Tucked in tightly between Tibet to the north, Nepal to its west, and Bhutan to the east, the tiny Kingdom of Sikkim, as it was previously known, was founded in 17th century by the Buddhist Namgyal dynasty, until the monarchy was overthrown in 1973. Today, Sikkim has been at the forefront of India’s ‘clean green’ initiative and has been declared an organic state since 2016. A window to the Himalayas, the 8500 m peaks of the Khangchendzonga Mountain can be spotted on a clear day. It’s understandable therefore that Sikkim boasts some excellent trekking and walking trails. Travel between November and March for the best weather.