Sikkim

The state is legendary for its peaceful nature and simplicity. Famous for Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world at 8586m, the mountain state of Sikkim offers tremendous variety of plant and wildlife besides a diverse ethnic mix of people with rich cultural tradition.

One of the smallest states in India, Sikkimese life is centered on Gangtok, the state capital.

Rising 300m above the Indian plains, Sikkim borders the edge of the Tibetan Plateau on its north and Nepal on its east. Although it was historically a Buddhist kingdom, the Hindus currently represent the majority. The state has close links with Tibet and it’s the home of over 250 monasteries of mostly the Nyingma-pa sect.
Sikkim is rich with wide variety of flora and fauna. More than 450 varieties of orchids, over 600 species of butterflies, 500 species of birds along with red pandas, snow leopards and other animals can be seen in the state. The largest collection can be seen at the Kanchenjunga National Park which covers an area of 850 square kilometers.

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