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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Mehdi Sweinstiger
  • Mehdi Sweinstiger
  • 7 Reviews

"Simply mesmerising..!!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
I visited Sikkim while doing my basic mountaineering course with Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. So, I can proudly say that I covered nearly the entire west Sikkim on foot ( from 3000 feet to 17000 feet above sea level ). Sikkim Himalayas are marvellous. They simply mesmerise you. And they call you back. I am serious, you want to live there forever above 15000 feet from sea level. You have to be there to understand it. Its probably next to heaven at that altitude.
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Ankur Singh
  • Ankur Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review

"Cleanliness is a passion here" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Awesome place ever visited. One should visit and see the cleanliness there and learn from it. Apart from that, its a wonderful place to spend holidays. Its a hill station with all the amenities present and what to say about the massive great snow caps. Really enjoyed a lot.
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Chitransh Agarwal
  • Chitransh Agarwal
  • Lives in Bhopal
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  • 1 Review

"Visit for the beauty, lifestyle and culture"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2014
The whole state is filled with exotic natural beauty. The roads and the mountains just take you to a romantic Bollywood song. Starting from the bottom when you look at the top of the mountain a certain voice says in your head "We have to reach there, at the top".
I visited in June but would strongly suggest visiting earlier as there was rainy season a small trouble was faced by us. We arrived at Gangtok first in the evening and stayed at Norkhill hotel. The hotel was absolutely lavish with a breath-taking view of the clear sky, the mountains and the famous Paljor stadium. As the Football World Cup was on its peak at that time the environment was electrifying.
We visited the local market in the evening the MG road is a short visit which consist all the restaurants and the novelty which you want to buy and the next day we visited Lachung. It was a tiresome ride but the view made up for it (You can get taxis to get there, If you are looking for comfort you can get Innova or if you are trying to be cheap then the local Sumo will do). We reached Lachung at night where we stayed and had food. There was nothing in particular to see in Lachung but we had to stay there as it was night. The next day at 4 we began our journey to Yumthang valley (My My :*:*). I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life the flowing river with the mountains covered with snow took my heart away. We spent a considerable time there fooling around (P.S. Donít take small children there as the altitude is very high and they often feel nauseous or may get sick) Then we headed further to Zero Point. The journey was awesome and the bright and beautiful flowers alongside were just a treat to our eyes.
After reaching Zero point we could feel the altitude as we were panting even while we were standing we tried to run for just about one fourth of a kilometre and ended up laying on the mountains catching our breath. We were just a mountain away from Tibet isn't that cool. You can literally spend hours or even days taking in the beauty and let it simmer into your veins. We headed back after that, of course we didn't want to but the schedule was so tight. After reaching Gangtok the next day we headed for Nathula Pass (The Indo-China border).
As usual the roads were just mesmerizing and the wind was pulsating through our bodies. Our taxi stopped at a local market where the Indo-China trade was happening (I wouldn't go into details but you get jeans, shades at a very reasonable price. I got a pair of Levis for 400 bucks) We reached Nathula Pass and all the army were instated and the security was tight but the defence persons were cool. We shook hands with the chinese soldiers, I literally stepped foot in China for a minute and my phone beeped saying "Welcome to China blah blah" That feeling was so awesome. And they say that photography is not allowed but it sure is so take your cameras with you. When we were heading back we stopped at the Changu lake (If you are from a place with no lakes you will surely enjoy it.) we clicked photos of yaks and even wore their traditional outfits. (P.S. They will try to rip you off but you can get them for like 25/- per person)
We headed back to our hotel and the next day visited the 13 points of the local Gangtok they were also good most of them were viewpoints to see the Kanchenjunga range of mountains standing tall and if you plan your journey correctly you will be able to see the mammoth. We were just lucky enough

Now the general info.
If you hire a taxi to Yumthang your stay and food is covered.
We got a Sumo. it has a capacity of 10+1 including driver. we got ourselves a decent place and food for 1000/- per head, Yes including the stay and food
We ate at the local market as i am a foodie i love to try new delicacies. The food was good but nothing extraordinary. Maybe you will be lucky
And the most important thing of all please bring your passport size photos and ID proof (All the members who are travelling as you will need it to get the permits, and yes you need them to visit nathula and yumthang) As soon as you reach Gangtok visit the Tourist centre or whatever they call it and apply for permits or tell your hotel receptionist to do so

