Top 24 Places to Visit in Sikkim

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Sikkim a tourist place situatied in the laps of the Himalayas. Sikkim is definitely the least explored part of the country. Because of its remoteness and the fact that permits are required, Sikkim is a bit unapproachable region for us. However, alike other untouched north eastern heavenly places, Sikkim is also very beautiful and diverse. The ancient Buddhist culture is the spirit of Sikkim.

Through all these years, Buddhist culture has survived and flourished well in Sikkim. That is the reason why Sikkim is a marvellous place for meditation, almost 200 monasteries dot the divine hilltops here. The calmness instilled in beautiful valleys has always waited for its lovers to come and cherish their beauty.

Sikkim is the second smallest state in India. Still, there are plenty of places to explore. To be really honest, Sikkim in a whole is ideal for tourism. But it is not possible to explore its every notch and corner. The ones mentioned on this list below can help in exploring the most out of Sikkim.

1. Gangtok

Places to visit in sikkim

Gangtok one of the best tourist places in Sikkim is the capital of Sikkim. It has great transport connectivity to major tourist places, so we advise you to begin from here. A part from serving as the base of your trip, Gangtok has much more to offer. There are lots of things to do in this beautiful city. Tashiling, GaneshTok, HanumanTok Gangtok town and surrounding valleys are clearly visible.

2. Nathula Pass

Places to visit in sikkim

Nathula Pass is hugely popular among tourists. Nathula pass is situated at 14,140 feet altitude. Sikkim is connected to China’s Autonomous Area (Tibet) via this pass and this was a part of the ancient silk route. 3 km below Nathula is the Indian Trade Mart at Sherathan. Kupup which contains the world’s second-highest golf course and Gnathang monastery is nearby. You can also check out the world’s highest altitude ATM that runs on a generator here. 

3. Lachung Valley 

Places to visit in sikkim

Lachung is a prominent tourist destination in Sikkim.  Lachung witnesses a lot of tourist traffic. A small mountain hamlet-Lachung, is often referred to as Switzerland for its stunning natural beauty. Place where Guru Padmasambhava’s footprints are found, along with an eye-catching view of the confluence of two rivers Lachung and Lachen Chus.

Just before you enter the Yumthang valley (this is 25 km from Lachung) there is a hot sulphur-rich spring with great medicinal properties….don’t forget to take a dip here. 7 km away from the springs is a Shiva temple. 23 km away

4. Pelling

Places to visit in sikkim

Get ready to witness a picture-perfect mountain view in Pelling. The famous Kanchenjunga Park is very close to Pelling. Pelling is full of beautiful monasteries as well. Pemayangtse and Choeling Monasteries are the most beautiful ones among them. To add a cherry on top, there is a Singshore Bridge, really good for those who love nature photography. 

5. Gurudongmar Lake

Places to visit in sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake is the largest lake in Sikkim. The Padmasambhava temple is situated on the banks of the lake. Due to its healing properties, the waters of the lake are considered holy. You will have to have a good time travelling as this lake is located in a comparatively remote area. But once you reach there, the enchanting view of snow-capped mountains and this really large spread water body will make you feel “it was worth travelling so far!”. 

6. Namchi

Places to visit in sikkim

Namchi has emerged as a prominent tourist spot in recent years. Numerous natural attractions along with strong religious tourism have all contributed to Namchi’s popularity. You can have a mini Charm Dham trip all at one go here! An 87 feet high statue of Shiva and copies of all the Char Dhams of India have been constructed on a hill in Namchi. The 118 feet Guru Rinpoche statue stands on the wish-fulfilling hill. The beautiful Temi Tea garden, near Namchi, is tourists integral part of the travelling schedule. 

7. Ravangla

Ravangla

A comparatively lesser-known or rather say an underrated place in Sikkim. Ravangla will give you an undeniably thrilling trekking experience for a lifetime. The gorgeous mountain views will take away all your worries, leaving you fresh and thrilled. The Rayong Sunrise point is a must-watch if been there to Ravangla. The area known as upper Ravangla sees snowfall and the area has a wide profusion of flowers giving it a lovely look during April and May.

