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Sikkim – One Of The Best Travel Destinations In India

Of the many amazing places that India has to offer, I feel Sikkim is another hidden gem, less traveled to and less talked about in the Indian travel circuit. I personally feel that Sikkim in India is one of the most beautiful and adventurous travel destinations. And why not? It has got everything that a travel freak searches for.

Table Of Contents
  1. How To Reach Sikkim
  2. Traveling To Sikkim
  3. Budget Of Sikkim Trip
  4. Mountain Passes in Sikkim
  5. Temples in Sikkim
  6. Monasteries in Sikkim
  7. List Of Places To Visit When Traveling To Sikkim
  8. Famous Treks in Sikkim
  9. Waterfalls In Sikkim
  10. Local Food in Sikkim
  11. Best Lakes in Sikkim
  12. Famous Tourist Attractions in Sikkim
  13. Itinerary of Sikkim Trip
  14. Booking Your Sikkim Trip
  15. Permits Required For Sikkim Trip
  16. Solo Trip To Sikkim
  17. Where To Stay in Sikkim
  18. In Conclusion

Here’s an article that celebrates Sikkim as it is and covers almost all the destinations you will ever need to travel to when in Sikkim. Let us all explore Sikkim as it is meant to be explored with me, aka Lekhak Pravin. This article covers all the places in Sikkim that you should travel and also has links to blogs dedicated to each of the places mentioned.

Tashi View Point, Sikkim

How To Reach Sikkim

Well, are you worried about reaching Sikkim? Yes, Sikkim does not have a railway station or an airport of its own, but you can always reach Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway Station or the Siliguri Junction and then a short road trip would take you to Sikkim. Sikkim is well connected to every part of India and easily accessible too.

Refer to my blog on How To Reach Sikkim and leave all your worries aside, because I have got everything covered there.

Traveling To Sikkim

If you have decided to go to Sikkim, you have done pretty much all the planning from your end. Rest assured, my blogs and experiences are enough to take care of each problem that you may face on your journey. If you are traveling to Sikkim, make sure to refer to each place I have mentioned here before setting out on your expedition to enjoy the best experience of the state of Sikkim.

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 TripIf you are planning to travel to Sikkim from Delhi, I have an article uploaded on my website which 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 TripIf you are planning to travel to Sikkim from Kolkata, I have an article uploaded on my website which refers to all the details you will ever need to travel from Kolkata (the capital of West Bengal) 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

Also, if you are wondering how much time it would take to experience the road trip as it is meant to be explored. As much as I hate to categorize any trip under a time span, just for the sake of knowledge and planning, I feel that a week shall be enough for a comfortable road trip across the state. However I feel that you need to take your time and explore each place by spending some time over there.

Anyways, I wrote a blog on the best guide for a 7 day road trip in Sikkim for you to read and I am sure it would help you plan your next trip better. 

Budget Of Sikkim Trip

Well, for all those of you looking forward to a trip that would not weigh too much on your pocket, I have made sure to make a budget of experiencing different places in Sikkim. I have also made sure to keep the budget a bit low so that every person may get a chance to experience the beauty of Sikkim


1. West Sikkim Circuit – If you are planning to cover just the Pelling-Ravangla circuit of Sikkim, your budget would be different from the basic Sikkim tour package. Here, I have made sure to make a good Pelling-Ravangla tour budget

Once done with the budget planning of West Sikkim tour, it is important to know where you are going. I thus ask you to plan your West Sikkim tour accordingly and also know about the West Sikkim tourist places.

Pelling, Sikkim
Pelling, Sikkim

2. North Sikkim Circuit – If you’re looking for some awesome snow experience, this North Sikkim tour budget is made for you. You are going to be in love with the Himalayas. You can also experience North Sikkim Tourism in the best way possible if you follow the blog.

Sunrise in Himalayas, North Sikkim

So, what actually should be your budget? Well, when it comes to traveling to Sikkim, or any other place, the budget solely depends on what your style of traveling is. Although I have covered the budget for traveling to Sikkim in this article, there are certain key factors that ensure that you experience the trip in the given or said budget.

Low on Budget?

Here at Lekhak Pravin, budget is never an excuse to cancel a trip. If you are looking for a travel experience to Sikkim on a very low budget, you can refer to my blog on low budget traveling to Sikkim and plan your trip accordingly in the budget of your choice. 

Mountain Passes in Sikkim

When in Sikkim, do not forget to explore the mountain passes in Sikkim. These passes are famous for their stunning views and adventurous journeys through the Himalayas. These passes are important routes connecting different areas of the state, offering travelers a chance to experience the rugged beauty of the region while traversing through valleys and across peaks.

