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Top 24 Places to Visit in North Sikkim That Every Nature Lover Should Visit

India has earned itself a slice of heaven in the form of North Sikkim. Snuggling the Himalayas, this beautiful part of a Northeastern Indian state is a place unlike any other in the country. The breathtaking view of Mount Khangchendzonga, the fragrance of a variety of flowers, the quietness of sparkling lakes and the gurgling of rivers like Teesta make North Sikkim a destination that no nature lover should miss. So, whether you are looking for some adventure or peace of mind, solace or romance, North Sikkim is a destination that you must plan to visit.

Quick Information on North Sikkim

North Sikkim Area 4226 sq km
Coordinates 27°31′N 88°32′E
Language Nepali, Bhutia and Lepcha
Popular Treks of North Sikkim Green Lake Trek, Tosar lake Trek,
Popular Places to Visit in North Sikkim Gurudongmar lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang Valley, Seven Sisters Waterfall, Cholamu Lake, Chungthang and Mangan etc.
Best Time to Visit North Sikkim March to May and October to Mid-December
Popular Lakes of North Sikkim Cholamu Lake and Gurudongmar Lake

Here is a List of Top 24 Places in North Sikkim That Nature Every Lover Should Visit:

  • Lachung
  • Yumthang Valley
  • Chopta Valley
  • Lachen
  • Chungthang
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall
  • Thangu
  • Mangan
  • Gurudongmar lake
  • Green Lake Trek
  • Tosar Lake Trek
  • Singhik
  • Rong Lungten Lee
  • Phensang Monastery
  • Phodong Monastery
  • Kabi Lungchok
  • Cholamu Lake
  • Yume Samdong (Zero Point)
  • Mt Katao
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Bhim Nala Falls
  • Naga Falls
  • Tholung Monastery
  • Sirijunga Yuma Manheim

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Lachung

Lachung

A pretty village, situated on both banks of the Lachung River, Lachung is an ideal place for nature lovers. Quiet, serene, beautiful, Lachung is everything that a visitor requires of a place. Lachung literally means ‘Small Pass’, which it indeed is as it is situated in the close proximity to Tibet border. The Lachung Gompa is the major attraction of the town, whereas, a short distance from here is Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that is also a must see. The village retains its culture and handicraft is something that you need to pay attention to.

How to Reach? Drive to Lachung from Gangtok to Singhik view point, Seven Sisters Waterfalls and Naga Waterfalls.

Duration: 6 hours

Distance: 125kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep

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Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley Sikkim

Another picturesque place in North Sikkim, Yumthang Valley boasts of its thick rhododendron forests and hot Sulphur springs. The valley is the home to 24 species of Rhododendrons, thus it rightly earns its name as ‘Valley of Flowers’. The vast meadows and the passing of River Teesta through it, makes Yumthang Valley a nature lovers’ paradise.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachung, take an overnight stay. Next day leave for Yumthang Valley (it is not advised to take direct journey to Yumthang Valley as it gets dark by 5.30PM)

Duration: 8 hours

Distance: 148kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep

Also Read: Religious Tourism in Sikkim

Chopta Valley

Chopta Valley North Sikkim

Chopta Valley outdo the other destinations in Sikkim. One should get here during the springtime when the entire valley becomes a riot of colors. Chopta Valley is very likely to be the place from where the impression of green Sikkim starts to vanish. A base for high altitude lake Gurudongmar, the valley beckons a different landscape with barren mountains and less vegetative pasture lands.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachen and then after an overnight stay, drive the next day from Lachen to Chopta Valley via Thangu.

Duration: 8 Hours

Distance: 160kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep

Note: Chopta Valley is restricted for international visitors; however, passes can be procured on request.

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Lachen

Lachen Tourism North Sikkim

At Lachen some beautiful aspects come alive. No one can gainsay the unexplored beauty that Sikkim is full of. A small settlement amidst lofty mountains that are often clad with snow and thick forests, Lachen is any traveler’s dream come true. Lachen means ‘Big Pass’ and the town is the base for Chopta Valley and the famed Gurudongmar Lake and Lhamu lakes. The Lachen Gompa is the prime attraction here apart from nature’s beauty. The nearby attractions include Yumthang Valley, which can be best explored by taking a two-day trek. The best time to visit Lachen would be summers when an annual yak race takes place.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachen. Also, Yumthang Valley is a short distance from here from where one can trek.

