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Sikkim is the definition of Mind- Boggling beauty. Every corner of Sikkim is decked with serenity, simplicity and tremendous beauty. Its home to India’s highest mountain Kanchenjunga. The breathtaking meadows, majestic hills, glaciers and diverse flora and fauna will never be monotonous to the tourists. Each view of Sikkim is of unparalleled beauty and loveliness.
In Sikkim there is no dearth of place for sightseeing tour. An artist can find his/her masterpiece to draw amidst the beauty and serenity of nature, a poet can create the most heart touching lines to describe the sceneries in Sikkim, a pilgrim can take a spiritual dip in the piousness of temples, a nature lover and a solace seeker will definitely find nirvana in its calm environment and an adventure lover can enjoy the thrill of adventures as much as possible.
Visiting Sikkim would be the experience of a lifetime. If you come here once you will never go away.
Here is a list of some of the best tourist places to visit in Sikkim for memorable holidays.
|Places to Explore in North Sikkim
||Khangchendzonga National Park, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Dzongu
|Places to Visit in East Sikkim
||Enchey Monastery, Nathula Pass, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Tashi View Point, Hanuman Tok Temple
|Places to Explore in West Sikkim
||Khecheopalri Lake, Yuksom, Pelling, Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple, Okhrey
|Places to Visit in South Sikkim
||Borong, Solophok, Sikip, Namchi, Ravangla
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Tourism in North Sikkim
Here the sights and sounds of song filled mornings are delightful in their boldness. You can call it a home to grand and exquisite canvas of mystical landscapes. It is still an unexplored gem when compared to East Sikkim. Places like Lachung, Gurudongmar, and Katao etc. are some small enchanting hamlets that will keep your soul warm with delight. Clear streams of water, picturesque landscapes, snowcapped mountains, colorful flowers and amazing weather makes North Sikkim definitely worth a visit. Here are the list of some of the best places to visit in North Sikkim.
Khangchendzonga National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Sikkim is known for its unique varieties of flora and fauna which can be best reflected through its National Parks, the most popular among them is Khangchendzonga National Park.
Unique diversity of lowlands, majestic snow-clad mountains, mesmerizing lakes and glaciers, steep sided valleys and ancient forests makes Khangchendzonga National Park one of the best places to Visit in Sikkim. It’s a home to some of the most rare endemic and rare flora and fauna.
The forests and mountains are of sacred significance for the indigenous people of Sikkim. The multi-layered land of Khangchendzonga is an object of worship for Buddhists and Lepchas. Tibetan Buddhist worship Mt Khangchendzonga as Beyul and indigenous people as Mayul Lang.
The whole park resounds in the wild call of Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Bharal, Musk Deer and soothing, delightful sounds of birds like Black necked crane, Grus Nigricollis, Pheasant, and Satyr Tragophan etc.
It is one of the best monsoon destinations to visit in Sikkim as the climate is pleasant. In the summer season also, this place is the most fascinating sight to behold. The area receives heavy snowfall throughout the year as the temperature grows below 0 degree which also makes this place one of the best winter destinations to visit in Sikkim.
Tholung Monastery in the buffer zone of the national park is the best place to visit here. Also, this place is quite popular for trekkers. Yuksom, Green Lake Trek are some popular treks to indulge in.
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Gurudongmar Lake – Sacred Lake Ethereal vibes
There is a society where not many intrudes, to feel the pleasure of the delightful solitude. Gurudongmar Lake is one such place which is one of the offbeat destinations to visit in North Sikkim. The lake holds a sacred significance for Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. This lake remains frozen throughout the year as it is a high-altitude lake.
It is said that the local people requested God Padmasambhava to place his hands on a part of the lake, since then that part of the lake really stopped freezing even in winters. The waters of the lake are sacred and divine and pilgrims carry it in containers.
According to another Legend- In the 15th century Guru Nanak passed through this Lake and touched the Lake with his walking stick, hence it stopped freezing.
Charm of the Lake can be best enjoyed in winters. November to February is the best time to visit this mesmerizing Lake. It is one of the best winter destinations to visit in Sikkim.
