One of the spellbinding tourist destinations of North East India is Sikkim. It is a perfectly landlocked place with ultimate scenic beauty all around soothing your mind and free you from the mental, physical and emotional tiredness in your daily life. Sikkim doesn’t only have some of the most stunning sights for an onlooker but also a blissful experience of snowfall during the peak season. Here are some of the top tourist places to visit in Sikkim on your next (or first) visit.
Situated 38 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, Tsomgo Lake is the popular place you will definitely find on the Sikkim tourist map. The snaky roads cutting rocky and strident mountains heading you to the Tsomgo Lake is itself an adventurous ride.
- Brahmini, the migratory ducks
- Pony and Yak rides
- Superb flowers like Yellow and Blue Poppies, Irish and Primulas.
Additional information: Avoid late night travel s the roads are not in perfect state.
How to Reach: You can get a cab from Gangtok that takes 2 hours to Tsomgo Lake
Best time: For snow – January to March; for Rhododendrons – April to May; For Orchids – October to December.
An old historic town in the areas of West Sikkim, Yuksom is the center of no-interference trail for trek lovers. The old town is blessed with immense scenic beauty, so if peace and nature is all that you seek, Yuksom is the place.
- Historic Norbugang Park
- Tashi Tenka, a historic royal palace offering stunning views
- Dubdi Gompa, the oldest monastery
- Goechala Trek
- Kanchenjunga National Park
- Kathok Wodsalin Gompa, recenty built monastery having an idol of Guru Padmasambhava
Additional information: Be careful while crossing the poor lightings on the roads at night.
How to reach: 6 to 7 hours journey from Jalpaiguri (nearest railway station) via Jorethang. Bagdogra is the nearest airport that is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Siliguri and 170 kilometers from Yuksom.
Best time: September to November & March to June
Situated in the Himalayas, Nathula Pass is the connecting border between India and Tibet, at a height of 4,310metersw above sea level, this pass is a part of the side-shoot of Silk Road (the pre-historic road). On a trip to Sikkim and missing out Nathula Pass is no less than a sin. It is one of the places you are sure to find while going through the photos of Sikkim tourist places online.
- Mount Chomolhari
- A War memorial
- India and China border gates
- Yak Safari
- Indian Army exhibition Center
Additional information: Over a height, the oxygen levels turns low and you might also get stuck in traffic jams due to unfavorable climatic conditions.
How to Reach: If travelling by roasd in bus or car, it is 4-5hours distance from East Gangtok. For train travel, the nearest railway station is Siliguri from which it will take 4.5hours by road. Bagdogra is the nearest airport at a distance of 190 kilometers from Nathula.
Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley
Lachen is one of the places to visit in North Sikkim and considered as the shelter for Tibetan nomadic tribes in winters. Coming to Lachung, it is another village of Bhutia and Tibetan people, located at a high altitude in the areas of North Sikkim. Yumthang is an awe-strikingly amazing valley encompassed by snow-covered mountains. You must plan a day or two for North Sikkim and cover all three of these tourist places.
- Lachung Gompa, the largest Buddhist shrine
- Gurudongmar Lake, frozen in winters
- The scenic beauty of the journey to Gurodongmar Lake
- Lachung monastery, Lachung village and its handicrafts
- Kabru, Mt, Pandim, Mt. Simyo, Mt. Siniolchu, Mt.Jopuno and Mt. Kanchenjunga on the way to Gangtok Rhododendron Sanctuary
- Zero Point – Yumesamdong
Additional information: Be cautious in low oxygen levels
How to Reach: Rent a cab or taxi from New Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway station.
Best Time: December to January (Snowfall), March to June (pleasant weather)
Surrounded by dense forests and fantastically balanced on a ridge, Ravangla offers the ultimate mountain views of Western Sikkim. It is one of the top tourist places in Sikkim that attracts nature lovers in large numbers every year. So, many who travel through business class flights or economy class passengers will visit this amazing place to enjoy the view.
- Pang Lhabsol, which displays songs and religious prayers
- Tathagata Tsal, a Buddhist park
- Mane Choekhorling Gompa
- Hikes and treks
Additional information: Beware of wild animals as the forests are too dense.
How to Reach: Drive or rent a cab from Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway station at a distance of 94 kilometers.
Best time: March to June
Whenever you pan a trip to the North East India, do not forget to include these top tourist places to visit in Sikkim in your list of itineraries. If you are looking for best air travel to fly to Sikkim check out Indian Eagle and book flights and explore this beauty.