Duration: 6 hours from Gangtok, 2 hours from Yumthang Valley

Distance: 129kms (from Gangtok to Lachen)

Mode of Commutation: Jeep from Gangtok, trek from Yumthang Valley

Note: Lachen is restricted for international visitors; however, passes can be procured on request.

Also Read: Best Trekking Expedition in Sikkim

Chungthang

Chungthang Sikkim

Situated on the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers, Chungthang is a historical town. It is believed Guru Padmasambhaba and Guru Nanak have also visited this place. The town is an excellent base camp for places like Lachung, Yumthang, Yumesamdong, Katao, Lachen, Thangu, Gurudongmar and Tso-Lhamo Lake (Tibet Border). Chungthang has a rich biodiversity and is indeed a gift of nature to North Sikkim.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Chungthang

Duration: 3 Hours

Distance: 95kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep

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Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters Waterfall Gangtok

Situated about 32kms from Gangtok on the way to Mangan, Seven Sisters is a beautiful waterfall. The water is seen cascading down in distinct three steps. A small footbridge is constructed above the waterfall, so that the visitors get the best view. If one is willing to trek a bit more than he can be rewarded with the view of the fourth drop of the fall. An incredible place for some adventure, visitors will love Seven Sisters Waterfall.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok towards Mangan, then a short hike up towards the waterfall

Duration: 45 Minutes

Distance: 32kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Taxi, Bus

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Thangu

Thangu Sikkim

A peaceful village, Thangu is in a way Indian Military base, where they stay for some time to get acclimatized. Thangu is also a base for those who wish to trek to Chopta Valley and Muguthang. A picturesque hamlet, it has a scanty population and that is why it seems a perfect place for nature lovers.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachen and then after an overnight stay, drive next day from Lachen to Thangu

Duration: 6 to 7 Hours

Distance: 150kms

Mode Commutation: Jeep

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Mangan

Mangan Sikkim

The entry point to Lachung Lachen, Mangan is a base town before reaching the lesser-known parts of North Sikkim. The town is also reckoned to be the market center for northern Sikkim and it attracts several villagers selling apples, oranges and cardamom. The view of Khangchendzonga range is breathtaking and that is one of the reasons that you must visit this beautiful place in North Sikkim.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Mangan.

Duration: 2 Hours

Distance: 54kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, bus, taxi

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Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar_Lake Sikkim

Amongst the most famous destinations in Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake is a high-altitude lake situated at an altitude of 5430m. The lake is one of the source streams of River Teesta and it holds immense religious importance. It remains completely frozen in the winter time, whereas in the summer it offers a sparkling look. The simplicity of the place is what makes it even more gorgeous and indeed the best place in North Sikkim to visit.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachen, after an overnight stay, next day drive to Gurudongmar via Chopta Valley.

Duration: 8 Hours

Distance: 175kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep

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Green Lake Trek

Green Lake

The base camp of Mount Kanchendzonga, Green Lake is an alpine lake situated at an altitude of 5000m. The lake is located near the Zemu glacier and makes for an adventurous trek. The trekking trail of Green Lake passes through thick Rhododendron, primulas and blue poppy forests. The breathtaking view of the Kanchendzonga further enhances the beauty of this place.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Lachen. Trek from Lachen to Green Lake via Tallem, Jakthang, Yabuk.

Duration: 34 Hours

Distance: 129kms (Gangtok to Lachen Drive), 30kms (Trek from Lachen to Green Lake)

Mode of Commutation: Jeep (Gangtok to Lachen), Trek (Lachen to Green Lake)

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Tosar Lake Trek

Tosar Lake Sikkim

The beautiful Tosar Lake is located at an elevation of 4,000m between the Mangan and the Chola Range. The lake has a giant cliff that is considered sacred and is worshiped by the local people. This region provides some of the most splendid views of Mount Khangchendzonga. In order to enjoy the beauty of Tosar Lake, one has to trek all the way up to it. The trail to Tosar Lake starts from the road head at Naksuk, above Naga village and traverses through a dense conifer, bamboo, rhododendron and pine forests. The trekking route also crosses the famed yak trails in the Reserve Forest. The trek is popular for the spectacular mountain views, beautiful fauna in flora.

