Sikkim is a state in the north-eastern and capital of Gangtok. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Beautiful and warm-hearted, it is too easy to fall in love with this place. Lush-green meadows, plunging superthick valleys rhododendron groves and the white top peak of the Himalayas- Sikkim is a maze of beauty. Sikkim is aptly called a window to the Himalayas because of the sight it offers of a great peak. Sikkim is two-third covered in snow-clapped mountains dominated by Kanchenjunga.

The two-fifths of the Sikkim is covered in forests. Sal, pandanus, bamboos, palm, ferns, and orchids are common in the sub-tropical forests. Sikkim also has rich and varied wildlife, including black bears, yaks, pandas, numerous species of deers, tigers, leopards, and blue sheep. The species of the birds are also quite diverse namely pheasants, partridges, quail, eagles, barbets, Himalayan cuckoos, Tibetian black crows, and minivets. To preserve the flora and fauna Sikkim also has several national parks and sanctuaries.

The temperature in Sikkim is varied all year long to tropical conditions in the south to cold temperatures in the north. The temperatures in winter are usually below zero degrees and in the warmest month that is August, the temperature is around 28 degrees Celcius. The heavy rains and snows often trigger destructive landslides and avalanches. The best time to visit Sikkim is either between March and May or October and mid-December. The best season to visit to see the blooming flowers in Spring and Autumn brings a clear view of the Himalayas.

1.  Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

38 kilometers from Sikkim and at a height of 12,400 this beautiful lake makes must in the trip itinerary. A panorama of snow-capped trees makes a sheer view to behold. It is a superb and must-visit tourist spot in Sikkim because of its amazing scenic beauty, picturesque views and everything that the heavens look like. Calm and serene all around, yak rides and vast alluring lake make it a perfect view. Many myths and legends are associated with the lake and are regarded as sacred by Sikkimese people. This is one of the few and high altitude lakes of India. The reflection of the around mountain ranges in the lake creates a breath-taking view which is cherished by all the tourist. From around 10 km from the lake, there is Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary which is home to many rare animals essentially red panda, Himalayan black bear, and birds like Blood Pheasants. One can easily spot many yaks around and there are many medicinal plants as well.

Best Time To Visit- Throughout The year
Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

2. Yuksom

Yuksom is an excellent spot situated in the Western area of Sikkim and the town is notable for its regular magnificence. Arranged close to the Kanchenjunga National Park, the town of Yuksom is in the core of mountains secured with lavish green vegetation. The town gives access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga.  The literal meaning Yuksom is the meeting place of three lamas. It is the old capital of Sikkim and the primarily famous because it is the gateway to Kanchangunja. The town is the home to many monasteries and Buddhist culture. It is very rich in culture and heritage and is one of the best hill stations in Sikkim. It is famous for the snow-capped mountains and a must tourist spot in every tour itinerary. Yuksom is, thus, additionally an amazing tourist spot and the base camp for the absolute most daring treks in Sikkim. There are a few fascinating vacation destinations that you can see here and the neighborhood food of the spot are an unquestionable requirement attempt.

Best places to visit in Yuksom- Khangchendzonga National Park, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery, Dubdi Monastery and many more.
Time Required- 2-3 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

3. Nathula Pass

Nathu la

The Nathula Pass height is 4310 M and is located on the eastern side of Gangtok. The roads are very adventurous and can be reached in sturdy cars such as Innova or any other SUVs. The roads are steep and slippery and must ride very cautiously. To get away from the monotonous city life this is the best place to escape and have fun in the lap of nature. Only people with a valid permit can visit. The Nathula Pass permit costs around 200 rupees. One can visit the Nathula Pass on Wednesday to Sunday and the best season to visit is either April-June or October-November. The Mandakini Waterfalls is a very beautiful halt in the Nathula Pass. The sweet sound of rushing water bestows the calmness of the mind and soul.

Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee (But you have to pay for the pass)
Timing- 8:00 AM To 4:00 PM

4. Teesta River

Teesta River

Teesta river flows through the Indian state of West Bengal and Sikkim. The river is 314 km long and spans across the Eastern Himalayas. It arises from Brahmaputra River and many believe it from the Teesta Khangse glacier as well. At high altitudes, the river bed has cushion plants, mosses, lichens, and grasses. The big white boulders in the river make it a perfect place for white water rafting and many other sports as well.

