Connected by a highway and speedy helicopter services with the rest of India, East Sikkim is focused around the urban hub of its capital Gangtok, and sees a higher tourist footfall than other parts of the state. The relaxed and casual grain of life, combined with a rush of cosmopolitan conveniences and points of touristy interest, makes this a nice place to kick back for a few days.
Geographically, East Sikkim occupies the south-east corner of the state. It is the hub of all administrative activity in the state. Dominating the snow-capped ranges are the five magnificent peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga, believed to be the ‘adobe of the Gods’. The mountainous tract that descends southwards from this range was called ‘Denzong’ or the ‘valley of rice’ by the Tibetans. This is East Sikkim, where legends thrive amidst the mist and the clouds, where myth and history are woven into a magical tapestry.