Sikkim is located in the Himalayan Mountains and is a landlocked state. It is next to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Because of its location, Sikkim has a very diverse terrain, from sub-tropical to alpine. The Capital City is Gangtok, also the biggest city.
This is a popular tourist destination because of the beautiful scenery and interesting cultural attractions. There are over 4998 varieties of flowers, 514 species of orchids, numerous bamboo species, 36 different rhododendrons, 16 different conifers, 361 species of ferns, 8 fern trees and over 420 medicinal plants in this state because of the varying elevations and terrain.
Some of the rarest animals in the world live in this state. Snow Leopards, red pandas, clouded leopards, leopard cats, marbled cats, jungle cats, civet cats, alpine yaks, Himalayan black bears, and over 549 species of birds, just to name a few.
Getting around in Sikkim can be a real challenge. A professional guide is recommended.
The State of Tamil Nadu in located in the southern tip of India facing Sri Lanka. This is where the Tamil people have lived since 500BC. Chennai is the Capital and biggest city in this state.
Tourism here ranks second in India because of its incredible natural beauty, historical and cultural attractions, important archeological wonders and its world renowned beaches. Marina Beach is very big–stretching from Chennai to Mahabalipuram. The section is home to some of the finest resorts, luxury villas and fine restaurants in the world.
Two of the most exciting tiger reserves in India are located in the Mukurthi National Park & Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. There are a lot of National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu: Elephant and Bird Sanctuaries, Reserved Forests, Zoos and Crocodile farms. Prominent among them are Mudumalai National Park, The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary and Arignar Anna Zoological Park.