The one among the smallest states of northeast lying in the eastern Himalayas is Sikkim, with the capital city of Gangtok. The state is enclosed by vast stretches in the north by Tibetan Plateaus from the west by the Chumbi valley of Tibet and the kingdom of Nepal, the dominion of Bhutan in the east, and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal to its south.
The state is known for its diversity, as well as alpine and subtropical climates and stretches of mountains. Besides, the state holds the second largest peak of India that is Kanchenjunga, also called Godwin Austin after the largest of K2. The peak is the 3rd largest in the world. Nearly 35% of the area of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga national park. Sikkim has a stunning variety of tribal communities and races of individuals and their respective habitat. All these have different customs, festivals, traditions, dance forms, languages and other different aspects. It is the sole state in India with a Nepalese majority, though Buddhism and Hinduism are the dominant religions.
The native Sikkimese accommodates the Bhutias, who migrated from the Kham district of Tibet, the Lepchas, who are basically from the region itself. The earliest mentions of the history of Sikkim is from the thirteenth century as the treaty between the Lepcha Chief Thekong Tek and Tibetan prince Khye-Bumsa.
Sikkim’s economy is predicated predominantly on agriculture, with the engaging rate of more than half of the working population. Several of Sikkim’s farmers additionally raise stock, as well as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and poultry.
Handloom & Handicrafts
The real purpose and core activities of this industry are to preserve and promote indigenous craft, art and practices. Some fine ethnic styles of Sikkim’s handloom and Handicrafts are hugely fashioned which significantly facilitates the promotion of quality based products and building additional jobs and revenue generation doors for the community. The reach of Northeast markets is high as the local tourism and the face value of the state is high. Also, such products have an enormous potential for exports.