Have You Heard About the International Flower Festival of Sikkim? Here's What You Need to Know
Are you a flower enthusiast or have a budding aspiration to be a horticulture expert? If the answer is yes to any of these, then the International Flower Festival in Sikkim is something that you should know about. Sikkim, a state noted for its rich biodiversity and subtropical climate is also the host of the annual International Flower Festival. Held every year in the capital Gangtok, in the month of May when the weather is cool at about 23 degrees Celsius, this festival of Sikkim attracts travellers from around the world.
In this blog, let us explore a little more why this festival is so popular, what makes Sikkim a great travel destination every year and where you can stay to make your trip comfortable.
Although Sikkim covers just a paltry 0.2% of India’s geographical area, it has been recognised as a major zone owing to its invaluable flora and fauna. It comes under the Himalayan region and is home to more than 4500 types of flowering plants including 550 orchids, 362 ferns, 36 rhododendrons, 28 bamboo, 16 conifers, 11 oaks and 424+ medicinal plants. Given the inherent diversity of this state, it is only natural that the International Flower Festival of Sikkim would be considered the most famous festival in Sikkim.
The international flower festival in Sikkim is an awaited one, which displays more than hundreds of species of flowers. A celebration of nature’s gift to Gangtok, you can spend the entire day at the flower festival in Sikkim, browsing through different and rare species of flowers, followed by a finger-licking food festival upholding the culture and cuisine of Sikkim.
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One other thing that makes the International Flower Festival in Sikkim such a great attraction every year is that it is not only just a horticulture festival but also a food festival. Sikkim is characterised by its tribal culture, which has contributed immensely to giving shape to the cuisine of this North-eastern state. The food here is also heavily influenced by the surrounding states of India and the neighbouring countries of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet.
Noodles, bamboo shoots, fermented rice, soups and momos play a pivotal role in the daily meals of this state. Being close to the mountains, the weather is pleasant and can get extreme during the winter months, meaning that the food has to be warm, hearty and protein-based to give that kick of energy.
At the flower festival in Sikkim, you are likely to come across these dishes:
Apart from the dishes mentioned above, some other items that you may find adorning the stalls at the food event during the International Flower Festival in Sikkim are thenthuk, khapse, wachipa, bamboo shoot curry, sha phaley gya kho, dhido and masauyra curry.
Once you are done exploring the famous flower festival of Sikkim, there are a ton of other things to do in Sikkim, which will further make your stay memorable and delightful.
If you love nature and sightseeing, you will love visiting the following places:
If thrill and adventure are what keeps your blood thumping, you can indulge yourself in the following activities:
Sikkim has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural activities, sightseeing and even adventure sports. While the international flower festival in Sikkim surely deserves a visit at least once in your life, you should not also miss out on extending your stay and exploring the various facts of Sikkimese culture and history. To make your stay comfortable, safe and a bit luxurious, Club Mahindra has resorts in Sikkim such as Club Mahindra Baiguney, and Club Mahindra Gangtok that you can choose for a memorable holiday.
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