8. Zuluk

Zuluk

Zuluk is a village situated really close to China border.  Alike Ravangla, Zuluk too has a grand view of mountains sunset points and a base for trekking. The local Naga temple in Lungthung houses an exotic deity of the King Cobra who is a mythical Hindu God. 

Zuluk boasts of the great diversity of wildlife. You will find the Red Panda, Himalayan Weasel, Deer, Wild Dog and a whole range of pheasants like blood pheasant, Monai and khaleez pheasant. From January to June, Zuluk is covered in a sparkling snow, otherwise offers a vibrant view. 

9. Baba Mandir 

Baba Mandir 

Baba Mandir is also known as Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. This temple has its own unique story. Harbahajan Singh originally worked for the Punjab regiment before he died here and then reincarnated himself in dreams of his colleague, prompting them to build a temple in his memory. There is a famous belief that every morning his bedsheet is wrinkled and the same bed is prepared for him at night. Baba is a local guardian diety. This temple will amaze you in many ways

10. Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong

These areas happen to be the buffer zone of the rhododendron sanctuary. Rinchenpong boasts of breathtaking mountain views of the Kanchenjunga range and Mt Narsing. The Maggi Dara known for its steaming hot Maggi, should be on your visiting list. 

Another centre of attraction is Poison Lake, it was believed to be poisoned by the locals and many British rulers had died due to the poisoned waters. The Varsey Rhodenderon sanctuary is also an attraction worth visiting. The spirit of Sikkim lies in such cute little valleys and villages. If time is not the constraint, do travel to Richenpong, Zuluk and Ravangla. 

11. Rumtek Monastery

Places to visit in sikkim

Witness some of the finest and rarest works of Buddhist culture in Rumtek Sikkim. It is a treatment for eye pain. Built-in the 12th century, the monastery belongs to the Kagu community of Sikkim. Tragically, the Rumtek monastery was in ruins for a few years until 1 year, when Gayalwa Karmapa re-established it.

The monastery is a collection of unique hand paintings, murals, and sculptures. Here are 1001 miniature gold sculptures worth seeing. Not only one of the top famous places in Sikkim, but this place also has religious significance and is known for its peaceful environment!

12. Mangan

Places to visit in sikkim

Mangan is a charismatic place that offers beautiful sights. It also serves as a transit point in other parts of the state. A three-day music festival is held here in December every year. You can encourage bands from all regions, as well as from other states in Northeast India. The perfect combination of mountains, music, and cold weather makes it a great experience. There are several other attractions, such as traditional cultural music performances and food festivals. It is part of all the popular Sikkim sightseeing tours.

13. Lachen, Lachung, And Yumthang Valley

Places to visit in sikkim

Lachung is a high-altitude village of the Tibetan and Bhutia peoples of North Sikkim. And Yumthang is a beautiful valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. All three are extremely beautiful tourist destinations in Sikkim. One should visit Lachung as it is one of the most scenic places in North Sikkim and most famous for its snowfall experience in Sikkim.

14. Tsomgo Lake

Places to visit in sikkim

Lake Tsomgo, located just 38 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sikkim. A rugged road through rocky terrain and steep hills that take you to Tsomgo Lake is a lot of adventure in itself. If you are looking for the best place to visit in East Sikkim, you must visit this place on your trip. It is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim.

15. Singalila National Park and Teesta River

Places to visit in sikkim

Unlike any other national park in India, Singkila is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sikkim that even non-wildlife enthusiasts would love to explore. Presenting an exciting view of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest, it is a place you must not miss. One of the sights of Sikkim, the Teesta River is amazing to see when it is frozen in winter. In the spring, the river shimmers in the sun’s rays and displays a perfect habitat for flowering.

16. Goechala

Places to visit in sikkim

If you remember an adventure trip to Sikkim, then Goechalai should be at the top of your list. Goyechala is a mountain trail in Sikkim known for trekking and hiking. This is a base camp for those who want to do a difficult but breathtaking trek. If you like challenges in life, this challenging trek is looking your way. And if trekking isn’t something you want to enjoy, the pass is still amazing to see and you can see other great peaks, including the beautiful Mount Kanchenjunga from here. Undoubtedly it is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim.

17. Khangchendzonga National Park

Places to visit in sikkim

Khanchendjongga National Park is a national park that was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016. It is also the first mixed heritage site in India. The park derives its name from Mount Kanchenjunga. Here one can see the snow leopard. It is one of the best places in North Sikkim.

18. Aritar and Do Drul Chorten

Places to visit in sikkim

It is located east of Sikkim and is considered an important city in the region. Surrounded by forests and streams, Aritar is a real pleasure for any traveler who likes to spend quiet time in the forest. Take a walk along the jungle or along the river to get a taste of the ancient environment. Plan a trip within the best months to visit Sikkim and this place will surely fascinate you.

Once believed to be a ghost by evil spirits, the Curtain Stupa was a notorious place in Sikkim until the venerable Lama Truleschig came here in 1946 to build a stupa in Ronpoche. , Placed at the top of the pile. Inside the place, you will find lots of sacred Buddhist texts and other religious materials. It is one of the best attractions in Sikkim and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

19. Cholamu

Places to visit in sikkim

Lake Cholamu, the 14th highest lake in the world and the only highest lake in India, is a wonder of Sikkim. It is located 18,000 feet above sea level. Descending from the summit of Doncia La Pass at an altitude of 18,300 feet, you can get a glimpse of this almost icy lake. It is a famous tourist attraction of Sikkim and requires special permission to enter this region. This place is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim!

20. Tendong Hill

Places to visit in sikkim

Looking for beautiful Sikkim tourist spots? Tendong Hill is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Sikkim. From the top of this hill, one can see the stunning view of the valley of Sikkim. Tendong Hill is located at an altitude of 8530 feet above Damthang in South Sikkim. This is a perfect place for meditation. The peaceful aura of this place makes it the perfect destination for a quiet holiday.

21. Geyzing

 Geyzing

Not only an important city in the western district of Sikkim, but Gejing is also the district headquarters of the state. Known to the locals as Gayalshing, it is only 10 kilometers away from Pelling. Geyzing has become a major tourist spot in recent years. Since it is the main trade and commercial center of the district, Geezing is busy throughout the year. You can reach the Ranjit River to get a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga. Several impressive monasteries make Gejing a hotspot for tourists.

22. Biksthang

 Biksthang

Located 119 kilometers from Gangtok, Bikastang is a quaint village. It has excellent views and is located in the middle of the mountains. Bikastang is also famous for presenting a burning view of Mount Kanchenjunga. While staying at the farmhouse, you will face directly the Gangchen Mo Nga (Khanchendjonga), which is the source of the five treasures and the five peaks of Mount Khanchendjonga, Mount Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mount Pandim, Mount. Nursing and Mount Simvo. A famous bird-watching spot, Bikasthang offers a panoramic view of the surrounding desert.

23. Yangtey

Yangtey

Yangtey is a small village located just 9 km from Pelling. It is close to other famous tourist attractions such as Khechiopalri Lake, Khanchendjonga Falls, Rimbi Falls, Runs in Rabdants, Sevaro Rock Garden, and others. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalayas, Yangtze is also famous for the beautiful Tashigang resort which is located in the middle of green gardens and lawns. If you want to find the best place to visit in Sikkim, you should not miss this place.

24. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

24. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

If you have the courage to reign in the mountains, you should sign up for the Kanchenjunga base camp. Located at an altitude of 14,000 feet, the rugged trek will give you a chance to keep an eye on the pristine Himalayas. The mountain view you will see on the trek will be more unique and raw. There will also be an opportunity for you to brag about getting to the base camp, the third highest peak in the world.

Conclusion

Located within the boundaries of Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m), the third-highest peak in the world, this Himalayan state provides enough reason for you to see it instantly. Book your Kanchenjunga trek slot today and conquer the challenging trail. Sikkim tourist destinations are spread across four divisions of the state namely North, South, East, and West.

North Sikkim is dotted by dense alpine forests, steep valleys, ancient waterfalls, tundra regions, and melted snow glaciers. Lachung, Lachen, Chungthang, Yumthang Valley, Mangan, Jemu Glacier, Khanchendjonga National Park, etc. fall in this region. Our decorated 6 day North Sikkim tour covers all these attractions of Sikkim.

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