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North Sikkim is the largest district by area out of the four districts of the state of Sikkim. The district has a largely mountainous terrain with dense vegetation all the way up to the alpine altitude before thinning out to desert scrub towards the Northern Tundra.
North Sikkim is also the most prone district to landslides that are caused by melting snow beds on top of the mountains or by the erosive action of the rains. Most of the population of North district reside near the district headquarter, Mangan which is situated at an altitude of
610 m above sea level. It is also in North Sikkim where the world’s second-highest mountain
peak Kanchenjunga (8000 m) is located, straddling its eastern border with Nepal and can be seen clearly from the town of Singhik.
Occupying the southeast corner of the state of Sikkim, lies the beautiful district of East Sikkim. Surrounded by North District on the Northern side and South & West districts on the western side, East Sikkim hosts the capital of the state and also the district headquarters, Gangtok. The district shares international borders with the People’s Republic of China and Bhutan. East Sikkim covers a total area of 964 sq km.
The district is roughly divided into three climate zones, tropical, temperate, and alpine see varied types of weather over varied places. For most of the year, the weather is cold and humid as occurrence rainfall is very common every month. East Sikkim sees the summer season in the months of April- June, the main monsoon season in the months of July- September, and the winter season in the months of October - March. Being a high rainfall zone, it receives an average of 165 cm of rainfall annually.
Sikkim is part of the Himalayas and thus to assume that the East Sikkim to be full of mountain terrains is a no brainer. East District with a total area of 964 sq km, has sprawling forests in 679 sq km which amounts to 71.17% of the total area. The major terrain features consist of hills, valleys, and slopes. The major river drainage systems are Teesta, Rangpo Chuu and Dik Chhu.
The three main ethnic that habituate in East Sikkim are Lepchas, Bhutias, and the Nepalese with business communities forming the fourth community who are mostly settled in the urban areas. With Hinduism and Buddhism being the two most prominent religions, the district still depicts an open and liberal culture where people from all backgrounds intermingle freely and reside with brotherhood. These myriad Cultures have produced a quintessential Sikkimese Culture that encompasses all ways and walks of life but has also managed to preserve their own identity. These can also be seen in the various places of Worship, Festivals, and Cultural dances that are celebrated throughout the year.
The state also has several religious sacred sites of all religious faiths such as gurudwara at Gurudongmar Lake at 17,100 ft., 108 feet statue of Guru Padmasambhava at Samdruptse, the Chardham in Namchi and the Buddha Park at Ravangla, the Sai Temple at Daramdin, and the Sridi Temple at Assanthang.
Both men and women enjoy equal societal rights in the state and have a rich culture of promoting gender equality
West Sikkim is a district and is famous for Pelling and Kanchenjunga. West district of the Sikkim state which is above the sea level. It is a place for offbeat destinations
Top things to do near North Sikkim. Get a list of handpicked activities and nearby tourist attractions of North Sikkim
Relatively lesser explored and visited a place that qualifies to be the abode of God, Chopta Valley is a must on the dream list of trek and nature enthusiasts.
Yumthang valley is also known as the “Valley of Flowers”. A tour through Yumthang valley is a must on the itinerary list of people who are traveling to Lachen
Sitting at a proximately close distance to the Tibetan and Chinese borders, lies the Gurudongmar Lake
Green Lake is situated at an altitude of 1437 meters from where one can see a stunning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other magnificent peaks
About 4 km away from Mangan on the North Sikkim Highway lies the hamlet town of Singhik. The Singhik viewpoint arranged just on the wayside of Singhik gives
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