Sikkim Tourism

Sikkim Tourism


About Sikkim

Sikkim

Sikkim is the second smallest state of India. It was an independent monarchy ruled by kings called Chogyals till 1975, when it joined the Indian union. Sikkim has borders with Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the Indian state of West Bengal. Situated in the Himalayan ranges, the state is entirely hilly with elevations ranging between 300m and 8583m. The highest elevation is Mt. Kanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world, which is worshipped as the guardian deity of the state.

 

Lepchas are considered to be the oldest inhabitants of Sikkim. Then came the Bhutias from Tibet, and later Nepalis, and the people from Indian plains. Sikkim is home to the Mahayana form of Buddhism and its colourful Gompas (Buddhist monasteries) are a major attraction. Of these, Rumtek monastery near Gangtok, and Tashiding & Pemayangste monasteries in West Sikkim are the most important.

 

Gangtok is the main city and the capital of Sikkim. It is a cosmopolitan place with views of snow-covered Himalayas, botanical gardens and monasteries. Gangtok is also an ideal base to visit the southern parts of the state where most of the tourist sites are located. Approachable from Gangtok, Tsongo Lake is located 3720m above sea level and is frozen during the winters. The Chinese border at Nathula Pass is close by. The town of Pelling is in west Sikkim and is a popular tourist spot. The Kanchendzonga National Park is a habitat for the snow leopard, red panda, Tibetan antelope and wild ass.

 

Phang Lhabso and Losoong are the main festivals of Sikkim. Phang Lhabso is dedicated to the worship of Mt. Kanchendzonga and is celebrated in August/September. Losoong is celebrated in December/January and marks the end of the harvest season.

 

Foreign nationals visiting Sikkim must obtain an Inner Line Permit. The permits are available at Indian missions and tourism offices in Delhi and Calcutta.

 

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Harshvadan Mihir

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"A scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Had been to Sikkim some time in May June. It is a nice place to be in. Apart from scenic beauty there are certain things that one must consider. Don't allow rains to act as a spoilsport. Do plan your visit before the rains set in. Rains not allow severely hamper your movement but also cause unnecessary delay in your plans. This is because road conditions are not that good. You are also caught unawares since there is a sudden burst of cold. We were advised by our travel agents not to carry any woollies. That aggravated the situation. So please do not plan after May till monsoon lasts.
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Shreaya Singh

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  • Shreaya Singh
  • Lives in Port Blair
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"Untouched paradise" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The tag line of Sikkim Tourism is the most apt "Small but Beautiful". This small north eastern state is no less than heaven on earth. With the places like Gangtok, Changu lake, Nathula pass, etc. The place is untouched. Best season to visit the state is between March to May. As most of the routes are blocked in winters due to heavy snows.

A must visit place in your life.
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Akhil Ahlawat

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  • Akhil Ahlawat
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Must visit place for its greenery & calmness" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited the Sikkim along with Darjelling in our package. It is my best advice to visit North East up to early June or after September as rain will hamper you to see many memorable and main sight seeing in your itinerary or package. Sikkim is must place to visit for its greenery and calmness. Overall it was a good experience and will be memorable lifetime.
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Pradeep Raju

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  • Pradeep Raju
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Beautiful place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you want to thank God for his glorious creations, visit Sikkim.
Places to visit:
Nathu La Pass, Tsangpo lake, Temi tea garden, yumthang valley, lachung, kanchenjunga, gurudongmar lake, zemu glacier, kecheopalri lake, kanchenjunga, lachen, Katao, Yumesamdong.

The best time to visit Sikkim is Dec, Jan, Feb. This is the time we can see snow clad mountains, frozen lakes. Cheap jackets (with baragain) are available. But dont buy at Gangtok. Only buy at country side for isntance at Tsangpo lake.
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Amitra Kar

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"Simply Superb Sikkim" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The wonderland named Sikkim has so many and so much on offer! In spite of being one of the smallest state, it has got plenty for your visual senses ranging from mountains to rivers to lakes to glaciers to forests. And the hospitable people of this place make it more comfortable and memorable experience all together.