Nathu La Pass in Sikkim

Nathu La Pass, Sikkim
Nathu La Pass, Sikkim

Nathu La Pass offers beautiful mountain views and has historical significance as a trade route between Sikkim and Tibet. Situated at high altitude, it provides visitors with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and opportunities to learn about the cultural exchanges that have taken place along its ancient path.

Jelep La Pass In Sikkim

Jelep La Pass, Sikkim
Jelep La Pass, Sikkim

Jelep La Pass is a scenic route with mountain views and is part of an old trade route. Travelers can witness amazing landscapes as they journey through this pass, which has played a crucial role in connecting Sikkim with neighboring regions for centuries.

Donkia / Dongkha La Pass In Sikkim

Donkia La Pass, Sikkim
Donkia La Pass, Sikkim

Donkia (Dongkha) La Pass is a challenging trek with great mountain views, located near the Bhutan border. Trekkers can enjoy the rugged beauty of the terrain and experience the calmness of the surrounding wilderness while crossing this pass on their journey.

Chiwabhanjang / Chio Bhanjyang Pass In Sikkim

Chiwabhanjang Pass, Sikkim
Chiwabhanjang Pass, Sikkim

Chiwabhanjang (Chio Bhanjyang) Pass is the starting point for the Goecha La trek, known for its natural beauty. Travelers embarking on this trek can expect to encounter rich forests, alpine meadows, and stunning vistas as they make their way through this insta-worthy pass.

Goecha La Pass In Sikkim

Goecha La Pass, Sikkim
Goecha La Pass, Sikkim

Goecha La Pass is a popular trekking spot with amazing views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and diverse landscapes. Trekkers can drown themselves in the calmness of the Himalayas while marveling at the amazing beauty of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Naku La Pass In Sikkim

Naku La Pass, Sikkim
Naku La Pass, Sikkim

Naku La Pass is a high-altitude pass with scenic trails and strategic importance along the Sikkim-Tibet border. Travelers can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys while exploring this rugged terrain, which has witnessed centuries of history and cultural exchange.

Cho La Pass In Sikkim

Cho La Pass, Sikkim
Cho La Pass, Sikkim

Cho La Pass offers challenging treks with panoramic mountain views and access to Sikkim’s wilderness. As trekkers navigate through this pass, they can admire the rugged beauty of the Himalayas and experience the thrill of exploring remote and untouched landscapes.

Temples in Sikkim

Explore the rich spiritual heritage of Sikkim by visiting its diverse temples. These sacred sites offer a glimpse into the religious and cultural fabric of the region, providing devotees and visitors alike with a sense of peace and reverence. I have a blog dedicated to famous temples in Sikkim that covers almost all the temples of the state.

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok, Sikkim
Ganesh Tok, Sikkim

Ganesh Tok is a small but significant temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Offering panoramic views of Gangtok and the surrounding mountains, this temple is a peaceful spot for devotees and tourists to seek blessings and enjoy the natural beauty of Sikkim.

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok, Sikkim
Hanuman Tok, Sikkim

Situated in rich forests, Hanuman Tok is a reputed temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Visitors can climb the stairs to the temple and marvel at the amazing vistas of Gangtok and the Himalayas, making it a popular destination for spiritual seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Baba Harbhajan Mandir

Baba Harbhajan Mandir, Sikkim
Baba Harbhajan Mandir, Sikkim

Baba Harbhajan Mandir is a unique temple dedicated to an Indian army soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh. Believed to protect and bless the soldiers guarding the Indo-China border, this temple attracts devotees who come to pay homage to the spirit of the reputed soldier and seek his blessings for protection and well-being. Baba Harbhajan Mandir is situated in the East Sikkim region of the state of Sikkim.

Thakurbari Temple

Thakurbari Mandir, Sikkim (Thakurbari Temple)
Thakurbari Mandir, Sikkim

Thakurbari Temple is a prominent Hindu temple in Sikkim dedicated to Lord Krishna. Known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful surroundings, the temple is a place of worship and pilgrimage for devotees from across the state and beyond.

Chardham Temple

Char Dham, Pelling, Sikkim
Char Dham, Pelling, Sikkim

Chardham Temple is a complex featuring replicas of four reputed pilgrimage sites of India: Badrinath, Jagannath Puri, Dwarka, and Rameswaram. Situated in scenic landscapes, the temple offers devotees a spiritual journey through these sacred sites without leaving Sikkim.

Kirateshwar Temple

Kirateshwar Shiva Temple, Sikkim
Kirateshwar Shiva Temple, Sikkim

Kirateshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be the spot where Arjuna, from the Mahabharata, received the divine weapon, Pashupatastra. Surrounded by rich greenery and overlooking the confluence of two rivers, this temple holds great religious significance and attracts devotees seeking blessings and solace.

