Sikkim, a small state in the land of Himalayas, is lesser visited tourist destination in India but is covered by hidden valleys, snow-fed lakes, mystical monasteries and many more scenic sights. Offering a plethora of varied and unique holiday opportunities for all kinds of travellers, be it adventure enthusiasts or spiritual seekers, this beautiful Indian state is where tourists get to experience an extraordinary culture, and a new world altogether at a very high altitude!
Have a look at some of the top tourist attractions to explore in Sikkim:
The capital and the largest town of Sikkim, Gangtok lies on a cloudy ridge 5,500 feet above sea level presenting a spectacular view of the world’s third highest peak, Mountain Kangchenjunga. It is the main base for tourism in the state where tourists visit to experience the best of trekking, mountaineering and river rafting in River Teesla. Besides, visitors can enjoy good food, stay at amazing hotels and enjoy a buzzing nightlife amidst wonderful environs here in the city.
Connecting India with Tibet and lying at 4,310 metres above sea level, Nathula Pass is the best place in Sikkim for trekking. It was once a part of the historic “Silk Road’ and is counted among the world’s highest motorable passes. The border gates of India and China and the Exhibition Centre of the Indian Army are the major draws of Nathula Pass. Here, tourists get the chance to enjoy a number of waterfalls gushing along the way from Gangtok to Nathula and to witness gorgeous snow peaks encircling the area.
Located 38 km away from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake is also known as Tsongmo Lake and Changu Lake. Lying at an altitude of 12310 feet, this lake is one of the most picturesque and highest lakes in India encircled by lush green landscape on all sides. This egg-shaped lake is about 1km long and 50 metres deep, and its surface reflects different colours with the change of seasons. Situated on the steep route leading all the way to Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake is mostly visited along with Nathula Pass.
A small historical town situated in West Sikkim, Yuksom draws visitors with its scenic landscape and snow-capped mountains. It is also known as the “gateway to Kangchendzongha” and amazes tourists with its Buddhist heritage and monasteries. The town is located at an altitude of 1780 metres and was originally the ancient capital of Sikkim. Famed as the “Meeting place of the Three Lamas”, this town is one of the most peaceful, serene and spiritual places to explore in Sikkim.
Sitting amidst the Maenam and Tendong Hills, Ravangla is a scenic town between Gangtok and Pelling. It captures the attention with its most famed Buddha Park where a towering 130 feet Buddha statue is situated in the lap of manicured gardens. Home to some of the world’s most rare and endangered birds, the town is renowned as a paradise for bird watchers. Besides, the town, being a starting point for the trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, astonishes trekkers from all around.