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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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,…
Just a two minute walk away from Gangtok’s MG road, the Royal Plaza hotel is located in close proximity to most of Sikkim’s major attractions. The hotel which is a Sarovar property, provides all the benefits of a five-star hotel, and has the added attraction of having the first casino in a hotel. A word of advice, do try and avoid taking rooms on the second floor as it is located there, and can get a bit noisy during the night. The hotel also provides breathtaking views of the Changdu…
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