Top 15 Places To Visit In Sikkim

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About Sikkim

Sikkim is situated in North-East India bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Sikkim is nestled in the laps of Himalayas offering prismatic beauty and mesmerizing charm of a hill station. Though, it is the second smallest state in the country, Sikkim is studded with a plethora of charismatic places where you can have blissful holidays.

Why Go There: Nature Walks |Refreshing Vacations
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Solo Travellers
Trivia: Sikkim was founded on the Silk Road by the Namgyal Dynasty in 17th century.
Best Time To Visit: March- June, September-December
Things To Bring Back: Prayer Flags, Thangka Paintings, Singing Bowls, Prayer Wheels, Sikkim Tea, Akor Earrings, Ghau Pendants, Dorjee Bell


Places To Visit In Sikkim

1. Tsomgo Lake

It is a place that represents nature in its pristine beauty as it is surrounded by beautiful flower gardens that house primulas, blue and yellow poppies. The colorful sight of the place enchants you to the core and takes you to an imaginary paradise. You can enjoy watching migratory ducks named ‘Brahmini’ and taking a Yak and Pony ride at the place. For adventure seekers, the snaky road through the rocky and strident mountains  leads you to the Tsomgo Lake..

Distance from the city: 90 kms
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Nature Lovers | Friends | Family | Adventure Junkies


2. Yuksom

Yuksom is a small town situated in West Sikkim that offers abundance of natural beauty and uninterrupted trail for trekkers. If you are looking for a quality time in the shadow of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then this is the right place for you.

Major attractions at Yuksom

  • Norbugang Park
  • Tashi Tenka Palace
  • Dubdi Gompa Monastery and Kathok Wodsalin Gompa
  • Goechala Trek
  • Khangchendzonga National Park

Distance from the city: 135 kms
Time Required: 1 day
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Adventure Seekers


3. Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is situated in the Himalayas at an altitude of 4,310 meters above mean sea level and connects India with Tibet. You can gaze at the border gates of India and China at this place that takes you to  heart-wrenching war flashes in the backdrop. A beautifully built war memorial in the vicinity depicts the importance of the place and throws light on the mayhem caused due to war. The Yak Safari at Mount Chomolhari is another experience that you can enjoy at Nathula Pass

Distance from the city: 107 km
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Adventure Seekers


4. Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley is a beautiful valley which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This pleasing sight is a major attraction for the tourists visiting the place. It is also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ because it consists of beautiful flower gardens, hot springs, grazing pastures and much more. It is a home to Shingba Rhododenron Sanctuary as it houses over twenty-four species of Rhododendron flowers. You can enjoy a great time at the valley amidst the greenery and the cool breeze flowing over the place.

Distance from the city: 88 km
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature Lovers


5. Lachung

Lachung is situated at the height of 8,610 feet which makes it a popular destination for tourists. The place  is famous for snowfall in winters. Lachung is a  mountain village and it’s untouched and surreal beauty offers you a serene refreshing environment. Lachung Chu River flowing through this village is a primary source of water for the villagers. The village also houses a picturesque Lachung Gompa that you should not miss out on visiting.

Distance from the city: 62 kms
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature Lovers


6. Teesta River

Teesta River offers an amazing view of the sunset during summers. It shimmers when the sun rays fallon the running waters offering a perfect habitat for blooming flowers. However, the river freezes during winters but still its stunning beauty attracts tourists throughout the year. You can enjoy river rafting and kayaking during summers. Furthermore, explorethe beautiful arrangement of flora and fauna at the banks of the river.

Distance from the city: 50 kms
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature Lovers


7. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek is the largest and the oldest monastery in Sikkim serving as s an ode to Buddhist culture and tradition. It is also known as the ‘Dharma Chakra Centre’ and it is the testimony to Buddhists’ architecture and teachings. The spiritual ambience of the place as well as its  grandeur offers you mental peace where you can delve into divine teachings of the religion.

Distance from the city: 82 kms
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Ideal For:  Friends | Family | Peace- lovers | Buddhism followers


8. Do-Drul Chorten Monastery

It is the largest stupa in Sikkim built in 1945 by Truslshi Rimpoche. It is laced with 108 Mani Lhakor prayer wheels and other architecture marvels. You can find inner peace at this place and connect with it. It holds highest prominence amongst all religious sites in the state as it speaks volumes about the Buddhist culture and tradition.

Distance from the city:  63 kms
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Ideal For:  Friends | Family | Peace- lovers | Buddhism followers


9. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is located in the vicinity of the Rumtek Monastery and houses several rare and exotic of plants and trees. Some of the orchids found in this garden are indigenous holding high medicinal value. The colorful ambience of the garden captivates your little ones and offers you once in a lifetime experience.

