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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Charu Maurya

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"Place where you don't want to blink, Sikkim" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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  • Lives in Ongole
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"A nice trip to Sikkim"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 2 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 2 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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Sushil Bardia

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"An awesome place to visit in winter"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sikkim is an awesome place to visit in winter. Best months would be nov to march. Number Of days required for completing almost all the places of sightseeing ranging from local to nathulla pass is around 8-10 days. Please do visit it, its a wonderful place. Discover Sikkim.
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Micky Gala

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"One of the best place on earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Cool place to hangout & to have adventure & romance. Lot of travelling. Budget destination and beautiful sceneries. Tiger hill & Zero point must go places. Best place to spend time with your loved ones. Its Jannat in India. Best place to spend time with your loved ones.
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Bani Verma

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"Untouched sikkim"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sikkim is a land of superlatives, with its magnification mountain rich cultures and pristine environments. The capital city of Sikkim is fittingly called Gangtok.

The places to visit around Gangtok are

tsuklakhang
nagyeal institute of tibiotologi
do drul chorten
ropeway flower show
hanuman tok, ganesh tok, mg marg
tsomgo lake
baba mandir
nathula pass
north sikkim
yumthang valley
gurudongmar lake
lachung
lachen
chung thang
seven sister water falls
west sikkim pelling monostry kanchangangha water falls
singhsor saspension bright kheehuperi lake yaksom kathok tsho dubdi monostry
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Prashanth Pattamatta

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"Sikkim's quotient of charm/magic is as high as its peaks"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In early March 2015, me and my wife went to Sikkim. We planned to stay there for 9-10 days, so as to experience Sikkim at leisure. And I have to say even that was just about enough. At the end of the trip, we thought we stayed there for some more time.

Bottom line: Sikkim's quotient of charm/magic is as high as its peaks.

Sikkim has 4 districts named after the 4 directions NEWS. Among them we went to North, East and South Sikkim. West Sikkim had few attractions like Pelling, Khecheopalri Lake etc. But locals advised that there is nothing much you'll miss if not for a trip to the West. So, in the order of priority if I were to advise which destinations to cover in Sikkim, plan to cover North and East Sikkim first. And if time's still on your side, South Sikkim doesn't disappoint.

Our trip started with a day-long tour in and around the capital city, Gangtok. Our first stop was @ the ropeway, which gives a panoramic view of the city. The huge mountains, the steep valleys, and the city built across them are a site worthy of savoring. Then we went to the Institute of Tibetology which gives a glimpse of Tibet's history. Our next stop was at the Rumtek Monastery. It was a very peaceful place and by the time we went there, the monks we in the middle of a chanting session. Here, sit in peace and meditate if you can. Later we saw Banjhokri falls and clicked some pictures there. Apart from these, there are several viewpoints like Tashi viewpoint, Ganeshtok et., where you'll get to see the city from different places and each one is enchanting and unique. For most part of our journey, a glass full of chai and a plate full of momos was all the fuel we took to move along. The momos with the cabbage filling, the spicy pickle accompanying it and the masala chai aptly suit the climate there. We also got to taste the native Sikkimese cuisine in this cute-little restaurant called "9ine". Highly recommend this to anyone and everyone visiting Gangtok.

Our day 2 was a trip to Tsongo lake and Nathula pass. I'd advise travelers going to Sikkim to plan their trip during the month of march so as to experience snow in places like Tsongo and Nathula. For us, we went there just the day after the road to Tsongo has been cleared off snow. This day-long trip included a stop @ "Baba Harbhajan mandir" as well.

All these places are mostly covered with snow. While we were going, we saw the mountains on one side of the road pitch-white with snow. And contrastingly, mountains on the other side were completely barren and dark. A word of caution to travelers: Ensure to wear boots specially designed for snow, available at shops near Tsongo. Tsongo is called "Changu" in local dialect.

Right from the wooden buildings of Gangtok, to the first glimpse of snow on way to Tsongo, to the increasing intensity of snow from Tsongo to Nathula, to the completely snow-capped mountains at Nathula, it was a crescendo of snow, tempo of a musical increasing in intensity with the climactic high point @ Nathula. It is the Indo-China border and travelers are not permitted to click pictures in the vicinity. By walking 200-300 meters, you'll reach the fencing which separates the 2 countries. Yon can see soldiers on top of the towers, and buildings painted in Red on the other side. There its all snow, 360 degrees around. The air keeps getting thinner as we elite the steps to reach the fencing. The last 50-100 meters is the most difficult part. But the best part in these places, and it applies to all of Sikkim, is that you have a decent restaurant and clean toilet @ the remotest possible locations. Kudos and a note of Thank you to the State Government in this regard. After playing in the snow for a while we headed towards Baba mandir.

Baba mandir has a significant history which marks the valor of Indian army. Here you can see the Indian flag hoisted high up in the sky and snow-clad mountains all around. The "Swach Bharat Abhiyan" board at this remote location caught my eye & that of my camera as well. Here you can get a certificate stating that you have visited Nathula pass, from the concerned authorities. The route from Nathula to Baba mandir stays etched in my memory. It reminds me of a location from the movie "Interstellar" where the land is completely covered in Ice. As far as you can see, there is only one color and one thing that you can see and experience.

Our last stop for the day was at Tsongo lake, which was the most picturesque of them all. Its difficult to express the joy when you first see this place. Heavy white clouds on top, some amount of mist/fog which adds to the charm, clear blue skies on the other side, mountains covered with snow and some with trees + 0% vegetation on one side, barren and dark colored mountains on the other side, the black Yaks contrasting the snow, the colorful flags & colorful dresses of the locals making sure that not all is in B&W. and in the middle of all this variety lies a serene, peaceful, move-i-will-only-if-you-touch waters of the Tsongo. The photographer in me & the tourist in me were at loggerheads in terms of sharing the most expensive commodity i.e Time. So, for a good 15-20 minutes I clicked pictures/videos from all possible angles and spent the next half of my time essentially doing nothing and trying to savor the moment and be one with the little heaven that it is.

Will share the rest of our journey which includes a trips to South Sikkim, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, and walks on the MG road et al.

P.S: We stayed in this little gem of a place called "Hidden Forest Retreat". With an organic farm in their backyard, myriad colorful flowers in the garden, a superb view of the valley, restaurant without a menu and cooked from vegetables grown in their farm, wooden housing and warm & friendly hosts, this is the place to-be in Gangtok. Highly recommend!!
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"Must visit place for fun and adventures"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is the wonderful state and one must not miss. All the four districts are well maintained, clean and people are friendly and the tour operators are genuine. Important destinations are Gangtok, Peiling and Lachung. The right time to visit these places is from March to May.

In Gangtok, you should visit Babha Mandir, Lake, Nathulla Pass, Flower Garden. In Peiling, all the temples and tea estates. In Lachung, Zero point is a must visit. You can eat momos, parathas, thalis. You can go to Mall Road in Gangtok. River rafting and trekking are a must try adventures. It is better to go by air if affluent. Train journey from south would be very tedious.
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Mehdi Sweinstiger

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"Simply mesmerising..!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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