Sikkim lies between the kingdom of Bhutan in the east, Nepal to its west and on its north border town the plateau of Tibet. It was once a Himalayan monarchy and part of the fabled Silk Route to China. Its merger with India in 1975 has offered a window to the world to discover the treasures of this hidden land.
It has been given many names. The Lepchas, original inhabitants of the land called it Nye-mae-el `paradise'. The Limbus named it Su Khim or `new house' while to the Bhutias it was Beymul Demazong `the hidden valley of rice'. The crowning glory of Sikkim is Mt. Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain in the world. With magnificent snow and ice scenery it is often regarded as the undisputed monarch among the peaks of the world. But for the Sikkimese Khangchendzonga is much more than a mountain and is revered as the abode of their guardian deity Dzo-nga. The sacred mountain can be viewed from every corner of Sikkim and remains an intrinsic part of the consciousness of the people.
With its panoramic snow-capped Himalayas, the heady flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture and joyous festivals, the infinite variety of flora and fauna, Sikkim offers a rare and singular experience.