of ethnic faces in their own costumes, traditions and cultures.
People are both Hindus and Buddhist with some population of neo Christians. Mountains and lakes are worshipped by the large section of the population.
The state has five seasons namely winter, summer, spring, autumn, and a monsoon season between June and September. Sikkim's climate ranges from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the north. Sikkim is one of the few states in India to receive regular snowfall.
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Silk route is historically famous route from Tibet to India, an ancient network of trade routes which also connects China to India. The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade
This route passed through Lhasa and Nathu La and Jelep La Pass and finally reached the port of Tamralipta (present Tamluk in West Bengal) from where it took to the sea and reached far east.
This Ancient Silk Route is expected to have been discovered by traders as early as First Century AD.
From top, the route in zig zag form is very fascinating. Its beauty can't be described.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim also means “hill top”. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). The town's population of 100,000 belongs to different ethnicities such as Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutia. Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry.
A popular food in Gangtok is the momo a steamed dumpling containing pork, beef and vegetables cooked in a doughy wrapping and served with watery soup.
Residents of Sikkim are music lovers and it is common to hear Western rock music being played in homes and restaurants. Hindi pop songs are also common. Indigenous Nepali rock, music suffused with a western rock beat and Nepali lyrics, is particularly popular.
Gurudongmar Lake is also known as known as Tso Lhsmo Lake. This lake is located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). The Lake remains frozen during the winters small parts of its never freezes. These certain part is blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. It is believed that the Guru, in order to provide drinking water to the local people during winter when the lake freezes, placed his hands on a part of the lake, which miraculously stopped freezing during winter, thereby facilitating in provision of drinking water to the locals. The water is considered holy by the devotees.
The Lake is situated about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the south of the Chinese border. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. It is 190 kilometres (120 mi) away from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim.
Indian tourists are allowed to visit the lake but foreigners need to get a special permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi.
Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world, and lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India. Mount Kangchenjunga lies about 125 km (78 mi) east-south-east of Mount Everest. It is the second highest mountain of the Himalayas.
Some of the most famous views of Kangchenjunga are from the hill station of Darjeeling and Antu Dada of Ilam, Nepal. The people of Sikkim revere Kangchenjunga as a sacred mountain. Permission to climb the mountain from the Indian side is rarely given.
The area around Kangchenjunga is said to be home to a mountain deity, called Dzö-nga or "Kangchenjunga Demon", a type of yeti or rakshasa. For generations, there have been legends recounted by the inhabitants of the areas surrounding Mount Kanchenjunga, both in Sikkim and in Nepal, that there is a valley of immortality hidden on its slopes.