Often described as the most rewarding way of travel, going solo is an experience that never ceases to amaze or surprise travelers. When his hobby turned into a passion, Krishna had no hesitation in booking a Sikkim solo trip to embark on an adventure that he would remember for a lifetime.
As a network engineer, travel didn’t come naturally to me. Rather, I happened to stumble upon it and eventually travel became my number one hobby. Having traveled to places like Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, I was on the lookout for a new place to explore where I would commence another adventure.
Ultimately, I decided to go on a trip to Sikkim because this place had been on my bucket list for a long time. Another reason I chose Sikkim solo trip was that I believed that the Himalayas in Northern and North-Eastern India have some of best adventure destinations of the world.
Sikkim Solo Trip Information
Trip Cost: INR 25,000
Trip Duration: 3 nights 4 days
Agent Name: Travel Guide Solution
Inclusions: Transfers, accommodation, meals (excluding lunch), sightseeing, and GST
Exclusions: Flights, lunch, insurance, and laundry
When I started searching for Sikkim Holiday Packages, I was completely clueless. Either I found websites which sold packages but without user reviews, or I found websites which had articles on Sikkim Gangtok tour but no packages.
After a while, I stumbled on TravelTriangle which had both packages and user experiences in terms of travelogues. They had plenty of options in terms of itineraries and their prices were also really competitive. Therefore, I decided to trust TravelTriangle for a Sikkim trip.
Day 1: Flight to the North East!
I started my solo trip to Sikkim with a flight from Bangalore to reach Bagdogra at 12 noon. I had planned my itinerary in such a way that I waste the least possible daylight in travel and catch up on sleep while in transit.
On the way, I stopped in Siliguri for lunch and then eventually reached Gangtok at 5 pm. Over there, I checked into the White Conch Residency and without any break, I immediately moved out to explore the city. No rest for the wicked!
In the evening, I visited places like MG Road, Tibetan Market, and Lal Bazaar to get a feel of the city and catch a glimpse of its vibrant nightlife. Later on, I had dinner at a local restaurant and moved back to the hotel for the night.
Day 2: Waterfalls on the way to Lachung!
The next morning, I woke up really early at 5am to get ready for a visit to Lachung. On the way to Lachung, I was doing a lot of photography as we crossed a lot of waterfalls where we would stop for a few minutes to enjoy the view.
After all the breathtaking views, I thought I had seen the most beautiful places Lachung area has to offer. But how wrong was I. We reached Lachung at 4 pm, and at that time I saw how stunning this small village located near the Tibet border is.
In the evening, to make the most of my time on this Sikkim solo trip, I again started exploring Lachung by foot. Later on, while having dinner I tried this local drink called Tongba. A hot-beer that is made by fermenting and cooking whole grain, this drink has been a staple for indigenous people for centuries.
Day 3: Discovering another valley of flowers at Yumthang Valley
Another day, another early start on the solo trip to Sikkim. We checked out of Lachung and started our journey to Zero Point and Yumthang Valley. A few hours later, we reached Yumthang and marveled at the incredible view of flowers blossoming. Although the blossom season wasn’t quite there yet, there was enough to see the field slowly turn into a sheet of pink and yellow.
Another stroke of luck I got on my solo trip to Sikkim when we moved on from Yumthang to Zero Point. For the past few days, the entry for civilians at Zero Point was closed by the army due to it being next to the Tibet border and at an altitude of 17,000 ft.
At around 1 pm, we started our return journey back to Gangtok. A seven hour-long ride later, we finally arrived back at White Conch Residency at 8 pm.
Best Time to Visit: Feb- Jun
Weather: Varies in different seasons(Summer, Monsoon, Winter, Spring). February is the coldest month.
Day 4: Heading back home from the highs of Sikkim
The next morning, I checked out of Gangtok and started my journey back to Bagdogra. Since I had some extra time to spare, we stopped at multiple places on our return journey which went through Siliguri. I eventually boarded my flight back to Bangalore at 1 pm to finish my solo trip to Sikkim.
Like I always say to my friends, a solo trip never disappoints. You come back home with stories, experiences, and a lifetime of memories that would be otherwise impossible to create.
While on my return flight, just one glance at all the pictures I clicked gave me a sense of realization of how mind-blowing were the places that I just visited. In all honesty, the trip was planned to perfection by TravelTriangle and Travel Guide Solution and if I would expect anymore, it would be because of plain greed.
- I got really lucky with the weather as it was bright and sunny for all 4 days of my vacation. Along with being the most unpredictable place in India to judge the weather, the timing my solo trip to Sikkim lay in between the period when the monsoon is ending.
- The most beautiful part of Sikkim I visited was Zero Point. The view of the towering mountains was incredible.
Tips For Travelers
- Solo travel doesn’t signify that you want to isolate yourself while traveling. It gives you a better chance to meet new people and spend more time in knowing the culture of the place you are visiting.
- Gangtok is a beautiful city to explore by foot. In fact, the best way to explore any city in the world is by walking its streets.
- Get used to starting your travels early as it gets bright and sunny in Sikkim from 6 am and dark and murky after 5 pm.
Sikkim is a land of endless beauty and charm. A trip to the North East is worth every penny. Indulge in the beautiful landscapes and experience this side of India like a local on your solo trip to Gangtok or Sikkim. Know what a Gangtok trip cost will be or book your Sikkim tour to explore and conquer the challenging terrain of the North East!
Some Quick Questions Answered For Other Travelers
How do you get to Sikkim from Yumthang Valley?
Yumthang Valley is 120 kms from Gangtok. You can hire a transport from Lachung to Yumthang Valley. However, you would need a permit to visit this enchanted valley as it is close to Ind-China border.
What is the height of Yumthang Valley?
Yumthang Valley is elevated at a height of 3500 meters above sea level.
What is Lachung famous for?
Lachung is a small village near Tibet border. It is famous for apples, apricots and peaches.
Is Sikkim safe for girls?
Because of the strict law and order in the Indian state of Sikkim, girls can spend quality time here. The place is also amazing for the female solo travelers. However, one needs to be quite cautious while exploring different spots.
What is the best time to visit Sikkim?
According to Sikkim Tourism, the ideal time to visit the Indian state of Sikkim is considered to be between March and May as well as October and mid-December. The weather is quite pleasant and therefore you’d not want to leave the place.
How safe is Gangtok?
Since the state of Sikkim is considered to be quite strict with its law and order, the crime rate is quite low here. This is why Gangtok is considered to be quite safe when it comes to holidaying in the city. There are various places to visit in Gangtok that you must add in your itinerary for a great experience.
How many days are enough for a trip to Sikkim?
It totally depends upon what kind of traveler you are and what you expect from the trip. An ideal vacation in this Indian state can be planned for 5 to 15 days.
What is Sikkim famous for?
There are various things that make the Indian state of Sikkim famous, including the awe-striking Ganesh Tok, Yumthang Valley, and Tsomgo Lake. This state is also known for its breathtaking natural beauty.
Which part of Sikkim is most beautiful?
The northern region of Sikkim is considered to be particularly beautiful. On your visit to Sikkim, you must witness the attractions like Lachung and Yumthang Valley, as they are counted amongst the most beautiful places in the Indian state.
What can I buy in Sikkim?
There are various souvenirs that you can get for yourself or your loved ones. Some of them are:
1. Canvas wall hangings
2. Woollen carpets
4. Sikkimese ethnic dress
5. Prayer flags
7. Chosees (traditional foldable tables)
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