Sikkim Tourism

Sikkim Tourism

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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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Deep Mukherjee
  • Deep Mukherjee
  • 1 Review

"Unexpected rains and great climate" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's an awesome place. I went there with lot of expectations and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed staying in Gangtok and the place was close to the heaven. Best part is the weather of Sikkim. You'll never know when it'll rain and when you'll see the beautiful view of the mountains. You can visit many more places like Changu lake and Zero point. You'll get chilled there because the temperature is too low. Overall, it was a thrilling experience.
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Dhiraj Biswas
  • Dhiraj Biswas
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews

"Great Place with Great people." new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Sikkim was really great place to travel. The Kanchenjunga view from here was great. It is very tough to complete total Sikkim in one trip. The place is awesome and is thronged by tourists round the year. I really had a great time.
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Somnath Sikdar
  • Somnath Sikdar
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  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 3 Reviews

"Such a wonderful place!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a good experience overall. The place is really beautiful, and we had a lovely time indeed. But our tour operator was really bad, but we somehow survived.
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Ameya Gokhale
  • Ameya Gokhale
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews

"One of the tiring travel destinations in India"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Well as I have been in Travel field for around 8 years, never actually had a chance to visit Sikkim before as a holiday trip or work purpose. But I chose this destination for my Honeymoon and it went all wrong. The Roads of Sikkim killed our Trips enthusiasm.

We knew its December and it would be a chilling holiday and wanted to experience that; but wherever we went - Gangtok, Darjeeling or Pelling, none of the hotels in these places were equipped with good heating systems. The Temperature was 2 or 3 Degrees at night. Road journey of Sikkim is one of the worst which I have experienced in my whole life. It takes 5-6 hours if the distance is 120-130 kilometers, 7-8 hours for 150-160 kilometers. Roads are narrow, rusty and it remains like that for most part of the year.

Hotel Accommodation in Sikkim - Darjeeling: Hotels are so close to each others, smaller roads are crowded with Jhugi Walas, shops, Sabji Walas. I mean it reminded me of Mumbai. Government have to help local body's to improve roads, restructure or manage the local markets and the Tourist hotels.
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Salim Zaman
  • Salim Zaman
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Glorious experience in Sikkim"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2013
Our train journey to NJP was comfortable to all of us. The nice position of Hotel Himalaya enchanted us and views of hills from hotel rooms were excellent. Also services of hotel was good enough. Our sightseeing by the advice of HolidayIQ was very charming and comfortable. We have gathered our nice experiences by capturing beautiful pictures, photos and videos at different places.
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Abhijit Gupta
  • Abhijit Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews

"Sikkim - A True Nature's Paradise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2013
If you are looking forward to visit a hill station, spend holidays in serenity and tranquility no other place can be as beautiful as Sikkim in India. Sikkim has got a huge number of places of interest along with some offbeat destinations and exotic locations too. The place is not only for family visits, it is also a den for trekkers and adventure lovers. Sikkim is visited all throughout the year except rainy season but the best time to visit Sikkim is from October to mid January and from April to May. If you wish to enjoy cold weather, Sikkim is suggested in December and January. This time Sikkim generally enjoys fine weather with clear sky and cold temperature but the higher reaches like north Sikkim and East Sikkim will gave freezing weather. Sikkim is very colorful in April-May because this is the time when Rhododendrons blossom in the mountains of Sikkim. One has to visit north and east regions to experience this beauty of Sikkim.

Gangtok being the capital city of Sikkim is one of the most beautifully designed and well maintained hill cities in Asia. Gangtok is the administrative center of the state and one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Most of the tourists make Gangtok as the base to visit the adjacent places in Sikkim. The north Sikkim said to be as the "Switzerland Of India", is visited on package trips from Gangtok. The Tsomgo Lake, New Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass and Tookla Valley is visited on day trips from Gangtok. There are many local places of interest in Gangtok which one can cover in city sightseeing. The Rope-way ride in Gangtok is one of the prime attractions. Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery and Do-drul Chorten are must visit places in Gangtok.

