"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart", said Helen Keller. For Sikkim, this is a fact, because Sikkim is a feeling, a feeling of natural beauty.
Sikkim is a land-locked Indian state located in the Himalayan mountains. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this beautiful state of Sikkim is sandwiched between the kingdom of Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the East, Tibet in the North and the state of West Bengal in the South. With an area of 7,300 sq. km, measuring 115 km from north to south and 65 km, Sikkim is the second-smallest state of India.
The climate of Sikkim ranges from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the northern parts. Most of the inhabited regions of Sikkim, however, enjoy a temperate climate, with the temperatures seldom exceeding 28 °C (82°F) in summer or dropping below 0°C (32°F) in winter. The average annual temperature for most of Sikkim is around 18 °C (64°F). Sikkim is one of the few states in India to receive regular snowfall. The snow line is around 6000 meters (19,600 feet). Sikkim is approximately enclosed by the 27.2 deg. latitude and the 88 deg. longitude. The best time to visit Sikkim is between the months of April and June and between December and February.
The major tourist attraction of Sikkim is Gangtok. It is the capital and the largest city of Sikkim. There are plenty of other tourist spots also to visit in Sikkim. Some of them are --- Aritar, Rumtek, Changu Lake, NathuLa Pass, Pelling, Phodong, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, Dzongu, Buddha Park, Namchi, Enchey Monastery, Buddha Monastery, Ravangla, Saramsa or Ipecac Garden (Ranikhola), Rumtek Monastery, Ganesh and Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Tsomgo Lake, The Teesta River, Phodong Monastery, Gurudongmar lake and many such wonderful places.