Essential Information of Sikkim
Visit the Amazing Mountain Kingdom of Sikkim
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Essential Information of Sikkim
Satisfy your taste buds with some delicious food of Sikkim where the varied tastes and specialities create a unique dining experience. There are a variety of Sikkim traditional foods like Thenthuk, Momos, Thukpa, Phagshapa, Sael Roti, Niguru with Churpi, Gundruk, and others. Phagshapa is one speciality that you must try as it is made using just prok, radish and red chillies and is a delicious treat.
If you have more of a sweeth tooth, gorge on the Sael Roti that is made of rice flour. If you want a taste of a homemade dish, try eating the local fiddlehead fern Niguru with churpi (sour cheese) that has a delectable taste.
After filling your tummy, wash down your food with some local beer called Chang that is made by fermenting millet using yeast. Sip on this delicious treat from a bamboo receptacle using a bamboo pipe. This can be a bit strong so remember to drink at your own pace and ease.
Shopaholics will have a gala time picking up souvenirs at the local markets and bazaars of Sikkim where the different cultures and tastes give rise to a variety of items and handicrafts. Some popular markets you can go to are Lall Market, The Old Market, New Market and MG Road.
Some of the popular items you can pick up from these markets include carved relief 'Choktse' furniture, Lepcha weave bags, Damru, Tibetan Thangka paintings, wooden and bamboo artifacts. dresses, shawls, knitted garments and blankets. A popular item you should definitely pick up are the carved metal 'Dragon sets' that are teeming with precious stones. If you go near Tibet Hotel, you can buy trade jewelry and holy objects at the curio shops here. Also pick up some world famous Sikkim Tea, by the trademark of ‘Khangchendzonga' and 'Solja'.
Scour the markets for such traditional items like Prayer Wheels and Tibetan crockery (teapots, mugs and vases), food items like Yak’s Cheese and Cherry Liquor, woollen gear like ski caps, mufflers and gloves as well as Nepali music CDs.
You can plan a trip to Sikkim at any time of the year as the weather of Sikkim stays pleasant and cool throughout. Even in summers, the temperature does fall low and the maximum has never gone beyond 25 degrees Celsius.
The best time to visit Sikkim is generally during the summer season from April to June where the temperature generally ranges from 5 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius. The weather stays cool and can often fall pretty low so it is a good idea to keep warm clothes with you. This is also the best time to go on sightseeing tours of the monasteries, lakes and valleys.
Monsoons generally last from July to September and there are heavy rain showers throughout. The maximum temperature generally stays around 15 degrees Celsius and the minimum stays around 4 degrees Celsius. This area is prone to landslides during this time so you should avoid visiting here during this season.
Winters start from October and last till March and the temperature falls as low as -5 degrees Celsius. This is the perfect weather to go snowboarding and skiing as the entire area is draped in snow and the surroundings look beautiful and lush.
Witness the kaleidoscopic riot of colors during the festivals and fests in the pristine and scenic lands of the Northeastern Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim. The heartwarming traditions, the rustic beliefs and the diversified culture make this destination a land of varied festivities.
If you visit Sikkim during May and the beginning of June you will be able to enjoy some grand and vibrant festivals of Sikkim. Some festivals that are definitely worth attending are the Saga Dawa, Tharpu Monsoon Festival, Gangtok Winter Festival, Losar Festival and many more.
Out of these, the Saga Dawa festival is one of the important festivals of Sikkim as three major occasions associated with Buddha are celebrated. These are the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment of the Lord Buddha and Buddha achieving nirvana. This festival is generally celebrated around the end of May and early June. During this festival, the Mahayana Buddhists visit the monasteries and offer butter lamps.
Also make sure you witness the Sikkimese New Year; also known as ‘Sonam Losar’ where the farmers celebrate their harvest. You will also get to watch enjoyable lama dances where the evil spirits are expelled and the good spirits are welcomed.
