Sikkim Tourism Guide
Visit the Amazing Mountain Kingdom of Sikkim
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Best time to visit
Mar - Jun, Sep - Dec
5 - 6 Days
Sikkim Travel Guide
Enjoy an incredible holiday experience in the Northeastern Himalayan kingdom Sikkim where the natural beauty, opulent history and vibrant culture will mesmerize you. Before making a Sikkim tour plan, make sure to find out the best time to visit Sikkim. 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 Sikkim tourism places to visit. Sikkim tourism encompasses the beauty of the snowy mountain tops, 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 much more! Sikkim tourism development corporation also assists tourists in chalking out a suitable plan so that they can enjoy their trip to the fullest, without missing out on any of the fascinating places. One can also make a west Sikkim tour plan, specifically to visit the lush green mountainscapes.
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. 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.While booking a package of your choice, it is advisable to look for Sikkim tourism packages rates, so that you can get a great deal that imparts you an amazing vacation.
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.
This town has a variety of restaurants and cafes where you can try a variety of local dishes like gundruk ka jhol, sisnoo, scrumptious pork curry, fermented soyabean chutney, and a variety of local drinks like the delicious Tongba. You can also party the night away at nightclubs like Cafe Live & Loud, Lounge 31a, Pub 25, Orthodox, and Indulge. These are some of the oldest and most vibrant clubs in Northeastern India and the acoustic music is definitely worth grooving to.
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. 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. 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 touches, costumes of festivals like Saga Dawa, Tharpu Monsoon Festival, Gangtok Winter Festival, Losar Festival and more are definitely a sight to behold. Book your holiday to Sikkim now 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.
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.
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 touches, costumes of festivals like Saga Dawa, Tharpu Monsoon Festival, Gangtok Winter Festival, Losar Festival and more are definitely a sight to behold.
Book your holiday to Sikkim now 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
How to Reach Sikkim
Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers
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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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.
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.
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.
Tourists should visit Sikkim during the off-season from October to December to avail good discounts.
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