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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Sikkim is the 22nd state of India with its capital at Gangtok. Set amidst the snow capped mountains of the Great Himalayas; this state is one of the fastest growing states in India and one of the major tourist destinations.
Gangtok is one of the popular hill stations. There are numerous places of tourist importance in the city. There are a couple of waterfalls. Among all of them, Bakthang and Ban Jakri falls are the most popular. The Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial temple is also an attractive tourist destination. In addition to these attractions, one can also visit the Botanical gardens which offer a collection of the unique flora and is found in the state.
To the south of the state, there are numerous such attractions. Borong, a picturesque village set among the snow-capped mountains is famous for its trekking trails. Adventure tourists can trek from Ravangla to Borong scaling almost all the hill tops along the way. Than, there is the Borong Ralong hot spring in the town of Ravangla also frequented by tourists. The Buddha Park, famous for its huge statue of Buddha was constructed to attract pilgrims.
Three hours drive from Gangtok towards the east will lead you to the Aritar Lake. For tourists wanting to spend a peaceful and calm day, few resorts are available in the area. Trekking facilities are also available making it an ideal place for adventure tourists.    
The unique wildlife found in the state makes Sikkim an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The Red Panda is unique to the state. The Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary is one such destination.
There are plenty of monasteries, the most important ones being the Dubdi, Enchey and the Gonjang Monasteries.
Sikkim is well connected to all parts of India by air and road. Tourists can travel up to Silliguri and than to Gangtok. Budget hotels are available all throughout the state. The best time for visit is from September to March.

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