Capital Gangtok Official Language 11 Official Languages: Nepali (Main Official Language and majority speakers), Sikkimese, Lepcha, Tamang, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar and English
Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse. Sikkim is the fourth-highest-income Indian state / union territory by GSDP per capita. The popular cities are Gangtok, Mangon, Namchi, Gezing and Lungma.
What is scintillating?
Nested in the Himalayas, Sikkim offers nature that is unpolluted, undisturbed and in its pure form. Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, is located on Sikkim's border with Nepal. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination, owing to its culture, scenery and biodiversity. It also has the only open land border between India and China. Sikkim has the largest number of scenic and breath taking waterfalls surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, the climate is greatest feature of Sikkim and is pleasant all through the year and its one of the key factor that attracts tourists in millions. The Hot springs in Sikkim are known for its medicinal and therapeutic values.
Sikkim despite its low population has the highest literacy rate in India, there are a sizeable number of private and state run schools offering primary and secondary education, there are also good number of institutions and two major universities the University of Sikkim and the world renowned Sikkim Manipal University and the famous Northeastern Hill university offering engineering, science, arts, humanities, and management education, however students do migrate to other states for education from Sikkim.
- The taste of North East India – Sikkimese Food reflects the taste buds of North East India.
- Dal bhat - is a boiled rice and lentil soup with vegetable tarkari and chutney.
- Dhindo - Traditional Nepalese food of Sikkim.
- Gya thuk or Thukpa - is a noodle based soup with vegetables or meat.
- Momo - stuffing minced meat, vegetables or cheese in flour dough and then making them into dumplings.
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Some of the best destinations are:
- Lake Tsomgo-Lake and domestic yak
- Rumtek Monastery-Buddhist monastery in a serene setting
- Pemayangtse Monastery-Historic monastery with Buddhist art
- Khecheopalri Lake-Lake
The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups:
Communities of different hues intermingle freely in Sikkim to constitute a homogenous blend. Hindu Temples coexist with Buddhist Monasteries, Churches, Mosque and Gurudwara.
- Pakyong Airport - Sikkim