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TRIP TO SIKKIM 

A former Kingdom and a fascinating Himalayan Jewel, Sikkim is situated in Eastern Himalayas spreading below Mount Kanchenjunga (8,534m), the third highest mountain in the world. Lying  between 27 to 28 degree North latitude and 88 to 89 degree East longitude, it is barely 7,096 sq. km in size yet has an elevation ranging from 224 m to 8,540 m above sea level in a distance of 110 km from North to South and 64 km from East to West. The state’s about 64 km width is squeezed between the mountainous kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal  to the east and west respectively. The high plateau of Tibet lies 40 km to the north and India’s state of Bengal to its south.

The various ethnic group has their own nomenclature for this enchanting land – the Nepalese call it Sukhim or new home, while Tibetans refer to  it as Denzong or the valley of rice and to the Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim, it is Nye-al-Ale or heaven.

Shrouded in heavy mist, the guardian deity Kanchenjunga protects the inhabitants of Sikkim. Omnipresent and mystical, Kanchenjunga finally yields to nature’s power and sheds its monsoon veil in  autumn. Sikkimese celebrate this re-awakening with great pomp and ceremony during the Pang Lhabsol festival. Locals belief that great god created, from beneath the slope of this sacred mountain, the original man and woman from whom all Sikkimese descended.

Sikkim is conveniently divided into four regions – east, west, north and south. The most populated area is the eastern part which includes the capital town of Gangtok, followed by southern and western districts and finally the sparsely populated northern area with its inhospitable climate and steep ridges.

TRIP TO DARJEELING

Perched at 2,134m directly opposite the massif of Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is fascinating hill stations, enticing many to its fairy tale environs. The town’s name said to be derived from “Dorji Ling” – abode of the Thunderbolt – originally a name attached to a monastery while in Sanskrit, this name believed to be emanated  from the word ‘Durjay Ling’ means ‘Shiva of invincible prowess, who rules the Himalayas’.

Bounded in the north by Sikkim and flanked by Bhutan on the East, Nepal on the West, Darjeeling offers the most awe-inspiring views. With an area of 1,200 sq. miles, the district is shaped like an irregular triangle, the southern region, the base, comprises the Terai, a marshy low-lying area at an average height of 300 ft above sea level; the apex is formed by the Phalut ridge where Nepal meets India. The Eastern frontier lies along the Rivers Teesta and Rangeet, beyond is Rishi-La and Bhutan.

This Old Gorkha Station of Darjeeling, fascinated Lloyd and Grant, British officers, in 1829 by and 1835 it became the British Sanatorium after the Maharaja of Sikkim gifted it to Governor-General Bentick. The town still retains an imperialistic touch and there are several places continuing with English names, echoing Darjeeling’s colonial past.

CULTURAL TOUR & TREKKING ITINERARIES  

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The Shangrila

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Sublime Lotus

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Discovering Sikkim

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The Enchanting Sights

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Nature’s Bounty

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The Himalayan Jewel

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Himalayan Splendour

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Kanchendzonga Trek

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