Explore Sikkim
Sikkim
A precious treasure trove of adventure and tranquility

Nestled in the eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is home to beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains, dense Alpine forests, pristine waterfalls, scintillating lakes and serene monasteries. The state offers magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga peak. Sikkim is a perfect blend of culture, tradition and subtle city life which reflects from its stunning sceneries. Its hill stations offer a perfect amount of adventure and leisure. The quaint monasteries embellish Sikkim with their architectural beauty and indescribable tranquility. 


Popular cities/towns:

  • Gangtok

  • Pelling

  • Yuksom

  • Namchi

  • Ravangla

Climate
The climate of Sikkim ranges from subtropical in extreme south and north regions to temperate in most of the inhabited regions. Best time to visit Sikkim is between March and May or October and December.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Cold
  • April — Warm
  • May — Warm
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
Hill Stations
Gangtok is a perfect melange of culture, nature and urbanisation. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India. It offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. To have a unique view of the beautiful city you can opt for a thrilling cable ride. Namchi is home to some traditional temples, monasteries, and lush greenery which enhance its tranquility. The spiritual element in Sikkim's culture is all over Namchi. Pelling though essentially a residential area has the charm and tranquility to calm your body, mind and soul. There are numerous scenic places such as Singshore Bridge, Khecheopalri Lake and Pemayangtse Monastery. Yuksom is paradise on earth. Its majestic snow-capped mountains add an unbeatable grandeur element to this hill station. It symbolically represents the 'third eye of Sikkim'. The Coronation Throne of Norbugang near Yuksam is a must visit monument. Some other famous hill stations in Sikkim include Lachung, Lachen Ravangla, Aritar and Mangan.
Lakes
Tsomgo Lake, located in Gangtok, offers an astounding view of nearby snow-capped mountains and crystal clear water, a view which makes this place paradise on earth. You need to take special permission to visit this lake, but it's totally worth it. Khecheopalri Lake, Samiti Lake, Menmecho Lake, Karthok Lake and Gurudongmar Lake are the hidden gems of Sikkim that warm your heart with their tranquility.
Waterfalls
Situated at 32 km from Gangtok, the Seven Sisters Waterfall is a precious sight to behold. The scene is mesmerizing and absolutely a delight for photographers. As the water hits the ground in perfect harmony you can feel all your problems leave you for that moment. It's indeed the most magical experience ever. Another waterfall that offers immense peace with its beautiful sight is the Banjhakri Falls. There is also an amusement park nearby to add an entertainment element to this scenic place. Kanchenjunga Waterfall, Rimbi Falls in Pelling; Bakthang Falls, Naga Falls in Gangtok and Bhim Nala Falls in Chungthang offers travelers a golden opportunity to unwind themselves at the mountainous area by silently gazing at the mesmerizing view.
Adventure
Surrounded by mountains it goes without saying that Sikkim is home to some of the best Treks. If you are a beginner, Rhododendron Trek, Dzongri Trek, Nathu La Pass,Sandakphu Trek and Varsey Trek are perfect for you. Rhododendron Trek near Gangtok takes you through beautiful meadows and vibrant gardens of flowers. It's the most peaceful trek and being surrounded by nature enhances the experience. Similarly, Dzongri Trek follows a scenic route amidst lush green valleys and flowers. If you want to experience the thrill of being present amidst the gigantic mountains you can opt for moderate to difficult level of treks such as Goecha La Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Singalila Trek, Green Lake Tre, Kasturi Orar Round Trek and Dzongri-Goechala Trek. If you want to explore the nature surrounding the city you must take up Goecha La Trek. This moderate to difficult level of trek takes you to some stunning Himalayan ranges as you get to see nearly 14 summits including Mt. Kanchenjunga. Trekking is an important part of peak climbing which is another thrilling adventure offered by Sikkim. Sikkim is home to some of the most majestic peaks such as Frey Peak, Mt. Tenchenkhang, Mt. Brumkhangse and Mt. Jopuno. You can also try peak climbing at mountains like Mt. Kabru, Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Lama Wangden which offers challenges and an equal amount of thrill. Beside trekking and peak climbing, Sikkim offers many adventurous sports. River Teesta