Time Required- 2-3 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee 
Timing- Open 24 Hours

5. Gangtok

Gangtok

Gangtok is the mountainous capital of Sikkim. It is a very prepossessing town with a perfect blend of modernity and traditions. To spend some days away from the hustle and chaos of the town, it is a perfect escape. There are many stupas and monasteries for the spiritual side of the mind and scenic beauty to relax the eyes and the mind. The sweet and warm-hearted people make it memorable to stay for all the tourists. You can also enjoy many tourist attractions such as paragliding, yak ride, nightlife, bird watching from the ropeway, and many more.

Best places to visit in Gangtok- Ganesh Tok, MG Road, Kachanjunga, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Mangan, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tinkitam and many more.
Time Required- 2-3 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

6. North Sikkim

One of the most uninhabited regions of the country, yet very delightful and enchanting, North Sikkim imparts its limit to China and Nepal. Mangan is the base camp of the North Sikkim region. It is one of the most supernaturally delightful however unexplored zones because of the brutal conditions discovered here. Situated at an elevation of 956 meters the town of Mangan fills in as a base for trekking and climbing trips in the mountains and timberlands. North Sikkim is celebrated for the Gurudongmar Lake which is perhaps the most noteworthy pool of India. It additionally has strict significance. Aside from lakes, there are some significant religious communities here as well. Probably you don’t want to miss the opportunity of traveling to this place. Have a happy vacation!

Best places to visit in Gangtok- Gurudongmar lake, Lachung, Thangu valley, Cholamu lake, Chopta valley, Crow’s lake and many more.
Time Required- 3-5 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

7. Aritar

Known for its immense beauty, temples and cloisters, Aritar is a significant town in East. The whole area is encircled by rich green woods and wonderful streams and is a pleasure for the people who needs to spend some time in a lesser-known region. While you are here, you get an opportunity to stroke the untainted type of nature, the lush greenery leaves your spirit charmed and the presence of the wild creatures around leaves your spirit excited.

Best places to visit in Gangtok- Lampokhari, Dark Bungalow, Prabhateyswar Shivalaya Mandir, Nirmal Dham, Aritar Gumpa, Mankhim and many more.
Time Required- 1 Day
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

8. West Sikkim

West Sikkim, situated in the lower regions of Mount Kanchenjunga, offers probably the best holiday destination on the Southeast face of Mt. Kangchenjunga. This spot is also well known for not many of the most established and holiest Buddhist Monasteries of the world. With the wonderful amalgamation of nature and strict history, the quiet and tranquil condition of Pelling makes it a well-known traveler goal in Sikkim. West Sikkim owes its quietness and smoothness to the excellent and age-old religious communities like Sangachoeling and Pemayansgtse Monasteries. The Kchehepalri Lake, arranged amidst a thick woodland is viewed as blessed and is entrancing to lovers and visitors the same.

Best places to visit in Gangtok- Pelling, Geyzing, Yuksom, Darap Village, Yangtey, Legship, Dubdi Monastery,  Dzongri Trek and many more.
Time Required- 2-4 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9. South Sikkim

Surrounded by beautiful forests and majestic hills, South Sikkim is the perfect vacation spot for someone looking for a retreat in the midst of nature in its most natural form. The town of Namchi is the headquarters of South Sikkim and it is situated at an altitude of 5500 feet at a distance of around 100 km fromÊGangtok. South Sikkim, for years has been famous for its monasteries and stupas and devotees flock to this town for its religious significance. But recently, this district has risen to the position of an eminent tourist destination. Visit here once!

Best places to visit in Gangtok- Namchi, Ravangla, Ralang Monastery, Statue of Guru Rinpoche, Borong, Tendong Hill, Siddheshwara Dham, Tami Tea Garden, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and many more.
Time Required- 2-3 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

10. Zuluk

Located at the height of 10000 feet over the ocean level, Zuluk (additionally called Dzuluk or Jhuluk or Juluk) is a petite village resting in the lap of the eastern Himalayas in Sikkim. The people are honored with all-encompassing vistas of ice topped mountains, profound crevasses, thick woods and shimmering streams. Zuluk gladly considers itself a virgin goal as it is never packed via regular vacationers. To have a superior encounter of the hypnotizing districts and ultra perfect scene, it is fitting to remain in homestays offered by local people instead of business lodgings. You can also spot Army jawans, jeeps and tents while meandering on a portion of these paths. Additionally, visiting Zuluk is unquestionably going to be an encounter of a lifetime for you and will leave you with a waiting inclination in the heart.

