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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Johnrudy666 Sangma

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  • Johnrudy666 Sangma
  • 1 Review
  •  30 readers

"Sikkim. A moment to remember. Friends. Fun. Party." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
It was an awesome trip. I was stunned by its beauty. I loved it. It is a good place to visit. To spend holiday. The environment and it's weather is pretty good. The people of Sikkim are very kind and generous. They are indeed very helpful, frank and jolly.
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Roopangi Vanvari

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  • Roopangi Vanvari
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  479 readers

"Perfect for a rendezvous with nature and its startling beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Let me start by stating 'why' should you visit this place... The answer is 'because you must'.. For the beautiful landscapes, excellent view points, lipsticking delicacies and heartwarming people. The city is brimming with wellhead people, perfectly clean roads and sideways, Chinese, Mexican, North-Indian, South Indian food outlets, beautiful resorts, shopping centres and recreational spaces as well.
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Arijit Karmakar

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  • Arijit Karmakar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 27 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  6491 readers

"What an amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 15, 2016
What was an experience it was. It was an amazing time at with best of the hotels and food, the monasteries, teesta, Ravanla tea estate, the amazing home stay at Limboo community at Darap and the adventure with rafting and the paragliding at Ranka what was a trip it was. I wish it never gets away and these dreams still linger in my mind. It was a perfectly planned trip with my family with 12 adults and 7 child. We had booked the premium properties at Gangtok, Suhiim potico, Darap village home stay at Darap near to Pelling and at temi tea garden at cherry resort. So it was blend with luxury and life. I am glad I had taken the feed from indrajit @ Yes Tourism India. He is the man who has guided to this exclusive trip with all the planning and made a such a tailor made package which even big companies failed. I am really thankful to him and recommend him. Get him at yestourismindia at gmail. Com
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Rahul Mandapaka

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  • Rahul Mandapaka
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  8061 readers

"Solitude in Sikkim"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
Sikkim is a very peaceful location where you would find nature at its best. It is identified by the beautiful Teesta river and it's tributaries as well as the fantastic views that one can have of the mountains.

Oxygen is best in these mountain areas and you will really feel that the few days you spend will make you feel healthier.

Common places to visit in Sikkim include Gangtok and Pelling. Views of the Kanchenjunga are exquisite and best observed on clear days.

The common route to visit Sikkim is from Siliguri in West Bengal. One can arrive here by train at the NJP Jalpaiguri Station or by flight at the Bagdogra airport. Take a share cab or reserve one from the station itself to take you all the way to Gangtok.

A note here to those who like to share travel - bargain well and you get a good deal to reach Gangtok by trekker within Rs. 500- Rs. 800 per person.
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Vijay Shah

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  • Vijay Shah
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  9119 readers

"Sikkim-for the love of leisure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
Hill stations in India have degenerated into urbanised densely populated destinations amongst hills. But I found Sikkim different; it is laid back, leisurely. A perfect destination for those looking for relaxation. The weather is pleasant during summer and the people friendly and smiling. Not much by way of sightseeing though. The monasteries complement the idyllic nature of the state of Sikkim. Sikkim is not for conducted sightseeing tours. It is for those who want to soak into the spirit of the place.
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Aparna Chatterjee

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  • Aparna Chatterjee
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  •  8135 readers

"Pleasing scenic beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2016
Last year we visited East, West and South Sikkim partly. We were pleased very much for the scenic beauty of Sikkim. Many Sikkim Monasteries gave us a different look when we visited there. There is great Rumtek Monastery in East Sikkim. We also visited Nathu La Pass which is on the border of India and China. We ate many delicious Sikkim food such as Thukpa, Momo and soup. We gained wonderful experience from this State Sikkim. Beautiful Sikkim attracts me for further visit.
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Nikhil Bakliwal

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  • Nikhil Bakliwal
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  8147 readers

"A beautiful place to visit in summers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2016
Sikkim is a beautiful place to visit in summers to get rid from sun heats. It a place where you can explore streets, people, food, specially rolls. Our border with China, lakes which can freeze in winters, fashionable people and enjoy all caste and people.

