(Last Updated on : 07/04/2015)
Hill Stations in Sikkim
concentrates with the cloud capped sites, full moon light, snowfall, and the wintry breezes. Some of the hill stations in Sikkim are Gangtok
, Gyalshing, Lachung
, Rangpo, Yuksom
and many other hilly stations.
Gangtok is a municipality in Sikkim. Gangtok is the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is also the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 meters. Gangtok has the population of 100,000 belonging to different ethnicities such as Nepali, Lepchas
and Bhutia. It is nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya Mountain Range.
Gyalshing or Geyzing is the capital of the district of West Sikkim in Sikkim. The town is connected to the capital Gangtok by a metalled road. Geyzing is also connected to the West Bengal
towns of Darjeeling
with Jorethang. A few kilometres north is the town of Pelling. The town has a large Nepali population, and the Nepali language is the predominant language of the region. Gyalshing is situated at an altitude of about 6,500 feet.
Gyalshing enjoys a temperate climate for most of the year and snow sometimes falls in the vicinity.
Lachung is a town in northeast Sikkim. It is located in the North Sikkim district and is near the border with Tibet. Lachung is at an elevation of about 9,600 ft or 3,000 m and at the confluence of the Lachen River and Lachung Rivers, tributaries of the River Teesta.
Namchi is the capital of the South Sikkim district in Sikkim. The appellation Namchi means Sky (Nam) High (Chi) in Bhutia. Namchi is fast becoming a major tourist spot and pilgrimage centre. The Namchi monastery, Ralong monastery and Tendong Hill are important Buddhist pilgrimage centres. The world's largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling well) opposite Namchi. It was completed in February 2004.
Pelling is a town in the district of West Sikkim District. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m. The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up. The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim.
Rangpo is a town in East Sikkim District in the Indian state of Sikkim. The town borders West Bengal and is situated along the Teesta River. It is the first town in Sikkim on NH 31A that links Siliguri
to Gangtok. It is about 200 mteres above sea level with a sub-tropical climate.
Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. Yukson was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal of Sikkim. The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the "Throne of Norbugang". Yuksom is where there is the Norbugang Chorten near the Norbugang throne, the place Namgyal was crowned and several monasteries and a lake. The dynastic rule of the Chogyals lasted for 333 years.
Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayan Mountain Range. Nathu La connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.
Soreng is a small town in West Sikkim District. Soreng is known for its largest production of vegetables, oranges and flowers in Sikkim. The inhabitants are mostly dependent on agriculture, floriculture and tourism for their livelihood. The inhabitants are mostly Nepali. Majority of the community follow Hinduism and Buddhism beliefs while the rest are Christians. Soreng is about 21/2 hour from Darjeeling and 3 hour from capital Gangtok. The region is an eco-tourism spot, and thousands of people visit every year. It is close to Daramdin.
Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain Range in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,800) above msl at a distance of 150 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers'.