Hailed as a brother to the Seven Sister States of Northeast India, Sikkim was gifted to India by the Chogyals shortly after Independence. Hence, it is the youngest Indian state to join the family. Sikkim is divided into four administrative states, all of which hold the charm of their own, having been ranked to be among the top 10 hill districts in India in terms of development. The state is famous for its orchids since nearly 523 of its variants are found here. Every year, it hosts the International Flower Festival in its capital city, Gangtok.
Sikkim is full of adventures and wonders if one walks ahead to explore it. In India's second-smallest state, you will find the mighty Mount Khangchendzonga. Thousands flock into the Nathu La to watch the Chinese soldiers patrol the border from the other side of the L.O.C. Guru Nanak & Guru Padmasambhava walked here and blessed a lake situated 17,000 meters above the sea level. The forest trails & trek routes in Sikkim offer breathtaking views of valleys and peaks that envelop the region.
When you're in Sikkim, head towards the Southern district of Namchi. In Solophok stands nearly eighty-seven feet tall statue of Lord Shiva in a meditative posture. The effigy sits amidst the replica of four Dhaams, namely Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka & Rameshwar. This religious center is sprawled at an expanse of 7 acres and is dedicated to Lord Keerateshwar - an incarnation of Lord Shiva who was born in Indrakeel (Sikkim).