Sikkim, a paradise in the North-East of India with its magnetic views of the Himalayas, is the perfect place to call home. If you don’t explore the state’s beauty, you are missing something truly outstanding. Sikkim offers a lot of wonders. It has beautiful meadows, the snowcapped, sky-piercing Himalayas, as well as the captivating charm of its vibrant culture.
Sikkim can be reached from anywhere in India by air, rail, or road. Despite being landlocked with sister states in North-East, Sikkim’s better connectivity with India has helped to attract so many tourists each year. The people of Sikkim make this place even more beautiful. This place offers some fantastic hospitality. To help you plan your trip, check out the top 10 places to see in Sikkim.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a beautiful city. Incredible beauty, abundant, and adorned with clouds everywhere. Sikkim has the cultural and historical significance Gangtok gives to its pride. You can see the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga must be seen from Gangtok while you are exploring Sikkim. If you visit Gangtok between March-May, you will be greeted with the fragrance of Rhododendrons. Gangtok is one of India’s most beautiful hill stations. The city is a mixture of modernization, cultural beauty, and modernization. You must visit Enchey Monastery and Ganesh Tok if you wish to see religious sites. Ganeshtok or Tashi viewpoint are great places to get an aerial view of the city.
Tsomgo Lake can be found approximately 40 kilometers from Gangtok. The stunning glacier lake is a top tourist destination in Sikkim. Tsogmo translates to “Source of Water.” This gorgeous lake is located at the highest elevation in India, making Sikkim even more beautiful. Tsomgo Lake is a reflection of the vast views of snow-clad mountains surrounding it. This makes your Sikkim trip even more memorable. This location is home to the following fauna and flora: yellow and blue poppies, migratory ducks, Brahmini. Tsogmo lake is best visited in the early mornings as it gets dark quickly and the roads are not well-constructed. The best time to see snow is January-March, and April-May is when orchids or Rhododendrons are in full bloom. You can have an unforgettable experience at the lake by only 2 hours from Gangtok.
Nathula Pass lies approximately 53km from Gangtok. This place is a popular tourist spot in Sikkim. It also serves as a political landmark for Sikkim. Nathula Pass links India and Tibet, creating a mixture of Tibetan and Indian culture. You can purchase a sovereign for your friends and yourself at the famous Sherathang border market.
This vibrant market also offers Tibetan goods. Kupup is located near Nathula Pass. It is always under the clouds, so visiting it could be an unforgettable experience on your Sikkim trip.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Travel is the best way to exchange cultural ideas. It teaches you about a new culture in a way that any book or video can’t possibly conduct. Kanchenjunga Base Camp offers one way to experience the real essence of Sikkim culture. You will experience the whole state from a single journey; This takes you to up to 14,000ft above sea level. Kanchenjunga is third in the world, and a camp at the base of this majestic mountain will give you something to brag about. Dzongri is the final road around Kanchenjunga. This is where you start your trek. Adventurers will enjoy this exciting base camp, which is so close to India and China Borders.
Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley
These three villages, rich in Sikkim’s culture, are sure to be on your list of places you want to visit in India. Lachen, a small town in North Sikkim, is worth a visit. During winter, this village is home to Tibetan nomadic tribes. Although Lachen isn’t as well-known as other Sikkim tourist spots, it is still worth visiting. It’s a gateway to the Tso Lhamu Lakes and Gurudongmar Lakes. Sikkim’s beautiful and peaceful destinations that you should not miss are Yumthang Valley, Lachung, or Lachung. Lachen is the ideal place to enjoy peace, Lachung is excellent for enjoying the snow, and Yumthang is where you should see the beautiful flower valleys of Sikkim.
Pelling is Sikkim’s second most popular spot after Gangtok. Pelling attracts thousands of tourists who want to find peace and tranquility during magnificent views. The town is a paradise for peace-lovers and trekkers. Pelling is easily accessible from Sikkim’s main attractions Gangtok or Darjeeling, which are approximately 131km and 73km. Pelling is best visited between December and May. If you see this charming town, you can experience winter, spring, and summer. Pelling offers mouthwatering North-Eastern cuisine.
Zuluk, one of Sikkim’s most unusual locations, is a place that will captivate its visitors with breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding it. Nag Temple, a unique temple dedicated to Nag Devta (Snake God), is located in a beautiful and unspoiled location. It houses an idol of King Cobra. The temple is shaped like a cave or den, making it feel like you are entering a snake hole. Magnetic views of the snow-clad Mt. Zuluk are another major attraction. Most travelers who arrive in Zuluk visit Kanchenjunga or Thambi View Point. This beautiful, scenic town is worth a visit when you travel to this strange state.
The Teesta River is a magical place that delights its visitors. Its sparkling wilderness flows endlessly, and it seems like a fairy tale. The Teesta River can be visited in winter to enjoy its frozen beauty and take in the beautiful view. Alternatively, you can call it in summer to see the brightly colored flowers and the sparkling water. River rafting, kayaking, and paddleboarding are two of the most popular activities on the Teesta River. If you visit the magnificent place, you can see the Sangam of Teesta River and its tributary, the Rangeet River. You can also visit Dikchu Bridge on the way to Lachung, another major attraction of the Teesta River.
Gurudongmar Lake looks very similar to Pangong Tso Lake in Leh. This tranquil lake is a great place to visit in Sikkim due to its bright turquoise color and the vibrant North-East culture. The lake is located at 17,800 feet above sea level. Gurudongmar Lake’s most striking feature is its status as holy by three religions: Hindu, Sikhs, and Buddhists. This particular area of Sikkim is home to rare fauna such as Blue Sheeps and Yaks.
The best places in Sikkim are the ones we have saved for last. Goechala, a mountain pass, is a favorite spot for trekkers and adventure seekers. It is known for its skiing and hiking, making it an excellent place for adrenaline-rush experiences for travelers who visit Sikkim. It doesn’t matter if you are a hiker or a trekker. But, you can still take in the breathtaking views from Mt. Kanchenjunga.