Sikkim is the gem of the north-eastern part of India. The only Indian state to have become fully organic so far. Sikkim renders a feeling of being secluded. Once you visit the state you will feel the enigmatic beauty of the state from the very beginning of your trip. Sikkim is bordered by Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal on the three sides. Hence, the epic landscapes await you, as you plan your trip to Sikkim. Sikkim has all the components to make a vacation memorable.
Sikkim is the home of India’s highest mountain, Mt.Kanchenjunga. The state also has a diverse range of flora and fauna along with glaciers and alpine meadows. If luck is on your side, then you might even have the pleasure to experience snowfall in Sikkim. There are several Sikkim tour packages easily available in the market, but be sure before you chose one. If possible go for customizable trips or curate them on your own. Here are some must-visit places to make the most of your trip to Sikkim.
1. The Capital City: Gangtok
You are visiting Sikkim, and it is impossible to not visit the capital city, Gangtok. Everyone starts their Sikkim vacation mainly from Gangtok. As you are required to acquire permits to travel around the state. Sikkim is very strict regarding its rules and regulations.
Once you are in Gangtok, you can explore the city by taking long walks. The city has a lot of sightseeing places in store for you. Arrange a cab the previous day and visit places like Ganesh Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Hanuman Tok, etc.
2. The Irresistible Tsomgo Lake
One of the major attractions of Sikkim, the charisma of Tsomgo Lake is surreal. The lake is also widely known as Changu Lake. You will get to witness the lake in its different avatar, depending upon your season of visit. The lake is located just 38 kilometres away from the capital city of Sikkim at an elevation of 3,753 meters. As you drive through the rocky roads and pass the narrow turns, you will realize the adrenaline rush in your veins.
At Tsomgo Lake, you can enjoy Yak rides around the area. The beautiful wildflowers welcome you to the place. Enjoy some lip-smacking bowl of Maggie or try out the most popular dish of Sikkim, thupka. Consuming such heart meals gives you a joyous feeling.
3. Explore the Alpines of Pelling
A small town in Sikkim, Pelling is the second most visited place in the state. A Sikkim vacation remains incomplete without a visit to the Pelling. The luscious forests and the might Kanchenjunga range make Pelling the heart of Sikkim.
Explore the alpines of Pelling by visiting the Kanchenjunga Waterfalls. Do not miss out on the sacred Khecheopalri Lake. The tranquil atmosphere of this place makes you fall for Sikkim all over again. There’s a helipad as well in Pelling which is often visited by tourists.
4. Pass through the Nathula Pass
Now, are you looking for an oomph of an adrenaline rush? Then you must visit the Nathula Pass. This place is full of adventure. The high walls of snow on both sides give you a sense of euphoria. The pass connects India with Tibet and is regarded as one of the admired places to visit in Sikkim.
If you are a biker who loves to ride in a high mountain pass, then you must ride your bike to the Nathula Pass at an elevation of 4,310 meters. The Nathula pass is not accessible everyday as it remains closed on Monday & Tuesday. The best time to visit the pass is from April to June and between October – and November.
5. Witness the Pristine Lake of Gurudongmar
The most secluded part of Sikkim, Gurudongmar Lake is famous for its blue pristine water. The Gurudongmar lake is thought to be sacred by many belonging to Buddhists, Sikhs, and Hindus. The lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and India.
Gurudongmar Lake is perched at an elevation of 5,425 meters. The harsh weather conditions make it impossible for tourists to stay at the lake after 9 AM. It is advised to reach the place as early as possible and return before the weather worsens. If you have breathing problems, take precautions before visiting the lake.