Enriched with amazing scenic beauty and traditional charm, Sikkim is one among the top tourist destinations in India. The long stretches of glorious mountains capped with white clouds which makes them partially invisible, the crystal clear lakes surrounded by flowery paddocks, gushing valleys carving its way through the snowy hills and scanty human civilization amidst the lush green fields, are few of its mesmerizing natural attributes that entice tourists to must visit this slice of heaven. Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is carrying loads of goodies in itself; the snaky roads through the snowy and craggy mountains that leads to the glacial Tsomgo lake and Gurudongmar Lake which is also famous for its religious significance, colorful monasteries such as Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery and Tashiding Monastery tucked amidst nature bestowed with peaceful air, historical stupas at Do Drul Chorten and also very famous hindu deity temple; Hanuman Tok is among the must visit places in Gangtok.
Then there is Yuksom; a historical town which was the first capital of Sikkim is yet another beautiful destination. The town has sparse human population but is fed with all important facilities that a tourist looks for. The town is the entry point of Kanchenjunga National Park So it surely gets passed through by many trekkers and mountaineers every year, only after at least a night halt in this extraordinarily beautiful place. A picturesque mountain village - Lachen, situated in the north of Sikkim, is a vantage point for the panoramic view of the snow-covered peaks and grassy mountains, which inspire the trekkers to go for the challenging trails such as Mt Pandim, Mt Kabru, Mt Simvo, Mt Jopuno, Mt Khangchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu. It also serves itself as the base point for Chopta Valley, Tso Lhamu Lake and Gurudongmar lake. Near to this is another exotic village i.e Lachung which is flourished with wildlife and blessed with colorful rhododendron bloom.
The Yumthang Valley and the Lachung Monastery makes this place extremely popular among the tourism. Equally mesmerizing in beauty and wildlife, Ravangla is considered to be the popular tourist town and a paradise for the nature lovers which offers outstanding mountain views. The Buddha Park situated on the way to Ralong Monastery at the foothills of Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, holds a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is visible from any part of South Sikkim, acting as a leading light for Sikkim’s commendable effort to promote pilgrimage tourism.Another among the several must see places in Sikkim is Namchi which is the culture capital of the state. People from all over the country come here to witness its very popular Namchi Mahotsav which is celebrated on the month of October each year. The Temi Tea Garden stretching across 440 acres of sloped land seems stupendously beautiful with Kanchenjunga in its background. In the west of Sikkim.
Adventure enthusiasts keen into skiing must visit Pelling, a very prominent hill station in the west of Sikkim. During winters, its land gets shrouded with the blanket of snow providing the perfect setting for skiing. The place is blessed with scenic view of the grand himalayas, gushing waterfall arising from green vegetation and the very famous Pemayangtse Monastery supplemented with amazing wall paintings, sculptures and the gold plated statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Just about 30 km away from Pelling there is Khecheopalri village, a popular tourist destination because of its very famous Khecheopalri lake, which is considered sacred by the locals. There are few other small villages like Zuluk and Thangu that are also among the top travel destinations in Sikkim, whose epic scenic beauty of the snow-clad mountains, gurgling rivers and alpine vegetation makes them quite popular with the tourists.