Top 10 places to visit in Sikkim
In the laps of the Himalayas, sits this lovely little kingdom called Sikkim. 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.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It has great transport connectivity to major tourist places, so we advise you to begin from here.
Apart 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
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
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
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
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!”.
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.
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.
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 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
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.