Best Places To Visit In Sikkim
Sikkim is every traveller, photographer & blogger’s dream destination and one of the country’s most beautiful states. Whether you’re looking to relax in the lap of nature, or you are enthusiastic for an adventure, this gateway to the North-East enchants one and all. So, we got out our travel diaries and decided to put together a list of places to visit in Sikkim. Read on!
There are several Sikkim tourist places in the capital, including the Enchey and Rumtek monasteries. If you love shopping or want to interact with the locals, you have to visit MG Marg. In May, the city hosts the International Flower Festival that’s a botanical delight. The outskirts of Gangtok are famous for adventure sports. Go river-rafting on the Teesta River or soar through the air while paragliding at Baliman Dara and Bulbuley Dara.
While Sikkim (and Gangtok) is a tiny place, booking a room near most attractions is convenient to save time on travel. An elegant homestay in Gangtok is the Green Tara Homestay. Some attractions within a 5 km distance include the Palzor Stadium and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
2. Tsongmo Lake
When visiting this vibrant state, you have to check off the Tsongmo Lake from your ‘Sikkim Places to Visit’ list. This serene lake is home to Brahmini Ducks, and its banks are covered with colourful flowers. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a musk deer or red panda.
Tip: Before making the trip to the lake, you will need to apply for a permit from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Sikkim. At about 38 km away from Gangtok, you can easily book a taxi or private vehicle to the Nathula Pass and stop-by on the way.
3. Nathula Pass
A breath-taking place to visit in Sikkim, the view from the Nathula Pass is nothing short of stunning. Here you can find the Indo-China border as well as the Indian Army Exhibition Centre.
Tip: Since the Pass is at a higher altitude (4310m), you may want to spend a little more time in and around Gangtok to get acclimatised before visiting it.
A historic town, Yuksom is a trekker’s delight. There’s a lot to see with the Throne of Norbugang, Yuksom Temple and numerous monasteries. For a small shopping spree, head over to the Yuksom Bazaar, a local market where you’ll find produce and household products.
Don’t forget to pack your camping gear for an adventure of a lifetime — the Goechala Trek. This trek transcends sceneries and offers a grand view of 14 different summits!
Pelling is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim during the summer. The clear blue skies and fresh mountain air make it a delight to visit. Nestled in the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga mountain range foothills, it’s the place to enjoy lush greenery, numerous waterfalls, and monasteries.
A modern homestay in Pelling is the Lamthang Retreat. It offers many amenities like electric kettle, private bathrooms, TVs, and free parking for private vehicles.
Tip: No matter where you go in Sikkim, be sure to sample their famous Chhurpi, Thukpa and Momos.
6. Khangchendzonga National Park
The Khangchendzonga National Park covers 1784 sq. km and is surrounded by formidable peaks including its namesake. This ecologically untouched area is home to diverse flora and fauna including the Red Panda, Barking Deer, Snow Leopard and Himalayan Black Bear.
While the literal meaning of Namchi is ‘top of the sky’, the magnificent view from this city will make you feel as though you are at the top of the world! This is no doubt, one of the absolute best places to visit in Sikkim.
This city is a well-known pilgrimage site amongst Buddhists. Here, you can find the world’s largest Buddhist Padmasambhava. The city also hosts the Namchi Mahotsav that showcases Sikkim cuisine & culture at its best.
Best time to visit Sikkim
Depending on when you visit, you get to see a different shade of this gorgeous state. The summer months between March and June are pleasant and play host to nature in its full bloom. In the winter months, the higher altitude parts of the state are covered in snow. You can also experience the vibrant culture with various festivals like the Cherry Tea Festival and the Red Panda Winter Festival.
Tip: If you are visiting during the peak season, book a homestay in Sikkim before your trip starts as these tend to get full really soon.
With so much to see and enjoy, have you already started packing? Don’t forget to book your tickets and room with your digibank by DBS debit card and avail of exclusive discounts.