Vishwa Vinayak Temple

Vishwa Vinayak Temple, Sikkim
Vishwa Vinayak Temple, Sikkim

Vishwa Vinayak Temple is a reputed shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Situated in peaceful surroundings, the temple provides devotees with a peaceful space for prayer and reflection, as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Samdruptse Temple

Samdruptse Temple is home to the high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, who is reputed as the patron saint of Sikkim. Perched on top of a hill, the temple offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and serves as a spiritual beacon for devotees and visitors alike.

Samdruptse Temple, Sikkim
Samdruptse Temple, Sikkim

Monasteries in Sikkim

Well, people who have been to Sikkim, know that it is the land of many monasteries. If you ever want to experience peace and serenity, pay a visit to any of the monastery in the state. Each city, each village, or district, has a monastery or so of its own. The Sikkimese cultures come out drooling through these monasteries. There are many monasteries in Sikkim.

Dubdi Monastery

Dubdi Monastery, Sikkim
Dubdi Monastery, Sikkim

Dubdi Monastery, situated on top of a hill in Yuksom, holds the distinction of being the oldest monastery in Sikkim. Dating back to the 17th century, this sacred site exudes an aura of calmness and spiritual significance, offering visitors a glimpse into Sikkim’s rich cultural heritage and Buddhist traditions.

Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery, Sikkim
Enchey Monastery, Sikkim

Situated just a short walk from the heart of Gangtok, Enchey Monastery is a cherished religious site known for its peaceful ambiance and stunning architecture. Dedicated to the worship of deities and the teachings of Buddhism, this monastery serves as a peaceful retreat for devotees and travelers seeking spiritual solace in the bustling city.

Kartok Monastery

Kartok Monastery, Sikkim
Kartok Monastery, Sikkim

Kartok Monastery, situated in rich greenery and snow-capped peaks, is celebrated for its insta-worthy setting and spiritual significance. Perched on a hilltop in the quaint village of Kartok, this monastery offers amazing views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a favorite among photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Lingdum Monastery

Lingdum Monastery, Sikkim
Lingdum Monastery, Sikkim

Conveniently located just a short drive from Gangtok, Lingdum Monastery, also known as Ranka Monastery, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Set against the backdrop of rolling hills and dense forests, this monastery offers visitors a peaceful retreat where they can drown themselves in Buddhist teachings and meditation practices.

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim
Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim

Pemayangtse Monastery, perched on top of a hilltop in western Sikkim, has stood the test of time as a testament to the enduring legacy of Buddhism in the region. With its intricate woodwork, ancient murals, and peaceful atmosphere, this monastery provides a glimpse into Sikkim’s rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions.

Phodong Monastery

Phodong Monastery, Sikkim
Phodong Monastery, Sikkim

Phodong Monastery, located in North Sikkim, is reputed for its historical significance and architectural beauty. As one of the significant monasteries of the Kagyupa sect, Phodong offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore ancient Buddhist scriptures, exquisite thangka paintings, and sacred relics.

Ralang Monastery

Ralang Monastery, Sikkim
Ralang Monastery, Sikkim

Ralang Monastery, one of the largest and most important monasteries in Sikkim, stands as a symbol of spiritual devotion and cultural heritage. Situated in the peaceful countryside of South Sikkim, this monastery invites visitors to witness its grand architecture, vibrant rituals, and peaceful surroundings.

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim
Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim

Rumtek Monastery, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Gangtok cityscape, is renowned for its panoramic views and spiritual significance. As the seat of the Karmapa Lama, this monastery attracts pilgrims and travelers from around the world, offering them a chance to experience the calmness and majesty of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tashiding Monastery

Tashding Monastery, Sikkim
Tashding Monastery, Sikkim

Tashiding Monastery, situated in the scenic beauty of the Rathong-Chu valley, is reputed as one of the holiest monasteries in Sikkim. Surrounded by high mountains, rich forests, and gurgling streams, this sacred site exudes a sense of serenity and spiritual reverence, making it a must-visit destination for seekers of inner peace and enlightenment.

List Of Places To Visit When Traveling To Sikkim

Gangtok

Gangtok in Sikkim
Gangtok, Sikkim

Lachen

Lachen, Sikkim
Lachen, Sikkim

Lachung

Lachung Village In Sikkim
Lachung Village In Sikkim

Lachung, described as the “most insta-worthy village of Sikkim”, is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by rich green valleys, sparkling waterfalls, and vibrant rhododendron forests, Lachung offers a peaceful escape in the majestic Himalayas. Don’t miss the chance to explore the rich cultural heritage at the Lachung Monastery.

Pelling

Pelling, Sikkim
Pelling, Sikkim

Pelling is a small town in West Sikkim known for its amazing views of the Himalayas, including the majestic Kanchenjunga. It is an ideal base for exploring the ancient monasteries, waterfalls, and trekking routes in the region.