- If you want to see the amazing Yak Race then visit Lochen during the summer season.
- Buddhist Lachung Monastery is the best place to visit around Gurudongmar Lake.
- Trek to Gurudongmar Lake to Tso Lhamo Lake by taking permits from the army official.
- Village of Lachung will give you solace. It’s the hub of Apple orchards, amazing hot springs and pine forests.
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Yumthang Valley- Valley of Flowers
Here earth laughs in the form of beautiful flowers. Yumthang Valley is a home to some of the rarest flowers. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sikkim. Flower scented meadows give a romantic aura which also makes it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Sikkim.
Cool weather, emerald green carpets, freezing Teesta River, flowery meadows, majestic Panhunri and Shundy peaks and the alluring Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary will not only overpower your senses but also blow your heart away to never give you back. The best time to visit Yumthang Valley is from April to May.
Yak Ride is the best thing to do in this gorgeous valley while enjoying the picturesque views. Angling in Yumthang chu and Puniya Chu River will quench your thirst for adventure. Don’t miss the Yumthang Hot springs to get the best holiday experience in Sikkim.
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Lachung – Discover your Soul
It is one of the top visiting places in Sikkim and one of the great places to rejuvenate your soul. The scenic village of Lachung is a humble yet beautiful paradise of greenery. Apple Orchards, majestic mountains, varieties of flora and fauna hot springs enchanting forests and cascading waterfalls adorn this small village of Lachung.
It is also the best place to shop for woven rugs and blankets. You must visit this place once because time spent amongst nature is never wasted. Moreover, your holidays in Sikkim will be mind boggling if you visit small magical hamlets like Lachung. So, what are you waiting for? Stop, stand and gaze at the most beautiful sight of nature.
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Dzongu – Explore The Lifestyle of Lepchas
A hidden gem in North Sikkim, which is often skipped by people while visiting famous places like Lachen and Lachung, Dzongu is an untouched offbeat village perched in the Eastern Himalayas. Dzongu is a special territory where the native Lepchas live, since the 1960s when Sikkim was still a place ruled by Chogyal Palden Namgyal.
Village walks are the only way to explore the Dzongu Lepcha Reserve village. Walking down the alleys of villages while watching the mesmerising surrounding views of the verdant fields of crops, breathing in the salubrious air and exploring the self-sustained modest lifestyle of Lepchas – are the best things to do in Dzongu.
Hiking through the forests to explore the monasteries and passing through the waterfalls will surely give you solace in Dzongu, which is yet untouched by humankind; commercialisation yet not happened here. There are a few homestays where you can stay while visiting this offbeat hamlet. You will be amused to learn about their food which is still cooked using earthen ovens on log fire. In all, Dzongu is a place where you can visit to unwind away from the hectic urban life without the chaos.
- You will need a special permit to enter the village.
- Ting Vong is the only place where you will get an internet connection.
- Rikzing Tarling Monastery, Hee Gyathang Monastery, Tholung Monastery and Lingthem Village are some of the attractions in Dzongu.
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East Sikkim Tourism
Here tremendous beauty will overpower your senses and seduce your soul. In the majesty of nature, you will feel delightful euphoria to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Here lies the most visited tourist destination- the Capital city of Sikkim – Gangtok. Here resides the ethereal peaks of Mt Kanchenjunga, picturesque locality, enchanting landscapes, beautiful lakes, old monasteries, and serene temples. East Sikkim is brimming with unpatrolled loveliness. Visit here once and taste the endless fountain of immortal drink of the beauty of Nature. Let us show you some amazing places in East Sikkim.
Enchey Monastery – Embrace the divinity
This 200-hundred-year-old monastery is one of the most popular places to visit in Gangtok to get some divine moments of solace. It is the most sacred place for the followers of Vajrayana Buddhism. The word Enchey means ‘Solitary Temple’ and this divine monastery offers the most divine spectacle of the glories of nature.
In 1909-1910, its present structure was built by Sidkeong Tulku, who was a Namgyal ruler but the original structure was built by Lama Druptob Karpo who was a tantric master famed for his ability to fly. He built a small hermitage to meditate, later it was renovated into a monastery.
- Guru Loketeswara, Guru Padmasambhava and Lord Buddha are worshipped in this Monastery.
- Chaam Dance Festival is celebrated in the 12th Lunar month of January.
- Phang Lhabsal is a festival of brotherhood between Lepcha and Bhutia community is also celebrated in this monastery in August/ September.
- Ganesh Tok Temple and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, center for Buddhist philosophy and religion are the best places to visit around Enchey Monastery.
- The timings of the Monastery – 9:00am to 6:00pm.
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Nathula Pass – Pass of Euphoria
In case you are a nature lover, snow covered mountains, cascading waterfall, crispy mountain breeze, tranquil Tsomgo Lake and flower-scented meadows of Nathula Pass will definitely please your soul. It is one of the popular tourist spots in Sikkim.
Tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy its idyllic setting. Its amazing cold weather makes Nathula pass a great summer destination to enjoy in Sikkim. It is one of the best places for trekkers, the most popular trek is the 4km trek from Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple.
Important Info & Highlights
- Get Protected Area Permit from Tourism and Civil Aviation at Gangtok or any reputed travel agency.
- It is only open for Indian Nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Fee to visit Nathula Pass is INR 200.
- Yak Safari is the best thing to do here.
- Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and Zuluk Wildlife Sanctuary are the best places to visit around Nathula Pass.
- Don’t Forget to visit the War Memorial
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Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden – Best Piece of Nature
Located 22 Km from Gangtok near Rumtek Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is a treasure trove of exquisite variety of flora maintained by the Forest Department of the government of Sikkim. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Sikkim.
It is a home to 1.5 lakh ornamental plants and alluring varieties of Oak. Well nursed tropical and temperate plants of the garden will be of great interest to botany enthusiasts. Not only that, this place is also the best place to visit for children. They will get to learn about different varieties of plants. There is a kids section in the garden where children can enjoy swings and seesaw rides.
Snowcapped mountains give it a gorgeous setting and a quaint lake at the edge of the garden is ideal for boating. Spending quiet time amidst the scenic views of Lush forests, alpine trees, Himalayan flora are the best ways to keep yourself close to nature’s heart.
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Tashi View Point – Alluring Sunsets and Sunrises
Tashi View Point is one of the most popular points of tourist attractions and is an integral part of your sightseeing tour in Sikkim. It is a must visit place if you really want to enjoy the most gorgeous views of Sunsets and sunrises. The view will be breathtaking.
Moreover, the beautiful view of North Sikkim villages, breathtaking views of Mt Khangchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu will be the most beautiful answer if you are seeking peace. Setting sun and sunrises blazing through the clouds at all hours makes this lovely place worth a visit.
Highlight- Become one with the god in the most pleasing monasteries of Labrang and Phodong. The gorgeous natural views can be best enjoyed if you have a telescope or binoculars. You can also get a nice refreshment from the shops nearby. The fee to visit Tashi view Point is INR 10.
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Hanuman Tok Temple – Divine Paradise to get solace
This divine temple of Lord Hanuman is the most visited place of Gangtok. The alluring hills and valleys that surround the temple are nothing but smiles of God and nature to give your mind a perfect refreshment from the chaos of the world along with divine peace.
It is said that Lord Hanuman flew down to this spot carrying the Sanjeevani Mountain in hand for rest. Since then, this place is of a great spiritual significance for the devotees who come here to get the divine blessings of the Lord. The small temple of Sai Baba near this temple will also elevate your spiritual experience to a whole new level. The temple of Hanuman Tok is looked after by Indian Army.
West Sikkim Tourism
Ever imagined yourself surrounded in the sound of music scenery, lovely glades, Majestic Mountains and serene lakes? If not then you definitely need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and see the most alluring beauty of West Sikkim. Here the beauty of nature is such that its loveliness will increase day by day in your heart. The overpowering beauty of nature is the best kept secret of West Sikkim, You have to come here to behold it with your own eyes. Here is the list of Most Popular places to visit in West Sikkim.
