Sikkim, the least populous state in India and the second smallest, is one of the most idyllic tourist destinations. This Indian State has lots to offer a discerning traveller.
The Rumtek Monastery
The magnificent Rumtek Monastery is one of the top most tourist attractions in Sikkim. It is one of the most significant and largest monasteries in Gangtok featuring some of the most extraordinary works of art. The Golden Stupa is the most significant segment of the monastery. Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, it includes a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks.
Nathu La Pass
Nathu La Pass is 56 km away from Gangtok. Situated at an elevation of 14,140 feet and passing through the Tsomgo Lake on its way, this pass is one of the highest motor-able roads in India. Tourists are permitted to visit the pass on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Covered with snow for most parts of the year, a special permit is required to visit this place.
Teesta River Rafting
Teesta River originates from the Tso Lhamo Lake in the North Sikkim and this 315 km long river is ideal for white water rafting. Along the route Makha-Sirwani-Bardang-Rongpo, there are numerous white sandy beaches which serve as camping grounds for tourists. Rangeet River, the tributary of Teesta, offers challenging rapids amidst its turbulent waters. An ideal getaway for adventure enthusiasts, the best time for rafting in Sikkim is from March to May and October to December.
Situated at an altitude of 2000 meters, Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok It is one of the preferred attractions of Sikkim featuring numerous waterfalls, monasteries and plenty of adventure sports. It offers hosts of fun activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking. Pelling’s sublime environment is ideal for bird watching, nature walks and small treks. A destination for all seasons, it has plenty of hotels and resorts catering to all budgets.
Khangchendzonga National Park
Khangchendzonga National Park is located in the northern part of Sikkim. Having diverse flora and fauna, this park is a major attraction that offers bountiful scenic beauty. There is abundant wild life and over 550 species of birds inhabiting the park. The best time to visit this national park is April to May and August to October. Tourists need special permission to get inside the park.
Yuksom, located in West Sikkim means “Meeting place of three Lamas”. It was the capital of Sikkim before Gangtok. It is a popular tourist attraction as it is the starting point of many treks. Dubdi Gompa, Kartok Lake and Phamrong waterfalls are the few places which beckon a traveler. The trek from Yuksom to Dzongri Peak is the most popular trek in Sikkim. Trekking permits are mandatory for foreigners.