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Sikkim is a state in northeastern India. It borders Tibet in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is also located close to India’s Siliguri Corridor near Bangladesh. Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates, as well as being a host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth. Sikkim’s capital and largest city are Gangtok. Almost 35% of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park.
The Kingdom of Sikkim was founded by the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century. It was ruled by a Buddhist priest-king known as the Chogyal. It became a princely state of British India in 1890. After 1947, Sikkim continued its protectorate status with the Republic of India. It enjoyed the highest literacy rate and per capita income among Himalayan states. In 1973, anti-royalist riots took place in front of the Chogyal’s palace. In 1975, the monarchy was deposed by the people. A referendum in 1975 led to Sikkim joining India as its 22nd state.
Modern Sikkim is a multiethnic and multilingual Indian state. The official languages of the state are English, Nepali, Sikkimese, and Lepcha. Additional official languages include Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Mukhia, Newari, Rai, Sherpa, and Tamang for the purpose of preservation of culture and tradition in the state. English is taught in schools and used in government documents. The predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Sikkim’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and tourism, and as of 2014, the state had the third-smallest GDP among Indian states, although it is also among the fastest-growing.
On arrival at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Station from there, you will meet and assist by our representative and now you will ready to drive Pelling (Alt 7175Ft / 2150M). Check-in at Hotel. In the evening explore local markets. Overnight stay at Pelling.
In the morning and walk to the ruins of the Chogyal King Palace at Rubduntse Ruins. Next local tour in Pelling with visits to Pemayangtse Monastery, Bentham valley, Tsangey Falls and Sinsore Bridge. Back to Hotel and free evening. Overnight at Pelling
After breakfast check out from Pelling and drive to Yuksom (Alt 5650Ft / 1700M) – the former capital of Sikkim. On the way visit Kunchenzungha Falls, Rimbi Water Falls, and Khecheopalri Lake. Arrival at Yuksom and check-in at Hotel.
Sightseeing Yuksom Half day Local tour – visit Kathok Lake and historical Norbugang Thorne. And also visit the small market and Lepcha Village in Yuksom. Free afternoon for personal activities. Overnight at Yuksom.
After breakfast at the hotel and drive to Rabangla (Alt 7075Ft / 2125M) – in South Sikkim. On the way visit Tashiding Monastery and Phamrong Falls. Check-in at Hotel
Sightseeing Ravangla to Temi Tea Garden and Sumdruptse Excursion ( 70kms in 5hrs) – Day excursion to Temi Tea Garden – the only tea garden in Sikkim, and Sumdruptse Statue – the largest statue of Lord Buddha.
Explore Rabangla village with visits to Rayong View Point, Ralang Monastery, Kheunpheling Carpet Centre, Rangit Water World. Back to Rabangla and free evening. Overnight at Rabangla.
After breakfast check out from Rabangla and drive back to NJP/Bagdogra. Farewell and tour end.