Gangtok being the capital is well organised on infrastructure and facilities. Typically you would be coming from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station or from Bagdogra Airport (120 km / 4 hours) with scenic drive and you have to change your SUV (typically Mahindra Maxx) to smaller vehicles (Wagon R) into the city taxi stand as the bigger vehicles are prohibited inside the city. The capital city has got plenty of tourist attractions and you need to have 7-8 hours to cover all at a cost of 2000 rupees in a Wagon R type vehicle. Most famous are Do-Drul-Chorten Stupa, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Ban Jhakri Falls, Ganesh Tok, Tashi View Point and Flower Complex to name a few. A walk by the fantastic walkway at MG Marg by the evening is a must do and if you have a day or two more, get fascinated by the aerial view of this hill town on a 24 seater cable car (Ropeway). Get some delicious momos for your taste buds and if you want to make it more memorable, sip off some good wine/ liquor in some of the good restaurant around MG Marg. If you are lucky for a clear sky in the morning, get amazed by the hill top view of the mighty Kanchendzonga, right from your hotel window! We made Gangtok as our base and covered Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang, Zero Point and Pelling criss-crossing for about 7 days.
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Nagaraju Pingali

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  • Nagaraju Pingali
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Splendid Sikkim" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
One have to experience the journey. Gorgeous gorges, magnificent mountains, one and only yumthang valley, gurudongmar lake, spine chilling changu lake, it's switzerland relocated in india. We covered all parts of sikkim in 10 days trip. Specially tourists from south and western parts of India, this would be a great experience. People with breathing problems have to be more careful in this trip, while reaching high altitudes one with above problems may feel nausea, etc. Be careful in this matter.
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Charu Maurya

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  • Lives in Ranchi
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"Place where you don't want to blink, Sikkim"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
SIKKIM DIARY

Close your eyes and think of the most beautiful places you want to visit... Maybe you will be flashed with picturesque images of Switzerland embracing snow covered mountains, lush green farms and endless lakes. There's a similar place like heaven on earth and that's none other than north eastern state of India, Sikkim whom you can literally call Switzerland of east.

The moment you will step there one thing that comes to mind is why deities made their abode in mountains. I will say why not? What can be more beautiful than a place which lies on mother nature's lap. There's surely something divine about this place, and for me being a first time visitor of any north eastern state I was more than ecstatic, yes I was on seventh heaven. Finally got that much awaited call from Himalayas. My dream destination!! Right from the childhood mystical image of Himalayas that flashed in my mind I was super desperate to visit, see that mighty structure, wanted to feel the spiritual touch, magic of tranquillity. I got all and more than that in fact, such beautiful place, this place is really out of this world!!

Have you ever been to a place where mountains are covered with clouds? And you felt like cuddling in them like cupid! It may sound dreamy but what is true is travelled. When fresh dew touches you sporadically, you blink your eyes and everything gets cosy under thick blanket of clouds, sometimes you have magnificent view of valleys and sometimes you do not even have chance to pierce through ten feet of mist. That dark deodar trees will make you fall in love with them. Whispering woods are wonderfully whimsical. High falls spurt every here and there, you start from zenith to reach the pinnacle. To tell you about the best part of this sabbatical was at the same time funny too since whenever we were on wheels we hardly blinked fearing missing out something which is giving such treat to our eyes. Moving ahead to tell you what works as icing on cake is simple, sober and super diligent people of Sikkim. Maybe they live in the highest altitude of the country but they are always grounded. Their smile speaks innocence and gesture hospitality, their pragmatic approach to life is a way ahead. Life's hardship is enjoyed through zealness they carry in their pocket all the time. More you talk to them more you grow fonder. That's the inert talent of folks. Maybe beautiful place makes beautiful people.
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Satya Reddy

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"A nice trip to Sikkim"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a nice trip to Sikkim. I was a bit excited about when I will reach there. It is a nice state. The people there are very fast in culture. Most of them are depending on their tourism. Some are adamant guys. They have belief in their language. And didn't listen to the people who visit there.
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Varshil Somani

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"Awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Too good place in India. The government has made a temple of pilgrimage in Sikkim which is the symbolic of char dham in India. The climate is just fabulous. Darjeeling, Gangtok, lachung are other best places which can be visited with Sikkim.
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Basab Ray chaudh

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"KALUK : Discover the beauty of Kangchenjunga"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kaluk is a small village in West Sikkim, 125 km away from NJP/ Siliguri. It takes about 6 hr to drive from NJP. Its a virgin hill station with couple of resorts having modern facilities. Right from the resort you can see the fabulous Kanchanjunga range. Rinchenpong, where Kabi Guru Rabindranath Tagore stayed, is located only 2km away. You can visit near by tourist places like Uttarey, Pelling, Barmiok, Hee, Chayatal, Okhrey and Barsey, all located within 10 to 50 km. I strongly recommend this trip of a week long.
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