Another Reason to Visit Sikkim – World’s First Organic State
Blog By Shraddha Jain
Sikkim: World’s First Organic State, has a dream landscape with its own unique beauty. From preserved nature to cleanliness, this tiny state is bordered by Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Sikkim beats 51 other nominations from around the world and won the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award to become the first organic state in India. The state’s policies have resulted in becoming 100% organic. While receiving the award, Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling said: “It was necessary to involve the youth in the organic mission, so that they will be able to educate farmers and develop marketing strategies to help the economy”.
Organic Farming in Sikkim:
All farming activities are carried in Sikkim without using pesticides and fertilizers. This practice is providing safer food items and environment-friendly well-being. Despite keeping up with modern world requirements, Sikkim has set an example to maintain an eco friendly lifestyle with an astounding success rate. The state surely puts forward a 101 guide to live a balanced life which is equal parts modern yet equal parts green. Kudos to Sikkim Government!
This state is also known for its culture and incredible travel destinations. It has the perfect solution to soothe all your tiredness of vigorous routine. From the bliss of snowfall to sightseeing, you can witness the luscious waterfalls, and also find peace at the quiet monasteries. The state is a wonderful place to travel.
Here are a few places that you must visit in Sikkim
1. Tsomgo Lake
Also known as Changu Lake, it is located in the high altitude of 12,310 feet. Tsomgo Lake means “Source of Water”, where the lake is filled with water of melting snow surrounded by the mountains. You will fall in love with the serene beauty of this place.
If you are looking for a laid-back holiday, then this place is a perfect historic spot to visit for you. Popularly known as the Gateway to Mt. Khangchendzongha, Yuksom is famous for ancient monasteries, historical monuments, tranquil waterfalls, and lakes which will leave you spell-bound. Enjoy sipping a cup of coffee with the locals to learn about the history and religious being at this place. For all adventures travelers out there, this place has some scenic mountains to enjoy trekking too.
Namchi, (the literal translation means “ Sky High”), is a spiritual tourist destination where you get to visit Buddhist monasteries and temples. Namchi is the land of celebrations and carnival. Every year they host a flower show to showcase their rare collection of orchids. There are a lot more picturesque destinations to explore around Namchi like Kitam bird sanctuary, Namchi rock garden etc.
Zuluk has an amazing climate and encompasses great views of the snowcapped mountain. It is a small town located in Sikkim which is known for its wild virgin woodlands, where you will witness the existence of wildlife creatures like Deer, Wild Dog, Himalayan Bear, and Red Panda. Tukla Valley, Gnathang Valley, Kalpokhari Lake, and Adi Baba Mandir are few of the places to enjoy the scenic beauty of this destination.
The Captial city of Sikkim, Gangtok is the slice of heaven in the lower Himalayas. This city is known for its scenic beauty-it has gorgeous silver-fir trees, the locals of this city are very friendly and provide the best hospitality. You can also enjoy amazing activities like Yak riding, paragliding here. Visiting Places like Tsuk La Khang Monastery, Jhakri Falls, Seven Sister Waterfalls, Kanchenjunga, Do Drul Chorten, Hanuman Tok will give you true essence of this place.
6. Gurudongmar Lake
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. This beauty is fed naturally by the glaciers. Locals have a religious faith for this lake. It is a myth among local Hindu communities as well as Buddhists, that the water of the lake is blessed to possess the miraculous power of granting children to issueless couples. The crystal-clear water of this lake indeed gives a heavenly feeling!
7. Goecha La
If you are an adventure seeker, then this place should be on your travel bucket list. Goecha La is a recognized place for trekking and hiking. This trek offers the grand view of big mountains that surely you don’t want to miss. Serene view of sunrise on the Kanchenjunga is one of the beautiful highlights of the Goecha La trek.
8. Singalila National Park:
Located at an altitude of 7,000 feet above the sea level, Singalila National Park is home to the rarest and exotic animal species that you will love to watch. Most of these creatures are found at high altitude places like the mighty Himalayas. This park situated at the border of Sikkim state gives a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest Peaks.
Aritar is a perfect destination for someone who is looking for a getaway to natural landscapes and serene beauty. This place is located on the edge of the Himalayan mountains and is known for its rich history. While visiting this place you can explore lush green forests, picturesque destinations with serene lakes and sunrise view is something that should not be missed.
Pelling is a small town known for its monasteries and incredible landscapes. This town is located in the foothills of Kanchenjunga, is accessible from the whole Sikkim. From exploring the scenic destinations, rich cultural heritage sites, to shopping and unveiling the secrets of historical places, there are a lot of things that you can do in Pelling.
How to reach Sikkim by Train:
Sikkim does not have a proper railway network. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri which is approximately 8-9 kms from Siliguri and 130kms from Gangtok.
How to reach Sikkim by Air:
The Pakyong Airport (Gangtok Airport) is one of the ways to reach to Sikkim by Air. Bagdogra Airport is also well connected to major cities in Sikkim.
Enchanting nature, scenic views, glittering lakes, incredible local culture, quiet monasteries and an adventurous journey is something you are going to encounter on a trip to Sikkim. Now that we have answered all of your questions, why wait? Plan a trip to Sikkim and enjoy this serene north east travel destination
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