Sikkim is a small beautiful state of India in the Eastern Himalayas with steep mountains and deep valleys. After british left till 1973 sikkim remained a Buddhist monarchy with India supporting it with an administrative officer. In 1973 they merged with the Indian union.
Sikkim is typically visited in Oct-March for its magnificent Himalaya views and in Summer for its Orchids / Birds and Pleasant Weather. Sikkim is known for rhodendrons (wild flowers) which bloom in summer. In addition to this Sikkim has a lot of monasteries that guests visit.
Sikkim is the least populous state in India and the second smallest in area after Goa.
Sikkim’s two major rivers are the Teesta and the Rangeet. They run north/south meeting at the valley dividing Sikkim and Bengal. (Below kalimpong)
There are numerous perennial lakes in Sikkim among which, Khechiperi, Gurudongmar, Chho Lhamu, Changu and Menmetsho are some of the more scenic.
The state has twenty-eight mountain peaks, twenty-one glaciers, 227 high altitude lakes, including the Tsongmo Lake, Gurudongmar and Khecheopalri Lakes, five hot springs, and over 100 small rivers and streams. Eight mountain passes connect the state to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.
West Bengal Hills of Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Chalsa are about Tea plantations and himalayan views. Darjeeling has a typical British colonial fervour and Kurseong, Mirik and Chalsa are popular local getaways having scenic locations. Kalimpong has a wonderful off-beat feel and is visited for himalayan views, trekking, birding, flowers and monasteries etc. White water rafting in river teesta is a popular adventure activity in the area.
Sikkim combined with West Bengal Hills and/or Bhutan is one of the premier holiday circuit in India.