In a state where the most difficult terrains have been tamed and homestays are as common as rhododendron flowers in spring, can one still find places that can be termed offbeat and experiences that are handpicked? Come and find out.
What you need to know about Sikkim
A state which consists of as many as 11 official languages, became a part of the Republic of Independent India in 1975. Being a multi-ethnic and multilingual state Nepali, Sikkimese, Lepcha, Tamang, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Magar, Sunwar and English are the official languages of this state. The most popular tourist destination of Northeast India –Sikkim the first state to turn completely organic in 2015. Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income for the state’s economy.
Whether you are spiritual or nature and wildlife lover, this tiny state has a lot to offer you. This mini-state has approximately 533 species of birds including some endangered ones. Thus, it is a treat for all bird watchers out there. It is also home to 690 species of different colours of butterflies. Besides having 35 different categories of Rhododendrons, it even has 600 various orchids, 240 types of ferns and trees.
Sikkim stands as a true example of a religiously tolerant state, where you can find around 200 monasteries, churches, temples, gurudwaras and mosques. It is the only Indian state where all four schools of Buddhism exist together – Nyingma, Gelug, Sakya and Kagyu.