Make Full Use of Your Northeast Tour Packages

The Northeast region of India is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. The land of Seven Sisters includes Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, and Sikkim in addition. Each of these states has a vast natural landscape, flora, fauna, and natural beauty to offer to travelers. All these states are small and pretty close together. But you need to take some Northeast tour packages to figure out how to cover most of the place in the least amount of time.

One State at a Time

Each of these Northeast states has so much to offer that you cannot visit all in just a single visit. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are not even that small. You cannot visit two of the other five states on one trip if you really want to explore the depths of nature in Northeast.

So, you will have to choose where you want to go on this trip. You could go for the Orchid State of India, that is in Arunachal Pradesh, or you could go to Manipur for its culturally rich heritage. You can go to Assam if you want to enjoy the untarnished natural beauty. Or go to Tripura if you want to see endless bamboo and cane forest plantations, or to the land of the hill people, Mizoram.

If you want to get to know over 14 different tribes of people, go to Nagaland. Visit the most beautiful place i.e. the Scotland of the East - Shillong in Meghalaya or you could go to Sikkim, the youngest of the sister states, the eighth state in the Northeast, and the most popular tourist destination for people from West Bengal.

More about Sikkim

Sikkim shares its borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. This little state with barely an area of 7,100km2 is the home to India's side of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. India's first state to go fully organic is also the country's most environmentally friendly state. Sikkim has banned plastic bottles and Styrofoam.

Before becoming the 22nd state of India in 1975, Sikkim was a monarchy. Sikkim has 11 different official languages including Nepali, Sikkimese, and English.

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Why visit Sikkim

Culturally diverse with 11 official languages, environment-friendly state, fast-growing economy, Sikkim is a popular travel destination because of the wide range of flora and fauna it has to offer, the cool climate, and cities like Pelling and Gangtok, which have many sightseeing locations.

Flora and fauna

Sikkim is the ecological hotspot of the Himalayas in Northeast India. 25% of Sikkim is occupied by the Kanchenjunga National Park/Biosphere Reserve. Over 80% of the area of the State is officially administered by the Forest Department. Sikkim is home to a wide variety of plant species.

The climatic condition of Sikkim allows tropical, temperate, and tundra flora to grow naturally. Owing to the various altitudes of elevation this little Indian State is located at, there is a wide variety of trees you will find here. You will find exotic plants like orchids, laurels, figs, broadleaf forests, oaks, birches, magnolia, and maples.

You will also find banana trees, sal trees, and chestnut trees. At the lower altitudes, you will find pine trees, fir, rhododendrons, alpine, and cypress. Sikkim is the only Indian state that offers such variety in the confines of that little geographical area.

That is not all, you won't believe the number of species of animals the second smallest State of India is home to. You will find the red panda, Himalayan marmot, langurs, the clouded leopard, dhole, the Tibetan wolf, Himalayan Tahr, the Himalayan jungle cat, the leopard cat, and the marbled cat, all in this lush Biosphere Reserve. You will also find the very unusual species like the muntjac and the Himalayan serow. The yak is the most commonly found animal though. They are domesticated and are used for milk, for carrying loads, and also for their meat.

Climate

Sikkim is generally a humid State. If you are looking at Sikkim tour packages, don't miss the information on the best time to visit. If different catalogs mention different times as the best to visit, it is because the choice varies from person to person.

The altitudinal diversity of Sikkim is responsible for two different climatic zones. The southern region is more sub-tropical, while the northern region is more of the tundra type. But the overall weather is quite moderate. Sikkim has a cool climate with generous snowfalls starting at around 4,900 meters in the southern area, and at 6,000 meters in the northern area.

The annual average of Sikkim's temperature is around 18 degrees, with 28 degrees usually being the highest. The Northwestern part is much colder, with snow-clad peaks all year round. You get to see the Kanchenjunga from so close from Sikkim that you will feel like you can almost touch it.

The best time to visit Sikkim, if you like the swampy rainy season is from June to September. If you like it cold, go from December to February. If you like it cool and want to avoid the rain, go around October and November, or February to March.

You will love Sikkim. You will love entire Northeast India. If you are a beginner, start with Sikkim. If you are going on a short trip, cover Gangtok, Pelling, Lachung, and Yuksom. If you are taking your time, try covering all of Sikkim. Don't forget to drive along the Sevoke Road. Check out some Sikkim tour packages to get a clearer idea as to which city you can visit in a single trip.

Each of the states in the Northeast of India is worth visiting. So get hold of a Northeast tour packages catalog and plan your next trip soon. You can take at least two trips in a single year if you plan your budget well.

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