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"Sikkim" the garden of the god Indra.

Sikkim , India

"Sikkim" the garden of the god Indra. 

          A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates, as well as being a host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth. Sikkim's capital and largest city is Gangtok
The Lepcha people, the original inhabitants of Sikkim, called it Nye-mae-el, meaning "paradise". In historical Indian literature, Sikkim is known as Indrakil, the garden of the war god Indra.

    The winter season is charming and perfect for vacation as the whole area is enveloped in snow. Most areas of the state receive snowfall and get engulfed in the blanket of thick snow, thus luring tourists. During November, even though it does not snow, the temperature is quite apt for sightseeing.

Languages: The official languages of Sikkim are Nepali, Bhutia, and Lepcha. English is also widely spoken and understood

Sikkim is renowned for its natural beauty and offers a variety of tourist attractions. Some popular tourist places in Sikkim include


 The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is a vibrant and picturesque town. It offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, colorful monasteries, and bustling markets. Popular attractions in Gangtok include Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and Tsuklakhang Palace.

Nathula Pass :Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet, Nathula Pass is a mountain pass on the Indo-China border. It was part of the ancient Silk Route and offers breathtaking views of the snow-covered peaks. 

Nathula Pass

main attraction of Nathula Pass

  • Nathula Pass is one of the three open trading borders between India and China. 
  • The pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks
  • While en route to Nathula, visitors often pass by Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake),
  • The Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple and Memorial, dedicated to an Indian army soldier, is located near Nathula.
  • The region around Nathula Pass is home to a variety of alpine flora and fauna.
  • In winter, when the lake at Tsomgo freezes, Nathula Pass becomes a destination for ice skating enthusiasts

Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) :This high-altitude lake, situated at an elevation of 12,313 feet, is known for its clear blue waters. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals.

Tsomgo Lake

main attraction Tsomgo Lake 

  • The lake is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush landscapes
  • Tsomgo Lake is located at a high altitude, providing visitors with panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • During spring, the area around the lake comes to life with the blooming of various alpine flowers.
  • Visitors have the opportunity to experience Yak rides around the lake
  • The area around Tsomgo Lake is rich in biodiversity, and bird enthusiasts can spot various species of migratory birds.

Yumthang Valley: Known as the "Valley of Flowers," Yumthang is a stunning valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is famous for its vibrant rhododendron blooms during the spring season.

Yumthang Valley

main attraction Yumthang Valley:

  • Yumthang Valley is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush greenery.
  • The valley is home to several natural hot springs with reputed therapeutic properties
  • The Yumthang River meanders through the valley, adding to the picturesque scenery.
  • Zero Point, also known as Yume Samdong, is an extension of Yumthang Valley located at a higher altitude. It offers stunning views of snow-clad mountains and is often covered in snow 
  • Yumthang Valley provides opportunities for nature walks, short hikes, and trekking in the surrounding hills.
  • While spring (April to June) is the best time to witness the blooming flowers, Yumthang Valley is accessible throughout the year.
  • En route to Yumthang Valley, visitors often stop at Bhewma Falls, a beautiful waterfall, and Lachung Monastery, offering a glimpse into the local culture.

Pelling : A charming town in West Sikkim, Pelling offers breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga mountain range. Key attractions include the Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, and the Khecheopalri Lake.


   main attraction Pelling

  • The Rabdentse Ruins are the remains of the second capital of the former Kingdom of Sikkim. Visitors can explore the ruins, including the royal palace, chortens, and sculptures   
  • Also known as the "Wishing Lake," Khecheopalri Lake is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus.
  • Sangacholing monastery is perched atop a hill near Pelling and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains
  • Darap Village provides a glimpse into the rural life of Sikkim. Visitors can experience the hospitality of the locals, witness traditional practices, and explore the lush greenery surrounding the village
  • Rimbi Waterfall and Kanchenjunga Falls are scenic waterfalls near Pelling.
  • Sewaro Rock Garden is a well-maintained garden with rock sculptures, flower beds, and water features, Sewaro Rock Garden is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy nature
  • Cascading down from a height, the Khangchendzonga Waterfalls offer a mesmerizing sight.
  • Yuksom is a historic town nearby that serves as the trailhead for the Dzongri-Goechala trek. It is known for its historical significance as the first capital of Sikkim 