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Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingWe would like to appreciate the hotel accomodation and the travel facilities arranged by our travel agent Raisoone travels. To get decent accommodation along with food in remote places like Lachen and Lachung is not easy and they have done a good job in arranging that. However, We couldn't say the same about our entire trip. Our main interest was to explore north sikkim and it's top places - gurudongmar lake, yumthang valley, and chopta valley. Though these places were present in our itinerary, we couldn't visit it. We were informed about this by our driver only after we reached lachen. Due to heavy snowfall in the previous days, the police officers didn't give us permission to go there. We have had multiple interactions with Raisoone travels with respect to the itinerary and how best to accommodate all the places we wanted to visit within the span of 4 days. And not once they mentioned that there could be a possibility that we might not be able to go to these places due to extreme climatic conditions. On contacting them they didn't even offer to provide us with a back up plan as to what next is to be done. This was very upsetting for us. Had we known about this earlier we would have made necessary changes to the itinerary accordingly. Our driver being good natured took us to Mount Katao so that we do not end up seeing nothing after going all the way there! We felt the trip was not worth the money we spent. Would like to request for a call back to discuss this further.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOverall it was nice trip but we missed some important spots because of blocked roads due to snowfall.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOur trip went really smooth. Thanks for all the arrangements. I would like to appreciate the people involved with Travel Triangle who listened to our requests and promptly took the required action to facilitate us in the best possible way. Good Keep it up.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingHad a very good trip. The travel agent coordinator Nishitji always stood in contact with us and he always talked so politely and helped as and when required. Just one thing tso ensure that please dont force us to pay full amount before the trip completion.. Atleast 10% can be given on last day. Even after discussing at the time of booking only that some part will be paid at end of trip indrajit sir senior coordinator forced us to pay full amount... We somehow got the permit to changu lake though not till the lake...enjoyed the weather and snow there...also...Nishitji upgraded our hotel and the upgraded one was at the best location exactly at the Darjeeling toy train station and hotel was so good. we got a permit to go up baba mandir
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingThe hotels that you booked we're good(hospitality, locality) and the cab drivers were also good. Even though the weather is out of condition,but you guys especially Deep found alternatives and made our trip awesome. irrespective of time and situation, Deep used to receive our calls and used to reply properly by finding alternatives when the weather is not good and overall it was a good trip for us and without you guys, our trip wouldn't be successful Thanks to travel triangle and tour angle once again Hope we will surely get back to you for our another exiting trip
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingTT helps with multiple offers from multiple agents. One can also tailor the itinerary to suit one's budget and time. Prompt responses and follow-ups, from the agents was appreciated.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingIt was a nice trip. The only regret is unable to visit Tsomgo lake and Nathula pass due to bad weather.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingAll arrangements were good and better than expected. Constant communication was there at every stage of the trip.Everything went smoothly. Thank you for the wonderful memories.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeelingime, we again asked that why is this happening and why are we taken to closed places when we have already communicated. And all these places lsited above were not closed overnight, they were shut since a week or so due to snowfall. I believe its the responsibility of agent to check such information beforehand which did not happen. After all this, we requested Mr. Niraj to include Namchi in our itinerary. This should have been done earlier without our request. We were quite not convinced with these things. Communication - Although Pankaj and Neeraj were polite in conversation. But the planning could have been easily very better. Refund - We had to change the hotel in lachen as the roads to booked hotel were closed due to snowfall. Due to slippery roads, it was not possible for entire family to walk till hotel. So we had figured out hotel on our own and talk to Pankaj. He agreed and said you will have to make the payment of INR 6000 now which will be refunded later. Till date, it has not been done despite of 3 to 4 reminders. Good Things: Stay at Gangtok, Lachung and Pelling - The stay at all these places were amazingly delightful. The stay, food, service and family at Home stay in Pelling was very warm and welcoming. I would recommend 100 Petals (Gangtok) and Darapdaragaon were worth the stay. The stay at lachung was great but the staff was not that polite. Driver Suren - The driver with us from Gangtok to Darjeeling was extremely polite and drove very safely.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeelinghad a wonderful memories when I was there at Gangtok . Expect day 1 plan other days plan were great. they should have added even better places on day 1 instead of adding many places. Hotel room is good but the bath room had some smell. they should have kept air freshener for better smell. Trip to Tsomgo lake and Buddha park drive was really memorable. must visit places once in life time .
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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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