Visit the Amazing Mountain Kingdom of Sikkim
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Best time to visit
Mar - Jun, Sep - Dec
5 - 6 Days
About Sikkim Tourism
Sikkim is one of the northeastern states of India. It is bounded by Tibet on its north and northeast, Bhutan on its east, Nepal on its west, and West Bengal on its south. Sikkim also shares a close border with Siliguri Corridor near Bangladesh. Sikkim, being a region of the Eastern Himalaya, is famous for its biodiversity, dual climates, and a window to Kanchenjunga mountain. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and its largest city. Sikkim is the least populated and second smallest Indian state. Nearly 35% of it is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park which is a major tourist attraction here. The climate, location and attractions contribute largely to the tourism in Sikkim
Get a Sikkim tourism plan, and grab an opportunity to explore the landscapes encompassing the beauty of the snowy mountain tops, alluring lakes like: the Changu Lake and Gurudongmar Lake, scenic treks like the Dzongri trek and the Khangchendzonga trek, majestic dairy farms, enchanting monasteries, cosmopolitan centers, diverse landscapes and much more. Enjoy an incredible holiday experience in the Northeastern Himalayan kingdom- Sikkim, where the natural beauty, opulent history and vibrant culture will mesmerize you. The best time to visit Sikkim is during the summer season from March to June as the weather is pleasant and cool and suitable for sightseeing in Sikkim. You should try and avoid going to Sikkim during the monsoon season from July to September as this area is prone to landslides during this time of heavy rainfall. So, opt for a Sikkim tourism plan in between March and June, and get ready to explore the clean lush green valleys, rhododendron groves, subtropical woodlands and the white-top peaks of the eastern Himalaya in this distinctive mountain kingdom, which are only some of the best places to visit there.
History of Sikkim
Till 1975 Sikkim was an independent state, when it got annexed into India. And since then, the state has been enjoying a bevy of special privileges for the same reason. Before the annexure, the original capital of Sikkim was somewhere near Pelling at Rabdentse. People can choose to explore the ruins of the erstwhile capital on their tour to Pelling.
Why to Visit Sikkim?
Replete with a diverse spectrum of flora and fauna, scenic views, natural wonders, and ancient monuments, a tour to Sikkim is meant for everyone seeking an excursion which is full of natural beauty, adventure, and rich history. Whether it’s about having an experience of adrenaline rush, delving into the beauty of alluring landscapes, enjoying a rendezvous with wildlife, or just exploring the unexplored regions, this place is meant to visit once-in-a-lifetime.
Permit of Sikkim
Albeit, Indian tourists are not required any permit to explore the state, they need a permit before visiting Nathula Pass, Zuluk, Tsomgo Lake in east district, Dzongri and Goechala area in west district, and the entire north district. While, a foreign tourist needs a travel permit before entering the region of Sikkim. Visitors are advised to go through our Sikkim travel guidein order to find the best information in that regard.
People and Culture of Sikkim
Spend time with the warm-hearted locals in Sikkim and learn all about the traditional Tibetan culture. You can also get a glimpse of the authentic Tibetan ethnic culture and Buddhism at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Here you will get to view thangkas and Tantric ritualistic objects like bowls, thigh-bone trumpets and human skulls, as well as ancient manuscripts.
Make sure you visit Sikkim during May and the beginning of June to enjoy the vibrancy and pomp of festivals during this time. The lama masked dances, religious rites, dance, beliefs, customs, ethnic costumes, festivals like Saga Dawa, Tharpu Monsoon Festival, Gangtok Winter Festival, Losar Festival, and more are definitely a sight to behold, offering you an opportunity to experience the best of Sikkim.
Buy local souvenirs like carpets, wooden and bamboo items, hand woven carpets, Chinese Feng Shui items like Laughing Buddhas and Dragons from MG Road. You can also pick up authentic Sikkimese items from the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre to take back home.
