Sikkim is one of the beauties in north eastern part of India. It is nicely tucked away and beautifully landlocked with immense natural beauty, it has all the components which would sooth you from the tiredness of vigorous day-to-day activities.
Apart from stunning sights, one can also experience the bliss of snowfall in Sikkim when on their Sikkim holiday. To make it a wonderful exploration, here are a few places to visit in Sikkim that must make it to your plan.
1. Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo lake which is located just 38 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is among the most popular tourist places in Sikkim. A snaky road through rocky mountain topography and strident mountains which takes you to the Tsomgo Lake is a lot of adventure in itself. If you are looking for best places to visit in East Sikkim then, you must explore this place on your trip.
- Migratory ducks like the Brahmini
- The beautiful flowers such as Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, and Irish
- Yaks and ponies ride
Precautions: Start early to avoid late night travel; and roads are not properly laid out
How to reach: A cab ride from Gangtok will take 2 hours for you to reach almost all Sikkim tourist places
Best time to visit: Jan to Mar – for snow; April to May – for Rhododendrons and Orchids; and Oct to Dec.
Yuksom is an old historic town, which is considered to be amongst the best places to visit in West Sikkim bestowed with natural beauty and uninterrupted trail for trekkers. If you are looking forward to spending some quiet moments in the shadow of nature away from the hustle bustle of the city, then this is it.
- The historic Norbugang Park
- Tashi tenka, which was a historic royal palace promises wonderful views
- The oldest monastery the Dubdi Gompa
- Kathok Wodsalin Gompa – a newly constructed monastery, also famous for the statue of Guru Padmasambhava
- Goechala Trek
- Khangchendzonga National Park
Precaution: Poor lighting on the roads
How to reach: 6 to 7 hours by road via Jorethang from Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway stop. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
3 Nathula Pass
Nathula Pass, located in the Himalayas, connects India with Tibet is considered to be amongst the best places to visit in Sikkim Gangtok. The pass, at 4,310 m above sea level forms a part of a side-shoot of the prehistoric silk road. Definitely one of the places to visit in Sikkim without fail.
- Yak safari
- Border Gates of India and China
- A beautifully built war memorial
- Exhibition Centre of the Indian Army
- Mt Chomolhari
Precautions: Oxygen levels are low; and there could be traffic jams due to adverse weather conditions
How to reach:
Road – 4 to 5 hours by bus from the east of Gangtok (54 km)
Train – Nearest railhead is Siliguri, 165 km away, and takes 4.5 hours by taxi.
Flight – Nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
When to visit Nathula: May and October; Opens for Indians only from Wednesday to Sunday
4. Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley
Lachen is a distant village in North Sikkim and the winter home for Tibetan nomadic tribes. Lachung is also a high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim. And Yumthang is a beautiful valley bounded by snowcapped mountains. All three are extremely beautiful tourist places in Sikkim. One must visit Lachung as it is the most famous among the list of places to visit in North Sikkim and for experiencing snowfall in Sikkim.
The picturesque journey from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake
Gurudongmar Lake which is often frozen in winters
The colorful rhododendron bloom
Lachung Gompa where the largest Buddhist shrine is located
Lachung Monastery, Handicraft and Lachung Village
Mt Pandim, Mt Kabru, Mt Simvo, Mt Jopuno, Mt Khangchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu enroute Gangtok Rhododendron Sanctuary
Sub-zero temperature and 360 degree snowcapped highlands at Yumesamdong / Zero-point
Precaution: Low oxygen levels
How to reach: Take a taxi from the nearest railhead in New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri). The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
When to visit: March–June is pleasant; and December–January for snowfall
Furrowed by dense forests and outstandingly balanced on a ridge superintending an extensive swish of western Sikkim, Ravangla assures one of the most beautiful mountain views. It is a popular tourist place in Sikkim and draws many nature lovers every year.
- Tathagata Tsal, a Buddhist park
- Mane Choekhorling Gompa
- Pang Lhabsol, which displays religious prayers and songs
- Hikes and treks
Precaution: Forests are very dense, beware of wildlife.
How to reach: Take a cab ride after Jalpaiguri station, which is 94 km from Ravangla
Best time to visit: March–June
Namchi is blessed with fresh air which is fragmented with the aroma of lush flora. The beautiful sight of snowcapped mountains and the woodland mountain valleys adds to the scenery and makes it an important spot amongst the places to visit in South Sikkim.
- Khangchendzonga range
- Sherdup Choeling Monastery
- The beautiful tea gardens
- Rock Garden
- Namchi Mahotsav in October
How to reach: Take a cab for 77 km from the Jalpaiguri metro station
Precaution: Roads are not properly laid out
Best time to Visit: March–June and October–November
One of the offbeat Sikkim tourist places, Zuluk is a small village located at a high altitude and has a very empowering history due to its connection with the Silk Route. It promises great views of the snowcapped mountain ranges especially during winter and is a fabulous place to see for those looking for snowfall in Sikkim or looking for the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
- Nag temple
- Mt Kanchenjungha
- Thambi View Point
Precautions: Be prepared for a foggy climate
How to reach: Take a cab ride for 91 km from Jalpaiguri railway station
Best Time to Visit: August and September
8. Teesta River
A different one among places to visit in Sikkim, Teesta River is stunning to look at when it is frozen in winters. During spring, however, the river is shimmering in the sun rays and displays a perfect habitat for blooming flowers.
- Bird spotting
- Lush green fauna and flower beds on the banks
- Sangam of river teesta with it tributary the Rangeet River
- Dikchu bridge on way to Lachung
Precautions: River can get a little rough and ice pieces are often found
How to reach: Take a cab for 33 km from Darjeeling railway station
Best time to visit: April–May; and November
- Paragliding in the valley
- Jhakri Falls and Kyongnosla Water Falls
- Yak ride
- Lively nightlife
- Snowcapped ranges of Mt Kachendzonga
- Bird eye view from the ropeway
- Enchey Monastery
How to reach: Take a cab for 148 km from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best time to Visit: October to June
Second most-visited attraction after Gangtok, Pelling will sweep you away with its lush forests and varied wildlife. Since it is a small town, you can easily discover it on foot. It provides a plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
- Sangachoeling Monastery
- Sewaro Rock Garden
- Singshore Bridge
- Rimbi Waterfall
- Kanchenjunga Fall
Precaution: Even though the road conditions are fine, it is best to take a sumo vehicle to reach here.
How to reach: Pakyong Airport is the nearest airport from Pelling and New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (152 km) is the nearest railway station.
Best time to visit: Mid February to June