And that's not all South Sikikim is more awesome if you want to see the real culture which you will want to see once you stay at Gangtok. One advice, if you are visiting Sikkim please don't make plans to visit other places as it contains many other places which I was unable to visit because we visited Kolkata and Darjeeling (Nothing as compared to Sikkim). Places like Pelling, Guru Dongmar Lake (We missed it because of snow, Kalimpong and many more. I enjoyed immensely and maybe you will too. Happy and safe journey
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Soumyadeep Sinha
  • Soumyadeep Sinha
  • 1 Review

"Romantic Sikkim"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
Its a very beautiful place in India, that where Mt. Kanchenjungha is seen from. Which is the world's third highest peak. It is seen from capital Gangtok and Pelling. The Changu lake which as known to Tsomgo locally is very pleasant and enjoyable.
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Barnik Mandal
  • Barnik Mandal
  • 2 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Heaven of the east"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2014
If someone tells you that India is dirty then sent him to Sikkim! All Indian should be proud of this state of ours. Holding the natures beauty Sikkim is a place of peace, loving and innocent people. Along the ice of Tsangu Lake, sky touching trees of Pelling and many waterfalls of Gangtok, Sikkim has a huge number of colourful base camps of The Indian national army, places of glory. A place where Indian and Chinese culture has fused. Taste the mineral water from hill, breath the pollution free air and feel the beauty of Kangchenjunga. Visit Sikkim, visit heaven!
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Lbert Rehman
  • Lbert Rehman
  • Lives in Tezpur
  • 1 Review

""JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF HEAVEN""

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 3, 2014
Our journey begins from 26th September to 1 October. This journey was a great experience for me. From sleeping at platform to d journey of 14000 feet Nathula Pass east Sikkim was lot of fun adventurous and great experience. I named this journey as the "JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF HEAVEN"
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Shreyans Choudhari
  • Shreyans Choudhari
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A mistake is not to visit Sikkim"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
Every person in India should at least once visit this part of the country, maybe before travelling to a foreign country. I feel that Kerala should share its title of 'gods own country' with Sikkim. Also our stay and sightseeing was comfortable and the people and the hotel staff were just like the family members.
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Sita Gurung
  • Sita Gurung
  • 1 Review

"State located in the Himalayan mountains"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
We went to Sikkim with the hope to see North Sikkim. Since it was the monsoon season (August), the road of North Sikkim was blocked for several days due to landslide. We stayed at TCS Guest house in Gangtok zero point. Our driver, Sunil suggested us for local sightseeing and Namchi trip. Day 1: We were 6 people. We chose day one for local sightseeing. We hired two Altos for two families and that cost Rs 1200 each family. We saw nine points-Bagthang fall, Lhasa fall, two Buddhist Monasteries, Ganesh tok, Hanuman tok, flower show, rope way, Tashi view point and Banjhakri fall. Sikkim is best known for its beauty in winter, but monsoon is the best season to see water falls. Day2: We went to see Namchi (South Sikkim). There we saw four points-Tea Garden, Guru Padma Sambhava, Siddheswar Mandir and Sri Sai mandir.The way back to Gangtok was very foggy by the evening. One could hardly see anything. Rain had worsened the condition more. We also had to wait for three hours at Rani Pool due to landslide. It was adventurous and exciting trip. Our driver was the real hero of this trip. He drove us back safely although he was suffering from high fever. We reached Guest house by 12:30 am. If someone really loves to see beautiful waterfalls, one should go Sikkim in monsoon too.
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Chintan Shah
  • Chintan Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 29 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Heaven on Earth"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2014
Sikkim is one of the wonderful travel destination in India. It is a hill station so has a cool atmosphere. People are so cooperative, you don't find any difficulties here. I didn't find anybody fighting with each other. Very peaceful atmosphere. Everybody is well dressed and busy with their own business.

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and most beautiful location to visit. There are many other places where you can visit. Zero Point and Indo-China Border is few of them.

Local sightseeing is very interesting and you will find everything very peace full. Only one issue I faced and that was food. It was sometime difficult to find vegetarian food. But as we were on packaged tour we got the food.

Tourism is the main business here and most of the people is busy with tourism activities.

Please keep warm clothes. Please also carry your identity proof (passport etc) which is required at many places.

I am in a strong opinion to visit this place once in your life time. I am also planning to visit again in next few years.
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Jainam Shah
  • Jainam Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"The view in the world"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2014
Everything in Sikkim, it is so charming and majestic from the red pandas to the mountains. The unexplored parts of Sikkim include Lachun, Licheng and highest altitude of India is very beautiful and good. The smell of the flowers of the flower valley are very very beautiful and the scenic beauty of the valleys and the mountains and the waterfalls are just the starting points of Sikkim. The best part is eating maggi while seeing the snow-covered mountains. The best season to go to Sikkim is May. Sikkim is the best and unexplored part of India. Loved it.
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