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Sikkim Tourism Guide

Visit the Amazing Mountain Kingdom of Sikkim
Tourism in Sikkim

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Sikkim Travel Guide

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. 

How to Get to Sikkim?

With its major airport in Bagdogra, which is about 120 km from the capital city- Gangtok, it is quite easily to enjoy a tour to Sikkim. One can easily board a flight to Bagdogra, and reach the hill station without a hassle. Apart from that, there is also a railway station at a distance of about 115 km from Gangtok- New Jalpaiguri Railway station. People who want to travel via train, can opt for this route to get to Sikkim.  

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 guide in 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 including river 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. They are: Chumbi Mountain Retreat, Hotel Garuda, Lake View Nest, Bamboo Retreat, and Elgin Mount Pandim. 

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.

Cities in Sikkim

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    ₹ 8,925/-₹ 9,701/-

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Places To Visit In Sikkim

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  • 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...

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  • Banjhakri Waterfalls in Gangtok

    The Banjhakri waterfalls in Sikkim are without any doubt one of nature's many beautiful wonders. It is a hundred foot waterfall located to the Ranka Monastery. The park where the waterfalls are located is in a thickly forested area of Swastik, which is about seven kilometers away from Gangtok.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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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....

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  • 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...

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  • Yak Safari in Gangtok

    Yak Safari is a very unique and unforgettable experience that are organized in various parts of Sikkim. Tsomgo lake of Gangtok is one of the popular areas that host Yak Safari. Yak Safari in Gangtok is an attractive thing for any traveler to do. The popular trail for Yak safari is from Bagdogra covering Gangtok, Lachen, and...

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How to Reach Sikkim

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By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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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    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      A very well-coordinated trip, the itinerary was planned in accordance with respect to our preferences and even when certain changes had to be made owing to climatic conditions our preferences were given importance. The hotels in all destinations were excellent, especially the staff of each hotel were amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The only negative was probably the inexperienced driver, who could not guide as properly but he also made up for lack of knowledge with his committment and made sure we got our flights on time although there was landslide. Overall an excellent experience and would surely recommend to everyone.
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      Arun Kumar

      Bengaluru, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      The journey to Gangtok was a memorable one thanks mostly to Zippi. Since ours was an LTC journey it was point to point and we centred it around Gangtok instead of making a circuit of Pelling and Darjeeling. Thanks to Zippi they made a viable plan that included our priorities Nathu La and Monasteries. They got the necessary passes for Nathu La and Baba Mandir which was a big relief. We wanted a luxury vehicle in that mountainous terrain and the Innova they provided was a real good choice. The rates too were quite accommodative. The only spoil sport was the driver and his attitude. He was behaving as if we are in his debt and was more eager to end each day's trip and return. This not to speak of the rough driving which upset my wife to no less extent. That latter part may be pardonable as we understand all these mountain drivers are like this though the one who drove in between had better skills. Maybe Zippi should test whom they are entrusting before they assign the task. I feel like discoursing about the agency so much as we outsiders walk into a blind alley when selecting an agency on whom we depend a lot. But except this fact Zippi was a real good choice. Their person had come to meet us at the airport when we arrived at Bagdogra and maybe I would have been happier had their contact met us at the airport when we were leaving, at least to find out how things were. Nathu La and Rumtek Monastery with Emchey Monastery were indeed the highlights of the trip and not to be missed. I would surmise with the following grading on a scale from 1 to 10. Agency contact person - 8 Vehicle - 8 Tour Planning - 7 Driver who managed at Gangtok for all the five days we were there - 4 Zippi overall grading - 8 Those who plan to travel to Gangtok All The Best. Thanks Zippy and Travel Triangle who collated the quotes for me. Unnikrishnan Menon
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      Unnikrishnan Menon

      Kochi, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      Amazing trip. Yes tourism was great. Special mention to Aurora Gangtok hotel. Best stay. Everyone were good there. All the cab drivers were amazing. They were so helpful. Looking forward to many more trips with travel triangle
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      Hari N

      Chennai, 4 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      It was a good experience however it can be better. Should have more driver like Kailash. Always carry umbrella and sport shoes. Weather and people are very nice in Gangtok.
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      Simplygoelr

      Delhi, 4 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      Our tour was organised through Himalayn Travels. The person contacted me was Ms.Sruthi, and her services were extremely good. .....Suresh.
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      Tn Suresh

      Chennai, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      Amazing Trip with amazing and caring people handling managing the trip.Our trip included only transportation and sightseeing Sikkim Gangtok pelling and Darjeeling.We had booked hotels ourselves.Initially I was very worried about the things and the road and all but the way it was managed and executed was just wow.Special mention and thanks to Mr.Kunal Pradhan who drove us safely and became a good friend and helped us know about the places as we travelled. Such an amazing person ,really helpful and accomodating . The road was not easy to drive however the skilled drivers drove us safely and made it an enjoyable trip. The Vehicle provided were clean and efficient drivers. Also Mr Ajay Sharma to manage the whole trip nicely.Thanks. Ms Shalu, Ms Alisha were all very helpful and always ready to acknowledge our concerns.Thankyou soo much.Had the best time ever and really happy with the management of Wecare travels.Sweet memories of this wonderful place wud not have been possible .Thanks once again. Keep up the good work!!!
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      RUBINA KAPADI

      Mumbai, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      You need to provide the same cab throughout the trip, each day different drivers was not a gud experience. The tiger Hill visit was a mess from travel agent side. Nathula pass
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      Santosh S

      Chennai, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      The trip was pretty well managed. Booking agent were very friendly had a really great time there.
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      Ankit Kumar

      New delhi, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      It was a wonderful experience...great effort done by the team of Travel Triangle and Tripwizard... Thanks for making our trip memorable that will be cherished forever...Cheers!
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      Swabhiman Huntz

      Kolkata, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeeling

      Ride to Zuluk pass was one memorable trip to cherish. Ppl at both stays and driver was very hospitable and friendly. Mr Rukesh is an excellent driver. Stay at Gangtok (Den homestay) was very good and food was very delicious and very healthy too. Given the resources in zuluk, snowlion homestay did justice to food and living. Snow lion room and food was average. Overall the trip was exciting and I would recommend travel triangle for my friends. Paragliding and ride to Zuluk pass
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      Jayashree

      Chennai, 6 days ago

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    FAQ's of Sikkim

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    The traditional dress of Sikkim is the Kho or Bhakhu. This traditional dress is worn by men with a pair of trousers, while women wear it with full-sleeved dress fastened with a belt. 

     

     

     

    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. 

    Being one of the most beautiful and safest places to travel in India, tourists face no problem on their excursion to this destination.

     

    Famed for its natural beauty and a bounty of pilgrimage destinations, Sikkim is laos known for its worldwide famous attraction, called Ganesh Tok, which is located in its capital city- Gangtok. 

    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.

    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.

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