Khecheopalri Lake – Seat of Divinity
Bliss of the West Sikkim Khecheopalri Lake cannot be ignored when you are planning a trip to Sikkim. Located in Khecheopalri village, this lake is an absolute heaven for nature lovers and solace seekers. It is said that if you make a wish and offer prayer in the water body, your wish will come true. This lake is a symbol of faith and wish fulfillment.
In Hinduism it is said that Lord Shiva has meditated in Dupukney cave which is above the lake. This Lake originated when the divine steps of Lord Shiva blessed this piece of land.
Another legend says that a Lepcha girl lost her precious stone in the lake and the goddess of this lake gave her the precious stone buried at the bottom of the lake. Since then, it is also known as ‘Wish Fulfillment Lake.’
- It is a treasure trove for Bird watchers. One can spot beautiful black wind cormorants, teal, grebe, white breasted water bird and golden oriole.
- Chho Tsho festival is celebrated here in the month of October
- Fee to visit this lake is INR 10.
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Yuksom – Poetry of Nature
Jewel of West Sikkim, Yuksom is the most enchanting of all the tourist places in Sikkim. Rustic yet sublime here beauty laughs in the scenic villages, serenity gazes at you far from the old monasteries and Crispy breeze of the mountains whispers in your ears the tales of delightful peace.
This quiet and scenic charm is absolutely the best place to embrace the blessing of togetherness, hence Yuksom is the most preferred destination for honeymooners in Sikkim. This less explored place is getting popular by promoting village eco-tourism in Sikkim.
Yuksom is a gateway to majestic Mt Kanchendzonga. Also, this beautiful scenic village of Yuksom is spreading historical and spiritual vibes through its oldest monasteries such as Dubdi Monastery, tashiding Monastery and Tashitenka Monastery etc. Don’t miss the eternal bliss of Kartok Lake which was once a way to connect with God for Oracular practices.
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Pelling- Secluded Serenity
Pelling is a perfect place for you if you want to enjoy some quiet time amidst the drop-dead gorgeous setting of majestic mountains and delightful greenery. Mesmerizing waterfalls will respond to your heart’s lovely wild. It is also a great place to enjoy the thrill of adventure activities like Kayaking, trekking, rafting and Mountain Biking. A beautiful amalgamation simplicity and sublimity which makes Pelling one of the best places to visit in Sikkim.
- Darap Village is the best place to visit around Pelling if you want to feel the simplicity and sublimity of nature at the same time.
- Sewaro rock Garden is the best place to visit with family and friends as it is a great picnic spot to enjoy some quality time.
- Rabdentse Ruins is the must visit place to visit in Pelling. To get a useful insight on the history of the Chogyals.
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Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple
Surrounded by enchanting forests and blissful Rangit River, Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage tourist attractions in West Sikkim. You are just a few steps away in fulfilling all your desires and wishes as it is said that if you visit Kirateshwar Temple, your desires and wishes will come true if you pray sincerely. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are three platforms in the temple to worship Goddess Durga, Lord Rama and Lord Shiva. It is said that Kirateshwar Temple played a great role in the battle of Mahabharata.
- The temple looks stunning and magnificent in the festival of Bala Chaturdashi which is celebrated in the month of November to December every year.
- You can also visit this temple during the festival of Maha Shivratri which is celebrated in the month of February or March to get the divine blessings from Lord Shiva.
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Okhrey – Abode of Birdwatching
The gateway of the majestic Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Okhrey is a tiny hamlet, which is less travelled and remains an offbeat place to stay some days in peace. However, in April and May, trekkers and nature enthusiasts often visit this village to get through the sanctuary.
April-May is undoubtedly the best time to visit this place as you will be amused by watching the riot of colours the rhododendrons create here. Pink, red and white petals cover the trails that look amazing with other sub-tropical flowers which also bloom this time.
Apart from trekking to the sanctuary, you can also hike to Ribdi to explore the lifestyle of the village and buy some fresh yak cheese from the market. The local monastery in Okhrey’s rhododendron park, Ugen Thondroling Monastery is another viewpoint where you can hike.