Ravangla

Ravangla, Sikkim
Ravangla, Sikkim

Ravangla is a small tourist town in South Sikkim that offers stunning mountain views and short treks. The sunrise viewpoint, just 8 km from the town, provides a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Jopuno, Kabru, Rathong, and Pandim. The nearby Temi Tea Garden is also worth a visit.

Darap

Darap, Sikkim
Orange Farm in Darap, Sikkim

Darap is a quaint Lepcha village near Pelling, offering a glimpse into traditional Sikkimese life. Stay in a cozy homestay, learn about organic farming, and drown yourself in the local culture. Hike through rich forests to spot rare birds and butterflies. Darap is a hidden gem for those seeking an authentic rural experience.

Kaluk

Kaluk, Sikkim
Kaluk, Sikkim

Kaluk is a scenic village perched on a ridge, famous for its 180-degree views of the mighty Kanchenjunga. It’s a paradise for nature lovers, with the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary nearby, bursting with colorful blooms in spring. Enjoy peaceful walks, birdwatching, and stargazing in this peaceful corner of West Sikkim.

Mangan

Mangan Village, Sikkim
Mangan Village, Sikkim

Mangan is the administrative center of North Sikkim, serving as a gateway to the high-altitude lakes and valleys. Explore the bustling bazaar, sample local delicacies, and visit the ancient Ringhim Monastery. Mangan is also the starting point for treks to the remote Dzongu region, home to the indigenous Lepcha community.

Geyzing

Geyzing, Sikkim
Geyzing, Sikkim

Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing, is the largest town in West Sikkim. It’s a hub for exploring the region’s many attractions, including the Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Yuksom, the historic first capital of Sikkim. Don’t miss the lively market, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.

Thangu Valley

Thangu Valley, Sikkim
Thangu Valley, Sikkim

Thangu Valley is a high-altitude valley near Lachen, known for its stunning alpine meadows and stunning lakes. Situated at 13,000 feet, it’s a popular stopover on the way to Gurudongmar Lake. Visit in spring to see the valley carpeted in colorful wildflowers, or in winter for a snowy wonderland. Thangu is also known for its annual yak race festival.

Singtam

Singtam, Sikkim
Singtam, Sikkim

Singtam is a small town located in the East Sikkim district, known for its tea gardens. It is situated on the way to Gangtok from Siliguri and offers a insta-worthy view of the surrounding hills and tea plantations.

Jorethang

Jorethang, Sikkim
Jorethang, Sikkim

Jorethang is a major town and trading center in South Sikkim, located along the banks of the Rangeet River. It serves as a transportation hub and has recently emerged as a center for adventure sports like white water rafting, rock climbing, and trekking. The town is also known for its annual Maghe Mela festival, held in January, which showcases the rich culture and traditions of the region.

Namthang

Namthang, Sikkim
Namthang, Sikkim

Namthang is a small village located in the South Sikkim district, known for its scenic beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is situated near the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

Chungthang

Chungthang, Sikkim
Chungthang, Sikkim

Chungthang is a small town located at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers in North Sikkim. It is considered a holy site, believed to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. The town is surrounded by rich green valleys and is an important base for exploring the high-altitude regions of Lachen, Lachung, and the Yumthang Valley.

Namchi

Namchi, Sikkim
Namchi, Sikkim

Namchi is the district headquarters of South Sikkim, known for its natural beauty and man-made attractions. The town is home to the Chardham temple complex, which features replicas of important Hindu pilgrimage sites, and the Samdruptse statue, a 36-meter-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Namchi is also a gateway to nearby attractions like the Temi Tea Garden and the Tarey Bhir viewpoint.

Rangpo

Rangpo, Sikkim
Rangpo, Sikkim

Rangpo is a small town located on the border of Sikkim and West Bengal, serving as an entry point to the state. It is situated along the Teesta River and is known for its scenic beauty and mild climate.

Yuksom

Yuksom, Sikkim
Yuksom, Sikkim

Yuksom is a historic town in West Sikkim, known as the gateway to the Kanchenjunga National Park. It was the first capital of Sikkim and is an important base for trekking and hiking in the region. The town is home to several ancient monasteries and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Famous Treks in Sikkim

Sikkim is also well known for its trekking experience. I have also covered some of the famous treks in Sikkim. Here’s a list of a few of them:

Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek, Sikkim
Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

The Goecha La Trek is a renowned trekking route in Sikkim, offering adventurers a chance to witness the majestic beauty of the Himalayas up close. This challenging trek takes you through rich forests, alpine meadows, and rugged terrain, culminating in amazing views of the iconic Mt. Kanchenjunga from the Goecha La Pass, making it a must-do for trekking enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable Himalayan experience.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is an epic journey through the stunning wilderness of the Eastern Himalayas, leading trekkers to the base camp of the world’s third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga. This amazing trek takes you through remote villages, dense forests, and high mountain passes, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks and beautiful valleys along the way, making it a dream destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Dzongri Trek 

