Sikkim International Flower Festival 2019
Feel overwhelmed by the beauty of fresh flowers at the International Flower Festival in Sikkim. It is an annual event that is organized by the State’s Tourism Department and interests everyone who is passionate about horticulture. The event showcases various plant species, starting from orchids to roses, gladioli, ferns and what not.
The festival is celebrated during the peak blossoming season (April/May) and this year it is held from 1st May to 31st May. The venue is White Hall which is very close to the capital city of Gangtok. The show brings you close to nature and is the main source of attraction among tourists as well as locals alike.
This small state of Sikkim is famous for its rich flora which blossoms during March to May around 600 species of orchids, 150 varieties of gladioli, 240 species of trees and ferns, 46 types of rhododentrons, varieties of magnolias and many other foliage plants.
The main attraction in the flower show will be showcases of orchids, roses, alpine plants, gladioli, creepers, ferns, cacti, climbers, herbs etc.
Other Tourist Attractions
1. Workshops By Famous Botanical Scientists
Apart from flower display, workshops are organized where eminent botanists speak and share their knowledge with the world. These seminars and lectures enrich individuals who are interested in learning new things about the rich floras around us.
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2. Food Festival
There is also a food festival that takes place alongside the flower exhibition. The food connoisseurs can delve into the local Sikkimese delicacies and get acquainted with the culture and eating habits in Sikkim.
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3. River Rafting and Yak Safari
The adrenaline addicts can take part in river rafting that takes place on the Teesta River or engage in yak safari. These initiatives are taken by the Government to promote tourism in Sikkim during the time of the flower show.
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The International Flower Festival showcases another beautiful aspect of the smallest North-eastern state. It is the best way to marvel at the sight of nature’s offering and appreciate the soulful beauty. This event is one of a kind and shouldn’t be missed even if you are secretly in love with the magic of nature.
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How to Reach Sikkim
By Air : Bagdogra International Airport is the nearest. It is well connected to all the major destinations in India. The approximate distance is around 130 kilometres. Kindly note, Sikkim has its own airport near Gangtok but flights operate only between Kolkata and Sikkim.
By Rail : The closest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri which is located in Siliguri Town, West Bengal. The estimated distance is 150 kilometres that can be covered by road.
By Road : The National Highway connects Sikkim to Siliguri, the gateway to the North-eastern state. It is a scenic drive through twisted roads and lush greenery.