“Wonders come in small packages!”, And if you want to witness it, visit the picturesque Sikkim state. Nestled in the lap of the magical Himalayas, despite being the second smallest state in the country, its prismatic beauty and hypnotic charm will amaze you!
Gateway to the North East Corridor of India, Sikkim not only boasts of its enchanting beauty, but also offers an exciting list of things to do and places to visit. If you are planning to visit this charismatic state, here is a list of the 7 best places to visit in Sikkim that make for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation:?
Believe it or not, but for anyone, resisting the alluring charm and allure of Gangtok is next to impossible! Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is nestled in the Eastern Himalayas and is one of the state’s best tourist destinations.
Whether you are looking for gurgling rivers, lush forests, peace of mind or serene beauty, Gangtok travel packages will hug your vacation in Sikkim. For nature lovers, a vacation in this picturesque town is enough to fulfill all their wishes. On the other hand, for adventure seekers, they can enjoy cable car rides, rafting, mountain biking and many other activities in Gangtok.
Located in the western parts of Sikkim, Yuksom is the source of several exciting hikes in the Himalayas or the magical Kanchenjunga. This hamlet was once the capital of Sikkim, best known for its pristine beauty and rustic appeal.
Also known as the ‘Three Llamas’ Meeting Place,’ this Sikkimese village has recently started to gain tourist attention. Well, this is also the reason why you can expect pristine beauty and unspoiled nature in Yuksom. Home to the oldest monastery in Sikkim, this picturesque hamlet is one of the most peaceful and serene places to visit in Sikkim.
3. Tsomgo Lake
While visiting Gangtok, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake! Located just 38 km from the capital of Sikkim, it sits at an elevation of 12,400 feet and is one of the highest lakes in India.
While the lake remains frozen during winters, summer brings magical appeal and charm to Tsomgo. It is at this time of the year, that the turquoise waters of the lake reflect the breathtaking view of the neighboring peaks and the azure sky above!
4. Nathula Pass
Once part of the historic “Silk Road”, a visit to Nathu La is a must in any of Sikkim’s travel packages. One of the highest motorized passes in the world, this incredible pass is located at a height of 4310 m above sea level and connects Sikkim to Tibet.
The pass is open to Indians; however, permission must be obtained from the Department of Tourism to visit this pass. And for foreign nationals, they cannot come to Nathu La.
If you are an avid fan of the captivating Himalayan range, Pelling is the destination for you! It is from this Sikkimese city that one can have the best views of the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga peak, and that one can experience the best of their vacation in Sikkim.
Situated at a height of 7,200 feet above the sea, this picturesque town is blessed with several waterfalls, breathtaking views, natural beauty and adventure options like rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and many others.
To make you fall in love, Lachung has many reasons with it! While its location at a captivating height of 8,610 feet makes it a popular snow destination in Sikkim, its unspoiled and surreal beauty makes it one of the quaint and charming tourist spots in Sikkim.
Located in the northern part of Sikkim, this picturesque mountain village is adorned by the pristine beauty of the Lachung Chu River and is also known for Lachung Gompa. Although this village is one of the most visited areas of Sikkim, it still has an alluring charm that is hardly found in any other destination.
Nestled among the hills of Maenam and Tendong, Ravangla is among the best places to visit in Sikkim; especially in the southern part of the state. A quaint town between Gangtok and Pelling, this hilltop town is also home to some of Sikkim’s most popular treks.
Most popular as a bird watcher’s paradise, it is home to some of the world’s rarest and most endangered birds. On a usual visit to Ravangla, you may spot black-throated lily of the valley, green flies, blue whistling thrushes, bulletin boards, cuckoos and many more.