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A holiday to Sikkim, the land of spectacular natural beauty, truly invigorates the soul. Snow-capped Himalayas, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows,  infinite variety of flora and fauna a vibrant culture and joyous festivals offers a holiday that is at once fascinating and challenging.

Sikkim shares its border with Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east, with the Tibetan plateau rising from its northern border. It was once a Himalayan monarchy and part of the fabled Silk Route to China. Its merger with India in 1975 has offered a window to the world to discover the treasures of this hidden land.

Sikkim has much to offer from popular home stays where one can get a first hand experience of rural Sikkim to endless possibilities for adventure sports from flamboyant festivals and ancient monasteries to all the amenities of the modern world. The State is naturally gifted having all sorts of destinations and circuits required for tourists.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

DARJEELING

Darjeeling, also fondly known as the ``Queen of hill stations`` is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Mahabharat Range orLesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft (2,045.2 m). It is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the major religious festivals of Dashain (Durga puja), Tihar (Diwali) and Christmas the diverse ethnic populace of the town celebrates several local festivals.

GANGTOK

The capital of Sikkim is a charming and picturesque town, straddling with striking houses spilling down the hillside. The city has a fusion of traditional customs and modern way of living which makes the place unique. It's a beautiful town with all modern amenities that one can ask for. Gangtok remained a small hamlet until the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center. A centre of Buddhist learning and culture. Ecotourism has emerged as an important economic activity in the region which includes trekking, mountaineering, river rafting and other nature oriented activities.

PELLING

The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.

KALIMPONG

Kalimpong, on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate, magnificent Himalayan beauty and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is important to Kalimpong: It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

NATHU LA

Nathu La is amountain pass in the Himalayas. At an altitude of 14200 ft, the pass is located on the Indo-China border and connects Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. The journey itself is an exhilarating experience, with mist covered peaks, zigzag roads and roaring waterfalls, the passage is simply amazing. Visitors are required to get a permit to visit the place.

MIRIK

Popular for its famous lake and lovely surroundings, this exotic place is perfect for romantic holidays for the newly weds.

DO-DRUL CHORTEN

Built by the head of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945, it has one of the most beautiful Stupas of Sikkim consisting of 108 prayer wheels. It stores various Mandala sets, a set of relics and some other religious possessions. Statues of Gurus are also present there.

THE RUMTEK MONASTERY

This magnificent monastery is among the top tourist attractions in Sikkim. It provides as a residence for the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The Monastery features some of the extraordinary works of art. The Golden Stupa is the most significant segment of the monastery.

SIKKIM RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY

It is a nationally well known centre of Tibetan Studies & Research. The institute is renowned for its huge collection of rare manuscripts, Buddhist books and icons. The building is an excellent example of Tibetan architecture, surrounded by small forests of oak and birch trees. The institute also houses religious works of art and amazing silk embroidered paintings.

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