Dzongri Trek, Sikkim
Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

The Dzongri Trek is a popular trekking route in Sikkim, renowned for its stunning views of the Kanchenjunga range and rich alpine meadows. This moderate trek takes you through rhododendron forests, stunning lakes, and insta-worthy hamlets, culminating in the amazing vistas from Dzongri Top, making it an ideal choice for trekkers of all skill levels looking to explore the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Yambong Singalila Trek

Yambong Singalila Trek, Sikkim
Yambong Singalila Trek, Sikkim

The Yambong Singalila Trek is a hidden gem in the Eastern Himalayas, offering trekkers a chance to explore remote valleys, stunning forests, and panoramic mountain vistas. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you through the heart of the Singalila National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and offers stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other high peaks, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Tholung Trek

Tholung Trek, Sikkim
Tholung Trek, Sikkim

The Tholung Trek is a cultural and spiritual journey through the remote valleys of North Sikkim, offering trekkers a chance to explore ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and sacred landscapes. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you through stunning forests, peaceful meadows, and high mountain passes, offering amazing views of snow-capped peaks and rich valleys along the way, making it a unique and unforgettable Himalayan experience.

Versay Trek 

Versay Trek, Sikkim
Versay Trek, Sikkim

The Versay Trek is a lesser-known trekking route in Sikkim, offering trekkers a chance to explore hidden valleys, stunning forests, and peaceful landscapes. This moderate trek takes you through remote villages, alpine meadows, and rocky terrain, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, making it an ideal choice for those seeking solitude and adventure in the Himalayas.

Tosar Lake Trek 

Tosar Lake Trek, Sikkim
Tosar Lake Trek, Sikkim

The Tosar Lake Trek is a insta-worthy journey through the remote wilderness of North Sikkim, leading trekkers to the stunning shores of Tosar Lake. This challenging trek takes you through dense forests, rocky terrain, and high mountain passes, offering amazing views of snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear lakes along the way, making it a rewarding adventure for seasoned trekkers and nature lovers alike.

Green Lake Trek 

Green Lake Trek, Sikkim
Green Lake Trek, Sikkim

The Green Lake Trek is a legendary trekking route in North Sikkim, renowned for its stunning views of the high Kanchenjunga range and stunning alpine landscapes. This challenging trek takes you through dense rhododendron forests, rugged terrain, and high mountain passes, offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks and emerald-green lakes along the way, making it a bucket-list adventure for avid trekkers and mountain enthusiasts.

Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek 

Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek, Sikkim
Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek, Sikkim

The Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek is a hidden gem in the remote wilderness of Eastern Sikkim, offering trekkers a chance to explore stunning forests, peaceful hot springs, and panoramic mountain vistas. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you through remote valleys, rich meadows, and high mountain passes, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and beautiful landscapes along the way, making it a unique and unforgettable Himalayan experience.

Everest Singalila Trek

Everest Singalila Trek, Sikkim
Everest Singalila Trek, Sikkim

The Everest Singalila Trek is a classic trekking route in the Eastern Himalayas, offering trekkers a chance to explore the stunning landscapes of both Sikkim and Nepal. This challenging trek takes you through remote villages, dense forests, and high mountain passes, offering amazing views of Mt. Everest and other iconic peaks along the way, making it a dream adventure for avid trekkers and mountain enthusiasts.

Waterfalls In Sikkim

Here’s a list of some of the most famous waterfalls in Sikkim. If you’re looking for a detailed overview of the waterfalls in Sikkim, you can refer to my blog.

Kanchenjunga Falls

Kanchenjunga Falls, Sikkim
Kanchenjunga Falls, Sikkim

Kanchenjunga Falls streams gracefully in rich greenery, offering a beautiful sight to behold in the stunning landscapes of Sikkim. Named after the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, this majestic waterfall holds visitors with its thunderous roar and scenic beauty, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Seven Sisters Fall

7 Sister Falls, Sikkim
7 Sister Falls, Sikkim

Seven Sisters Falls, named after the mythical Seven Sisters of Northeast India, is an amazing stream of waterfalls situated in dense forests and rolling hills. With its seven distinct streams plunging down rocky cliffs, this natural wonder creates a spectacle of unparalleled beauty, beautiful visitors with its sheer power and unreal charm.

Rimbi Falls

Rimbi Falls, Sikkim
Rimbi Falls, Sikkim

Rimbi Falls, located near Pelling in West Sikkim, is a peaceful waterfall surrounded by rich vegetation and peaceful ambiance. Fed by the Rimbi River, this insta-worthy stream offers a refreshing retreat for travelers seeking solace and natural beauty in the Himalayan landscapes, making it a popular stopover on the way to other nearby attractions.

