Sikkim was an independent monarchy ruled by kings until 1975, when it eventually joined India, making it the second smallest state in India. Sikkim is located in the Himalayan ranges and the whole state is positioned entirely on a hill bordering Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal, another Indian State. The highest elevation here is the peak of Mount Kanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world. Most of the Sikkimese worshipped the Mountain since they consider it as the guardian deity of the state.??Although Sikkim is now part of Indian territory, foreign nationals who want to visit Sikkim must need to obtain an Inner Line Permit. Gangtok, being the capital city of Sikkim is a great place to enjoy the views of snow-capped mountains, Buddhist monasteries and botanical gardens. While I was in Gangtok, I had the pleasure of witnessing the Sikkim Spring Carnival happened last May 11 -15, 2012. The festival showcases the different folk dances from the different part of this region and hosted simultaneously by four districts of Sikkim state. ?? ?? According to the Voice of Sikkim's article dated May 3, 2012 'The event will be especially supported by the Indian Army exhibiting their art, activities was told to media. The major highlights are as plenty to enthral massive audiences across the nation and world to take a privilege of the grand 'Spring Carnival 2012'. Special attention in all the districts has been done conveniently as to make whole event a grand success and like never before. Food, Cultural activities, Music, Adventure, Exhibition, Safari, Chopper sortie, Photo Exhibition, Lake Tour, Yak Riding, Traditional Sports are the major menu during the period of Spring Carnival. Exclusive itineraries that would be a breath taking sight for the audiences this time will be a laser shows consecutively for two days at Solophok Sidheshwar Dham popularly called Chaar Dham in South Sikkim. Another most attractive sight would be Sky Jump, Para Gliding, Expert Stunts and Performances by 17th Mountain Division of Indian Army during the inauguration moment at Green Turf Paljor Stadium in the capital. Rituals would be performed at Padmashambhava 'Samdruptse' in South Sikkim by priests and devotees from across the nation and from outside, is told.' ?? Here are some of the images from Sikkim Spring Festival: ?? ?? ?? ??