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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Ranjan Singh

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  • Ranjan Singh
  • Lives in Jamalpur
  • 1 Review
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"Heaven on the earth best place to go" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really that place is most beautiful for enjoying and feel the heaven on the earth. Every location of there is very dangerous and very adventurous for me I want to go again to feel the heaven on that place. So we advice to those who can't go there before.
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Kunal Patra

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  • Kunal Patra
  • Lives in Bankura
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"Sikkim - A wonderful state!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
In my visit to Sikkim, I witnessed the Himalayan beauty, the sylvan valleys of river Tista, the forests, the town Gangtok, and some other villages. People should visit it for its beauty. For it's waterfalls, forests, zero point, river valley. Lodging is also cosy and cheap.
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Tarkeshwar Singh

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"Beautiful at night" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This place give me feeling from a less cold area to very cold area night at Yumthang. Not very good for weak person because you have to travel a lot on zig zag road as I have not travelled any hill side, the city view in night is very beautiful.
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Saurav Choudhary

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  • Saurav Choudhary
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  394 readers

"Awesome place to go, Sikkim"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sikkim is amazing place to visit especially in summer holidays but if you want to enjoy the annual Tibetan festival than you have to go in January. Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is well maintain well clean city. The best thing I like about Sikkim is the behaviour of people is very good. You can momos in Sikkim you can do adventures things Great Kei River rafting and you most go to Sikkim zoo to watch critically endangered animal red panda.
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Kaushik Mondal

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  • Kaushik Mondal
  • 2 Reviews
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"Feel the heaven, Sikkim"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a great tour with our buddies. After successfully reached to NJP then going direct to Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Awesome road experience. Fully mastiwala tour. We are lucky to watch the live snow fall in original baba mandir which is in Tukla site. Go and watch the Sikkim's beauty.
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Rahul Verma

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  • Rahul Verma
  • Lives in Kota
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  689 readers

"Best holidays at its peak in winter"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sikkim is the place where we all need a free tourism experience. Which I have got that year. In Sikkim there four part i.e. East Sikkim, West Sikkim, North Sikkim, South Sikkim. All are in the upper direction which is too much fun. There is nothing like boring to do in holidays, for those who are able to visit different places & they want to visit too, this the greatest place for them.
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Aarushi Bhardwaj

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  • Aarushi Bhardwaj
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"A fabulous place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You can visit there during the end of winters I. e. In the month of April. Enjoy various adventures like paragliding, free fall, balling etc. In Kalimpong. People are very innocent, honest and helpful. I feel Sikkim is better than Delhi if talking about people.
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Amit Roy

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  • Amit Roy
  • Lives in Jaunpur
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  •  3 helpful votes
  •  899 readers

"The undiscovered heaven-Sikkim"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth. Beauty in a variety of forms snowy peaks and craggy mountains, sloping meadows, terraced fields, winding river valleys with sparkling blue water, greens of every shade, wild flowers and flowering trees, birds and bees. I went there with my family on a vaccation. We reach there by train from Kolkata-New Jalpaiguri. Then by a taxi to Gangtok it could cost you around 150 per head. We visited some of the places like Changu lake and Nathula Pass, Yumthang Valley, Kanchenjunga. The view of Kanchenjunga mountain from Pelling is superb. You will feel its only few kms from your hotel if you view it from your hotel balcony. Moreover the whole Sikkim is a awesome adventurous place One thing that you would observe while you are in Gangtok is that. It has a market which is not very big but can Boast BIG in terms of Cleanliness, the Innovativeness, and the Beauty. If you really love nature, and would like to be a part of it then Sikkim should not disappoint you.
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Sachida Nand

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  • Sachida Nand
  • Lives in Darbhanga
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"Gurudongmar lake, a must go!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This lake is naturally effected. Most of the time lake water is freeze. It is situated peak of mountain near about china border. It also known as Gurudongmar lake. It one of highest lake in the world, located at 17, 800 ft altitude in the India state of Sikkim. It is a lake which is considered sacred by both of Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is name after Guru Padmasambhava, also known as guru Rinpoche, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visit the lake in 8th century.
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Somnath Roy

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  • Somnath Roy
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Yumesamdong; The land of perennial snow in North Sikkim"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yumesamdong is the land of perennial snow in North Sikkim but accessible for only 4-5 Months due to heavy snowfall in the region. The journey commences from Gangtok the state capital of Sikkim and can be reached in a days time. The tour starts from Gangtok in a Scorpio or sumo in an early winter morning and after travelling for 10 hours amidst of tough road conditions and waterfalls, ridges and landslides we land up in Lachung an important place in North Sikkim. People there are of Lepcha descent and very friendly and cooperating. Hotels are quite cheap and easily accessible within the reach of the common man. There is a tributary of the river Teesta across the region and thick mountains covering the place with wilderness all round.

Carrying apples and oranges was a wise idea to save money and quenching the winter thirst. At early morning around 5 am I started for Yumesamdong from Lachung. Clouds were beginning to show up due to light rains and expecting a bright sunshine was looking far from imagination.. Managed to reach Yumesamdong but thanks to Weather God for clearing the clouds and the dust all around and bringing sunshine towards the end of my imagination.. The stunning and mesmerizing views of the peaks made me feel on the top of the earth and felt like dancing in the snow and taking weird photographs.

The Eastern Himalayas are a delight to watch as this place offers spectacular and mesmerizing views of the mighty Himalayas. The best season to visit this place is around March-April. To get the best views of Himalayas. All snow lovers should avoid visiting this place after April as the rainy season starts and snow starts melting. There is a camp of the Indian army near Lachung and one can expect a bit of help and tips from them. The snow looks as if arranged in packs of cotton makes it desirable for all mountain lovers to touch it with the thumb and making a mark. One has to make a night stay in Lachung to reach Zero Point. As there is no provision for stay here. There is even lack of oxygen here so the best time would be around 9-11 am in the morning. It is better to come down to Lachung after 2-3 pm in the afternoon as rain starts spoilsport and thick dark, dense clouds gather all over the place and makes it rusty.

Above all a perfect place to witness Heaven on Earth and a must watch place for all mountain and hill lovers across the globe.
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