gracing Gangtok with its shimmering waters is one of the best spots for white water rafting. River Rangit also has the best rapids in Sikkim to make river rafting memorable. Paragliding offers panoramic views of the Gangtok city, nearby hamlets and small valleys as you fly over snow-capped mountains, meadows, forests and rivers. If you are not trained still you can experience this thrilling ride with the help of a professional who controls the flight for you. If this is not enough, you can even opt for a helicopter ride over the Valley of Flowers to have an experience of a lifetime. You can also give a shot to cycling on the silk route and feel the adrenaline rush as this experience will stay with you for a long time. Gangtok has some of the scenic and thrilling biking trails that give you first hand experience of the rugged terrains, cardamom fields, grandiose of the nearby mountains and their glittering streams. Besides Gangtok, Sikkim offers a plethora of mountain biking trails that'll leave you spellbound. These biking trails cross through scenic places such as Ravangla, Yuksam, Tashiding, Martam, Rumtek, Pekayangtse, Temi. If you seek adventure but want tranquility through it, you might want to consider the Yak Safari when you visit Tsomgo Lake. Experiencing the magical mountains from the back of a Yak is unforgettable.
Wildlife
Kanchenjunga National Park in the North Sikkim houses a myriad of flowers, trees and animals. On a jeep safari you can easily spot Himalayan Birds and Red Panda in this scenic sanctuary. Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in East Sikkim is home to rare species of flora such as Oak, Rhododendron, Silver Fir, among others. It is also the largest reserve of Red Pandas. You can also spot exotic animals like Red Fox and Asiatic Black Bear. Some other wildlife sanctuaries such as Fambong Lho, Barsey Rhododendron, Kyongnosla Alpine, Shingba Rhododendron and Maenam will steal your heart with their panoramic views, lush green forests and exotic species of flora and fauna.
Monasteries/Places of Worship
Rumtek Monastery, located in Gangtok, is a renowned pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is the largest monastery in the city and hundreds of people visit this place for its surroundings and panoramic views of the city. Its extremely peaceful and being surrounded by mountains, streams and forests adds to its entrancing beauty. Dubdi Monastery, situated near Yuksam, established by the Chogyar Namgyal, is closely associated with the history of Sikkim’s creation. Other popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites include Pemayangtse Monastery, Namchi Monastery, Phodang Monastery and Enchey Monastery. Sikkim is also home to some of the most divine and marvellously temples such as Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple, Thakurbari Temple, Solophok Chardham, Shirdi Sai Temple and Samdruptse Shiva Temple.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can make the most out of your trip to Sikkim in two weeks. You can stay at the famous hill stations like Gangtok, Namchi or Yuksom for two days each. The towns and hamlets are well connected so travelling wouldn't be an issue in Sikkim. While staying at the hill stations you can explore the monasteries, try different adventurous activities or simply go for sightseeing. If you wish to relax you can visit the Tsomgo Lake or Banjhakri Falls.


NOTE: If you are in Sikkim solely for trekking then that can usually take up 8 to 12 days depending on the Trek. 


Cuisine
  • Sikkim's (Sikkimese) cuisine significantly includes fermented foods. Tibetan and Nepalese cuisines are also popular in the state. So, you'll find most of the dishes being a divine mixture of Sikkimese, Nepalese and Tibetan cuisines. One such prominent dish is Momos(Dumplings) as they originated from Tibet but are modified by Nepalese cuisine. Other famous dishes include Thukpa, Sha Phaley, Phagshapa and Kinema. Traditional fermented beverages such as Thongba, Raksi and Chyang are best for refreshment.
Costs
  • While the meal prices can vary, you can still expect to have a hearty meal at an average cost of INR 250.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 10 - 14 days

Known For
  • Valleys
  • Snow
  • Mountains
  • Lakes
  • Waterfalls
  • Monasteries
Areas to Visit
  • Buddhist Pilgrimages towards the south
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and Valley of Flowers in North Sikkim
  • Hill Stations across the state- Gangtok, Yuksom, Namchi etc.
  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls and Banjhakri Falls near Gangtok
  • Mountains/Peaks across west Sikkim for adventurous sports
  • Mt Khangchendzonga in the Northwest of Sikkim

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