Sikkim Travel Guide - Best Time To Visit & How To Reach

 

Sikkim, a small state surrounded by uninhabited mountains, sacred lakes, and ancient monasteries, in the northeastern part of India, is full of natural diversity and rich culture. This beautiful hill state is surrounded by the highest peak of the Himalayas, Kanchenjungang where tourists can spend some relaxing moments in the beautiful and serene environment of nature. 

Apart from this, there are many small big tracks that cater to enthusiastic tourist enthusiasts and some Tibetan Buddhists who feel the spiritual aura. Tourists in four parts (East Sikkim, North Sikkim, South Sikkim, and West Sikkim) will visit Sikkim completely. Sikkim is the best place to spend some time for holidays and honeymoon, here is a Sikkim Travel Guide that will make your Sikkim trip hassle-free and exciting.


Sikkim Travel Guide - Best Places & Things Do In Sikkim


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Best time to visit Sikkim

It is considered to be a good year to visit Sikkim's climate and cool environment. During the summer, from March to May, the spring season blossoms with colorful flowers, which gives greenery all around, so that the tourists can enjoy the mesmerizing scenery, in addition to the snowfall and winter sports, tourists have to enjoy the winter in November. 

Must visit Sikkim from February to February. During this time, a large number of tourists like to travel to Sikkim. During the monsoon, natural disasters like landslides keep coming here, so tourists avoid visiting Sikkim during this rain.



Places to visit in Sikkim

There are a total of four parts in Sikkim, by which tourists can visit the best place to visit in the whole of Sikkim.


East Sikkim

There are attractive places to visit and see in East Sikkim. Tourists can see Tibetan architecture here by looking at the beautiful views of Kanchenjunga and many Buddhist monasteries. Anche Monastery, Rumtek Monastery in East Sikkim are the two major monasteries visited by tourists in Sikkim. 

Apart from this, the capital Gangtok, Nathu La Pass, Tsomo Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, and Gangtok Ropeway are the major attractions in East Sikkim where tourists can see a mixture of natural beauty and religious harmony.


North Sikkim

North Sikkim is surrounded by attractive natural beauty such as Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, and Kato. Here tourists can see the Yumthang Valley adorned with beautiful colorful flowers among the peaks of the Himalayas, also known as the Valley of Flowers of Sikkim. 

The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary in the valley is home to many fascinating varieties of rhododendrons. Apart from this, tourists can do adventure activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the attractive environment of Kato.

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Western Sikkim

Western Sikkim is surrounded by a number of religious pilgrimage sites, mainly the Khechomplari Lake, which is considered sacred by the local Bodies and is worshiped in a similar way at the Pemayangtse Monastery, where tourists visit the Tibetan Guru Rinpoche along with statues and scriptures. Buddhist architecture can also be seen in the monastery. 

Apart from this, tourists can visit Pelling, Dentum Valley, Yuksom, Kanchenjunga National Park, Tashiding Monastery, and Singshore Bridge where they can enjoy amazing nature scenes and trekking and adventure activities.


South Sikkim

South Sikkim is surrounded by mountains and tea gardens from all sides, the Temi Tea State and the Tendong Hill, where workers are seen collecting tea leaves and the entire environment blossoms with the aroma of tea. At this distance, the highest statue of Guru Padmasambhava is seen on Samadrep Hill. Tourists must also visit Ravangala, Buddha Park, and Ralong Hot Springs near Namchi, the headquarters of South Sikkim.


Things to do in Sikkim

Sikkim is surrounded on all sides by the Kanchenjunga ranges, where there are many small tracks on which tourists can enjoy adventurous activities like trekking and climbing. Apart from this, tourists can also do rafting in the Teesta River flowing in the state.


Tracking

Tracking is one of the top activities to do in Sikkim. Tourists can trek between the lush and snowy mountains of Sikkim. For trekking in Sikkim, Yukasom-Dozongri-Goicha La Trek, Sandkafu Trek Green Lake Trek Kasturi Odar Trek, Kanchenjunga Track and Rhododendron Track are the main ones. During many snowfalls, any of these tracks can be closed but all the tracks reflect the beauty of nature and can make the tourists exciting their journey.


Rafting

Tourists can enjoy adventure activities like rafting in the Teesta River flowing between lush green forests and snowy white Hills. This will give you a new experience and the beautiful natural scenery will mesmerize you which will be quite exciting for you and which will also be fun with adrenaline but go for it with an experienced and licensed tour operator.


Biking

Biking is becoming a popular activity among tourists to get a closer look at the rural life and natural beauty of Sikkim. For this, many bikes are available for rent in the place, so that tourists can roam the entire city well and get to know the local style.


Do the shopping

Tourists make purchases from the markets to remember the Sikkim trip. Without it, your trip is incomplete. Tourists can shop Lepcha weaving bags, watch tables, bamboo artifacts, and traditional handicrafts, etc. from the market of Sikkim. There are also many eating and drinking in the market, including dried cheese made from yak milk and tasty dishes like Tami and churpi.


Sikkim Travel Tips


  • Tourists choose a favorable climate for visiting Sikkim.
  • Before traveling to Sikkim, keep the essentials like uni or warm clothes, medical kit, napkins, cream, and essential food items with you.
  • On visiting monasteries and temples, respect the local culture and tradition of Sikkim, apart from this, do not hurt anyone's dignity.
  • ATMs and networks may face problems in many areas of Sikkim, so keep cash with you instead of relying on online transactions.
  • Many of Sikkim's tourist places are near the Chinese border, so to get there you will have to get permission from the soldiers or tourism department and for this, you will need a permit which you will get at the place itself.
  • If you are traveling to Sikkim during Covid-19, then keep masks and sanitizers with you, in addition to the Covid-19 rules of the Government of Sikkim.
  • Be sure to consult an experienced tour operator to do any adventurous activity.


How to reach Sikkim


By Air: Bagdogra near Sikkim is the nearest airport from where tourists can reach Sikkim by taxi.

Rail route: - Tourists can reach Sikkim via bus or taxi from here by coming to New Jalpaiguri station by train.

By Road: - Sikkim is well connected by road to almost all major cities of India. Tourists can easily reach Sikkim by bus.


Conclusion


Sikkim is a beautiful small attraction in the northeast of India, which is surrounded by Kanchenjunga from all sides. The culture and tradition of this place provide a new experience to learn from, apart from this, tourists can enjoy many adventure activities in Sikkim. Sikkim Travel Guide describes all the attractive destinations where you can make your trip exciting.


What are the popular festivals of Sikkim?

Sikkim Khechopalri Lake Festival, Sikkim International Flower Festival, Namchi Festival, Gangtok Winter Festival, Losong, and Kanchenjunga Tourist Festival are the popular festivals celebrated.


What is the popular food to eat in Sikkim?

Local Nivasi in Sikkim consists of Nepalese and Lepcha communities who eat rice and meat, apart from this, tourists can enjoy momos, thupaka, kinema curry, Gundruk, and Sinki soup, cell roti, pakku, and sishnu, etc.

What are the places of stay in Sikkim?

Many luxuries and general hotels are available for stay in Sikkim, apart from this, tourists can stay in Dharamshala, etc. on a low budget.


How many days is enough to travel to Sikkim?

5 to 6 days is sufficient for traveling to Sikkim, during this time tourists can see Sikkim well.




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