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Indian Himalayas. Sikkim

Sikkim is a small landlocked Indian state located in the Indian Himalayas. Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest Himalayan peak, is located on the Nepal-Sikkim border. The Himalayan mountains surround the northern, eastern and western borders of Sikkim.
According to legend, the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava visited Sikkim in the 8th century CE, introduced Buddhism and foretold the era of the Sikkimese monarchy.

N.K. Roerich. RINCHENPONG, 'Sikkim'. 1924
N.K. Roerich. RINCHENPONG, 'Sikkim'. 1924
Nicholas Roerich (1874–1947), Russian painter, writer, archaeologist and theosophist

N.K. Roerich. SANGA CHELLING, 'Sikkim'. 1924
N.K. Roerich. SANGA CHELLING, 'Sikkim'. 1924

Sikkim is a rather popular tourist destination thanks to its beauty and diversity of nature and unique culture.

Rumtek monastery, Sikkim
Rumtek monastery, Sikkim

Sikkim. The traditional Gumpa dance
The traditional Gumpa dance being performed in Lachung during the Buddhist festival of Losar.

The state has five seasons: winter, summer, spring, autumn, and a monsoon season between June and September. Sikkim's climate ranges from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the north. Most of the inhabited regions of Sikkim experience a temperate climate, with temperatures seldom exceeding 28 °C (82 °F) in summer. The average annual temperature for most of Sikkim is around 18 °C (64 °F).
Sikkim's hot springs are renowned for their medicinal and therapeutic values.
Sikkim is one of the few states in India to receive regular snowfall.

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