Phamrong Falls

Phamrong Falls, Sikkim
Phamrong Falls, Sikkim

Phamrong Falls, situated in the beautiful hills of South Sikkim, is a majestic waterfall surrounded by rich greenery and stunning landscapes. Fed by the Rangpo River, these insta-worthy streams flow down rocky cliffs, creating a soothing melody of flowing water that resonates throughout the peaceful valley, making it a peaceful spot for picnics and relaxation.

Naga Falls

Naga Falls, Sikkim
Naga Falls, Sikkim

Naga Falls, located near the beautiful town of Dzongu in North Sikkim, is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by dense forests and mystical ambiance. Named after the legendary Naga tribes of the region, these majestic streams flow down rocky cliffs, creating a remembering sight that beckons travelers to drown themselves in the wonders of nature and explore the hidden treasures of the Himalayas.

Bhim Nala Falls

Bhim Nala Falls, Sikkim
Bhim Nala Falls, Sikkim

Bhim Nala Falls, situated in the beautiful hills of Sikkim, is a peaceful waterfall renowned for its natural beauty and peaceful ambiance. Fed by the Bhim Nala River, this insta-worthy stream streams down rocky cliffs, creating a beautiful spectacle of water and light that amazes visitors with its unreal charm, making it a favored destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Banjhakri Falls

Banjhakri Falls, Sikkim
Banjhakri Falls, Sikkim

Banjhakri Falls, located near Gangtok, is a popular tourist attraction known for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. Surrounded by rich greenery and peaceful ambiance, this beautiful waterfall is surrounded with traditional sculptures and prayer flags, creating a peaceful oasis where visitors can rejuvenate their spirits and connect with the healing energies of nature.

Local Food in Sikkim

Momos in Sikkim
Momos in Sikkim

On your trip to the state of Sikkim do not forget to try the traditional food of Sikkim. I would strongly suggest trying thukpas and also talk to the locals about the local delicacies. Hear it from the locals of Sikkim about how momos came into existence!

Phakthuk - Delicious Local Dish in Sikkim
Phakthuk – Delicious Local Dish of Sikkim

Best Lakes in Sikkim

Here’s a list of some of the best lakes in Sikkim. You can refer to my blog for a detailed overview of the best lakes in Sikkim. All the lakes are just amazingly beautiful.

Tsomgo Lake / Changu Lake

Changu Lake, Tsongo Lake, Sikkim
Changu Lake, Tsongo Lake, Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is a glacial lake situated in the peaceful landscapes of East Sikkim. Surrounded by steep mountains and surrounded with colorful prayer flags, this sacred lake holds great significance for both locals and visitors alike, offering amazing views and a peaceful ambiance for reflection and relaxation.

Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar, Sikkim
Gurudongmar, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, in North Sikkim, is one of the highest lakes in the world. Gurudongmar Lake height in feet is over 17,000 feet and it is revered as a sacred site by Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs alike, this stunning lake is believed to possess healing properties and spiritual significance, drawing pilgrims and travelers from far and wide to experience its amazing beauty and divine calmness.

Tso Lhamo Lake/ Cholamu Lake

Tso Lhamo Lake, Sikkim
Tso Lhamo Lake, Sikkim

Tso Lhamo Lake, located near the Indo-China border in North Sikkim, is a remote and stunning body of water surrounded by high peaks and rugged terrain. As one of the highest lakes in India, Tso Lhamo holds adventurers and nature enthusiasts with its raw natural beauty and untouched wilderness, offering a rare opportunity to drown oneself in the amazing landscapes of the Himalayas. Tso Lhamo Lake is also referred to as Cholamu Lake.

Famous Tourist Attractions in Sikkim

Here below I have listed some of the most famous tourist attractions in Sikkim. Each of the attractions described below has a detailed blog along with it. Do refer to them before you leave for your Sikkim trip.

Baba Harbajan Singh Mandir

Baba Harbhajan Mandir, Sikkim
Baba Harbhajan Mandir, Sikkim

The Baba Harbajan Singh Mandir is a temple dedicated to an Indian army soldier Harbhajan Singh who died near the Nathula Pass. The temple is located between Nathula Pass and Jelep La Pass at a height of 13,123 feet. Many people believe Harbhajan Singh’s spirit protects the soldiers in the area.

Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world at 17,800 feet. It is a sacred lake for Buddhists and Sikhs, named after Guru Padmasambhava who visited in the 8th century. The lake is located in North Sikkim near the border with China. Also, know about the history of the Gurudongmar Lake. 

Why Is Gurudongmar Lake Famous?

Ever wondered why Gurudongmar Lake is famous? Let us uncover the reason behind the popularity of the highest Indian Lake and explore the lake in depth. 