If you want to opt for the rhododendron trek from Okhrey, you have to inquire about the blooming status, as the place witnesses major snowfall and the flowers do not bloom.
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South Sikkim Tourism
Each part of Sikkim is blessed with tremendous beauty so South Sikkim is not an exception. It is also blessed with tremendous beauty. Once you step here you will feel a nectar of immortal beauty pouring unto you through heaven’s brink. If you really want to see how beautiful it is the best way to do that is to plan a trip to South Sikkim. To help you out we have listed three most beautiful places for you to visit in South Sikkim.
Borong – Relaxing and Chilling on Hills
Borong is a small scenic village located in the Ravangla in South Sikkim. It is one of the best hill stations to visit in Sikkim. It’s getting popularity for promoting village eco-tourism. If you are looking for peace and scenic beauty Borong is a place to be in.
Gorgeous Sinokhu and Pandim peaks and soothing sounds of alluring birds like black magpie, scarlet minivet and Himalayan Pheasants and amazing views of Maenem hill, hot springs, forests and waterfalls will make your holiday in Sikkim the most memorable one. This place is quite popular for trekkers. You can hike up to river Rangit for the hot water spring of Borong.
Highlight: Ralong Monastery, Borong Monastery, Vyanjan Valley, Barmeli Bridge and Fatam village are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Borong.
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Solophok – Quaint Pilgrimage Destination
Situated 5 Km away from Namchi, Solophok is one of the most beautiful pilgrimage center in South Sikkim. The main shrine of 108ft in which 87ft high statue of Lord Shiva sits in its all glory adorn the land of Solophok. The most interesting sight is the replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas along with Char Dhams – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka which make Solophok the best Pilgrimage destination.
Apart from the tranquil drops of spirituality, this place is a heaven for adventure seekers. The popular treks of Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill along with Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tendong State Bio- diversity Park will be a spine-chilling experience for adventure seekers.
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Sikip – Untouched Beauty
Sikip is situated in the banks of tranquil Rangit River. Once, you entered the gorgeous landscape of Sikip, you will be mesmerized by its secluded serenity. It is one of the best place to do angling and camping. Which will definitely add contentment to your holidays in Sikkim.
The best time to involve in adventurous rafting is March, May, October and December. Moreover, there is an element of romance in its surroundings, if you want to enjoy quiet time with your beloved Sikip is the place to be.
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Namchi literally means Skyhigh – Nam – Sky, Chi – High. It is one of the must visit places if you are in South Sikkim because why not? It is the district headquarter of South Sikkim. South Sikkim is identified by Namchi.
Namchi is a hub of adventure activities like rafting and trekking; it’s a treasure trove of Buddhist monasteries and blissful vistas; the stunning views of Rangeet Valley and lofty Kanchenjunga Peak will delight your eyes and lens; you should also not miss the charm of Temi Garden where you will get best quality Tea. Trekking from Namchi to Tendong hill and angling at Rangeet River are the two most important and must not miss adventure activities in Namchi if you want to enjoy the best of Namchi Tourism.
October is the best time to visit Namchi as you will witness the great Namchi Mahotsav held every year in October. This annual carnival is full of fun. Lots of handloom stalls, folk dance performances and traditional food stalls will blow your heart away.
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Ravangla – Attend A Festival to Worship Kanchenjunga
Ravangla is another pretty mountainous village in South Sikkim where you will be amused by watching the jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas and the alpine forests from afar. It’s a place from where people can take a glimpse of some major peaks of the Himalayas including Kanchenjunga.
Ravangla has become a popular tourist attraction mainly for two reasons. The first one is obviously the Buddha Park, the picturesque park where you will find the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha with a backdrop of greenery and hills.
The second reason is a festival, which is arranged every year in August to worship Mt. Kanchenjunga. Named Pang Lhabsol Festival, the festival attracts flocks of travellers to Ravangla in August.
Apart from all of these, the sublime view of Mt. Narsing, which sits between other snow-clad peaks – is another great reason to visit Ravangla.
