A land that speaks about eleven languages, a state placed amidst The Himalayas, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, and nestled at the foot of Kanchenjunga, Sikkim stands as a diverse and scenic paradox. Snow-capped peaks, green alpine forests, gurgling streams, tall Rhododendrons hues and sparkling orchids are all a perfect escape from your mundane urban life. The sight of Tibetan prayer flags wrapped around monasteries and windy hilltops rekindles you with the long lost peace of mind. The least populated state of India incorporated with the richest of cultures, rituals and heritage so well preserved till date has a sense of simplicity, other states have yet to achieve.
Hidden in obscurity is the hot spring located in Lachung near the Chumtang valley naturally occurring on one side of the road over a mountain. A hot spring to take a dip before going to Chumtang with freezing temperatures. It is also free for all to access.
What may come as a surprise to most, are the prayer flags draped all around Sikkim. These flags portray a sense of colour in the state. For centuries, they have been stationed outside homes or paths treaded by Buddhists. These prayer flags are said to expose people to positive vibrations along with bringing prosperity and cheerfulness in the society. The prayer flag of five colours, each denoting elements of the universe; Blue stands for space, red for fire, green for water, yellow for earth and white for air. The aim is to balance these all in an attempt to balance the harmony in the environment.
Forget easy commute and flexible transport availability when you reach Sikkim. No rail or bus facility is up there except taxis and cars for rent. Roads reaching to the north of Sikkim towards Lachung are almost non-existent and further up, you always have a good camel to ride on. BRO maintains most of the southern roads, so that’s a relief.
Tsomgo lake, a glacial one stands as one of the most attractive tourist spots in Sikkim vastly known for its beauty but little do we know about how this usually frozen lake holds stories of its own.
Maggie and Momos are found in abundance and are lifesavers for someone who cannot get stable food, low on budget or having taste issues. Other than that, people in the east eat simple and less spicy food. People who prefer a lot of flavor in their meals may have a bit of a problem, but there is always potato and a hot plate of momos. Also Thupka and Gyathuk, their native food is one to taste. Regardless, you will always find places that will serve you spicy or flavored food especially for the tourists.
Dominating ethnicities in the state are Nepalese, Bhutias and Lepchas. Other than that Temples coexist with Mosques, Monasteries and Churches. People in Sikkim are usually very content with what they have and are simple and humble. Engage with people if possible.
Lastly, as for the weather, it could not be more uncertain and unpredictable. It may rain anytime of the day. Its best for late risers as the sun comes up late and one is always accompanied by cool breezes and winds that are best suited for thoughts and feelings to breed.
Now these are the things you know about Sikkim.