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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It’s a pretty two-storyed house standing out with its green roof. Perched right on a stunning viewpoint overlooking the town, Rhencok Villa is for those who love the warmth and intimacy of a home away from home. The owner, Ravi Pradhan has left no stone unturned to ensure guests have more than just a good time. Along with his staff they make even the impossible possible urging visitors to return again and again. From organizing passes for visitors, to see the I-league football matches, to personally providing his car and…
Nestled within the heart of Gangtok, right in the middle of the popular MG road market, The Oriental, along with its ever smiling manager, provides service and great value for money. Being in the heart of the bustling main road is an advantage for this charming boutique hotel, which manages to provide serenity along with great views of the Kanchenjunga. A tip here: Visitors staying in Gangtok are well advised to book a hotel on the main market road itself, as a hotel even a short distance away will require…
This is one of the oldest hotels in Sikkim that first opened way back in 1997. Today, it continues to draw the same attention and traffic for its unwavering warm hospitality. Located above the market area of Gangtok, Chumbi Residency is well known for offering breath-taking views of the beautiful peaks of the Kanchenjunga. A thing to note: do opt for the rooms on the higher floors to get the best views but do bear in mind that the hotel does not have elevators, which can be a problem as…
Built by the then King of Sikkim in 1932, Hotel Nor-Khill, which literally means ‘jewels’ is one of the best known luxury and boutique hotels in Sikkim. The hotel now run by the Elgin group, which own hotels properties all over the state and in West Bengal, has played host to a number of famous personalities from all over the world such as actors Michael Douglas and Shirley Maclaine, the Dalai Lama and famous author and India expert: Mark Tully. The high point of the hotel is the traditional Sikkimese…
Situated at 5,500 feet above sea level and located 2.5 kilometres from Gangtok, Hotel Ricasa is an ideal place where guests can enjoy the natural beauty of Sikkim. The hotel lies between Tashi viewpoint which is a gorgeous sunrise point that provides a hypnotic view of Mount Khang-Chen-D-Zongha and the spectacular Bakthang water falls, a haven for nature lovers. Guests should bear in mind though that the hotel is little far from the main market hence should either make plans to enjoy the natural scenery here or pre-arrange for local…
Literally perched 4,500 ft. above sea level, the Hidden Forest Retreat is a paradise for honeymooners and those who want to escape the stress and strain of life. Conveniently, it is just two kilometers away from the main shopping area which offers many local produce. Guests who opt to stay here should ask for rooms that face the dining area, as they provide breathtaking views of the valley. One of highlights of the retreat is its pretty garden that’s teeming with blooming orchids, lilies, azaleas and other flora and fauna,…
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