Adventure Tours and Main Tourist Attractions
There are plenty of sights and sounds in this beautiful kingdom that you can explore as well as plenty of adventurous and fun activities to indulge in. Pack your bags and head out to Sikkim to view iconic tourist spots like Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Enchey Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Do - Drul Chorten, Rumtek monastery, Zoological park, Flower Show, Lachung, Yumthang, Lachen and Gurudongmar Lake. There are also plenty of things to do in Sikkim includingriver rafting on Teesta river, cable car rides, yak rides, trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, bird watching, hiking and much more.
Best Stay Areas in Sikkim
While planning an excursion to Sikkim, it is vital that you choose a perfect stay to make the most of your tour. Amongst the plenty of resorts and hotel accommodations, there are a few recommendations that you can consider on this tour such as the areas near Chumbi Mountain and MG Road, Rumtek road (located only 1km after Sajong), Pelling and hilltop regions around Pemayangtse Gompa.;
Food In Sikkim
Cuisine of Sikkim is fresh, delicious and a little spicy. Influenced by the cuisines of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, food in Sikkim is more or less the same. Food is cooked in the same pattern with just the perfect blend of flavours, ingredients, styles and elements. Many tourists adhere to the fact that the food here is a result of inspirations from places around Sikkim, their culture and religion that it braces. Almost all the people in Sikkim consume rice as a part of their staple diet. Apart from that, the restaurants and food corners in Sikkim offer a variety of cuisines. Exotic dishes which are a fine infusion of Tibetan and Nepalese food, is very popular to this pristine hill station. While sightseeing and stunning places in Sikkim offer a rich experience of Sikkim tourism, food forms a complete integral part of it. Try authentic Momos, Thukpa along with Chang, a local beer, fermented foods as per the natural conditions.
Book your holiday plan for Sikkim tourism now, and get a chance to view the majestic beauty of this Northeastern paradise where the enchanting landscapes, lush valleys, gorgeous mountain peaks, pristine lakes and breathtaking monasteries will leave you in awe. Enjoy the peaceful aura of this kingdom and make some great memories in this beautiful land.
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Places To Visit In Sikkim
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Gurudongmar Lake in Gangtok
Located at a height of 17100 feet above sea level, Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is the second-highest lake in India. Needless to say, with an altitude of such magnitude, the lake defies all description. Located just about 5 km south of the Indo-China border and about 190 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, the lake h...
Hanuman Tok in Gangtok
Situated in Gangtok, Hanuman Tok has its interesting meaning. The literal meaning of Tok is ‘temple’. Hanuman Tok (mandir) is devoted to Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Tok in Gangtok is the most renowned temple in Sikkim, managed and maintained by a division of army department of India. The temple is popularly known as a wish fulfil...
Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok includes an exquisite shrine temple and a monastery for monks, embodies vision and aspiration of Sixteenth Karmapa (head of the monastery), Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, to establish his seat-in-exile to help spread the teachings of Buddha throughout the world.
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Nathula Pass in Gangtok
Nathula Pass in Gangtok, Sikkim is a high-altitude mountain pass in the Eastern Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of 14,450 feet and 56 km from Gangtok and it is one of the three open trading borders between India and China. The adventurous pass is accessible from Gangtok throughout the year. The Kailash Mansarovar ro...
Yumthang Valley in Gangtok
For any man looking to experience a lifetime enchantment, the Yumthang Valley, Sikkim is the perfect destination. It is a nature sanctuary with rivers, yaks, and hot springs. All this and the Himalayan peaks surrounding the place add to the magical experience. The valley is at an elevation of around 3500 meters above sea le...
Things To Do In Sikkim
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Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
Gangtok is the place where you can get memorable adventurous station and worship places. Gangtok is the combination of unforgettable things and worship temple. Cable car ride is one of the greatest attractions in Gangtok and should not be missed. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway which is operational since December 2003....
Helicopter Rides in Gangtok
We all have had the dream of flying. We have often seen a bird and felt bad for not able to fly like that on this wide spread spectacular sky. Now we have helicopter to explore how it is like to fly on the sky. Helicopter rides are the most exciting thing to do. When on flight, you will be packed in a closed atmosphere but ...
