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Road trip To Sikkim

Road Trip To Sikkim – All You Need To Know For One Of The Best Road Trip In India 2024

Introduction:

North Sikkim Roads, Sikkim

Day Wise Guide for Sikkim Road Trip – Best Road Trip In India

Day 1: Setting Off On The Journey to Sikkim

Gangtok in Sikkim
Gangtok in Sikkim

Day 2: Hello Gangtok!

Mani Khorlo, Sikkim

Day 3: Exploring Gangtok

Today, on the third day, you will explore Gangtk. You can visit monasteries like Enchey and Rumtek, and wander around the lively markets, enjoying the sights and sounds of it. Do not forget to shop at MG Marg and find some great souvenirs to remind you of the experience you had at Gangtok.

Explore the local cultures and cuisines there at Gangtok and do cover the view points. Although your entire road trip would be blessed with amazing views of the greater Himalayas. If the day is sunny and clear, you might even get to see Mount Kanchenjunga in close proximity. Kanchenjunga is India’s highest peak.

Sunrise in Himalayas, North Sikkim

Take rest and sleep overnight at Gangtok. The next day would be a long drive to one of the best locations in Sikkim so make sure you rest properly. 

Note: Apply for permits for your travel to North Sikkim prior to your journey to the North.

Day 4: Going From Gangtok To Lachen – Exploring North Sikkim

Set out early to Lachen in North Sikkim. Make sure to get your permits checked. Also stay hydrated. You will cover a lot of height throughout the day. Make sure to take short breaks through your drive to Lachen. Drive responsibly and safely on the mountains.

Lachen, Sikkim
Lachen, Sikkim

The drive will take you the entire day. Make sure to be layered with your winter clothes. Once in Lachen the temperatures might get too cold and freezing. Reach Lachen and find a homestay to rest for the night. You can also look for hotels, but I prefer homestays once in the far ends of the state to enjoy the authentic essence of the state and its culture.

Day 5: Visiting Gurudongmar Lake and heading to Lachung

Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise of snow capped Himalayan peaks. The golden shade on mountain tops will surely leave you amazed. Freshen up, get ready and leave for Gurudongmar Lake. 

I guarantee you that your journey to the Gurudongmar Lake would be the most memorable one. You will cross the World’s Highest Dosa Point and many hairpin bends on your way. 

Lachung in Sikkim
Lachung in Sikkim

Note: Make sure to respect the privacy of the Indian army camps by not capturing pictures of the army camps. These places are highly sensitive being situated on the border area. Just make sure to respect their privacy.

Once you have visited Gurudongmar Lake, come back to Lachen, load your valuables and head towards Lachung. You will reach Lachung after a few hours of driving. Find your homestay and live there for the night. I would suggest booking your stays prior online if you’re traveling during the peak season time.

Day 6: Exploring Yumthang Valley and Zero Point

Wake up fresh and get ready. Today you will be exploring Yumthang Valley, which will be like walking on a colorful carpet of flowers. Then you will go to Zero Point, where you will see snowy mountains all around yourself. It feels like you will be at the edge of the world!

Zero Point Sikkim
Zero Point, Sikkim

Capture some great pictures and memories of yourself in front of the Greater Himalayas. You will be amazed by the stunning and colorful views of the Himalayan mountains. Explore Yumthang Valley and stay the night at your homestay. This will be your last day in North Sikkim, make sure to make the most out of it.

Day 7: Back to Gangtok

Wake up early and fresh. It is now the time to leave Lachung and head back to Gangtok. You will be having a great drive back as well. Make sure to be safe while enjoying your drive back to Gangtok. Along the way, you can stop at Chungthang, a pretty town with views of the Teesta River. Back in Gangtok, over a nice dinner, you can remember your experience.

Gangtok, Sikkim, Hill Station

Stay in Gangtok for the night and make sure to get proper rest. You will have your drive back home the next day.

Day 8: Going Home

With memories of Sikkim in your hearts, pack up your bags along with the essence of Sikkim and start your journey back home. Even though your trip will be over, I guarantee you that you will always remember the beauty and warmth of Sikkim.

Alternative Trip

If your budget and time permits for another few days in Sikkim, you can explore East Sikkim in a day and Ravangla and Pelling in two days. These places are different from North Sikkim, but you will also be exploring different essences of the state of Sikkim if you travel to these places. 

Ravangla, Sikkim
Ravangla, Sikkim

You are never going to regret going to these places and exploring them when in Sikkim. Make sure you have enough bucks in your pocket and hours in your watch, that’s it! 

Traveling To Sikkim By Road

A road trip is, according to me, the best way to explore the state of Sikkim.You can never get enough of the scenic beauties that the state has to offer. From the best snow experiences, to treks through the long green pines, Sikkim has got everything covered and I, thus, believe that traveling Sikkim by road is the best way to experience the place. 

Road To Gangtok, Sikkim

Refer to the blog: Road Trip To Sikkim – All You Need To Know For The Best Road Trip In India 2024 for more information on road trips to Sikkim.

The road trips to Sikkim can be done through many locations. However, I have highlighted 2 states from where you can travel to Sikkim by road.

1. Delhi to Sikkim Road TripThis article refers to all the details you will ever need to travel from Delhi (the capital of the country) to Sikkim.

2. Kolkata to Sikkim Road TripThis article refers to the road trip from Kolkata, all the way to Sikkim. The roads and details, everything has been covered in this article for a smooth experience.

Among all the roads you are going to travel upon in Sikkim, the best experience you will get is when you are in North Sikkim. North Sikkim road trip is one of the best experiences of a road trip that one can get. Changing terrains and landscaped with amazing views of the Greater Himalayas are guaranteed to leave you awestruck.

North Sikkim Roads, Sikkim

FAQs about the Road Trip to Sikkim in 2024

Q: How long does it take to reach Gangtok from the starting point of the road trip?

The journey from the starting point to Gangtok typically takes about a day, depending on the distance and road conditions. It’s important to plan for breaks and rest stops along the way.

Q: What are some must-visit attractions in Gangtok?

Some must-visit attractions in Gangtok include Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, and the bustling markets of MG Marg. These places offer a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage of Sikkim.

Q: How challenging is the drive from Gangtok to Lachung?

The drive from Gangtok to Lachung can be challenging due to the winding roads and elevation gain. It’s important to drive cautiously and be prepared for steep inclines and narrow passages. However, the breathtaking views along the way make it a memorable journey.

Q: What should I expect when visiting Yumthang Valley and Zero Point?

Yumthang Valley is known for its stunning natural beauty, with colorful flowers blooming during certain seasons. Zero Point offers panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and is a popular spot for photography. Be prepared for cold weather, especially at higher altitudes.

Q: How long does the entire road trip to Sikkim usually take?

The duration of the road trip to Sikkim can vary depending on factors such as starting point, itinerary, and pace of travel. On average, a week-long trip is sufficient to explore key destinations like Gangtok and Lachung while allowing time for sightseeing and relaxation. It’s recommended to plan ahead and allocate enough time for each leg of the journey.

Conclusion:

Our road trip to Sikkim was a wonderful experience. From exploring Gangtok to discovering the natural wonders of Lachung, every moment was special. Sikkim’s beauty and hospitality left a lasting impression on us, and we can’t wait to visit again someday.

Come and explore the beauty of Sikkim for yourself, where every corner holds a new adventure and every smile is a warm welcome. Also refer to my other blogs in the category named Sikkim and plan your trip accordingly for the best experience of the state of Sikkim.

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