Places to Visit in Sikkim
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Sikkim is one the North-Eastern state of India. The Sikkim is known for its cleanliness, it’s a clean and green city. It touches Bhutan and some parts of Tibet, and it is the second smallest state of India. This small state has great tourist destinations. It will mesmerize you with its admiring valleys, the mountains covered with bedsheets of snow, lakes reflecting this beautiful nature, the green lush and dense forests. The Kanchenjunga National Park, it houses many places for adventures like rock climbing, trekking, paragliding and many more.
Here are some top 29 places to visit in Sikkim –
A beautiful green city spread over a hilltop, Gangtok (which means hill-top) is the capital of Sikkim. This admiring land blooms out and looks like a carpet with wild Rhododendrons (a flower) in the month March to Mid-May. If you are an adventure enthusiast this place is the best for you to visit. You can trek and do camping on the Himalayan mountain ranges. Gangtok has many breath-taking views and it’s a dynamic bit of paradise lies in the northeast of India. Some major attractions of the Gangtok are Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery.
2. Tsomgo Lake
Some of the few high altitude lakes in India this glorious lake is surrounded by 12400 ft heightened dizzying mountains. Popularly known as Changu Lake, the overwhelming scenic views of the lake will melt your heart and is the reason for major tourist attractions. If you are a nature lover or if you love photography this place will add moon and stars to your photos. The best thing about the lake is that it changes the colour season to season. It will appear bright aquamarine in monsoons and gets frozen in the winter season. Beautiful flowers lend on the lake which is a worth-watching view.
3. Yumthang Valley
Yumthang Valley is not less than a heaven valley, this beautiful valley is also known as “Valley of Flowers”. You will find over 24 species of blooming Rhododendron flowers from late February to mid-June. This exotic location has a wonderful river, yaks and lush greenery everywhere which adds glory to the beauty of nature.
4. Nathula Pass
One of the most important Himalayan passes in the country, this highway connects Sikkim and China. The pass beautiful scenic views of nature and the environment are soul pleasing. In winter season i.e. from Mid-November to March the road is covered with a thick layer of snow, whole surrounding looks like a paradise, you can visit the place in winters if you love snow.
Zuluk is a drop-dead gorgeous place, it is surrounded by huge mountains covered with bedsheets of the cloud. The place is not much crowded you will be offered a homestay by the local people which will be best instead of going for a commercial. It will help you to know more about their culture. The panoramic views of ice-capped mountains during winter, deep gorges, thick wooden trees and sparkling streams will leave you with a lingering feeling in the heart.
The main attraction of Pelling is the Khangchendzonga, which has breathtaking sites. After Gangtok in Sikkim, Pelling is the second largest hotspot of tourists and famous place to visit in Pelling is the Pemayangste monastery. Apart from this Pelling is also famous for mountain biking, rock climbing, trekking if you are an adventure enthusiast this place is best for you. You can also plan a village tour, it’s a perfect destination for photography.
7. Rumtek Monastery
The largest and most significant monastery in Sikkim, formerly known as Dharma Chakra Centre. Rumtek Monastery perched on the hilltop from where you can see the panoramic view of whole Gangtok. The place has beautiful temples and houses for monks which were built with the aim of spreading Buddhism around the world. Go and visit this stunning place.
A beautiful town famous for Lachung monastery, it is believed that it’s one of the most noteworthy. The place attracts tourist here especially Buddhists. The most visited and popular places are Nyingma order of Himalayan Buddhism, Lachen Chu and the alpine covers. The place is the gateway to Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes. You must visit these beautiful places in Sikkim.
Yuksom is a small village situated on the foothills of Kanchenjunga. This village is full of green lush and is the heart of the mountains. The place has base camps for adventurers, as the hills of Kanchenjunga is too close to the village you can trek and camp in the mountain. The village houses the Khecheopalri Lake which is a holy place for Sikkimese. The town as admiring views that will give you great pictures to cherish lifelong.
10. Gurudongmar Lake
The lake is located at the height of 17,100 ft above the sea level and is among the fifteen highest lakes in the world. The beautiful soul pleasing scenes of Mount Siniolchu and Kanchenjunga from the lake are the sites to behold and cherish. It is believed that the water of Gurudongmar lake has healing power people even carry some water with them. The mesmerizing views of the lake attract most tourists here.
