Sikkim is a state full of treasures for travels seeking to be closer to nature and have their breath taken away by the sheer beauty all around. Right from the capital city Gangtok, to Lachung, Lachen, Peiling and Yumthang Valley – there is so much to see. You can spend as little as three days to a full-fledged 15-days and still leave feeling that Sikkim needed more time. It might seem overwhelming as to how you should make the most of your time so to make it easier – here are some places we consider the highlight of Sikkim -
Any trip to Sikkim without paying a visit to Gangtok is simply incomplete. The famous MG Road bustling with life offering the best of shopping and even cafés is the right way to begin in any trip to Sikkim. You will also find the tour agencies to help you with any permit you need for further travel in Sikkim. From Gangtok you can visit Nathu La pass for a day trip and also cover Tsmogo Lake. There are also many tourist attractions within the city.
- Lachung & Lachen
Two small hamlets in northern Sikkim both close two different tourist spots. Lachung near the Tibetan border is close to Yumthang Valley also known as the valley of flowers. While Lachen forms the base for Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. Both these cities offer a different experience and are worth travelling to! Both winter and spring are ideal times to visit these spots while in a winter they are laden with snow and making it harder to commute it is worth the chills!
At the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga is quaintly nestled Pelling. From 17th century Monasteries to an old Palace in ruins and lakes, this slow-paced destination is so lush green and beautiful you will never want to leave. This city offers a rich historical and cultural background to Sikkim making it a must visit destination.
Sikkim has so much more to offer, but the lack of proper infrastructure makes it harder to commute from point to point but has the added advantage of unobstructed beauty all around you! The warm welcoming people, serene views and comforting food will always leave you wanting more and visiting often.
Points of interests you must visit:
- Zero point: Last outpost of civilization in Yumthang Valley is quite an enthralling visit.
- Gangtok ropeway: The cable car offers stunning views of Gangtok making it a must try!
- Food delight
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How do I obtain a permit for Tsmogo Lake and other destinations in Sikkim?
You need to submit a copy of your ID card along with two passport size photos to the travel agency handling your transport at least a day in advance for them to procure the clearance.
- Which is the nearest airport to Gangtok?
While there is Pakyong Airport about 31kms from Gangtok the connectivity is not very strong. The best option would be Bagdogra Airport.
- Is there any months to avoid travelling to Sikkim?
Monsoons and the peak of winter make many destinations hard to reach making it an off-season.