Nature is a great teacher for practicing human behavior. The sun provides light, trees provide shade, fruits and flowers, rivers provide water, irrespective of who the recipients are. Irrespective of the planters, the earth germinates the seeds to grow into healthy trees. If one learns from nature, the whole world will be a much better place for human living because man will then be rid of the destructive qualities such anger, greed, attachment, pride, jealousy and selfishness. Sikkim or “Su- Him”, denoting ‘Beautiful Home’ is the ideal destination for learning from nature.
Sikkim, an erstwhile kingdom is situated in the Eastern Himalayas, stretched below Mount Kanchenjunga is indeed the natural abode of nature. This nature needs to be observed with totality of mind without any prior image or perception. Blissful feelings would rejuvenate a person if he performs any activities amidst nature, such as listening to the chirping of birds at dawn, watching the river meandering on its course, gazing at the snow-clad peaks of mountains, taking a stroll in a forest full of majestically standing trees or looking at the full moon or the star-studded sky on amavshya night.
Birds of every kind can be observed in their natural habitats and movement in the Tsongmo Lake, travelling 40 km from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkin. Stretched over one km lengthwise and with an average depth of fifteen meters, this lake is considered sacred by the local Hindu as well a Buddhist populace. A little distance away from the lake, tourists can pay visit to the Tseten Tashi Cave which is a naturally formed, three-storied cave. Tourists can visit another frozen nwter lake known as Gurudongmar Lake that lies at an altitude of 5,150 meters.
Tour to Sikkim has become synonymous with performance of adventure activities such as trekking, rafting, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing.
The best visit to Sikkim would be on any of the many festive occasions observed there. Pang Lhabsol Festival is celebrated during August-September, wherein due homage is paid to Kanchenjunga. Losoong , Sikkimese New Year is celebrated on the last week of December. Saga Dawa falls on the end of May or or early June. Tourists can make full enjoyment of Kagyat Dance if they visit Sikkim during December. DRukpa Tseshi is celebrated during August. Other festivals are Losar during February, Dasain during September-October, Rumtek Chaams during June and Maghe Sankranti during January.
Sikkim has cultural background of Buddhism. Buddha was born on the full moon day of the fourth Sikkimese month. To mark this sacred occasion, Saga Dawa Festival is celebrated with processions of Buddhist monks carrying the holy books. Prayers are also held different monasteries throughout this holy month. One such monastery is Rumtek Monastery, 24 km from Gangtok which is the seat of Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Other locations of tourists’ interest in Sikkim are Nathu La pass, Baba Mandir, Kabi Lungstok, Chungthang and Dongri trek.
Sikkim is abundant with the gift of nature that has great nurturing restorative powers to rejuvenate the weird mind and exhausted body.