How to Reach? Drive to Gangtok to Tom Naga and then trek to Tosar Lake via Sohar Dhe, Naksuk, Sa Patam

Duration: 2 Hours (Drive from Gangtok to Mangan), 25 Hours (Trek from Tom Naga to Tosar Lake)

Distance: 54kms (Gangtok to Mangan)

Mode of Commutation: Jeep (Gangtok to Mangan) and Trek (Tom Naga to Tosar Lake)

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Singhik

Singhik North Sikkim

A small village in the lap of nature, Singhik looks like a slice fallen from paradise on the earth. Offering impeccable views of the Kanchendzonga range including Mount Siniolchu, Singhik is perfect for a getaway in North Sikkim. One can also go trekking and hiking as there are several short and long nature trails available here.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Singhik.

Duration: 2 Hours

Distance: 58kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, bus, taxi

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Rong Lungten Lee

Rong Lungten Lee North Sikkim

It is a heritage house similar to that of Nam Prik Dang. Rong Lungten Lee is situated about 8kms from Mangan and is open for both foreign and domestic tourists to admire the ancient artifacts of the Lepcha tribes. So, if you are someone with keen interest in history and nature, Rong Lungten Lee is a good place to check out.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Rong Lungten Lee.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Distance: 66kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Taxi

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Phensang Monastery

Phensang Monastery North Sikkim

An important monastery in North Sikkim, Phensang is situated about 9kms from Gangtok. First built in 1721 by the Nyingmapa order in Sikkim, this monastery was destroyed in a fire. Therefore, the monastery’s edifice that we see today was restored in 1948. It is a very peaceful place to be at; the divinity is felt by all the visitors here. The surrounding landscape makes this place look attractive to the visitors. The best time to visit Phensang monastery would be in the month of December when the annual festival is celebrated.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Phensang Monastery

Duration:20 Minutes

Distance: 9kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Bus, Taxi

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Phodong Monastery

Phodong Monastery Sikkim

About 38kms from Gangtok on North Sikkim Highway is the Phodong Monastery. It is called the Karma Kargyu Monastery of Phodong and is the home to some extremely friendly monks. Nestled amidst gorgeous landscape that further enhances its beauty, the monastery is known for the intricate murals that adorn its walls. Like Phensang, the best time to visit Phodong would be the month of December, when the annual festival is celebrated with religious dances.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Phodong Monastery.

Duration: 1 Hour

Distance: 28kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Bus, Taxi

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Kabi Lungchok

Kabi Lungchok Sikkim

Having historical significance, Kabi Lungchok is an interesting place to visit in North Sikkim. Situated 17kms north of Gangtok, Kabi is reckoned the place where the two important tribes of Sikkim i.e Bhutia and Lepcha signed the ‘Treaty of Blood Brotherhood’. Stone pillars were erected here in order to mark this place as of great importance. Apart from the historic sites, Kabi is blessed with immense nature’s beauty. A rich forest with a variety of flowers, cascading streams and waterfalls, rich wildlife and sizable population of butterflies makes Kabi quite a place to visit in North Sikkim.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Kabi.

Duration: 30 Minutes

Distance: 17kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Taxi, Bus

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Cholamu Lake

Cholamu Lake Sikkim

Serene and tranquil Cholamu Lake is a less crowded place in North Sikkim. It is considered as the highest lake in India. The ming -boggling weather and surreal landscapes will compel you to stay here for a while for some moments of peace. You need a permit from the army to visit here as it is located close to the Indo Tibet border. Being a less explored place, the cleanliness and soothing calmness will attract you the most.

How to Reach? It is located 80 Kms from Lachen. From Lachen you will get a taxi to reach Cholamu Lake.

Duration – 3 hours

Mode of commutation– Taxi

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Yume Samdong (Zero Point)

Yume Samdong Sikkim

You will get to see the most amazing wonders of nature in Yume Samdong. It is located close to Yamthung. A trip to the Yume Samdong , also known as Zero Point, will give you an exciting opportunity to explore the exotic wilderness of Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. The area is surrounded with enchanting snowcapped Peaks, azalea and gorgeous Chimal trees. At the left of the zero point, you will witness the scenic Dongkila Peak. Photographers will love this place and nature lovers will be able to heal their toil-weary soul. It is indeed one of the must visit places inNorth Sikkim.

Best Time to Visit – March and April

Duration from Yumthang– 1.5 Hours

Distance – 23 km

Mode of commutation – Car or Cab

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Mt Katao

Mt Katao Sikkim

Mt Katao is one of the most visited tourist destinations of North Sikkim. You can visit here after taking permission from the army in Siliguri. The reason why this place is best for holidays is because there are a lot of exciting adventurous activities to do which will never make your day boring here. Skiing, Skating, Snowboarding, and Snow Grinding are some of the top things to do here. Snowcapped mountains, scenic waterfalls, snowland everywhere, amazing floras like poppy, rhododendron and primula makes this place a gorgeous tourist attraction for nature lovers and solace seekers.

