Honeymoon in Sikkim - When you want to vacation in the hills but are afraid of the crowds joining you there, escape to Sikkim. This peaceful state within the Himalayas has plenty of variety to satiate your appetite for the outstanding and the extraordinary. The treasures of Sikkim are being opened up gradually, and tourist facilities are accordingly being augmented.
A Sikkim holiday is a balanced one, packed with monuments, wild life, nature parks and ample opportunities for trekking, river rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, archery and angling. An ideal eco-tourism destination, Sikkim has national parks throbbing with unique flora and fauna.
Life in Sikkim revolves around its monasteries, several of which hold vital treasures of the Buddhist faith. The Pemayangtse, Tashiding and Enchey monasteries are some of the many that dot the terrain.
Gangtok the state capital connects you to the exotic locales throughout Sikkim. Mount Khangchendzonga the guardian deity of the Sikkimese towers over the ranges, the views of which can be captured from Tashi Viewpoint, Samdruptse, Singhik, Rinchenpong and Pelling.
As peaks soar to heights above 10,000 ft, the slopes face a permanent snow cover. 124 km from Gangtok, Yumthang (11,800 ft) has a pictorial landscape studded with flowers between February and June. The hot springs in the valley with remarkable therapeutic qualities offer respite from the freezing temperatures. Lachung, an hour away from Yumthang offers basic accommodation facilities for tourists.
The drive to Nathu la Pass at 14,400 ft is itself an experience, as it winds around towering peaks, stopping midway at the Tsomgo Lake for a breather. The yak ride is a welcome break before it starts its ascent up the steep slopes again. The Harbhajan Temple further uphill has a intriguing story, and from here, you can trek up to the frozen waterfall and slide down to the naturally formed skating rink below!