Distance from the city: 81 kms
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Children | Nature-Lovers


10. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in India, situated at an altitude of 17,800 feet above mean sea level. The lake holds sacred importance for Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. It is believed that the Lake was blessed by Guru Nanak when he passed through this area. A legend is linked to Guru Padmasambhava (founder of Tibetan Buddhists) after whose name the lake is named. As per the legend, Guru Padmasambhava blessed the lake so that a certain part of a river did not freeze even in the most chilling winters. However, the river remains frozen from November to mid May. People carry the sacred water of the lake in small containers to take it to their home. You can enjoy a refreshing time by the lake and take back serene memories.

Distance from the city: 133 kms
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Children | Nature-Lovers


11. Namchi

Namchi is a beautiful city in Sikkim which is situated at an altitude of 1,675 meters above mean sea level. Namchi in Tibetan language means ‘Top of the sky’ and it’s altitude justifies the name of the city. It is one of the gorgeous cities in the state which is also considered a pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. It consists of a number of monasteries and houses a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva.

Distance from the city: 110 kms
Time Required: 1 day
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Buddhism followers


12. Gangtok

Gangtok is a capital city of Sikkim  known for its alluring charm and appeal. It is nestled in the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the kaleidoscopic destinations in the state. It offers a beautiful environment for  nature lovers, serenity for peace lovers and a series of adventures for adventure junkies. Cable car rides, river rafting, mountain biking are  some of the activities that you can indulge into during your tour to Gangtok, Sikkim.

Distance from the city: 61 kms
Time Required: 1 day
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature-Lovers | Adventure seekers


13. Ravangla

Ravangla offers one of the most beautiful mountain views and is furrowed by dense forests. It houses many popular treks in Sikkim. Ravangla is a paradise for people who love bird-watching as it is a home to some of the rare and endangered bird species of the world. It is the most scenic town surrounded by small hills offering abundance of adventure activities.

Distance from the city: 80 km
Time Required: 1 day
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature-Lovers | Adventure seekers


14. Pelling

Pelling offers one of the best views of Mount Kanchenjunga and the snow-capped Himalayas. It is located at the height 7,200 feet above mean sea level. The town has abundance of waterfalls, breath taking views and several options for adventure seekers. The picturesque beauty of the town makes it a must visit place while touring Sikkim.

Distance from the city: 129 kms
Time Required: 1 day  
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature-Lovers | Adventure seekers


15. Zuluk

Zuluk is a small village situated at the height of 10,000 feet located at the ancient and most famous ‘Silk Route’. It is a fabulous place that promises light snowfall and a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains in winters. Zuluk also offers scenic view of the mountain peak which gets beautifully lit at the time of dawn.

Distance from the city: 100 kms
Time Required: 1 day  
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Nature-Lovers | Adventure seekers


Nearby Places To Visit in Sikkim (Weekend Getaways)

  • Tinkitam
  • Lachen
  • Borong
  • Geyzing
  • Yangtey
  • Mangan
  • Thangu Valley

How To Reach Sikkim

Airways | Railways | Roadways

Nearest Airport:
Bagdogra Airport (124 kms away )
Pakyong Airport (82 kms away )
You can book your flights from: Expedia Flights | Via Com | CheapTickets | ClearTrip 

Nearest Railway:
New Jalapaiguri Junction
Siliguri Junction

Nearest Bus Station:
Sikkim
You can book your buses from: ConfirmtktGoibibo Bus 

Drive Down:
If you wish to travel to Sikkim via car, you can book your car rentals from: Blablacar | BookMyCab 


Where To Stay In Sikkim

Hotel Sikkim Delight | The Sikkim Retreat |  Sterling Gangtok 
You can book your hotels from: Park Inn | Expedia Hotels


Hidden Gems

  • Visit Aritar for its beautiful streams, dense forests, temples and monasteries
  • Do not miss out on Chopta Valley, famous for its greenery and serene environment
  • Cholamu Lake is one of the most solemn and calm sheet of water meant for peace lovers and adventure seekers
  • Enjoy the tranquility of Tendong Hill during the winters while touring Sikkim
  • Trek the most famous and difficult paths of Goecha La

Do not miss out on any place to visit in Sikkim by holiday packages from SOTC.


CashKaro Recommendation

  • Buy Tibetan Carpets from Gangtok Lal Bazaar
  • Thangkas and Choksee are the most bought valuables from Kanchenjunga shopping complexs
  • Gorge on the dishes from Sikkim: Sel Roti, Phagshapa, Thenthuk, Thukpa and Sha Phaley
  • Try Sikkim tea at Chai Chun Tea Store, one of the tea stores near the hills in Sikkim

So plan a trip to Sikkim as soon as possible with your loved ones and spend some time in this place to experience the rich culture and history. Take some time off from your hectic schedule and book your bus tickets using RedBus coupons to earn additional discounts and cashback on every booking!

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