Distance from Lachung – 28 km

Mode of commutation– Taxi

Duration – 2-3 hours

Best Time to Visit – December to February

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a picturesque and surreal tourist attraction located in North Sikkim. The center of attraction of this place is 24 species of rhododendron which can delight your heart and soothe your eyes with its mesmerizing beauty. The flowers of rhododendron blossom from April to May which also makes this the best time to visit here. Moreover, there are amazing bird species like Hoary Throated Barwing, Wood Snipe and the lush greenery in the form of exquisite flora like poppies, gentians, saxifrages and aconites will tickle your lens for photography.

How to Reach? It is located near Yumthang Valley.

Best way to commute – Taxi

Best Time to Visit – April – July

Distance – 7.8 Km

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Bhim Nala Falls

Bhim Nala Falls Sikkim

You should not miss Bhim Nala which is the tallest cascade of Sikkim. Tourists from all over India visit at least one here to soothe their senses and blend with the peace of nature. It is surrounded by the verdant hills in the background. The roar of the falls will enchant you forever. Bhim Nala falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls by the locals. For relaxation and enjoyment with your bear and dear ones, this place is one   of the best places to visit in North Sikkim.

Distance – 13 km from Lachung

Duration – 1 hour

How to reach? It is in Khedum Village. From there you can get a taxi.

Mode of Commutation- Taxi

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Naga Falls

Naga Falls Sikkim

One another scenic bliss located 21km away from Bhim Nala falls is Naga Falls in North Sikkim. It is also one of the tallest cascades of Sikkim after Bhim Nala Falls. For some moments of solitude and relaxation, this place is the best to visit with your loved ones. You can click amazing pictures of the gorgeous falls which are surrounded by picturesque hills. If you are in Sikkim, you should definitely visit Naga Falls for a wonderful and peaceful vacation.

Distance-   35 km from Lachung

Duration- 1 Hour

How to Reach? It is on Gangtok – Chungthang Road

Mode of Commutation- Taxi

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Tholung Monastery

Tholung Monastery Sikkim

Tholung Monastery is one of the most popular religious tourist attractions in north Sikkim.  It was discovered by the 4th Lhatsun Kunzang Jigmed Gyatso in the 13th Rabjung cycle of the Tibetan century. Various religious texts, arts, manuscripts, ancient Buddhist relics and artifacts makes this place one of a kind as these are collected by the former lamas, Chhogyals from Dubde and Sangag Choling monasteries. You can reach here by indulging in a scenic trek which starts from the village of Lingza, which is also a base camp for the trek.

How to Reach? You can take bus from Gangtok to Linzey

Duration – 6-7 Hours’ Drive

Best Time to Visit – October to November

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Sirijunga Yuma Manheim

A heritage house- Sirijunga Yuma Manheim was built in a similar design as that of Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem of Martam, West Sikkim. Set up amidst the serene nature, this place is worth paying a visit if you are in North Sikkim. The ideal time to be here would be in the month January, when Maghey Mela is celebrated to mark the upcoming warmer months in the state.

How to Reach? Drive from Gangtok to Sirijunga Yuma Manheim

Duration: 2 Hours

Distance: 58kms

Mode of Commutation: Jeep, Taxi

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the most popular places to visit in North Sikkim for couples?

  • Yumthang
  • Lachung
  • Lachen
  • Cholamu Lake
  • Mangan
  • Mt Katao
  • GreenLake Trek
  • Thangu
  • Chungthang
  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Naga Falls

Q.What are some of the most popular adventure sports to enjoy in North Sikkim?

  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife sightseeing
  • Trek at ZeroPoint
  • Visit to Gurudongmar Lake, High altitude Lake
  • Trek to Mt Katao

Q.Are foreigners allowed in Gurudongmar Lake?

No, this lake is close to the international border which is the reason why foreigners are not allowed here. There are several exceptions for foreign nations when it's about getting a permit. You must have a valid passport or visa to get a Restricted Area Permit - RAP.

Q.Which places of North Sikkim require Protected Area Permit?

  • Yumthang
  • Yumesamdong
  • Thangu-Chopta Valley
  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Green Lake Trekking Permit

Published: 15 Nov, 2021

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.