Sikkim is a small autonomous state of India hidden between Nepal and Bhutan. Sikkim is not only varied in culture and traditions but also its landscapes. In the north, you will find High Mountain, near the third highest peak in the world, the Kanjenchunga (8586m), in the west an extensive collection of Buddhist monasteries such as Pemagantse. In the south, large Buddha sculptures such as Sandruptse, and in the east, more lively cities such as Gangtok.
Sikkim is all crafted with the magnificent beauty of nature, with countless places to explore and glance. The state is a breath-taking destination to relax and rejuvenate holiday within the breezing environment. If you are looking for some peace of mind, private vacation, or solace romance, Sikkim is an ideal travel destination to recreate the mood. Apart from the scenic beauty, adventurous sports activities also make this holiday place a significant choice for travelers.
Sikkim has a temperate climate in its inhabited areas and generally varies from a tropical climate to an alpine environment. In summer the temperatures can surpass the 28ºC, and in winter they hover the 0ºC, having an annual average of about 18ºC. To the north of the region and at high altitudes it can reach -40ºC in winter. We can highlight five weather stations, spring, summer, autumn, winter and the monsoon season. Caution should be taken in the monsoon season due to landslides caused by abundant rainfall, in addition to the abundant mists that can be very dangerous for transport.
In this post, we want the information that will be useful to get there, how to move, and the places that have seemed most interesting.
Below are few Incredible Things to Do in Sikkim for More Adventurous Experience:
Sikkim Guide: A Glace To The Magnificent State:
If you have chosen to visit and explore local places in Sikkim is not that so easy as it seems, and even can shuffle your pre-planned and expected deeds into surprises. So to avoid such struggling setbacks, plan your traveling and exploring route carefully to avoid destructive swings in your journey.
Sikkim is administratively divided into North Sikkim, South Sikkim, East Sikkim, and West Sikkim. We will explain that it can be seen in each region (Except the North) to make it easier.
Southern Region Of Sikkim:
Namchi and the Sandruptse:
The most important city in this area is Namchi, this is the best place to visit in Sikkim. A Joretang-Namchi jeep can be rented on 50 rupees, and the journey lasts about an hour. The town itself does not have great appeal. If the clouds allow you, you will have views of some peaks. The point of interest is Samdruptse. It is a hill that is about 7km from Namchi city. At the top of the hill, there is a statue of Guru Padmasambhava 45 meters high. Another thing you can do in Namchi is to live Siddheshvara Dham. It's like a miniature India. A complex with different replicas of the most important temples of India, and a statue of Shiva 33 meters high. At the Namchi jeep station, you have the "taxi stand" where one can take the shared taxi on rent to see all the attractions. Depends on the visits you choose you can leave more or less cheap. If you happen to travel between February-March and October, you will catch the Namchi flower festival.
Rabong / Ravangla and the Buddha Park:
This city is the base if you want to make a small trek to Maenam Hill Borong. You can also go to see Lake Cho Zolake and the Rabong Monastery. The "strong" point of Rabong is the Buddha Park where you will find another Buddha sculpture of about 45 meters. The trekking to Maenam Hill will take about 4 hours. The roads are not signposted so better hire a guide for about 600 rupees.
Other Local Attractions In Southern Sikkim: Sikip, Jorethang, Rabong, Borong Trekking, Tendong Hill, Maenam Hill, Solophok, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Temi Tea Garden, Baichung Stadium, Rock Garden, Doling Gompa, Kartok Lake, Bonn Monastery are some amazingly beautiful places to visit in the southern region of Sikkim.
Western Region Of The Sikkim:
Pelling and the Pemayangtse Monastery: Pelling is one of the small cities of more interest in the Sikkim. From here, if the clouds allow you, you will have one of the best views of the Himalayas, among them the Kanjenchunga.
Sky Walk of Pelling – Most visited sites in West Sikkim: Chenrezig statue is the fourth tallest statue in Sikkim. Along with the statue, there is a glass skywalk where visitors can enjoy an enthralling on the glass, thousands of feet above the ground, into the clouds. Charge inside the complex is Rs 20 for locals and neighbors. It is Rs 50 for non-locals. From the skywalk, you can see the entire valley underneath, including the winding Teesta and Rangit, aside located is Kanchenjunga. This is the first skywalk of India. It has been made with Rs 500 crore by the department of Sikkim tourism.
