Sikkim may be small in size but is equally big in heart, as it offers unmatched hospitality by some of the most warm-hearted locals anyone can come across in this hilly part of North East India.
Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Sikkim has become a great hit with travelers wishing to escape the heat of the sultry plains of not only West Bengal but from all over India and the world as well.
Here is a list of some of the amazing places that lie in wait for visitors seeking to travel to this picturesque state. Book your Sikkim tour packages now to enjoy these stunning spots in and around this beautiful land.
(All distances are from the State capital, Gangtok).
This glacial lake is the most visited tourist attraction in Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 12400 feet, Tsomgo Lake, or Changu Lake as it is popularly called, is said to be a sacred body of water as the spiritual gurus studied the water colour to predict the future of Sikkim.
Baba Mandir (56km)
Baba Mandir lies a short drive further uphill from Tsomgo Lake and is home to the temple dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh. It is believed that the spirit of Harbhajan is still active and the temple will act as a guard to protect the people in difficult times.
Nathula Pass (56km)
This pass was once used as a corridor between Tibet and India and is situated at an altitude of 4,310m.The approach road to Nathula is rich in alpine flora and one can easily view across the border and see Chinese soldiers on the other side. A special permit from Gangtok is required to visit Nathula and entry is restricted to only Indian Nationals.
This peaceful town of the west district of Sikkim offers commanding views of Kanchenjunga and the neighbouring peaks of India. Another major tourist hotspot here is the Pemayangtse Monastery, less than a kilometre from Pelling. Places to visit around Pelling include Changey Waterfalls, Rimbi Waterfalls, Rock Garden, and the quaint Singshore Bridge.
Literally meaning the ‘ meeting point of three lamas’ Yuksom is a small village of great historical importance to the people of Sikkim as the first Chogyal was crowned here in 1642. Further up the road at a distance of two kilometres lies the Dubdi Monastery, the oldest in Sikkim, and declared as a National Monument. Yuksom is also the entry point of the famous Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve.
This is a popular valley, famous for its lush green meadows and the exotic flowers which bloom in summer giving it the name,’valley of flowers’. Situated at an altitude of 3564m, Yumthang is a mecca for nature lovers as it is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary where 24 species of this flower bloom between February and June.
Located at the confluence of the Lachen Chu and Kaching Chu rivers, Chungthang is a small town of North Sikkim. Mired in legends and myths, a rock here bears the footprint of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. A small patch of land sprouts paddy here since generations said to be a miracle brought upon by Guru Padmasambhava who is said to have sprinkled a few grains here.
Located high up in North Sikkim at an elevation of 17800 feet, the sacred Gurudongmar Lake, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, is named after Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. It is believed that the holy water of this lake has the power to grant children to couples who are issueless. The waters of this lake feed the river Teesta, the most important river of Sikkim and North Bengal.
Whether you are looking for a laid back holiday or want to tackle the extravagant and the adventurous offerings with both hands, Sikkim will not leave you disappointed.