- Buddha Park, Bon Monastery, Temi Tea Garden andRayong Sunrise Point are some of the popular tourist attractions in Ravangla.
- You have to book your stay beforehand if you want to explore the Pang Lhabsol Festival in August.
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Let Us Find Out What to Expect in Different Seasons in Sikkim
What to expect from Summer in Sikkim?
Summer in Sikkim starts from the month of April and ends in June. Tourists from all around the world travel to Sikkim for amazing nature and mountain views especially in Summer. The delightful weather of Sikkim captivates everyone’s mind to spend a wonderful hill station holiday here. Sikkim’s thriving cuisine, culture and heritage is an awesome travel experience to the tourists.
In the summer months you will experience wonderful weather. The temperature ranges up to 5-degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius. Depending on the place, sometimes you will experience cold evenings in summer. It is the best time to explore tourist attractions in Sikkim like Yumthang Valley, Nathula Pass, Gangtok, Lachung, Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Pelling, Khechopalri lake for amazing nature and mountain views.
The cool breeze coming from lofty Himalayan Peaks makes it a wonderful time to enjoy trekking and mountain biking. Apart from that Kayaking, hang gliding, rafting, canoeing, wildlife safari are the best things to enjoy in summer in Sikkim.
The blossoming of Rhododendrons and Orchids in summer will take your breath away. This is also the best time to travel to North Sikkim, Rhododendron Valley.
Summer in Sikkim will be great if you enjoy and take part in the cultural programs and festivals here. These festivals are the lifeline of Sikkim. Festivals reflect the culture, heritage and the rich history of Sikkim. Chaite Dashain, Saga Dawa Festival, Holi, Sakewa, Bumchu etc. are some amazing festivals to enjoy this time.
During summer the road condition of Sikkim is good. Apart from the main tourist attractions, you can even have access to remote locations, offbeat destinations to enjoy your time. Summer is a peak season to travel in Sikkim and because of this reason all the luxury resorts and 5-star hotels, guest houses get ready to offer their best services with warm hospitality.
The clear view of lofty Himalayas, gushing waterfalls, lots of thrilling adventure activities, lush vegetation and soothing ambiance of monasteries makes Summer in Sikkim the best time to enjoy hill station holidays.
What to expect in Monsoon from Sikkim?
The most amazing fact about Sikkim is that it enjoys two kinds of Rainy seasons. Summer Rain and Winter Rain. The Southern Part of Sikkim enjoys summer rain i.e. the month of August and September is the best time to visit here. The northern part of Sikkim enjoys winter rains i.e. the month of May and June is the best time to travel here.
Monsoon in Sikkim will lure those travelers who love nature’s refreshing beauty. It comes to bless nature in North Sikkim in the month of July and ends in September. The climate of Sikkim during monsoon remains very pleasant.
Monsoon in Sikkim offers the most refreshing vibes of nature. During this time the scenic lush vegetation of picturesque landscapes will take your breath away. During this time, you will witness rare species of birds, the mist-covered mountains, and heavy rainfall makes the North Sikkim tour the most fascinating one for you.
Monsoon is the best time to explore emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls and enchanting meadows. Some of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Sikkim in monsoon will melt your heart. The Ruins of Rabdentse where the stunning views of Kanchenjunga range, ruins of chortens and palaces will make your day. Nathang Valley offers the most enchanting views of Himalayas and the zig zagged roads and soothing trekking trails will captivate your senses, Kanchenjunga Falls which give you an advantage of swimming and an opportunity to behold the waterfall from close proximity and Sewaro Rock Garden is a place where every tranquil mind will be able to sync the state of mind with the calmness of nature. It is one of the best picnic spots to spend amazing time with your family and friends. The list is endless, there are many other places to visit in Monsoon but within the scope of this blog it is difficult to mention all the places one by one.
One disadvantage of traveling in monsoon in Sikkim is the road conditions are not very good. The risk of landslides will always be there but if you can bear that risk and look at the positive side and the beauty of the place, Sikkim has really refreshing vibes in monsoon.
