Sikkim Travel Guide
Under the starry sky exists a paradise that is full of warm-hearted people and fairytale destinations. Ornamenting the right shoulder of India, Sikkim is a hideout from the hullabaloo of chaotic urban life. Last to be added as a part of Northeastern Region, Sikkim vouches for an incredible holiday experience that is an assortment of adventure, opulent history, nature’s beauty, and heart melting culture. Music to the ears of holidaymakers, this Northeastern piece of melody is where rejuvenation awaits you amidst scintillating high altitude lakes, green sprawls, gorgeous waterfalls and meandering rivers; and where spirituality and peace of mind find you at serene monasteries; and celebration of a plethora of fairs & festivals makes you fall in love.
Capital: Gangtok Location: Northeast India
BEST TIME TO VISIT SIKKIM:
The summer season between March and June is the best time to visit Sikkim.
WHY VISIT SIKKIM?:
For uninterrupted view of Mt Khangchendzonga; Buddhist pilgrimage tour; adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering and river rafting; high altitude lakes and mountain passes; opulent culture; rejuvenation; honeymoon; fairs & festivals and gastronomic treat.
5°C to 25°C
(March to June)
5°C to 20°C
(July – September)
-7°C to 5°C
(October – February)
An Insight into Sikkim Tourism
A fairytale land indeed, Sikkim is adorned with glistening high altitude lakes, rolling green mountains, pretty rhododendron groves, azure rivers, milky waterfalls and vivid monasteries. The west-most Northeastern state of Sikkim is evidently an abode of beauty, however, it does have a window of opportunity for adventure. Not to forget, the state is famous for its incredible view of the third highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga/Khangchendzonga.
The first glance of Sikkim tourism impresses tourists with a scenic view of chains of mountains and lush greenery. In fact, the state boasts dramatic contours that range from dense forests to barren lands and patches of meadows. The northern part of Sikkim is primarily known for its high altitude lakes like Gurudongmar, and that of a meadow called Valley of Flowers. The scenery of this part of the state is quite distinctive, and that is why it is mostly preferred by adventurers who relish trekking, camping and mountaineering here. Also, the wildlife lovers enjoy their visit to North Sikkim which houses a larger portion of famous Khangchendzonga National Park. Apart from the lofty mountains, lakes and alpine meadows, the nature lovers can get mesmerized by the awe-inspiring beauty of the meandering and scintillating rivers like Teesta and Rangit that cut and run through several popular destinations in Sikkim. The mighty cascades/waterfalls such as Seven Sisters also add the dash of surrealness to the state, whereas the alpine mountain passes like Nathu La and Goecha La assist in adding more to the character of the heavenly place.
Standing second to the nature’s bountifulness in Sikkim are the vivid sacred sites. Sikkim, home to a copious quantities of Buddhist monasteries and a decent sum of Hindu Temples, Churches and Gurudwaras, opens it door wide for pilgrimage tours. The state that has been said to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhav himself is dotted with 200 monasteries, each being unique in its own way. Amongst the prominent Buddhist places in Sikkim include Samdruptse, where the world’s highest Guru Padmasambhav statue is erected. Then there are monasteries like Pemayangste, Tashiding, Rumtek, Enchey, Phensang, Ralong, Phodang, Tolung, and Labrang Palden Phuntsok that draws the attention of the Buddhist pilgrims and tourists alike. The Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom is also a heritage tour destination. The Kiretshwar Mahadev Temple on the bank of River Rangit in Legship and the Sai Mandir are two important religious sites in Sikkim for Hindu pilgrims. In Sikkim, the religious feel is not confined to monasteries and temples, the state also is dotted with hotsprings like Borong and Ralong that have therapeutic properties, there are also 4 caves – Sharchog Beyphug in the East, Lho Kando Sangphug in the South, Nub Dechenphug in the West and Jhang Lhari Nyingphug in the North, and lakes like Gurudongmar and Khecheopalri that are considered as holy destinations in Sikkim.
Adventure is an essential part of Sikkim tourism that reflects the uniqueness of this unsurpassed destinations that never fails to thrill. The state offers excellent trekking experience to both amateur as well as veteran adventurists with its unspoiled trekking trails that passes through groves of rhododendron; silver fir, hemlock, and magnolia forests, high altitude mountain passes, and lesser explored lakes. Amongst the popular treks in Sikkim include Goecha La Trek, the Green Lake Trek and Barsey Rhododendron Trek. For wildlife adventurists, Sikkim offers a number of wildlife reserves that are replete with rare animal and bird species. Apart from the famous Khangchendzonga National Park, the state has Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, a home to Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, and Civet cat; Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, which shelters Red Panda and a variety of birds like blood pheasant and black eagle; Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary, where blooms a variety of rhododendron; and Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary that as aforementioned is ideal destination for trekking as well. River Rafting is yet another opportunity for adventure in Sikkim, as the state renders its Teesta and Rangit Rivers for an exhilarating watersport activity.
What catches the eyes in Sikkim the most is the rich culture this Northeast state is endowed with. Peacefully inhabited by the Bhutias, Nepali and Lepcha people, Sikkim offers an exciting diversity to witness whose influence can be seen in the food, culture as well as festivals. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that each month of the year in the state is a celebration, with fairs & festivals occupying a few days of the locals. In fact, the state now observes a number of tourism festivals like World Tourism Day along with religious and agriculture festivals, increasing the count of celebrations that one can be part of while touring Sikkim. Amongst the popular festivals in Sikkim include Loosong, Losar, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, and Phang Lhabsol. The harmonic diversity of Sikkim can also be witnessed in its food habit, contributed by the three different sects of people, the state offers an interesting blend of dishes that can make any mouth drool. An ideal way to plunge into the lives of Sikkimese people and their culture is by taking a village tour. It is true, many villages in Sikkim like Dzongu and Kewzing have thrown their doors open to tourism, and even offer homestay facilities.
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Best Hotels & Resorts for Holidaying in Sikkim
Experience the warmest hospitality in the humble land. Catering to every need of their guests, the accommodation options in Sikkim are abound. Ranging from the luxury properties in the capital city Gangtok to budget-friendly hotels in smaller towns and cities, from Government Circuit Houses in remote places to homestays in villages, Sikkim does its best to bring at your disposal the most comfortable accommodation option for you.
Top Things to Do & See on Your Trip to Sikkim
Sikkim greets every visitor with a copious quantities of things to do. The state with its stark and dramatic landscape offers exciting opportunities for adventure like trekking, mountaineering and river rafting. It is an ideal destination for a Buddhist pilgrimage tour and is also perfect to satiate your appetite for witnessing rich culture and festivals; relishing the Sikkimese cuisine and jeep safari to the far-flung places are also the part of must do list.
Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance
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