Sikkim where heaven meets earth

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Sangli | 3 years ago
Sikkim where heaven meets earth
Overview of the destination
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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Sikkim Portal - Everything about Sikkim, Tourism, Trekking, Maps, Guide, Hotels etc., With its pristine and un-spoilt natural beauty and peace loving people, Sikkim offers you a truly unique visitor experience.
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Government of Sikkim - Sikkim Government portal covering diverse topics including health, tourism, culture, climate, Tenders and e-Governance.
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