Sikkim is a nature’s paradise, perched in the northeast of India. The raw and untouched natural beauty of this destination is worth admiring. Sikkim is so beautiful that all you need is just an excuse to visit it. And when you have a real reason like a birthday coming up, this is a trip totally worth gifting yourself. The blissful experience multiplies when you share it with your closest people. So here is someone who took a trip to Sikkim with kid and lived some of the unforgettable moments with her family.
It was my Birthday weekend so I wanted to go to someplace which was cool and beautiful. Sikkim had always been in my bucket list. So I thought this could be a birthday wish that I could grant for myself. So I contacted TravelTriangle and they planned a comfortable, hassle-free and amazing holiday for us.
Table Of Content
- Our Budget Tour Package Details
- Itinerary Of Our Short Tour
- Weather Of Sikkim In April
- Our Experiences In Sikkim With Kid
- Our Hotel In Sikkim
- Our Experience With TravelTriangle
- Do’s And Don’ts In Sikkim
- What To Pack For Sikkim
- Tips From Our Sikkim Trip With Kid
- Frequently Asked Questions About Sikkim With Kid
Our Budget Tour Package Details
Trip Type: Sikkim
Cost: INR 37,999
Duration: 6 days
No. of people: 2 Adults, 1 Child
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel, Transfers, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Luxury AC Vehicle, Entry Fees, Laundry, Guide Charges, Room Heater, Personal Expenses
Itinerary Of Our Short Tour
Day 1: Arrive Gangtok
Day 2: Visit Changu Lake
Day 3: Visit Lachung
Day 4: Visit Yumthang Valley
Day 5: Gangtok Sightseeing
Day 6: Daprture From Bagdogra
Weather Of Sikkim In April
The most incredible part of the whole trip was the weather. There was snow, yet not so cold as I was travelling with my son who is less than 2 years, so this was indeed the most important thing. There was a lot of sunshine. It was spring when we traveled so we got the valley full of the purple flowers. The whole state has water bodies along the road! We got a glimpse of the sikkim rain as well on the last day. It was like a whole year crunched into a week, weather wise. We have never enjoyed so many different climates together like this.
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Our Best Experiences In Sikkim With Kid
I have been traveling around the world still, Sikkim people are one of the most polite and well-spoken people I have come across. The hospitality was so good that we felt the warmth when we were around the people there. Here’s our experience of the journey to Sikkim with kid.
Changu Lake Excursion
We were extremely excited for the entire trip and the first day was full of curiosities. Our plan for the was a full-day excursion to Tshangu or Changu Lake in Sikkim. This is a gorgeous and splendid glacial lake that sits in its all glory amidst snow-capped mountains. We started the excursion soon after a delicious breakfast. The distance is partly covered by a drive which offers wonderful views on the way. The final distance to the lake was covered on foot. Being a glacial lake, Changu Lake was formed by the accumulation of the melting ice water from the surrounding mountains. There is a river called Lungtze Chu that originated from this lake and combines with Rangpo-chu downstream. Changu Lake also has some religious significance in the past. The Lamas used to predict the future with the colour of the lake. A dark coloured lake indicated a year full of problems. There is a unique vibe that surrounds this beautiful lake in Sikkim.
After this we visited Baba Mandir which is originally known as Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. The temple is dedicated to Saint Baba Harbhajan Singh and is built as a memorial to honour soldiers of the Indian Army. This is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim.
Visit To Lachung
Lachung is a wonderful mountain village in Sikkim which lies very close to the Tibetan Border. The village is set is one of the most picturesque surroundings of the North Sikkim district. Situated at an elevation of 9,600 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, and at the meeting point of the major rivers – Lachen River and Lachung River. The geographical location of Lachen has gifted it abundance of natural beauty. The sight is dominated by huge snow-capped mountains, gushing waterfalls, and serene river-streams. There are also apple orchards in the region, which is a rare site for the city dwellers.
