20 Interesting facts about Sikkim
One of the most beautiful states in India
Sikkim is synonymous with sheer magic and wonder. It is serene and at the same time cleanest and safest place to be. Diverse flora and fauna, bounties of nature, the snow-capped mountains, and at the same time fast-paced development of the state leave people in awe.
Let’s start with the Wonderful, amazing and hilarious facts about Sikkim
1)And the spirit lives on BABA HARABHAJAN SINGH
This temple is built to honor an Indian soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh. It is said that his spirit still guards the Indian border region. And believed that spirit always lives in all people’s heart and respect for the great Indian soldier.
This is the only state where only a temple is built for Indian soldiers which enhances the respect towards the state.
2)Many varieties of languages in Sikkim
Sikkim has 11 official languages, not 1, nor 2 but it’s 11.
It is a state where 11 types of people are living and enjoying the different types of culture.
The special and fantastic quality which attract others is that it feeds the healthy organic food and pesticides free.
Sikkim is India’s first Organic state with around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land dedicated to organic farming which is very essential for our body to be strong and free of diseases. Especially this state shares a special bond with nature
4)Keepin’ it clean
Sikkim is India’s first and only open defecation state. This is the very proud thing for India to have this type of state.
5)Family planning, Spot on!
Lowest population in India
Sikkim is India’s least populated state with a population of 610.557 inhabitants according to the 2011 census.
6)The pious Dham of siddheshwar
It has a 108-foot-tall statue of lord shiva,18 feet statue od shiva in hunter avatar, and has a replica of 12 jyotirlingas spread around it and models of Chardham temples. This state is blessed with the presence of Lord shiva.
7) Eccentric ceremonies to predict future
HOLY WATER CEREMONY OF BUMCHU
It is held annually to predict the future of Sikkim. A small pot with water inside is opened reciting mantras, the increase or decrease in the level of water is used to make the prediction.
This is one of the favorite festivals of Sikkim’s people.
8)From an independent country to an Indian state
Sikkim was an independent country until May 1975, when it was annexed by the Indian army and merged with the union of India and finally we had a great and amazing state in our country.
9)The first mixed world heritage site
MIXED WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Khangchendzonga national park has been termed as India’s first mixed world heritage site by Unesco. It is home to 18 glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks, waterfalls,18 sub-forest types,124 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. It is filled up with nature’s amazing facts.
10)The grand Rhubarb flower
It is a flowering plant found in the Himalayas and mostly in Sikkim. It can grow up to 2 meters in height. It is a very beautiful and rarely founded tall flower.
11)Abode of one of the largest mountain peaks
Sikkim is home to the world’s third-largest mountain peak, mt. Kanchenjunga. The main mount which lies on the border of North Sikkim is 8,586 meters in height.
12)Beautiful Buddhist monasteries
After Hinduism, Buddhism is the second most followed religion in Sikkim. There are more than 200 monasteries in Sikkim,rumtek, and photo being the most important ones.
13) It shares a border with only 1 state – West Bengal in the south.
It also shares an international boundary with 3 countries i.e. Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and China in the north which also happens to be a maximum number of international borders shared by any Indian State. Note – there is only one more state which has maximum ( 3 nos.) number of international borders: Arunachal Pradesh.
14) Nathu La pass is the key geographical feature of this state.
Nathu La pass is a part of the ancient Silk Route which once was an important trade route connecting India with the far reaches of Tibet. This pass was closely followed by the India China war of 1962.
15) After the re-opening of Nathu La pass on 6th July 2006, the state’s economy has seen significant growth as it facilitated the growth of trade and business with the Lhasa region of Tibet, China.
16) Mineral Resources of Sikkim – Gold, silver, copper, Zinc.
Main Industries of Sikkim-most available industries are food processing, tanning, watch assembly, distilleries, breweries, flour mills, etc.
17) GDP of the state is very poor and Sikkim comes on second last position by GDP rank of all Indian States.
If an economy is measured in terms of GDP per capita then Sikkim stands at third position among all Indian states (first being Goa, second is Delhi). (as per the year 2014 GDP data).
18)Natural Spa abundant!
The various normal hot springs of Sikkim goes about as a characteristic spa. The absolute most renowned regular hot springs are Yumthang Hot Spring, Yume Samdong hot spring, Taram hot spring, Reshi hot spring, Borong hot spring, and Rayong hot spring. To encounter the most extreme advantage, scrub down in these hot springs in the long periods of February.
19) Asia’s 2nd highest bridge is in Sikkim!
With a length of 198 m and a profundity of 220 m, The Singshore Bridge in Pelling is the second most noteworthy bridge in Asia. The scaffold offers a radiant view of the immaculate valley, overpowering cascades, and the verdant slopes.
20) Sacred scroll to keep away the evil!
Thankas are religious scrolls hanged in monasteries and Buddhist houses across the state of Sikkim. Thankas are accepted to keep away evil spirits. In this way, they are viewed as consecrated and propitious. The illustrations and artworks in Thanka are intricate to the point that it takes about a couple of months or two to finish one single parchment.
With the diverse atmosphere, beautiful mountain peaks, and purposeful natural phenomenon, Sikkim remains an interesting state. Visit this alluring hub of nature and traditional culture, to have an experience of a lifetime.