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SIKKIM CELEBRATES ITS STATEHOOD DAY

SIKKIM CELEBRATES ITS STATEHOOD DAY

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Sikkim celebrates its statehood day today.

Details about Sikkim

  • Location : In the northeastern part of the country, in the eastern Himalayas and is one of the smallest states in India.
  • It derives its name from the Limbu (a tribe) word su him, meaning ‘new house’.
  • Capital: Gangtok.
  • Sikkim became the 22nd state of India on 16th May 1975.
  • It became a protectorate of India in 1950 following the Indo-Sikkimese Treaty.
  • Namgyal dynasty ruled Sikkim until 1975.
  • Sikkim borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south.
  • The official languages of the state are English, Nepali, Sikkimese and Lepcha.
  • It is mainly covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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