Darjeeling and Sikkim are jewels in the crown of India. While Darjeeling is a British Developed Hill Resort in West Bengal State, Sikkim used to be an independent and sovereign kingdom until 1975 and now a part of India. Darjeeling and Sikkim lie in the lapse of the Eastern Himalayas that includes Mount Kanchanjunga-the third highest Mountain on earth. The mountain is regarded by Sikkimese as their guardian deity.
The thumb-shaped Sikkim borders Nepal in the west, the Chinese administered Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and east, and Bhutan in the southeast. The Indian state of West Bengal borders Sikkim to its south. The official languages are English, Bhutia, Nepali, Lepcha, Limbu, and Hindi. The language of almost all written transactions is English. The predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism.Gangtok is the capital and largest town.
There are quite a few motor vehicle based wonderful cultural circuits and trekking routes. Sikkim is also important for those who have keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism. The principal seat of Karmapa Lama-the head of Kagyu Sect of Tibetan Buddhism lies in Rumtek, Sikkim. The world famous Darjeeling Tea comes from the fertile land of Sikkim and Darjeeling.
In order to see, feel and experience Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas in true sense, there is no other way better than a trekking trip. Trekking in India Sikkim Himalayas is an amazing experience that leads you from lush tropical forests of the foothills up to the tree line. The trek is not only about having views of Kanchunga and other Himalayan peaks, but offers verdant forests, yak-herders summer settlement on high meadows, rhododendron-covered hillsides and high passes. Of course, jagged peaks and a magnificent mountain view is always there. You will also chance upon varieties of butterflies, shy Musk Deer and wave out to the exotic Red Panda perched among the treetops.