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Sikkim Cultural Tours (CTVII)

Introduction


High up in the Himalayan mountains is an enchanting destination called Sikkim. The landscape is surprising with tall mountains, alpine meadows, glaciers and amazing flora. Sikkim is home to some of the most exotic animals and birds in India. With the best treks the State offers unique experience to the hiker in the lofty Himalayan heights.

The monasteries are the main attractions in Sikkim towns and are architecturally different from edifices in the rest of India. The State is a diverse agglomeration of people and contains powerful and impressive cultural traits. The distinct impact of Buddhism in synergy with Hinduism is visible here. The white capped rugged snow covered mountain peak Khangchendzonga is in Sikkim.


Gangtok


The Capital City of Sikkim on River Teesta is entrenched between urbanity, dense forests, steep valleys and white snow capped mountains of Himalayas. The city is the stepping stone for tourism in Sikkim and hence the economy depends much upon it. It is located at a height 1650 MSL in the Eastern Himalayas. Apart from trekking sightseeing at monasteries, temples and stupas is a popular activity for tourists.

Pelling


Pelling at the height of 2150 MSL is the base for trekkers in Sikkim. Apart from monasteries other attractions are the sightseeing points. The highlight is the double pronged Kanhchenjunga falls and the Pemayangtse Monastery.

Yuksom


It is the base camp for trekking at Khangchendzonga Mountain and the National Park. For the Buddhist Yuksom has special cultural and religious significance. Ecotourism and mountaineering is the main activity for tourists in this destination.

Kalimpong – West Bengal


A hill station in West Bengal, Kalimpong is most popular with the tourists. The destination is a eco-region with abundant floral and faunal wealth. It is home to Neora Valley National Park it is home to tigers and other exotic animals. Kalimpong offer some of the most breathtaking sights of the Himalayas in India.

Darjeeling – West Bengal


Famous for the Darjeeling Tea which is cultivated in numerous gardens in this hill township the destination is a tourist's hotspot. Another landmark is the toy train which plies from New Jalpiguri to Darjeeling. As a hill station the resort has much to offer for sightseeing and holidaying in Eastern India.


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