Sikkim where heaven meets earth

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"Sikkim where heaven meets earth"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2011
Sikkim is a small state of about 7000 sq. km.
with altitude ranging from tropical to alpine is one of the most beautiful states. The state is treasure house of some of the most beautiful streams, lakes & waterfalls.
Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim. Most of the sightseeing starts from Gangtok. One day is enough for Gangtok and one or two evening at MG road for shopping and roaming. The north Sikkim is still untouched and requires special permission from the military to visit. Yumthang valley when we visited in May 20th was full of Rhododendron flowers. We were able to play in snow at zero point which is at a height of 1500 feet. The gurudogmar lake at 17100 feet was as if we were watching a masterpiece of nature. The sudden change in weather at nathula pass (China Border) gave us a glimpse of what the Indian Army has to face while guarding our frontiers. Namchi (the place of current chief minister Pawan Chamling) is also being developed as tourist attraction. There are two big statues of Padmashambhava and Shankar on each mountain. They are being joined by rope way. The Shankar statues is very big with all four dhama replicas in front of it and 12 jyotirling around it.
Pelling is a quite place and the Rabdenste Ruins and Pemayangste Monastery require guide (which we found luckily because one of the VIP of West Bengal was visiting at the same time). The Kechiperi Lake and Kanchanzunga Falls can also be done as one way trek and back by jeep.
A 9 day trip will cover most of Sikkim.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food : Tasting all types of monos. Thukpa
You get all kind of food at gangtok but in north sikkim its mostly rice, potato, dal, chicken and noodles.
Hotel Rasoi at the start of MG road was good also the Hotel Deorali at which we stayed served good food.

Sigthseeing : Roaming on MG road at evening is really must in Gangtok.
For local Gangtok sightseeing there are about 12 points and you will have to pay 1200 - 1500 for a taxi for the whole day to show you around gangtok.
The north sikkim tours are packages with food , stay and travelling. We payed 2000 each for 3 days 2 nights for lacen and lachung trip. Gurudogmar lake is really good but the road is very bad and the height of 17100 can cause breathlessness to some people.
Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir and changu lake is a one day trip and we had to pay 800 per head.
While going to pelling form gangtok we visited namchi which will be new tourist attraction in coming years.

Activities & things to do: River rafting in Teesta River on way from NJP to Gangtok. 3500 per boat of 6 persons.
Para gliding at gangtok. Its very uncertain and depends on weather and consumes a lot of time. Its 700 per head.
A helicopter ride above gangtok by touristism department. For this you have to book at tourist center at MG road.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The main cost in Sikkim trip is that of the vehicle travelling.
The taxi which comes at 1500 for NJP to Gangtok go to about 3300 in season.
Book through north sikkim tours through good travel company or agent.
As land slides are common start early on return journey so as not to miss your flight or train. Keep a day of two spare so that any delay due to landslide or delay in permission can be adjusted.
The trains can be late (our train was 6 hrs late) so dont plan anything the day you arrive except for MG road.
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"Buddhist Destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2011
Beautiful place. You need to go here if you are going to the Himalayas. A really wonderful experience. The place is so colorful with flowers and it is naturally beautiful.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Many many many places to go sightseeing in Sikkim. You need to stay here atleast for 1 week

Activities & things to do: Trekking, Hiking, River rafting, Motorbiking, walks, realxing and a lot more.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Camera is vital.
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"Land of Lamas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2010
Best place to spend holidays in Himalayas. Orchid flowers, clean and green mountain with excellent view of the Himalayan range.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are lot's of places are for sightseeing, no doubt, you need minimum 04-05 days to explore Sikkim

Activities & things to do: There is trekking, Hiking, Motorbiking, river rafting and many more.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Always keep very good camera to click nice pic and taste bud to enjoy Sikkimi food
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"Trip To Namchi in South Sikim"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2010
Hi All
Recently I went for my Honeymoon to a resort, which I found after spending a long time online, which is situated in South Sikkim. We booked for 4 nights for a relaxing Honeymoon.... off from crowded places.
The place was fantastic. Namchi a very upcoming area, very soon will be very popular. This small & beautiful place is very beautiful and having a very small & sweet Mall, well decorated with flowers. There are lots of things to see. We liked the beautiful Tea Garden, named TEMI TEA Garden. We visited a beautiful monastery, a beautiful Rock Garden, a place called solofok (in sikkimese) which is basically an excellent architecture of char dham on a hill top. its very good. Moreover, a copper plated statue of Gurudev Padmasambhava(137ft height), visible from all locations in Namchi is also very good & photogenic. The most beautiful place, which I liked was a place called Tarey Bhir. It was excellent. As a whole I liked this destination. The resort where we stayed was also very nice. We had a gala time in Namchi, a very beautiful place, out of the world, completely in the nature, full of away from the crowded cities. I would definitely recommend this place to ALL NATURE LOVERS & HONEYMOONERS. To get an add on effect, you must stay on the hill top resort, named Seven Hills resort, where we stayed. Its outstanding!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Best food available at the restaurant at Seven Hills Resort. Other places are not having quality & standard in foods.
Best items to eat are Veg/Non Veg Tandoori items, Momos, Chinese, Indian & Tibetan dishes!
The mall is very beautiful for shopping (but honestly nothing much to shop other than few souvenirs)
Sightseeings : The most beautiful and must seen places are Temi Tea Garden, Tarey Bhir, Samdruptse (Padmasambhava Statue of 137ft height), solophok (Chardham on hill top), a very old monastery (name I forgot), Rock garden, etc.

Activities & things to do: Most suited for Nature Lovers, interested in relaxing holidays with all comforts.... among the nature... in the greenery... with the birds chirping... out of the crowded daily life.
Also recommendable to Honeymooners. Its fantastic. But to get the complete taste and make it perfect, must stay in the hill top resort, Seven Hills Resort. Its excellent!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: NJP station / Bagdogra Airport to Namchi is only 3 hours drive. A private sumo/max will cost single way transfer Rs 2200(approx). Sight seeing charge for full day is Rs 1500 (approx). Sharing transfer rate is Rs 120/- per person (but car conditions for sharing taxis are not good.) Namchi is just 1& half hrs from Pelling & 3 hours from Gangtok.
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2010
Rinchenpong, Kaluk in West Sikkim is situated between 88� - 20� East longitude and 27�14� North latitude and falls at an elevation of 5576 ft. above MSL.

The area surrounding Rinchenpong has got significant historical, cultural, natural and religious importance and thus has been considered as Eco-tourism thrust area in Sikkim by the State Forest, Environment & Wildlife Department

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Though slowly becoming a tourist destination, it is still in isolation and amidst natural beauty. This place is best for nature lovers as well as for people who are looking for some peaceful experience. As it is still a remote village you will not find any restaurant but there are a few resorts which provide excellent food. You can do lot of sight seeing such as the Pemayangtse monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Pelling, Khecheopalri Lake, Sinsore Bridge, Yuksom, Ravangla etc.

Activities & things to do: Kaluk is a heaven for nature lover, You can go for trekking across the valley or just sit quietly enjoying the magnificent view of Mt. Kanchanjanga

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can reach Kaluk from NJP via Denthan, or you can reach kaluk from gangtok, via pelling, ravangla and reshi. It is a beautiful journey for about 5 hours from NJP via Jorthan. As it is in a high altitude and you need to take the circuitous routes around mountain, you could get a headache due to the altitude. So pls do not travel on empty stomach.
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