11. Goecha La
Goecha La is a high mountain valley which is mostly famous for its trekking. It is located at the height of 4940 m, the area is mostly covered with dense snow. The Goecha La pass is also considered for its base camp of the southeast face of Kanchenjunga. The place is only accessed for trekking after the strict and proper permission from the officials. The trek route is only from Yuksom to Goecha la, which takes almost 7 to 8 complete days for moving from Yuksom to Goecha la and come back to Yuksom. The climate of Goecha la is unpredictable as it is located at the top of the mountain, so the chances of a snowstorm are very high in that area.
Lachung is a valley located at North Sikkim where two tributaries Lachung and Lachen meets. It is one of the tourist hotspot of Sikkim with many remarkable waterfalls. The whole region is surrounded by snow glimpsed mountains which enhance the beauty of Lachung. The place has many beautiful viewpoints with a spectacular view of the valley. The markets of Lachung is famous for its handicraft items such as woven rugs and blankets. It is one of the best tourist places with an enormous number of tourists per year spending their vacations.
13. Kanchenjunga National Park
Kanchenjunga National Park is located at the lap of the third highest mountain in the world, the great Himalayas. The place is included in the UNESCO’S World Heritage Site as it is the only national park which is situated at the height of 8586 meters. The park is spread over the area of 850 sq km located in the foothills of Sikkim and some part in Nepal. Many rare species of flora and fauna were found which include Snow Leopard and Himalayan Tahr. It’s also one of the best tourist places for trekking with the beautiful landscape and breathtaking views.
Aritar belongs to the category of a pleasant area covered with forests and greenery all around. It is located at the Eastern part of Sikkim which is known for pristine beauty and temples. The whole region is surrounded by lush greenery with many small lakes. The place is best for camping with friends and trekking through the hills. It’s a great vacation place for a soulful person who loves to spend time in a natural environment, hearing the sound of moving water with the chirping of birds and the flow of wind through the leaves.
15. Chopta Valley
Chopta Valley is located at the hamlet location in Uttrakhand. The place is known as trekkers heaven with many trekking base camps like Tugnanath, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila. Chopta Valley is perfect for intermediate trekkers with a guide to get trekking experience and also brush up their skills. It’s been a great tourist hotspot in Uttrakhand with an enormous number of tourists visiting per year. The place provides the best experience and memories like camping at the hilltop with a beautiful landscape. The snow-covered mountains dominate the panoramic view.
Ravangla is a petite town located at an altitude of 7000 feet. It is one of the most famous tourist places in Sikkim because of its beauty of the amazing scenery. We can see the breathtaking view of Himalayas clearly from this must-visit destination. This mesmerizing place is full of ethnic culture, majestic snow mountains, waterfalls, thick forests, scenic tea gardens and peaceful villages which makes it a perfect spot for having a chilly vacation with your friends and family. This town also organises Pang Lhabsol festival during the month of August-September in a marvellous way which is one of the most famous events in Sikkim must not be missed.
17. Thangu Valley
Situated at an altitude of around 3900 metres, This beautiful village named Thangu Valley is a popular place among people for having comfortable stay and relax who trek to Gurugongmar Lake. This quaint town is a treat to eyes for nature lovers as we can catch the glimpse of beautiful trees in a row going upwards along with the beautiful and famous Cho Lhamu or Muguthang Lake. During summer, this amazing valley gets covered with vibrant alpine flowers and is covered with heavy snow during the winter season. It is a perfect destination to have an adventurous trek with your friends and family and enjoy the beauty of nature.
18. Cholamu Lake
Also known as Tso Lhamo Lake, Cholamu Lake is located in North Sikkim at an altitude of 18000 feet from the sea level and is known as the highest lake in India and 14th highest in the world. This moderately sized, almost frozen stunning lake is off-limits to commonplace tourists as it lies very near to the Tibet border and people who want to visit this sublime place have to take permission from Indian Army and Sikkim police. It is one of the few place which is very risky as well as stunning which interests people more to visit here. You can have an adventurous trek through the risky terrains and reach this place and get a chance to witness this calm sheet of water.
