Sikkim, one of the smallest states in India, is also one of the most stunning destinations in the country. While it shares international borders with Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the east and China to the north, to the south it is surrounded by West Bengal. Gangtok, the biggest city in Sikkim, also its capital is the main tourist attraction of the state. Various terrains in Sikkim are located at altitudes between 4900 m and 6100 m, making it ideal for a summer vacation. From beautiful alpine lakes, snow clad mountains and  breathtaking vistas, to quaint villages, high mountain passes and forests that spread across hundreds of acres, there is a lot to explore especially for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Here are 14 photographs of Sikkim that will make it one of the destinations on your travel check list! Also Read - Sikkim Police Offers 'Free Ride Scheme' For Women Travelling Alone at Night

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Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok is the biggest in Sikkim

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Local artistes hand paint prayer wheels in Sikkim

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The hilly regions of Gangtok offer awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas

Sikkimese people have adopted a mix of both Indian and Tibetan ways of living

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While there are several Hindu temples, the monasteries of Sikkim are quite out of the world!

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The world’s third highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga is located on the border of Sikkim and Nepal

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The river Teesta flows from the north of Sikkim all the way to the south into West Bengal

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The colorful murals on the walls of monasteries are brilliant examples of the Tibetan influence

Hot springs, river streams, glaciers and high altitude lakes, name it and you’ll find it in Sikkim

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More than a third of Sikkim is covered in forests which makes it all the more lucrative for people looking for a breath of fresh air!

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Buddhist monasteries and gompas are a common sight in the north eastern state

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Vast valleys like Yumthang are perfect for campers, trekkers and adventurers

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 The old silk route is yet one of the most scenic landscapes in the region

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A visit to Sikkim is all about culture, nature and a whole lot of peace!

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