Straddling the Sikkim–Nepal border is Kanchendzonga (8598m), the world’s third-highest mountain which clearly indicates that it is a perfect area to explore the pristine high mountain passes.
The mountains are worshipped here with series of spectacular autumn festivals and its magnificent multiple white peaks can be spied from many points around the state.
If you really want to savour some true Sikkimese atmosphere, spend night in the villages and Buddhist monasteires. Best time to visit Sikkim is from March to June and September till December.
They were few in numbers when the vast empty spaces and green valleys of their land attracted Tibetan immigrants. The Tibetans started settling in Sikkim from about the thirteenth century.
It was during the middle of the seventeenth century that the Namgyal dynasty was first established in Sikkim. Their king's traditional title was 'Chogyal` or `king who rules according to the divine law.
The immigration of Nepalese during the 19th century into Sikkim altered the entire character of the kingdom. As to the population growth in Nepal a continuous overflow into the adjoining areas of Sikkim started. At present the Nepali community represents the largest ethnic group within Sikkimese society.