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Mountain Biking in Gangtok
Gangtok is the mountain city that gives anyone a new level of excitement. Mountain Biking Gangtok really excites the travelers as it is a real challenge to ride through the dramatic and rugged terrain of the Sikkim Himalayas. The trail for biking is beautiful and exciting. The lush green hills and dales and the colorful cul...
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River Rafting in Gangtok
From gentle rides through the amazing landscape to thundering rapids that only the most experienced rafter navigates. River rafting in Teesta can be most adrenaline-pumping adventure ever. The turbulent waters of Rangit with its multidimensional rapids provide the rafters the scopes of practicing their skills and the specta...
Paragliding in Gangtok
If a traveler wants to experience the feeling of a free bird in the backdrops of Himalayas, what can be really exciting is to take part in paragliding in Gangtok. There are so many tour operators in Gangtok who facilitate paragliding and make you experience the best. Paragliding in Gangtok is slowly becoming a popular adven...
How to Reach Sikkim
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For those wondering how to reach Sikkim by air, there is no airport in Sikkim itself so you will have to travel to the nearest airport in Bagdogra in West Bengal. This airport is about 124 kilometers from Gangtok and it takes about 5 hours from Bagdogra by buses or cabs. If you want to travel in luxury, you can travel by helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok that takes about 30 minutes. This helicopter service is run by the Sikkim tourism Development Corporation at 2pm from Bagdogra to Gangtok. Book these services in advance as they can get pretty full fast and the rates may go up.
If you are traveling to Sikkim and looking at how to reach Sikkim by train, you will have to travel to New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri rail stations. Sikkim does not have its own station and these are the two nearest rail stations located in West Bengal. You can easily get cabs or taxis from these stations till Sikkim as they are well connected. It takes about 5 hours to travel from these stations till this Himalayan kingdom. You can book your train tickets at the Sikkim Nationalized Transport office on weekdays.
If you want to know how to reach Sikkim by road, consult the following information. You can travel by taxi or cab from the nearest states that are Siliguri and Darjeeling, both in West Bengal. This is a scenic route as well as the Teesta river flows on one side while the other side is encompassed by lush green mountains. As you get closer to Gangtok, you can enjoy the beautiful sight of multi coloured flowers on this magical journey.
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FAQ's of Sikkim
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How many days are ideally required to explore Sikkim?
The ideal duration for a Sikkim tour depends on the destinations that the tourists wish to cover and the experiences they want to choose. A 4 nights, 5 day trip would ideally cover all major destinations in a hassle-free manner. However, if tourists wish to explore more offbeat destinations then a longer trip can be arranged. Consult the travel agents at Travel Triangle for more information regarding the same.
What kind of clothing is required for a holiday in Sikkim?
Carry warm clothing along with you on this holiday in Sikkim, especially from October to April. It is important that tourists stay layered and carry clothing like sweaters, jackets, shirts & cotton inner linings, walking shoes. Heavy woolens and thermals are essential during October to April.
What are the top dishes that one must try in Sikkim?
Savor the delicious dishes of Sikkim on a holiday here. The most famous dishes one must try here are Momos, Thukpa, Thenthuk, Gundruk and Sinki, Phagshapa, Sael Roti and Churpi.
Do tourists need a permit to visit attractions of Sikkim?
Yes, tourists will require vaild permits to visit the top tourist hotspots, especially in East and North Sikkim. For a permit, tourists should ideally carry around 10 photos and ID proofs. The permits will be made within 1-2 hours so it is advisable that tourists speak to tour agents beforehand so that there is no delay.
Is Sikkim safe for travel?
Being one of the most beautiful and safest places to travel in India, tourists face no problem on their excursion to this destination.
Is Sikkim good for honeymoon?
Offering some of the best views decked with snow-laden mountains, and some really adventurous sports, Sikkim makes for one of the best places to enjoy a honeymoon.
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