Yuksom: It is a small and super quiet village that consists of a single street with two or three restaurants, two or three hotels, and several trekking agencies. We stayed at the Hotel Pradhan for Rs 500 the double room. Within the Yuksom offer, it was the best in terms of quality/price. Yuksom is actually a departure and trekking destination, which is a beautiful place blend a track to North Sikkim’s Singalila or Dzongri trekking zone.
It also has some more attractions such as the climb to the Dubdi Monastery. There was also the first monastery founded after the coronation of the first Chogyial (king) of the Sikkim. The monastery is quite small, but the walk is pleasant. You need to be quite careful and conscious if you are visiting the place in monsoon season, as the road is fledged with leeches.
You can also go to see the small lake Kathok (10 rupees) and the Norbugang Forest, where there is a small temple, and where is the "crown stone" of the first king of the Sikkim. Another interesting option is to make a short trek walking Yuksom - Khecheopalri Lake, which we explain below.
Khecheoplari Lake: It is a sacred lake for both Hindu and Buddhist; the entrance fee is 10 rupees. You cannot bathe. The place is located halfway between Yuksom and Pelling (25 Km), and it won’t take more than 10 minutes to reach the site. The lake view is quite refreshing and breezing which will definitely make a visit more worth precious and memorizing.
Other local attractions in West Sikkim: are Goecha La, Mount Pandim, Tashiding Monastery, Geyzing, Darap Village, Rabdentse Ruins, Yangtey, Dzongri Trek, Sangachoeling Monastery, Legship Town, Biksthang, Uttarey, Varsey, Okhrey Village, Rinchenpong and many other attractive tourists’ spots.
Eastern Region Of Sikkim:
The fact that we coincided with Indian national holidays made us give up visiting the Gangtok area and the east of the Sikkim. We had coincided with several travelers who had fled in terror from there, due to the massive influx of Indian tourists and the high prices of the hotels. Gantok is a capital city of the Sikkim state, so if you're looking for tranquillity, it's not your place. From here you can make fascinating excursions of many local tourist spots and places carved with scenic beauty.
Lake Tsomgo: Lake Tsomgo (38 km from Gangtok) or the Nathula Pass (56 km from Gangtok), in the northern region. To make these excursions, you will have to hire them through an agency, as it is a special permit zone.
Nathu Lal Pass:
This is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim. This fascinating pass is spread over the eastern part of Sikkim, known to be as old Silk Route in ancient times to explore the trade and business of silk between India and Tibet. It overlooks as one of the oldest mountains passes nearby to Indo-China border carving on Chumbi Valley.
Other Local Places In Easter Sikkim: Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Jelep La, Netsland Of Gangtok; Tashi District, Enchey Monastery, Tukla ValleyDo Drul Chorten, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Gangtok Ropeway, Ganesh Tok, Bakthang Waterfalls, Aritar Lake, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park, Zuluk, Nathang Valley,
Northern Region Of Sikkim:
The northern region of Sikkim is trekking territory and requires that you have a "tour-trekking" with an agency to travel it. In this area, you can enjoy the trekking, and for this, you can hire the trekking guide.
Lachung River: In the northern region, you can explore banks of Lachung river, which is indeed a calm and peaceful site to visit for nature lovers.
Yumthang Valley: This place is another natural site to visit in northern Sikkim, actually a rich rhododendron forest and also known as “Valley Of Flowers.”
Chopta Valley: The place is must visit natural site especially during the spring season, as all merged colorful flowers and natural forms.
Lachen: A place that will make you more alive and refreshing, encircled with natural beauty and Gurudongmar Lake and Lhamu lakes. Yak race is one of the attractions to look for.
Some more local destinations in Northern Region of Sikkim: are Seven Sisters Waterfall, Chungthang, Thangu, Mangan, Green Lake Trek, Tosar Lake Trek, Singhik, Kabi Lungchok and more.
Gurudongmar lake in Lachen north Sikkim – The lake is located near the Tibet border in north Sikkim. It is the place of blue ships, yaks and other high-altitude animals. The snow-fed milky water of the lake meets Teesta at its origin. Located at 17000 ft, Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world. It is encircled with snow-covered mountains. According to myth, the blessed water of the lake is said to have miraculous effect in terms of bringing children to the lives of issueless couples. The name of the lake has been derived from Guru Padmasambhava.
So, if you want to enjoy your holiday in a peaceful area and want to take an Adventurous Experience, then Sikkim is one of the best places for you to visit. So, book your ticket for Sikkim trip right now and enjoy your holiday.