Best places to visit in Gangtok- The Thambi View Point, Lungthung, Adi Baba Mandir, Tukla Valley, Ranipool, Nag Temple and many more.
Time Required- 1-2 Days
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

11. Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Situated at a height of 10,000 ft, Barsey is most popular for the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, a heaven for nature lovers. The asylum itself is a piece of the West Sikkim and very simple to access through the street by means of Hilley, Dentam/Soreng from Geyzing. If you are planning for a pleasant trekking trip, the thought is basically terrific as you can enjoy it here. The path is enhanced with differed verdure and crude nature and continues from Hilley up the slope.

The Barsey Rhododendron asylum has around 600 assortments of Rhododendron alongside different sorts of greenery. Spread over a territory of 104 sq. km, the spot is prestigious for being home to Red Panda and Black Bear, the uncommon Himalayan species. Among different animals, panthers, wild canines, foxes, jackals, deer, Himalayan Palm civets are also found here. Settled in the Singalila Range, the common outskirt with Nepal, the Rhododendron Sanctuary is ideal for those looking for isolation, an association with nature and some experience. It is also an ideal destination for wildlife photography too.

Time Required- 5-6 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 100 For Indians and INR 250 For Foreigners
Timing- 10:00 AM To 4:00 PM

12. Goechala

If you want an adventure trip to Sikkim, then Goechala is the thing that should top your rundown. Goechala is a mountain go in Sikkim known for trekking and climbing. It is additionally the base camp for those hoping to enjoy troublesome yet stunning treks. If you love to take challenges throughout everyday life, then, this difficult trek is on your way. Also, if trekking is something you need to enjoy, the pass is as yet stunning to visit and one can see the wonderful Mt. Kanchenjunga from here alongside a great deal of other heavenly pinnacles. This is without a doubt among the best places to visit in Sikkim.

Time Required- 2-3 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Timing- Open 24 Hours

13. Do Drul Chorten

Once accepted to be spooky by malicious spirits, the Korten Stupa was a scandalous place in Sikkim until the loved Lama Trulshig Rinpoche came here in 1946 and fabricated a stupa. The god, Vajra Kilaya who is regarded as one of the most famous Chortens in Sikkim, is put on the highest point of the stupa. Inside the spot, you will discover a great deal of heavenly Buddhist writings and different strict stuff. This is among the best Sikkim attractions and invites guests from over the world.

Time Required- 2-3 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Timing- 8:00 AM To 6:00 PM

14. Rumtek Monastery

Witness a portion of the dazzling and uncommon fine arts of Buddhist culture at the Rumtek Monastery. It is a treat to sore eyes. Worked in the twelfth century, the Monastery has a place with the Kagyu organization in Sikkim. In a tragic situation, the Rumtek Monastery was left to destroy for certain years until 1960 when Gyalwa Karmapa restored it. The religious community is a fortune trove of one of a kind hand canvases, paintings and figures. There are 1001 smaller than usual Gold models which are an incredible sight. Not just among the top renowned places in Sikkim, the places additionally holds strict centrality and is known for its serene feel!

Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 10 For Indians and INR 40 For Foreigners
Timing- 6:00 AM To 6:00 PM

15. Mangan

Mangan is a charming place that offers lovely touring spots. It fills in as a travel point to different pieces of the state. Consistently in December, a three-day performance is sorted out here. You can cheer the groups that originate from everywhere throughout the people, just as from different conditions of upper east India. The ideal mix of slopes, music and chilly climate makes it an extraordinary encounter. There are a few different attractions, for example, conventional social tunes execution and food celebration. It is most likely a piece of all the well known Sikkim touring visits. Hence, you seriously can’t afford to miss this place, visit here once!

Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fees
Timing- Open 24 Hours

16. Biksthang

Situated at a distance of 119 km from Gangtok, Biksthang is a curious town. It is arranged in a mind-blowing view and mountains. Biksthang is additionally popular for offering a bursting perspective on Mt. Kanchenjungha. Staying at the farmhouse, you will facing Gangchen mo Nga (Khangchendzonga), which is the wellspring of five fortunes, and represents the five pinnacles of Mt Khangchendzonga, Mt. Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narsing and Mt. Simvo. A famous bird watching place, Biksthang offers a charming perspective on the wild around. It is an ideal destination for photography as well.

Time Required- As long as you want
Entry Fee- INR 5000 To INR 6000 Per Night
Timing- Open 24 Hours

17. Ravangla

Surrounded by thick woods and remarkably adjusted on an edge managing a broad wash of western Sikkim, Ravangla guarantees one of the most wonderful mountain views.It is the main highlight of the Sikkim and attracts many of the nature lovers towards it.

Time Required- 3-4 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Timing- Open 24 Hours

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