Nathu la Pass

Nathu La Pass, Sikkim
Nathu La Pass, Sikkim

Nathu La is a mountain pass and border post between India and China located at an elevation of 14,140 feet. It was an ancient trade route between India and Tibet as part of the Silk Road. The Nathu La Pass offers scenic views of the Chumbi valley.

Buddha Park

Buddha Park - Ravangla - Sikkim
Buddha Park, Sikkim

Also known as Tathagata Tsal, the Buddha Park near Ravangla features a 130-foot tall statue of Buddha. The statue was built to mark Buddha’s 2550th birth anniversary between 2006-2013. The park has a peaceful setting with a lake and meditation center. The Buddha Park or Tathagata Tsal is situated in the village of Ravangla in Sikkim.

Kanchenjunga Falls

Kanchenjunga Falls, Sikkim
Kanchenjunga Falls, Sikkim

This waterfall near Pelling is believed to originate from the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga. The Kanchenjunga falls stream from a height of 100 feet in rich greenery. It is a popular picnic spot that was unknown until the 1990s.

Zero Point

Zero Point Sikkim
Zero Point, Sikkim

Zero Point, also known as Yumesamdong, is located at an altitude of 15,300 feet (4,663 meters) above sea level in North Sikkim. It lies on the Indo-China border and is the last outpost of civilization with no road ahead. It is famous for its stunning natural beauty, with the confluence of three rivers, surrounding snow-capped mountains, and marvelous scenic views. Despite the treacherous roads, Zero Point is one of Sikkim’s prime tourist attractions.

Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar in Sikkim
Kala Patthar in Sikkim – Mini Switzerland of Sikkim

Kala Patthar means “black rock” in Hindi. It is located above the Thangu and Chopta valleys in North Sikkim at an altitude of 15,500 feet (4,724 meters). The area is perpetually covered in snow with freezing temperatures. The landscape features white snow broken only by some protruding black rocks, giving it a unique black and white appearance. 

Kala Patthar is considered the “mini Switzerland of Sikkim“. It is more peaceful and less crowded compared to Zero Point. The best time to visit is March to June, while December to February is suitable for skiing and snowboarding.

Itinerary of Sikkim Trip

For ease of access and travel, I have also done the planning of your best itinerary of a Sikkim trip and also sub-divided them into itineraries of different circuits of Sikkim.

  1. Firstly, I have covered the North Sikkim Itinerary and Packages that take you on to one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime.
  2. I have also planned a complete Sikkim Tour Package and Itinerary for a comfortable journey through the entire state. 
  3. Thirdly, I have made a plan for the East Sikkim Itinerary which includes Nathu La Pass, Baba Mandir and the Changu Lage.
  4. Lastly, I have included the West Sikkim Itinerary for experiencing Ravangla and Pelling.
Valleys in Sikkim
Valleys in Sikkim

Booking Your Sikkim Trip

I have also made sure to cover the process of booking a tour package and planning an entire trip to Sikkim. You can say that there have been no stones left unturned in the booking process. I wrote a blog post on how to book your Sikkim trip online in the best way.

Also there are certain things to keep in mind before you plan your Sikkim trip. So make sure to keep these things in mind before planning your Sikkim trip.

Should you plan your trip to Sikkim online or offline? If this is the question that hovers your mind, I have made sure to answer the question as well. Make sure to check it out as well.

Permits Required For Sikkim Trip

Remember to get your permits made and checked before you set out on any trip near the International border. Although you can travel through most of Sikkim without permits, you might need some In Line Permits for Sikkim Trip

If you’re traveling to North Sikkim, there’s a need for you to have a permit made. Check my guide for the Permits Required for North Sikkim Tour and get your permits made for a comfortable journey through the state.

Solo Trip To Sikkim

Sikkim was the first solo state tour of mine and I have explored the state in and out. However, no matter how much I travel to Sikkim, I can never get enough of it. I have shared my week-long experience in Sikkim on a solo trip in my blogs as well along with the required budget for a solo trip to Sikkim.

Meditating in Buddha Park, Sikkim
Meditating in Buddha Park, Sikkim

Also if you’re worried about reaching the place and meeting new people, I have shared my knowledge and experience and written on how to plan a solo trip to Sikkim.

Also in order to get the best out of Sikkim when solo traveling, I have compiled a list of the must visit places in Sikkim if you are traveling solo.

And that would conclude my take on Sikkim. Including all the interlinked posts and blogs, I have provided the most amount of knowledge you can ever get on the place as a tourist. So you can trust the information, because I have reviewed each of the information provided by a personal experience.

Where To Stay in Sikkim

I have also covered some of the best stay options in Sikkim from hotels to hostels to homestays. Below is a list of all the topics I have covered under this heading along with interlinks to the blogs of those places.

