Small but beautiful. Sikkim is situated in the eastern Himalayas . Spread below
the Mount Khanchendzonga (8534 mts), the third highest mountain in the world,
and revered by the Sikkimese as their protective deity. With an area of 7,300
sq kms and measuring approx. 114 kms from the north to south and 64 kms from
east to west, the elevation ranges from 300 mts to over 8540 mts above sea level.
Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers,
hills, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience. Within a matter
of hours one can move from the sub tropical heat of the lower valleys to the
cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach up to the area of perpetual snow
Sikkim is the 22nd state of India came into existence with effect from 26th
April, 1975. Sikkim has been divided into four districts and each district has
further been bifurcated into two sub-divisions for administrative purpose. Sikkim
state being a part of inner mountain ranges of Himalayas, is hilly having varied
elevation ranging from 300 to 8540 meters. But the habitable areas are only
up to the altitude of 2100 mtrs. Constituting only 20% of the total area of
the state. The highest portion of sikkim lies in its north west direction.
A large number of mountains having altitudes of about seven thousand meters
stands here with - Kanchenjunga (8598 m.), The third highest peak in the world.
The high serrated, snow capped spurs and peaks of Kanchenjunga look attractive
consisting of Kumbha Karna (7711 m.), Pendem (6706 m.), Narsingh (5825 m.),
Kabru Dome (6545 m.), etc.
A number of glaciers descends from eastern slopes of Kanchenjunga into Sikkim
where snow clad line is found above 5300 mtrs. The biggest of them is Zemu,
from whose snout above Lachen monastery rises the river Teesta. Teesta is the
main river and its main tributaries are Zemu, Lachung, Rangyong, Dikchu, Rongli,
Rangpo and Rangit which form the main channel of drainage from the north to
the south. It boasts of the great mount Kanchendzonga as its crown.
Ethically Sikkim has mainly three groups of people viz. Nepalis, Bhutias, Lepchas.
The local language is Nepali. English is the official language. This jewel-
like mountain state of ethereal beauty with an area of 7299 sq. kms , nestles
in the heart of Himalayas. Cradled in the manifold splendors of nature deep
within the snow clad Himalayas is Sikkim's capital Gangtok.
Wrapped in mists and clouds. A garden state with an incredible variety of orchids,
rhododendrons, gladioli and a host of other flowers. Rustling, tumbling streams
and torrents. Mountain monasteries and quaint shopping plazas. This is Sikkim.
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