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15 Best Places to Visit in Sikkim, North East India

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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 destinations to visit in Sikkim for memorable holidays.

Best Tourist Places in North Sikkim
  • Khangchendzonga National Park
  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Yumthang Valley
  • Lachung
Top Places to Visit in East Sikkim
  • Enchey Monastery
  • Nathula Pass
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
  • Tashi View Point
  • Hanuman Tok Temple
Best Places to Visit in West Sikkim
  • Khecheopalri Lake
  • Yuksom
  • Pelling
Best Places to Visit in South Sikkim
  • Borong
  • Solophok
  • Sikip
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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

Khangchendzonga National Park

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.

Special Highlights

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

Gurudongmar Lake

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.

Special Highlights
  • 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.

Also Read: Popular Must Visit Lakes in Sikkim

Yumthang Valley- Valley of Flowers

Yumthang Valley

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.

Special Highlights

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

Lachung

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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East Sikkim

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

Enchey Monastery

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.

Major Highlights
  • 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

Nathula Pass

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  

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

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

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

Hanuman Tok Temple

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.

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West Sikkim

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

Khecheopalri Lake

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.’

Highlights
  • 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

Yuksom

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

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.

Highlights
  • 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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South Sikkim

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

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

Solophok

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.

Also Check Out: Complete Namchi Travel Guide

Sikip – Untouched Beauty

Sikip

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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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 –

  • Namchi
  • Ravangla
  • Sikip
  • Jorethang
  • Rabong
  • Tendong Hill
  • Borong
  • 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
  • Thangu
  • Chopta Valley
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall
  • Mangan
  • Green Lake Trek
  • Lachen

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
  • Paragliding
  • Yak Safari
  • Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Caving

Published: 15 May, 2021 | Last Updated: 17 May, 2021

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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.