We visited Gangtok, China border and Namchi and then visited Darjeeling.
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Sai Srinivas

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  • Sai Srinivas
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  108 helpful votes
  •  29061 readers

"A Nature's Bounty, so exploring it is a real challenge"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
I have been in Himachal Pradesh for four years but I categorically accept that Sikkim is far more beautiful and rugged - in terms of the terrain.

You'll literally be in the foothills of the Himalayas (second and third range). It appears as if you've been trekking all long day in those beautiful snow blanketed peaks, mountains, perennial river(s) - especially Teesta (You Beauty! ) amidst those splendid valleys, picturesque lakes and Waterfalls (literally filled with them) even though you've been travelling in a vehicle.

You'll though find the TRAVEL really challenging and tiresome for the terrain is almost 100% hilly (roads too are very rocky especially in the North) and the atmosphere is extremely chilly and oxygen deficient.

Firstly to witness Sikkim's raw beauty you need to travel to every crevice and corner of the state. The trip should be of at least 7-10 days (permit issues, heavy snow blockades, hilly terrain, weather extremities etc. ) for, apart from those issues, you'll also have to acclimatize to Sikkim. Moreover there's about 2-5% less oxygen in it's air (trust me, that's hell lot tougher than it seems).

The most common way is to reach NJP/Siliguri town in West Bengal first and then take a cab/bus to Gangtok. From here, you can travel east to Tsomgo/Changu Lake - it is really serene and resplendent, Nathu la (Pass), Zuluk to the far east (presumably beautiful and grassland-y), Namthang etc. OR to the south to visit the famous Lord Shiva Temple OR to Pelling in the west (Kanchenjunga view point etc. ) OR to the must-visit Northern Sikkim abundant of waterfalls and snow peaks.

From Gangtok, take a package-d tour/ car rental per day basis (we took the former) to Lachen and then to Gurudongmar lake. The journey is really tough, and it is here where the oxygen level is 5% lower. This will make you go nuts and impede you in your thought and actions like anything. Wear full and proper winter gear to this place, carry some dry fruits, bananas, chocolates and nuts along with you and be full prepared for it is worth the pain. The last mile to this lake will help you forget all the pain you've felt in travelling to it. You'll find completely barren plains and mountains in a deserted place which has only a black tarred road well laden in its turns and twists. The place appeared more beautiful than that of Ladakh in pictures, mind you it appeared so because we travelled here in the month of March. The mighty lake is a wonder and is perfectly serene (and frozen most of the times) with snow peaks in the backdrop. This is located at an altitude of 17100 ft. Pay some more bucks and try to visit Cho Lhamu Lake which is further beautiful (not easy to get a permit).

After returning to Lachen, go to Lachung which is a beautiful valley know as a mini valley of flowers (after that in Uttarakhand) from where you must travel to Zero Point - Yumesamdong which is a perfect snow laden mountainous playground with exquisite snow peaks 50 feet away from your eyes. I eagerly tried to climb those peeks bare legged, but they seem to be never-ending. You can definitely give it a try. After returning to Gangtok, do visit the Palzor Stadium (Real soccer field feel), MG Road with some awesome restaurants adjoining it such as APNA DHABA (don't judge a book by it's name), Tibetology museum, Handicrafts museum etc. Reserve a day for Gangtok local sightseeing definitely.

There are many more wonderful places in the state including Zongri (trek till that place), Kanchenzonga national park etc. Which one must visit to make the trip complete.
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Prem Kinkar

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  • Prem Kinkar
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  8211 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Sikkim may not be the most sought after destination now but in very near future it would most certainly be the place you would love to go again & again.

Most humble beautiful people always looking to help you out is what Sikkimese are. The Kanchanjanga mountains makes you drunk with lovely morning sun rays. Intermittent rains makes you feel that someone is tickling you with fun.

Kalimpong, Pedong, Padamchin with the manmaun chu lake take your breath away. And the capital Gangtok may be termed as the best small capital city of India. It's worth visiting Sikkim in June, you would love beyond your love ones.
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Vaidhinathan srinivasan

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  • Vaidhinathan srinivasan
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  10259 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
The chilly climate, the monasteries, the shopping options, the hillside views view of Kanchenjunga peak, the rope car, the trip to Nathu la pass and changu lake etc make the trip memorable. We had an awesome three days. The view of Teesta River alongside your road trip from Siliguri to almost half the distance makes the whole road journey pleasurable.
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