Orchids in all shapes and sizes, plantations arranged in a terraced matter, snow-clad Himalayan ranges and friendly people – this and much more make a journey to this destination worth it in any case.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and was spectacularly built onto a hillside. A must-see are: Enchey monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Lal Bazar and its parks. Not far from Gangtok lies Rumtek, the largest monastery of the state and the seat of His Holiness the Karmapa – one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism.
Yuksom was the first capital of the former kingdom and today is used as an important starting point for trekking tours and expeditions to the base camp of Khanchendzonga. The monastery of Pemayangtse is located near the city of Pelling and is one of the largest monastery sites of Sikkim – next to Rumtek.
Darjeeling is not only the world’s capital of tea, but home of the Himalayan Institute for Mountaineering and a very well-managed zoo (compared to other Indian zoos). Ghoom monastery is always worth a visit and the joyride on board the old British Toy Train brings exactly that: joy and some diversion.
Kalimpong: For us, personally, this city has a lot of flair, it has exciting architecture, many Buddhist temples and beautiful hotels that provide living history and bring you back to colonial times.