Asia in general and India in particular are likely to remain the cynosures for eternity. To relish each and every moment in life, one has to truly visit and appreciate the scenic beauties of India. Sikkim, the least populous state of India is known for its breathtaking ‘must visit’ places. The vertical terrain of Sikkim may make your journey a tad difficult, but believe me, you are going to cherish the scenic beauties. Here is a list comprising 3 ‘must visit’ places:

  1. Gangtok:

Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. Located in the eastern Himalayan range, Gangtok is regarded as the India’s 22nd state capital. If you wish to enjoy your summer and spring holidays to the hilt, Gangtok is your best bet. There is something more than it meets eye- Hospitality industry is the largest industry in Gangtok. Have you ever tickled your grey cells to scout out the main economic activity in this region? Well, it is undoubtedly ‘Eco-tourism.’ Armed with great environment and exquisite scenery, this city is indeed a treat to watch. Delving further into the details, an international airport is under construction and it’s scheduled to be opened in 2016.

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  1. Pelling:

Located at a distance of 115 km west of the state capital of Sikkim, Pelling is a must visit place for trekkers. The alpine vegetation and the presence of numerous waterfalls make it all the more elegant. To have a jaw-dropping view of Mount Khangchendzonga, the world’s third highest mountain, Pelling is your best vantage point. In addition, monasteries add sheen to this glittering location.

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  1. Ravangla:

The manifestation of Buddha as a 130 foot golden statue make Ravangla a charming and a picturesque tourist attraction. It is a home to more than 100 monks. Time permitting, to all intents and purposes, one may visit this vibrant place for Temi Tea garden, the only tea garden in Sikkim.

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  1. Nathula:

Do you want to experience the unusual delight of seeing the military exercises of Chinese soldiers on the other side? If the answer to this question is in the affirmative, then Nathula is the place to be visited. As the history books and newspaper records rightly mention, Nathula was indeed a major passageway on the Old Silk Route that ran between India and Tibet. Due to a few political and social issues, to all intents and purposes, Nathula was closed in the year 1962. It takes around 3 hours to reach Nathula from Gangtok.  Nathula lies to the east of Gangtok. Indians are allowed to travel on the following four days of a week – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This place is also famous for a lake called Changu Lake. Otherwise known popularly as Tsomgo Lake, Changu Lake lies just 27 kilometers or 17 miles short of Nathula.

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  1. Sanctuaries:

If you just want a beautiful place that allows you to transcend the horizons of human imagination and appreciate the beautiful flora and fauna, then a visit to the sanctuaries of Sikkim is an absolute must. These sanctuaries are home to over 400 species of butterflies and 450 species of birds. In addition, they are home to 450 variants of orchids. To name a few renowned sanctuaries, Varsey Rhododendron sanctuary, Maenam wildlife sanctuary, Shingba rhododendron sanctuary, Deorali orchid sanctuary, Fambong lho wildlife sanctuary etc. are all must visit sanctuaries. In addition to the above mentioned sanctuaries, there is an alpine sanctuary called Kyongnosla alpine sanctuary located to the east of Gangtok.

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To comprehend the essence of life and appreciate the beauty of mother Earth, one must visit Sikkim. Known for its exotic places and fabulous landscapes, Sikkim boasts of its unparalleled dramatic scenery and alpine meadows.  As the saying goes, “Vitality and beauty are gifts of nature for those who live according to its laws”, vitality and beauty are found in abundance in Sikkim. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags with no second thought. Bon Voyage!

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