Every traveler has a reason to travel.
Sikkim is an ideal place for a holiday trip as it has everything from a spellbinding view of Kanchenjunga to delicious cuisines.
Home to Kanchenjunga!!
Sikkim is also known as the only brother of seven sisters, is an amazing destination in West Bengal. This small but attractive state along with its different gems makes this state one of the most picturesque locations in the entire world. Dominated by 40% of forest area, Sikkim is the land of a variety of plants, animals, rivers, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. The lofty mountain peaks, pristine lakes, serene monasteries, and stunning trekking routes make Sikkim a perfect Holiday destination for you.
The name ‘Valley of Rice’ comes from-
Sikkim is being covered by a vast area of forest; it serves as a source for many crop productions, mainly famous for rice production.
The name of Sikkim is a combination of two words i.e. ‘Limbu’ (Su) means “new”, and ‘khyim’ which means “house”. The Tibetan name for Sikkim is Drenjong which means “valley of rice”.
Are there any facts behind the name of ‘Valley of Rice’?
Yes, there are some interesting reasons as well as facts about why Sikkim is called ‘Valley of Rice’-
Reasons to be called –
- It covers almost 7,096 sq.km of the total area.
- It has 4 districts.
- Sikkim harbors approx 610,577 populations.
- The climate, temperature & rate of rainfall are always favorable for the rice production.
- Sikkim is located at coordinates of-27.5330° N, 88.5122° E
- This beautiful state is situated at an elevation ranging from 280 meters in south at the border with West Bengal to 8,586 meters in northern peaks near Nepal and Tibet.
Facts lie behind it-
- After Independence, till 1974, Sikkim was recognized as an independent n On 16th May 1975, Sikkim officially became the State of India.
- Sikkim is the only place in India where most of the people have come from a neighbor country i.e. Nepal.
- During the time period from March to May, International Flower Festival is held in Sikkim. In this festival, varieties of flowers have been displayed to the visitors.
- Sikkim is popularly known as ‘Bird’s Paradise’. This state boasts over 552 different species of birds and about 690 species of butterflies
Q. What are the most fascinating places in Sikkim?
A. There are many beautiful places in Sikkim which will give you delightful experience such as Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Ravangla, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake etc.
Q. Is there any permit needed to visit Gurudongmar Lake?
A. Gurudongmar Lake is a restricted area and is located in the international border area. So, it is necessary to take the permission from the Tourism Department for visiting the Gurudongmar Lake.
Q. What is the best time for the trekking activity in Sikkim?
A. Rainy Season is must be avoided for the trekking activity. The ideal time period for trekking is between March-May and September- February.
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