Monsoon is the best time to indulge in the cultural vibe of Sikkim. In west Sikkim you will be able to enjoy the Tharpu Monsoon Festival which is celebrated in the month of August every year. The nature’s breathtaking beauty, traditional art and cultural programs makes this festival worth enjoying during your Sikkim Tour in Monsoon.
Adventures will fill your holidays with fun and excitement. During this time Teesta river’s charm is unforgettable. River rafting and Kayaking are the best things to do here. You can also flock to Chungthang for camping as it is a base camp for adventurers. The lofty mountains and the awesome star lit sky will give you an amazing camping experience.
Honeymoons, family trips or any kind of solo adventures will be blissful if Monsoon is the season and your choice of travel to Sikkim.
What to expect from Winters in Sikkim?
The winter in Sikkim starts from the month of October and ends in February. It is the time when you will see the best scenic vistas of Himalayan mountains, snowfall and picturesque views of high-altitude attractions in the best way.
Do you know? Sikkim is one of the coldest places in India which lies amidst the Himalayan mountains. The best part about Sikkim in winters is that you will be able to see the most beautiful views of the lofty peaks of Kanchenjunga. Sikkim also receives regular snowfall and the temperature here drops to 0 degree Celsius almost every night.
There are some of the most enchanting tourist places to visit in Sikkim in the months of Winter such as Tsomgo Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, Rumtek monastery, Yumthang, Kaluk, Zuluk, Nathula Pass, Teesta River, Yumthang Valley, Pelling, Yuksom, Darap and Tashiding etc. These places will offer you the most scenic views of nature and the best snowfall experience of winter.
When it comes to festivities, Winter is very blissful in Sikkim. The festival of Christmas, New Year, Mangan Music festival, Losing, Maghey Sankranti, Guitar Cham, Losar filled with lots of cultural performances, music and delicious cuisines to seduce your senses. It will definitely elevate your travel experience in Sikkim. The local culture and tradition of Sikkim will enable you to know a lot about the people, tribes and their food.
Winters bring a lot of adventure enthusiasts to Sikkim. Tourists can enjoy trekking in Green Lake trek, Village trek, Monastic trek, Rhododendron trek, and mountaineering in Brumkhangse and Mount Jopuno etc. Teesta and Rangit rivers give an awesome chance for river rafting which will fill your heart with thrill. Ski lovers visit Yumthang valley and Phunui Valley for some thrill. One can also enjoy Paragliding and Hang Gliding here. There are limitless options for adventure activity in Sikkim in winter which will definitely leave you spellbound forever.
So, if you love the cold climate to travel then Sikkim is one of the best travel destinations for amazing snow adventure holidays.
Travelling Sikkim would be the most enchanting of all your travel journeys. Perhaps there is no other place as beautiful and fairytale like as Sikkim. We hope our delightful list of the best places to visit in Sikkim will help you in preparing your itinerary. North East is the most unexplored part of India, one should definitely plan a trip to drink nature’s divine drops to cure one’s toil- weary soul.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What are some popular places to visit in South Sikkim?
Some of the most popular places to visit in South Sikkim are –
- Tendong Hill
- Maenam Hill
Q.What are some of the most popular places to visit in North Sikkim?
Some of the most popular places to visit in North Sikkim are:
- Yumthang Valley
- Cholamu Lake
- Chopta Valley
- Seven Sisters Waterfall
- Green Lake Trek
Q. What are the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places to visit in Sikkim?
Some of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places to Visit in Sikkim are –
- Hanuman Tok
- Thakurbari Temple
- Kirateshwar mahadev mandir
- Ganesh Tok
- Solophok Chardham
- Shirdi Sai Mandir
- Shri Vishwa Vinayaka Mandir
- Samdruptse Shiva Temple
Q.What kind of adventure activities are available to enjoy in Sikkim?
In Sikkim there are plethora of adventure activities to enjoy in Sikkim, some of them are:
- River Rafting in Teesta River
- Mountain Biking and Cycling
- Rock Climbing
- Hang Gliding
- Yak Safari
About the author
She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.