1. An Indian state but not by birth
If Sikkim would not have been a part of India, then it would definitely have been a part of China 40 years ago. Due to the efforts of the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi and the R&AW, Sikkim was annexed into India in 1975 without bloodshed.
2. This Indian State has the maximum foreign population.
Maximum population of Sikkim is Nepalese by origin.
3. Sikkim has a temple built to honor a soldier
The deity at the temple is the Hero of Nathu La – “Baba” Harbhajan Singh. It’s said that his spirit guards the lives of the soldiers protecting the Indian border at the Eastern Himalayas.
4. As many as 11 languages are spoken in this tiny mountain state
English is the official language of the state, with Nepalese identified as the lingua franca. 9 other languages are identified, with several of them also taught in schools and colleges.
5. Second highest suspension bridge in Asia is located in Sikkim
The Singshore Bridge has a span of 198 meters with a depth of 220 meters.
6. Sikkim’s state animal is the Red Panda—an endangered species
This Indian state also has the rare red pandas, which are now endangered.
7. The state has a truly unique Ecclesiastical Department
There are around 200 monasteries, churches, temples, mosques and gurudwaras in this tiny state!
8. A special seat ‘Sangha’
‘Sangha’ in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly looks after the ecclesiastical affairs.
9. Sikkim is the only Indian state with monasteries of all 4 schools of Buddhism
The four schools of Buddhism are – Nyingma, Gelug, Sakya and Kagyu.
10. Rhododendron Paradise!
Sikkim has 35 species of rhododendrons in its lap. You can see them in full bloom if you visit between March and May.