Best Hotels In Sikkim

Let us start with the best Hotels in Sikkim. In this article, I wrote about the best hotels in the entire state irrespective of the location and ease of access, just to highlight the best place there is to stay.

Best Hotels In North Sikkim

If you have planned your trip to North Sikkim, I have shortlisted some of the best hotels in North Sikkim. This would ensure a comfortable journey when traveling to North Sikkim.

Best Hotels In Lachen

Lachen Lodge, Sikkim Homestay in North Sikkim

Are you looking for the top best hotels in Lachen where you can enjoy a comfy stay surrounded by beautiful scenery? Well, then you have to check out the blog on the same. Enjoy the local cuisine while enjoying views of the charming town of Lachen.

Best Hotels In Lachung

If you want to discover the coziest hotels in Lachung offering great views and a warm welcome refer to my blog which gives you the list of the best hotels in Lachung. Whether you’re exploring waterfalls or trekking trails, these hotels provide a perfect base for your adventures in the region.

Best Hotels In Gangtok

Experience Gangtok’s vibe by staying in some of its best hotels, promising a comfortable stay in the heart of the city. From the markets to peaceful monasteries, these hotels are conveniently located for exploring all that Gangtok has to offer. Read about the best hotels in Gangtok.

Best Hotels Near MG Marg in Gangtok

Find convenient and comfortable accommodations near MG Marg, Gangtok’s main hub, for a comfortable stay. Enjoy easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options while staying in these centrally located hotels. This blog has a list of the best hotels near MG Marg in Gangtok.

Best Hotels In Ravangla

If you want to relax in Ravangla’s best hotels, situated in peaceful surroundings with stunning views of the Himalayas, my blog covers some of the best hotels in Ravangla.. Whether you’re wanting to see the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga or explore the nearby monasteries, these hotels offer you the best experience.

Best Hotels In Pelling

Who doesn’t want a luxurious stay in Pelling’s top hotels? The hotels in Pelling offer a blend of comfort and amazing views of the Himalayas. This blog helps you to choose from the best hotels in Pelling.

Monastery Stay In Sikkim

You can add a feather to your experience in Sikkim by the monastery stays in Sikkim. You get to drown yourself in Buddhist teachings, participate in meditation sessions, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of these sacred retreats.

Best Hostels In Sikkim

If you want to experience the friendly atmosphere of Sikkim, you must make sure to book a stay in one of these top hostels which is perfect for budget travelers and backpackers. You get to meet fellow travelers, swap stories, and set out on adventures together. Putting everything together, my list contains the best hostels in Sikkim.

Best Hostels Near MG Marg

If you are seeking budget-friendly accommodations near the bustling MG Marg in Gangtok, you have to look no further. With the help of this blog you get to explore the best hostels near MG Marg in Sikkim.

Best Hostels In Gangtok

You can dive into the lively spirit of Gangtok by staying in some of its best hostels. These hostels are perfect for travelers on a budget. These hostels offer a friendly atmosphere, cozy accommodations, and easy access to the city’s sights and sounds. Look at some of the best hostels in Gangtok here.

Best Homestays In Sikkim

If you want to experience the warmth and hospitality of Sikkimese culture, you can do so by opting for a homestay during your visit. You can discover the best homestays in Sikkim, where you can drown yourself in local traditions, try homemade meals, and build genuine connections with your hosts.

Best Homestays In Gangtok

With this blog, you get a taste of authentic Sikkimese living by choosing one of the best homestays in Gangtok. From cozy rooms to heartfelt hospitality, these accommodations offer a unique opportunity to experience the local way of life while exploring the city’s attractions.

Best Homestays In North Sikkim

Lachen Lodge, Sikkim Homestay in North Sikkim

You can venture off the beaten path and discover the best homestays in North Sikkim. In North Sikkim, the home stays provide a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Best Homestays In Lachen

In this blog, you can find the best experience of Lachen’s charm  by staying in one of the best homestays in Lachen. The stays here in Lachen are surrounded by mountains and greenery. These accommodations offer a cozy and intimate setting for a memorable stay in this insta-worthy town.

Best Homestays In Lachung

Homestay in Lachung, Sikkim
Homestay in Lachung, Sikkim

Want to find yourself lost in the peaceful beauty of Lachung? You can do so with a stay in one of the best homestays in Lachung. With this, you get to wake up to amazing views of snow-capped peaks, and also explore nearby waterfalls and monasteries in the cozy comforts of your homestay accommodation.

In Conclusion

I feel like I have described everything Sikkim bags for a traveler in my blogs and you can always refer to the interlinked articles for more detailed information. Check out the other blogs on Sikkim here. I wish you the best trip ahead.

I hope I was able to make your planning easier and help you plan better for your Sikkim trip.

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