Also known as Gyalshing, Geyzing is a place surrounded by majestic and lofty mountains of the Himalayan range. This beautiful city is the capital city of the West Sikkim district and is a major tourist attraction among its visitors for not only its scenic beauty but also for many monasteries situated in the city visited by various Buddhist pilgrims. This place is a famous tourist hotspot as well as the main commercial and trading town of the region. Yangtey hilltop situated in this city is one of the main tourist attraction which offers a beautiful scenic view and you can also witness the marvellous Kanchenjunga Mountains from this place. This natural picturesque beauty is a place whose beauty must not be missed if you visit Sikkim.
20. West Sikkim
As locates at the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga, West Sikkim is famous for its best picturesque view of south-east face of Mount Kanchenjunga. Apart from this, it is also famous for some of its holiest and oldest Buddhist Monasteries situated in the world which makes it a beautiful amalgamation of religious history and nature. It is famous among tourists as a perfect destination for tranquillity and has a peaceful and calm vacation. One of the main tourist attraction in this place is the holy Kchehepalri Lake which is mesmerising to both tourists as well as devotees.
21. Pemayangtse Monastery
It is one of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Sikkim located in Pemayangtse on a hilltop overlooking the Rabdetse ruins. Formerly, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. This monastery is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava and consists the statues of him and his concerts. It is a famous destination for Buddhist pilgrims as well as other tourists because of its rich history and iconic & eye-pleasing site for an ancient monastery.
22. South Sikkim
South Sikkim is considered as one of the best places for a perfect vacation for the people looking for retreat amidst nature. This mesmerizing place is surrounded by majestic hills and beautiful forests full of flora and fauna. Apart from its scenic beauty, it is famous for its stupas and monasteries due to which many devotees visit this town for its religious significance. One of the main attraction of this eminent tourist destination is the statue of Guru Rinpoche.
23. North Sikkim
North Sikkim is one of the most charming and beautiful places in Sikkim. This uninhabited area is mystically beautiful and is the headquarters of North Sikkim district. It is a perfect spot for adventurous people who love hiking and trekking trips in mountains and forests. Apart from its nature’s scenic beauty and famous lakes, it is also famous for some of the famous and important monasteries.
Yangtey is a small village considered as an instance of paradise located at an altitude of 6000 feet. It is mostly famous for the spectacular views it offers of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other magnificent peaks of Eastern Himalayas. Apart from this, it is a great example of art, culture and history because of its ancient monasteries. The most famous tourist attraction of this village is the holy Khecheopalri Lake which is considered as the highlight of a holiday in Sikkim.
Namchi is a famous tourist hotspot because of its scenic environment and two gigantic statues. It is full of valleys, monasteries, pilgrimage centres and several other beauty with rich history and nature which makes it a worth visiting place. This place offers comfortable stay because of its good facilities like luxury hotels, spas, bars and so on.
Also famous as Chechen or Mangalbaray, Biksthang is basically a small farmhouse locates in the Pelling district of Sikkim famous for offering a picturesque view of Himalayas. It is one of the most serene destinations perfect for a getaway with your friends and family. Surrounded by majestic mountains having beautiful sceneries attracts a lot of visitors. This mesmerizing place is also famous for bird watching and other several wildernesses.
27. Tendong Hill
Located at an altitude of 8530 feet, It is a perfect getaway destination for your friends and family offering a marvellous view of the valley in Sikkim. This hill is phenomenally perfect and is considered as one of the not to be missed places in Sikkim. Its lush greenery rich in flora and wildlife attracts a lot of nature lovers. You can witness a lot of wild animal species like leopards, Himalayan bears, red pandas and over 90 bird species as well. This beautiful place provides splendid panoramic sight and even has an inactive volcano which is famous among the visitors.
Borong is a small and beautiful scenic village near Ravangla considered as a perfect tourist spot for people who love nature and is located at an altitude of 5800 feet. This amazing place surrounded by hilly trees and offering a spectacular and picturesque view of snow-covered Himalayan Mountains is the most ideal place in Sikkim for people who are seeking for some tranquillity and peace. People enjoy the stay in comfortable cottages and sightseeing the rich flora and fauna of this mesmerizing beauty.
29. Dzongri Trek
Dzongri Trek is the most popular high altitude trek in Sikkim which offers enchanting views while trekking and provides a picturesque view of nature full of lush greenery and spectacular flora and fauna. It is a very popular place among adventurous people who seek to have an unforgettable adventure in Sikkim in a short amount of time. It is a perfect activity to spot a picturesque view of the gorgeous valleys of Sikkim.
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