Sikkim

Sikkim

Sikkim is home to almost 200 monasteries or Gompas belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu sect. Some monasteries like the Dubdi monastery in west Sikkim is considered the oldest monastery having been built in 1705. It is also home to some exotic orchids. It is said Sikkim has more than 6000 species of orchids.

A former royal kingdom, Sikkim has had a turbulent past owing to incessant raids and annexation threats from nearby kingdoms. Sikkim’s Coronation Book describes Guru Tashi (descendants of the Mi-nyak House of Kham in Eastern Tibetas) as the first ruler of Sikkim. Yet, it was not before 1642 AD, when Sikkim got its first Chogyal (king) Phuntsog Namgyal (the fifth generation descendant of the Mi-nyak house), who consolidated the fragmented territories. This event was preordained by the Buddhist sage Rinpoche, who had come to the region to spread Buddhism.

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The Golden Crest Hotel Gangtok located in the heart of Gangtok, and set amidst the panoramic backdrop of mountains and lush greenery, is a haven for nature lovers. It is charming and friendly; the service is relaxed but efficient. The food is good considering they rustle up a sumptuous spread of Indian, Continental and of course a good choice of local fare. The interiors are lively and inviting with the use of bright colors. It is simple and quietly smart with a slight hint of traditional touch. Soft wooden-finish flooring…
When in Pelling, a pretty town in West Sikkim, perched at an altitude of 7,200 ft., what matters is where you stay the night. To experience ultimate Sikkimese hospitality that combines a touch of luxury and warmth, The Chumbi Mountain Retreat & Spa, a stunning propertyowned by filmmaker and hotelier Ugyen Chopel, is often a popular choice. The property takes pride in its mission to make every guests’ stay memorable. So, it will lay out the best service it possibly can – with an affable smile and enthusiasm. The resort…
Have you ever lived in a dream? Imagine plucking apples while you roam around in the orchard. The Apple Orchard is all about that and more. Run by owners who leave nothing to chance, the eleven deluxe rooms are an extension of the of the owners take on hospitality and style: everything is understatedly elegant and charming. And yet everything is real and original and close to nature. The retreat is in Lachen which is one of the most scenic villages in all of Sikkim. Located at an altitude of…
Tamarind Residency is constructed along the highway and overlooks a hillock. The greenery around is a delight for those who check in dreaming of serenity. The hotel has an expanse of a garden in front that’s dotted with perennial plants, and of course, seasonal flowers bloom through the year in and around the property. Refurbished with a new leash of energy and vibrancy, the 31-room property is modern in outlook and oozing with local warmth and guests are always assured that kind of hospitality. Guests can choose between super deluxe…
This charming resort is quite sought-after for all that it is and offers. It’s perched high above the sea level offering a view of snow-clad Kanchejunga range from a distance. There are 21 beautifully furnished rooms in different categories: Deluxe Rooms and elegant Suites. Each room carries the stamp of contemporary elegance and style beautifully combining the warmth of Sikkimese hospitality. The rooms are serene, quiet, clean and spacious. The bright décor enlivens the mood and guests love this special feel and make this their base when they are in…
It’s easy to understand why guests love to return to this abode again andagain. One of the most sought-after resort with excellent facilities and one that strictly adhers to a set of standard when it comes to service, Summit Sobralia Resort & Spa, scores on many counts. Known as a luxury Hotel situated at the 'top of the sky,’the five-storied structure offers spectacular views from every room. Located in Namchi, a fast-growing tourist spot and a pilgrimage centre in South Sikkim, this is it, when it comes to where to…
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