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beautiful hill state of Sikkim lies on the eatern tip of the Himalayas bordered
by Bhutan, Nepal an Tibet.
Sikkim is famous for Kanch-Endzonga, at 598 mtrs, which is third highest
mountain in the world. Being second smallest state in India, Sikkim covers
7,096 sq kms and measures 110 kms from north to south and 64 kms from east
to west. It encompasses the upper valley of Teesta river, a tributary of the
Brahmaputra. The watershed form the borders with Tibet and Nepal. Rangit and
Rangpo rivers form the border with West Bengal. Sikkim is separated from Nepal
in the west by the Singalila range while Donngkya range is the border to the
north & north-east.
Sikkim is broadly divided into four districts. The east district with capital
city of Gangtok is the hub of all administrative activity. The famous Rumtek
Monastery, the Dharma Chakra Centre and the seat of his Holliness Gyalwa Karmapa,
all are located here. Other places of interest include the Tsomgo Lake and
the Nathula Pass.
most beautiful district, the North District is an abundance of the natural splendour
and Alpine scenery. During spring time, the meadows are alive with exotic wild
flowers that cover the valley in charming hues. The hot springs and tribal customs
& culture here are very attractive.
The west district offers the ultimate in adventure. From white water rafting
on the foaming Teesta and Rangit, to trekking through thick Rhododendron forests-
the district offers it all. A breathtaking view of Mt Kanch-Endzonga can be
had from Pelling that has developed as a major tourist attraction. The sacred
lake of Khechiperi also lies close to Pelling. The Osuth District is home to
some of the oldest monasteries in the state. Adventure treks to Maenam and Tengdong
Hill originate from Rawangla. The region is also just-right for mountain biking
and nature watching.