Orchids in all shapes and colours, terraced fields, snow-covered mountain giants and friendly people. This and much more is definitely worth a trip to Sikkim.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and was built spectacularly on a slope. Must sees are the Enchey Monastery, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the Lal Bazar and its parks. Rumtek is not far from it. The largest monastery in the country is home to His Holiness the Karmapa – one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism.
Yuksom is the first capital of the former Kingdom and today an important starting point for trekking tours and expeditions to the base camp of the Khanchenjunga. Pemayangtse Monastery is located near the city of Pelling and is one of the largest monasteries in the country, along with Rumtek.
Darjeeling is not only the capital of tea, but also home to the Himalayan Institute for Mountaineering and a really good zoo by Indian standards. The monastery of Ghoom is worth a visit and the ride on the toy train from British times brings a bit of variety.
Kalimpong: The city has a lot of flair for me personally. Architecturally, it is an exciting city. It also has many Buddhist temples and beautiful hotels with colonial history to offer.