On the way, we also visited the Butterfly Waterfalls, known as Puttali Jharna. The sight of white water rushing down the rocky surface surrounded by greenery is simply refreshing. We also visited the Kanchenjunga View Point, from where the view of the third highest mountain in the world was simply breathtaking.
Exploring The Yumthang Valley
Our plan for this day was visiting the beautiful Yumthang Valley. We started early in the morning to reach this picturesque location. Blessed with wide green pastures and surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains, this heavenly valley is located at an altitude of 11,800 feet (3,564 metres) above sea level in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim. Rightly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’, this is an awesome place which is either covered with snow or with Rhododendron and greenery. While coming back from Yumthang Valley, there is also an option to visit the popular hot spring. This is known for its healing properties.
Hanuman Tok And Ganesh Tok
After reaching Gangtok, this was completely dedicated to city tour and sightseeing and we were very excited for the day. We visited Tashi View Point, Hanuman Tok, and Ganesh Tok. We also went to Bakthang Waterfall, Handicraft Centre, and the very popular monasteries – Enchey Monastery and Rumtek Monastery.
Our Hotel In Sikkim
Our Hotel, the Twin Spring in Gangtok had the biggest rooms ever! Much needed after a day’s travel for a toddler to move around. In Lachung the hotel Katau Road House was small but cozy! For the cool weather the warmth in the room was amazing. Both the rooms were hygienic and the service provided was customer friendly. The staff was super caring and super supportive.
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Our Experience With TravelTriangle
Our experience with TravelTriangle was really good. The agents were informative, cooperative, friendly and considerate for the additional requests. Most of my work got simplified because of them. They made sure we were having comfortable trip throughout.
Do’s And Don’ts In Sikkim
- Do make sure you respect the Northeastern culture and their lifestyle.
- Do not intrude anyone’s privacy or get too clingy for photography.
- Dress decently while visiting religious places.
- Do not go too close to the waterfalls and do not litter around them.
What To Pack For Sikkim
- An umbrella
- Essential medicines, especially some candies for high altitude or mountain region
- Comfortable clothing with some light jackets
- Sturdy shoes
Tips From Our Sikkim Trip With Kid
- Always look for weather conditions while booking the flight
- Listen to your trip advisor about any cautions
- Don’t expect that 50km can be travelled in 1 hour
- Sit back and enjoy the journey as the journey is equally as beautiful as the destination
- Eat a lot while travelling to high altitude places
- Always check with your airline to confirm your flight is not cancelled
- Bagdogra airport is much better as the weather conditions are stable compared to any other nearby airports.
- Be very careful if you are new to snow
- Always carry an umbrella with you as you can never predict the weather
- Try and taste local food in small hotels by the roadside, especially authentic momos
Further Read: 9 Cosy Homestays In Sikkim That Are As Good As Home
You can also plan a trip to Sikkim on your birthday like Shilpa or simply find your own reason or excuse to visit this heaven in the NorthEast. Just make the bookings, pack your bags and go for it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sikkim With Kid
What is the most affordable and useful thing to shop in Sikkim?
Our shopping experience on this Sikkim trip was good. We shopped at MG road and found that he fashion trends here are up to date. One of the best things to buy from here are shoes, as they are simply amazing. They have a wide range of variety in shoes, especially for the smaller foot sizes. They are very affordable as well. Apart from shoes, I bought clothes, windbells, the popular prayer flags and a few other things.
Is Sikkim a good while traveling with a kid, when it comes to food?
The food cost was average and everyone was very welcoming. They all took equal care of my son based on his food preferences. We also had a great food experience in Sikkim. The food was covered within our trip package itself so most of our dining experience was within the hotels we stayed. The food was customizable as per our request. We visited some small roadside hotels to get the authentic feel of the place. We had Momos every time we found stalls.
What all places can be covered on a trip to Sikkim with kid?
We had planned to cover lesser places as we had a toddler with us. But each moment we spent was totally worth it! Yumthang tops my list, because of the snow, the river, the hills around and the valley blooming with flowers! This is one such place which I will cherish my whole life. Changu lake was equally beautiful.
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