North Sikkim Travel Guide

North-Sikkim is flourished with stunning landscape and splendid viewpoints to catch the soul nourishing glimpses of the mountains covered with lush greenery and fragrance of variety of freshly bloomed flowers. There are numerous waterfalls astride road reaching to this extremely picturesque part of Sikkim. The gurgling rivers, quaint villages and the spectacular trails make North-Sikkim a perfect getaway for all kinds of tourists. To start with, there are very famous monasteries in the north of Sikkim to offer to the peace seekers, like Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery of Niyam order. It is situated on the gentle slopes spreading from Kabi to Phodong. The monastery is surrounded by the most exquisite landscapes that makes it a very soulful and peaceful place to be at. Phodong Monastery, which belongs to the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism which is one amongst the six most important Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and also three important monasteries of the Kagyu sect in Sikkim.

Then there is a holy lake carrying a lot of religious significance; Gurudongmar Lake, situated in Lachen; a small but amazingly beautiful town in the North of Sikkim, at a height of 10000 ft. It serves as a vantage point for a perfect view of the mount Siniolchu and khangchendzonga, surrounded by icy mountains and limpid water. Nearest to this lake, is a beautiful village Thangu; a perfect holiday destination to pamper yourself in the lap of nature. Yes, Sikkim has a very broad gate opened specially for the nature lovers. The tourist usually choose to stay back in Thangu village for a night or two before proceeding for Gurudongmar Lake. During winters, the entire village appears differently hued when gets covered up in vibrant alpine flowers and snow. The magnificent trekking trails from this village to chopta valley and Muguthang adds to the charm of this village. Yumthang Valley, popularly known as the ‘valley of flowers’ is an yet another exotic retreat for the nature lovers, who finds peace in its arms.

This valley is a striking blend of the cosmic green meadows and unique wild flowers like primulas and Rhododendrons that hover around the valley, imparting rich color and enigmatic bliss. Then there is Lachen, a serene hill station situated in the northern district of Sikkim fairly famous for Lachung Monastery, is yet another attractive tourist hot spot for the Buddhist pilgrims. North-Sikkim is embellished with various other towns and villages like Lachung, Mangan and Singhik that are equally serene and beautiful surrounded by majestic snow covered mountains with gushing waterfalls, sparkling streams and much more to tempt the tourists to visit them. The peaks which are located in the northern region of Sikkim offer a great opportunity for the trekkers and the adventure seekers. Some of the famous treks that the region offers are Tosar Lake Trek and Green Lake Trek.

The Tosar lake Trek is best from March to June and Sept to Dec, while Green Lake Trek is best from Nov-March. In this way, North-Sikkim makes itself available for the trekking enthusiasts round the year. Trekking in the North Sikkim offer you with different shades of green forest and rich varieties of wild flowers. Speaking about the history of the state, North-Sikkim has few popular places that demonstrate about Sikkim’s rich heritage. So to dwell into the past visit the popular Rong Lungten Lee, a heritage house open for the visitors to admire the ancient artifacts of the Lepcha tribes. Kabi Lungchok, is another site of historical importance. It is attributed to the fact that this is the place where the two important tribes of Sikkim i.e Bhutia and Lepcha signed the ‘Treaty of Blood Brotherhood’. And the Stone pillars mark the location where the treaty was signed.

Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance