Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Also referred to as ‘ A window to the Himalayas’, Sikkim was its own mountain kingdom till 1975 and still retains a very distinctive personality. The meditative, mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism coexist with Hindu shrines of the ever-growing Nepali community, with both religions creating some astonishing latter-day megasculptures to adorn the skyline.

Culture

Hassle-free and warm-hearted, it's a state that's all too easy to fall in love with. The northeastern charm coupled with the majestic Himalayan snow makes Sikkim one of the most beautiful states in the country. Sikkim is endowed with excellent natural resources, gorgeous mountains, beautiful waterfalls and some stunning landscapes.

The ethnic people and natural beauty, along with the modern city life gives the city its unique character. The Nepalis called this state as 'Sukhim' or the New Place, the Bhutias called it as the 'Demazong' or the Valley of rice, and the Lepchas called it as the 'Nye-mae-el lang' or the abode of the Gods. Sikkim is indeed a wonderland and if you are someone whose aesthetic sense is superb, and the one who longs to spend a moment in the lap of Mother Nature then, Sikkim invites you with its clear skies and fresh air.

Cuisine

Sikkimese cuisine, although fresh and delicious, is not spicy. The food here gets its influence from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and follows pretty much the same pattern in its flavours, ingredients, styles and elements. It draws inspiration from all that's around and the numerous cultures and religions that it fosters. While staple items of the cuisine are Momos, Thukpa and a local beer called 'Chang', fermented foods are favourite given the natural conditions of the place. Add to it a dash of authentic and splendid soups, pickles and handful of meat and vegetable delicacies, and you get the colourful and tasteful cuisine of Sikkim.

Festivals

Sikkim is a northeastern state with an amalgamation of people thus you can witnesses a bundle of fairs and festivals every year. This place is rich in history and culture, most importantly they celebrate festivals with great zeal. Some of the major festivals celebrated here are- Losoong/ Namsong Festival, Losar Festival, Christmas and Durga Puja.

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