National Geographic selects Sikkim as one of the 30 most exciting destinations in 2024

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Sikkim, a small state in northeastern India, has been selected as one of the 30 most exciting destinations to visit in 2024 by National Geographic. The state is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diverse flora and fauna.

Sikkim is a popular destination for trekking, mountaineering, and birdwatching. The state is also home to a number of homestays and eco-lodges, which offer visitors a chance to experience the local culture and way of life.

Besides, Sikkim, other places from Asia which have made entry into the list includes Tainan, the former capita of Taiwan with fortress towers and soaring temple roofs and Xi’an, the historic capital of China which is famous for Terracota Army.

The list is compiled by National Geographic Traveller (UK). National Geographic Traveler is a magazine published by NG Media in Armenia, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Latin America, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.

In their article titled ‘The Cool List 2024: the 30 most exciting destinations to visit in 2024’, National Geographic writes, “An overlooked Himalayan kingdom steps into the limelight. A corner of the Himalayas wedged between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, Sikkim often gets overlooked. One of India’s smallest states, it…..”

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National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List 2024 is a selection of a variety of destinations, from off-the-beaten-path locales to popular tourist spots.

This is a great honor for the state and will undoubtedly help to boost tourism in Sikkim in the years to come.

Some of the places to visit in Sikkim are:

Gangtok: The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a bustling city with a mix of traditional and modern architecture. It is also a great base for exploring the rest of the state.

Nathula Pass: This mountain pass is located on the border between India and China and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Tsomgo Lake: This glacial lake is located at an altitude of 12,400 feet and is known for its clear blue water and surrounding natural beauty.

Yumthang Valley: This valley is known for its vibrant and colorful blooms during the spring season. It is also home to hot springs, which are believed to have therapeutic properties.

Goecha La Trek: This trek is one of the most popular in Sikkim and offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, here are a few things to keep in mind:

– The best time to visit Sikkim is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September-November).

– The state is located in a high-altitude region, so be sure to pack warm clothes.

– A permit is required to visit some areas of Sikkim, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

– Sikkim is a great place to go for trekking, rafting, and other outdoor activities.

– Be sure to try some of the local cuisine, which is influenced by Tibetan, Nepali, and Bhutanese flavors.

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