North Sikkim package trip is a great experience. It takes you to the most highest points in Sikkim. Roads to north Sikkim is very rough but adventurous and enjoyable. One can visit north in 1 night - 2 days trip or 2 nights - 3 days package trip. It is suggested to visit on 2 nights - 3 days trip which covers all the places of interest in north. The major attractions are Chopta Valley, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake and Zero Point. The driver can manage a day visit up to Katao from Lachen if accessible but on an extra pay. A night stay in Lachen and Lachung with camp fire can be a memorable experience. Though there aren't any high end hotels or resorts in north Sikkim, tourists are mainly kept in house stays and small hotels with basic amenities but it is really worth spending nights there in north Sikkim. The scenic view all around is just amazing.

A day trip to Tsomgo Lake, New Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass from Gangtok is worth visiting. Nathula remains closed on Monday and Tuesday. Tsomgo Lake is a surprise for visitors because it is hard to believe such a beautiful lake at such a height. Baba Mandir is a temple dedicated to one of the courageous and most admired army personnel who sacrificed his life for the country. The temple is designed and maintained by Indian Army regiment who is posted there to look after the border. Nathula Pass is one of the oldest passes between India and China.

The west Sikkim is also one of the popular destinations in Sikkim. Pelling is the most visited tourist spot but places like Kaluk and Richenpong have developed to be other places of interest. Pelling can be visited from Gangtok and it is suggested to take the route via Namchi. Temi tea garden - the only tea garden in Sikkim, Samdruptse - the giant Buddha statue, Char Dham can be seen on sightseeing en-route Pelling from Gangtok. Not many tourists take this route but the places are really worth visiting. One can stay in Pelling and make sightseeing in and around the place. Kanchenjungh waterfall, Rimbi waterfall, Khechuperi Lake, Rabdentse ruins, Singshore Bridge are few of the must visit places in and around Pelling. One can see all these tourist spots if he avail a full day sightseeing.

One can spend 2 nights in leisure in Kaluk to enjoy the serenity of the place. Kaluk is still an offbeat destination in west Sikkim because not many tourists travel this place. A nature walk up to Richenpong will be an amazing experience to them who are nature lovers.

If you wish to visit the famous Silk route in east Sikkim, it is suggested to take the route from Rongli rather than visiting Gangtok straight away from Bagdogra or BJP or Siliguri. The best place to start your trip to east Sikkim is from Lingtam, a very small hamlet in the heart of hills. Lingtam is considered to be the gateway to east Sikkim while the other places of interests are Aritar, Rishikhola, Zuluk, Nathang Valley and Lungthung. Each of the the destinations in east Sikkim are nature's marvelous creations. The tourist route starts from Lingtam and ends up to Gangtok via Silk route though one can visit up to Nathang Valley - the highest point and then return. There is only one hotel in Lingtam but there are no hotels or resorts in any other places in east Sikkim. Tourists spend nights in house stay which are really worth staying. The house stays have very basic facilities but the people there are known for their hospitality. The families who own the house stays are always at your service and they make your days up there on mountains. People there are very simple, loyal and helpful.

The spots of interests near Nathang Valley along Silk Route are Eagle Nest View point - 5 km away from Nathang valley, Zig-Zag Road (locally known as Bhulbhulaiya), Menmecho Lake, Elephant lake etc. If one goes up to Gangtok via Silk route, the advantage is that he can also view Old and New Baba Mandir, Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass. There is a place along Silk Route named Sorethang is a very good market place for products that come from China. One can get woolen garments and jackets at very cheap prices.

If you one is adventure lover, rafting in the water of Teesta is suggested. One can enjoy rafting on way while returning from Gangtok. The 13 km rafting in Teesta can be mind blowing experience who love excitements and adventures.

The itinerary for a long trip to Sikkim is suggested as follows:

Day 1: Reach NJP OR Bagdogra OR Siliguri, transfer to Lingtam, stroll around, O/N stay at Lingtam
Day 2: Day trip to Aritar Lake and Aritar view point, stroll in, O/N stay at Lingtam
Day 3: Leave Lingtam and transfer to Zuluk or Nathang Valley, sightseeing en-route, O/N stay at Zuluk or Nathang Valley
Day 4: Leave Nathng Valley and set off for Gangtok via Silk route, sightseeing en-route, O/N stay at Gangtok
Day 5: Gangtok city sightseeing (7 points), stroll in MG Marg, O/N stay at Gangtok
Day 6: Go for 2 nights - 3 days package trip to north Sikkim, leave Gangtok and transfer to Lachen, O/N stay at Lachen
Day 7: Visit Thangu, Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, transfer to Lachung, O/N stay at Lachung
Day 8: Visit Yumthang Valley, Zero Point and transfer to Gangtok, O/N stay at Gangtok
Day 9: Enjoy Rope-way ride, spend the rest of time in leisure, stroll in MG Marg, do some shopping if needed, O/N stay at Gangtok
Day 10: Transfer to Pelling via Namchi, sightseeing en-route, stroll around, O/N stay in Pelling
Day 11: Pelling full day sightseeing, O/N stay at Pelling
Day 12: Leave Pelling and transfer to Kaluk, stroll around, O/N stay at kaluk
Day 13: enjoy nature walk up to Richenpong, spend the day in leisure with nature, O/N stay at Kaluk
Day 14: Leave Kaluk and transfer to Bagdogra OR Siliguri OR NJP

Some advice to travelers:

1. If you are visiting north or east Sikkim in winter, camp fire is must do thing in such temperature
2. If you are visiting silk route, shopping in Sorethang market is highly recommended and those who are visiting Gangtok, they can shop too from Lal Market in MG Marg. (Woolen garments and jackets are highly recommended)
3. Momo must be tasted. They are very good at it.
4. River rafting in Teesta is a must do thing if you love adventure.
5. Prefer to stay at Daftar Bungalow in Nathang Valley, it is a old British bungalow.
6. If you are in a group, make sure you travel in exclusive vehicles for S/S and other trips.
Wish a very enjoyable trip to all travelers.
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Ketan Shah
  • Ketan Shah
  • 2 Reviews

"A Narrow escape."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2013
We had wonderful onward journey from Gangtok to Nathulla Pass, Harbhajan Singh memorial. We reached to Harbhansingh Memorial in time however in return, there was snow storm and it snow fall recorder about 1 feet within 1 hour. Nathulla Pass was closed and all travellers remain stranded and had sleepy track.
Indian Army saved us and our life to the best of their ability and resources and helped us to come out of the storm.
Just God saved our lives.
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Rahul
  • Rahul
  • 5 Reviews

"Sikkim or a Dream !!!"

  • Posted Aug 28, 2013
Must, Must, Must Visit. Its once in a life time opportunity to visit Sikkim. If given a wish, I would love to stay at Sikkim. People here are very courteous and helpful. And of course very-very honest.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nature at its peak in Sikkim, Honest people and yes food you like will be available everywhere.

Activities & things to do: Must Visit Lachen, Lachung, Peling, Gangtok, Nathula, North Sikkim. International Flower Show during February.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Via Bagdogra to Sikkim
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Manoranjan Birua
  • Manoranjan Birua
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review

"HEAVEN SIKKUM"

  • Posted Aug 24, 2013
REALLY it is heaven on earth. People are honest sweet speaking. crime free, neat & clean place tourist place. weather condition is too romantic. Newly married couple must visit.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Parivaar restaurants is the best veg restaurants. There are many place to see at Sikkim. You can enjoy the snow if you have courage to go china boarder south Sikkim & North Sikkim are are also beautiful place to visit. You can enjoy shopping at mall road.

Activities & things to do: Paragliding.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is advised to avoid travel during monsoon. Always check/compare the rates of the hotels & rates of rental cars.
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Avik Bose
  • Avik Bose
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"My review of Sikkim"

  • Posted Aug 14, 2013
Excellent overall. Very picturesque, neat, clean, spacious accommodation. Excellent and well maintained gardens. Staff very gentle and polite. In house restaurant. Fixed menu. You can order veg or non-veg. The view of Mt. Kanchanjanga from the balcony of your room is simply superb. I think you get the best view of the mountain range from this resort. Bonfire parties are also arranged at night.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Excellent views of Mt. Kanchanjanga. There are 3 to 4 other sight seeings. Taxis available readily. Food options are limited and the resort serves the best possible food in the region.

Activities & things to do: Sightseeing only. Magnificent viewes of Mt. Kanchanjanga from various positions and angles and under various conditions.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Approach road to the resort is very steep, but not a problem as jeeps pick up and drop off at the resort. To reach, take taxis from Siliguri or inform the resort to arrange for a pick up in advance.
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