Located in North East of India, the state of Sikkim is endowed with breathtaking waterfalls, lakes, scenic valleys, monasteries and Gompas. There are quite a few exciting trek routes too. Tucked away in the lap of the magical Himalayas, though it is the second smallest state in the country, its prismatic beauty and captivating charm will make you wonder!
If you are planning to visit this alluring state, here is a list of 8 best places to visit in Sikkim that makes it for a wonderful as well as blissful holiday.
1. KANCHENJUNGA FALLS IN PELLING
Kanchenjunga falls is situated around an hour drive from Pelling towards Yuksom. It has water all the year around. One has to climb a series of steep stairs to reach the base of the fall. The waterfall is set in sylvan surroundings and is really beautiful. Located at a height of 7,200ft above the sea, this scenic town is bestowed with several waterfalls, breath-taking views, natural beauty and adventure options like rafting, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking and several others.
2. BUDDHA PARK AND RALANG MONASTRY OF RAVANGLA
The Buddha Park hosts a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha which is clearly visible from all the directions. The park area is beautifully landscaped creating ample walkway, gardens and space for visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings. The Ralang Monasteries is a group of two monasteries, situated 13 km away from the town of Ravangla. These monasteries follow the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism. It is a calm and heavenly place.
3. CHAR DHAM OR SIDDHESHWAR DHAM NAMCHI
Char Dham is a huge pilgrimage cum cultural complex developed by the Sikkim Government to promote Religious, Eco and Village tourism in the state.
Translated into the native Tibetan language, Namchi means the ‘top of the sky’. Namchi is more considered as a pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. Amongst the important religious sites, the Namchi Monastery, Tendong Hill and Ralong Monasteries are the pre-dominant
4. RUMTEK MONASTRY
The largest monastery in Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. The beautiful monastery enshrines a golden stupa which contains relics like statues and paintings that belong to the 16th Karmapa. While you can always take a private taxi from Gantok to reach Rumtek Manastery, there is a more economical option of taking a shared vehicle (10am to 2pm) from Gangtok Taxi Jeep Service Stand located near the hotel Hungry Jack on NH31A. There is also bus service to Rumtek. It is a common trekking point for the Sikkim Ravangla Khechupelri trek.
5. TSOMGO LAKE
Located only 38km from Sikkim’s capital, it lies at an altitude of 12,400ft and is one of the highest lakes in India. It is not a hidden destination but it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sikkim. While the lake remains frozen during the winters, summer brings in a magical charm and appeal to Tsomgo. While in Sikkim, do not miss a chance to visit this wonderful place! All foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit Tsomgo lake. This permit is also known as Inner Line Permit (ILP). Indians however do not require this.
6. THAMBI VIEW POINT ZULUK
Immediately after crossing Zuluk, your vehicle will start climbing steep mountains. The famous Zig Zag road, takes couple of dozen turns and twists to cover the 14 kms distance to Thambi view point. At an altitude of 11,200 ft it provides excellent sunrise view. The entire eastern Himalaya can be viewed from this spot including the Kanchenjunga massif.Touching a towering height of 10,000ft, Zuluk is one of the least discovered destinations in the entire of Sikkim.
A pretty village, situated on both banks of the Lachung River, Lachung is an ideal place for nature lovers. Quiet, serene, beautiful, Lachung is everything that a visitor requires in their trip. Lachung literally means ‘Small Pass’, which it indeed is as it is situated in the close proximity to Tibet border
A peaceful village, Thangu is in a way Indian Military base, where they stay for some time to get acclimatized. Thangu is also a base for those who wish to trek to Chopta Valley and Muguthang. A picturesque hamlet, it has a scanty population and that is why it seems a perfect place for the nature lovers.
More information :
- Carry umbrellas, woollens while travelling
- Nathu-la is open for Indian Nationals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is allowed only till 1 pm
- Traffic rules are strictly followed in Sikkim and as a community they like to keep the city clean
- Gangtok (East Sikkim), Pelling (West Sikkim) and Namchi (South Sikkim)
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