Sikkim is a mountainous state located in the Eastern Himalayas, bordering Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and West Bengal. It is one of the few untouched landscapes left in the world. It is endowed with much natural beauty, with the highest mountains in the world, lush green forests, turquoise lakes, sparkling rivers, and cascading paddy fields.
Nearly half of Sikkim's land area is covered in forest, and its fresh forest air is filled with negative ions and phytoncides. The land in Sikkim remains pure as farmers use traditional organic farming methods, while the clear mountain springs of Sikkim provide its people with fresh mineral water.
It is believed that Sikkim owes its beauty to the blessings of the great Buddhist master, Guru Padmasambhava, who is said to have visited Sikkim in the eighth century. Indeed, endowed with similar environmental and cultural characteristics as its neighbour Bhutan, the people of Sikkim are just as peace- loving, generous and gentle, as the very name “Sikkim,” meaning “Happy Home," suggests.
A visit to Sikkim, is a must for those who need a break from hectic urban life. The pure air, fresh greenery, and sparkling waters shall soothe one's nerves, uplift one's spirit, and perhaps provide new perspectives on life. In Sikkim, one has ample opportunity to take leisurely walks in the forests, enjoy restful sleep, and awaken to peaceful mornings. One shall enjoy wholesome and fresh organic food, forget about time and various concerns, and be immersed in the warm hospitality extended by the friendly Sikkimese people. The broadness of the mountains find its refection in the hearts of the local people, who exude such vitality, generosity, and kindness.
Due to Sikkim's isolation from the rest of the world, its people have been able to preserve a unique way of life, enjoying a high "Gross National Happiness" index. For urban dwellers who lead a stressful and hectic life, Sikkim shows that there is perhaps a more balanced way of life.