Sikkim has long been regarded as one of the last Himalayan utopias because of its proximity to the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Bhutan, Nepal, and West Bengal. Despite its small size, the state in India's northeast has vertical terrain that makes it difficult to traverse. Even though Sikkim isn't the most accessible area to visit, adventurous travellers won't want to miss its beautiful gems.
With its mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, the area is certainly one of the most energetic and soothing to the soul. Don't miss the best things to do in Sikkim, including monasteries, river rafting, wildlife sanctuaries, and much more.
Here are a few places you should visit when in Sikkim.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a beautiful city that justifies its status as one of the state's most important cities. Clouds adorn the landscape in an awe-inspiring display. Sikkim's sense of pride is enhanced by Gangtok's cultural and historical significance. If you're looking for the best of both worlds, look no further than this city.
These must-see religious sites in Bhutan (Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, and so on) are all must-see religious sites in Bhutan.Visit Ganeshtok and Tashi viewpoints if you want a bird's-eye view of the city.
Tsomgo Lake is located approximately 40 kilometres from Gangtok, the main city. This breathtaking glacier lake is one of Sikkim's most popular tourist spots. Tsogmo literally translates to "Source of Water." This captivating lake is one of India's highest altitude lakes, adding to the beauty of Sikkim.
Tsomgo Lake reflects the massive views of snow-clad mountains surrounding it, making your trip to Sikkim even more memorable.Primulas, yellow and blue poppies, Irish, Yaks and ponies, and migratory ducks—Brahmini—are among the flora and animals present at this location.
The Nathula Pass is located 53 kilometres from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Sikkim's most important political and geographical landmark, as well as a popular tourist destination, is located here. For this reason, the Nathula Pass is a combination of Indian and Tibetan cultures.
You can buy a sovereign from Sherathang, a well-known border trade mart, for yourself and your friends. In this bustling market, you can even buy Tibetan souvenirs. A visit to Kupup, a small town near the Nathula Pass in Sikkim, is perpetually shrouded in mist, and a visit there might be a one-of-a-kind experience on your journey.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp
A trip to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a great way to get a taste of Sikkim's rich cultural heritage. It's like taking a journey to 14,000 feet above sea level to get a bird's eye view of the entire state. Kanchenjunga is the third-highest peak in the world, and a trip to the mountain's base is sure to be a memorable experience.
Dzongri, the last road around Kanchenjunga, is the starting point of the trek. The base camp is located just a few miles from the India-China border, making it an ideal location for thrill-seekers.
After Gangtok, Pelling is one of Sikkim's most popular tourist destinations. It attracts tens of thousands of tourists looking for solitude in the midst of breathtaking scenery. This town is a haven for trekkers and those who seek a peaceful existence. Since Pelling is located just over 131 miles from Gangtok and just over 73 miles from Darjeeling, it's a cinch to get there.
The best time to visit Pelling is between December and May, regardless of when you decide to go.
Lachen, Lachung, and Yumthang Valley
These three stunningly beautiful Sikkim-infused hamlets are a must-see for any traveller to India. Lachen, a small village in North Sikkim, should be on your itinerary. During the winter months, Tibetan nomadic tribes call this village home. If you're looking for a quiet getaway in Sikkim, Lachen may be the best option.
Two stunning lakes, Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu Lakes, can be reached from here. Lachen, Lachung, and Yumthang Valley are three of Sikkim's most tranquil and beautiful destinations. All three of these destinations are great places to spend some quiet time, and Yumthang, the flower valley of Sikkim, is a must-see.
These are some of the best locations in Sikkim you should not miss, and don’t forget to book your travels with MyTravaly.com.
This story is written by Amey Mohite, Content Writer, MyTravaly.
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