Sikkim?is a?north-eastern?state?of India. Formerly a kingdom ?Sikkim?is encircled by snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery at every step. Founded on the?Silk Road?by the?Namgyal dynasty?in the 17th century Sikkim is notable for its?biodiversity; including?alpine?and?subtropical?climates as well as being a host to?Kanchenjunga the?highest peak in India?and?third highest on Earth. Almost 35% of the state is covered by the?Khangchendzonga National Park and is an ecological hotspot?of the lower Himalayas. The state is also known for its religious monasteries Hindu?temples and simple settlements and is also a base for various mountaineering expeditions and river rafting.