Lachung and Lachen: These are picturesque mountain villages in North Sikkim. Lachung is known for its scenic landscapes and the Yumthang Valley, while Lachen serves as the base for the Gurudongmar Lake.


main attraction Lachung and Lachen

  • Lachung serves as the gateway to the famous Yumthang Valley, also known as the "Valley of Flowers."
  • Lachung has natural hot springs, such as the Yumthang Hot Spring, where visitors can relax and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the warm waters
  • Lachen is the base for the journey to Gurudongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world 
  • Chopta Valley is another beautiful destination near Lachen, known for its serene landscapes, alpine meadows, and the Chopta River
  • Thangu Valley is a high-altitude valley near Lachen that offers mesmerizing views of snow-clad peaks.
  • Tso Lhamo Lake is a pristine glacial lake situated at a high altitude near Lachen.
  • Gurudongmar wildlife sanctuary, located near Lachen, is home to various species of flora and fauna, including the Himalayan blue sheep.

Gurudongmar Lake: Located at an altitude of 17,800 feet, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. It is surrounded by snow-clad mountains and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs.

Gurudongmar Lake

main attraction Gurudongmar Lake

  • Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and breathtaking landscapes, Gurudongmar Lake is known for its pristine beauty.

Ravangla: A peaceful town in South Sikkim, Ravangla is known for its serene atmosphere and panoramic views of the Himalayas. The Buddha Park in Ravangla houses a giant statue of Lord Buddha.


main attraction Ravangla

  • One of the main attractions in Ravangla, the Buddha Park features a 130-foot tall statue of Buddha, known as the Tathagata Tsal.
  • Ralong Monastery is a prominent Buddhist monastery in Ravangla, known for its traditional architecture and religious significance.\
  • Rayong Sunrise viewpoint offers stunning sunrise views over the Kanchenjunga mountain range. It's a popular spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
  • Kewzing is a nearby village known for its homestay experiences. Visitors can explore the village, interact with the locals, and experience the rich culture and traditions of the region.
  • The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is nearby and offers trekking opportunities through dense forests.
  • Borong Hot Springs, located near Ravangla, is a natural hot spring where visitors can relax in warm mineral-rich waters surrounded by scenic landscapes.

Do-Drul-Chorten: Located in Gangtok, this is one of the largest stupas in Sikkim. It is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels and is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Teesta River: The Teesta River, flowing through Sikkim, offers opportunities for white-water rafting. The riverbanks also provide scenic spots for picnics and relaxation.

Teesta River

main attraction Teesta River

  • The Teesta River is a major river flowing through the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal. It is a significant watercourse and offers various attractions and activities for tourists. Here are some of the attractions associated with the Teesta River:
  • Near the Teesta River, there are tea estates where visitors can explore tea plantations,
  • The Teesta River basin is rich in biodiversity, making it a haven for bird watchers
  • The Teesta River is home to a variety of fish species, and fishing is a popular activity in certain stretches
  • The Teesta Suspension Bridge, also known as the Sevok Rangpo Bridge, provides a thrilling experience as it spans the Teesta River. It is one of the longest suspension bridges in Asia.

These are just a few examples, and Sikkim has much more to offer in terms of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure activities. Whether you're interested in monasteries, lakes, mountains, or vibrant local culture, Sikkim has something to cater to every traveler's taste.

As suggested by Sikkim Tourism, the best time to visit Sikkim is either between March and May or October and mid-December. If you want to witness the blooming natural beauty in Gangtok best season to visit would be in spring, from March to May. Autumn, on the other hand, brings the clear view of Himalayan Range.

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