Top Places To Visit in Sikkim
The enchanting lake is one of the favourite stopovers for tourists heading to the Nathu La in Sikkim. This lake offers some stunning vistas of the crystal-clear waters against a mesmerising backdrop. The lake gets entirely frozen in winters, giving it an extra touch of artistic magnificence.
Some of the highlights of a visit to Tsomgo Lake is piping hot tea made of special Yak milk and butter and a yak ride to give you a perspective of the surroundings.
Location: East Sikkim
Price: INR 3000/ USD 46 per person
Timings: Best time to visit this lake is from January to March.
From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Perched amidst a serene ambience, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the most important and famous institutes in the areas of Tibetan language and culture. The main building is built on Tibetan architecture and remains as one of the finest traditional Tibetan designs in the world.
However, the centre of attraction here is the majestic image of Manjushri ‘the Bodhisattva of knowledge’ that was brought from Tibet.
Location: Deorali, Gangtok
Price: INR 10/ 0.15 USD per person
Timings:10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Sundays Closed)
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One of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake is Sikkim’s popular attraction. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear icy water, it is considered as a sacred lake in Sikkim.
The Gurudongmar Lake is located in the beautiful town of Lachen which also offers an enriching shopping experience to tourists. The splendid and scenic beauty of the place is breath-taking.
Location: North Sikkim
Timings: The best time to visit the Gurudongmar Lake is between the months of November and June.
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If you’re looking for a spiritual retreat in your Sikkim Travel Guide, Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the places to be in Sikkim. It is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most famous in west Sikkim.
The monastery was built for "pure monks" (ta-tshang) meaning "monks of pure Tibetan lineage" and follows the Nyingma Order of Tibet Buddhism. This place exudes spirituality, you can simply explore the serenity of the place and admire the Pemayangtse Monastery.
Location: South West Sikkim
Price: INR 20/ 0.3 USD per person
Timings: It remains open from 9 am to 6 pm.
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Also called the Dharmachakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists which originated in the 12th century in Tibet. It is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim and a focal point for spiritual solace.
The Rumtek Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks. The splendid Rumtek monastery has preserved a golden stupa various other sculptures which belonged to the 16th Karmapa.
Location: Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim
Price: INR 10/USD 0.15 per person
Timings: The best time to visit is between September and June. It remains open from 6 am to 6 pm.
Yumthang Valley of Flowers
Witness the fantastic spectacle of unique wildflowers in full bloom on your visit to Yumthang Valley of Flowers. It is a nature sanctuary with a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in Sikkim.
This rare and exotic valley is a visual delight for the tourists where you can see the rolling meadows filled with rhododendrons. With a tributary of the Teesta river flowing beautifully past the valley, Yumthang turns into a heaven on earth during the spring season. If you are on a honeymoon tour to Sikkim, then this place is a must visit with your loved one.
Location: North Sikkim
Timings: April to May is a great time to come here.
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Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
If you’re a nature lover looking for some exotic places in Sikkim Travel Guide, then Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is a must visit. Housing many species of orchid and as many as fifty different species of tree, including many oaks, you’ll be left enchanted by the lush greenery here.
Maintained by the Parks and Gardens unit of the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim, the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden Sikkim house several varieties of botanical species, making it a treat for the plant lovers.
Price: INR 10/ 0.15 USD.
Timings: The best time to visit this garden is between the months of March to late May and from October to mid-December.
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Built-in 1945 by a Tibetan Buddhist named Trulshik Rinpoche, Dodrul Chorten is the most important stupa in Gangtok. The stupa is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels all of which have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan. The gold-plated steeple atop the Chorten is what Dodrul is famous for. The serenity of this place will leave you spellbound on your trip to Sikkim.
Price: No admission fees are required here
Timings: All days of the week 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Khangchendzonga National Park
Named after the world’s third highest peak, Khangchendzonga National Park will enthral you with its unique wildlife and fascinating landscapes which had made it a global biodiversity hotspot. It provides a critical refuge for a range of endemic, rare and threatened species of plants and animals.
Khangchedzonga National Park is the heartland of a multi-ethnic culture which has evolved over time and attracts people from all over the world, mountaineers, photographers and those seeking spiritual fulfilment.
Location: North Sikkim
Price: For Indians: INR 200/ USD 3 For Foreigners: INR 400/ USD.
Timings: The best time to visit this national park in April to May and August to October.
Singalila National Park
One of the popular attraction in Sikkim, Singalila National Park is a must visit for all the nature lovers. It is renowned for its amazing flora and fauna, and the stunning view of the Himalayan peaks including the Everest and Kanchenjunga. It has some of the rarest and exotic animal life.
An exciting feature of this park is that the whole of Singalila range and the national park has long been part of the trekking route to Sandakphu and Phalut.
Price: INR 100/ USD 1.54
Timings: October is a good time to visit here.
Also known as the “gateway to Kangchendzongha”, Yuksom is a small historical town of Sikkim known for its gorgeous landscape and snow-capped mountains. Yuksom was once the first capital of Sikkim and also the coronation place of its first chogyal (king).
It has a number of famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments as well as ancient Gorkhas small Village. If you’re looking for some eco-tourism in Sikkim Travel Guide, Yuksom will fulfil your wish.
Location: West Sikkim
Timings: You can visit this town anytime you like.
One of the most popular attractions of Gangtok, Ganesh Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple itself is quite small but from here you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. The Kanchenjunga hill in all its glory can be seen from here and is not to be missed.
The place takes you closer to nature with its beautiful surroundings and pleasant ambience. The area itself is superb and the quaintness of the place makes it an unforgettable experience.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim
Timings: Everyday from 06:00 am - 07:00 pm throughout the year.
Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
The best place for wildlife lovers, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park leaves every tourist enchanted with its natural beauty. The Park houses a variety of fauna species found in the Himalayas and accomplishes the perception of the modern zoo, where the animals are kept in replicated natural conditions.
Located in Bulbuley, Himalayan Zoological Park is at a distance of 3 km from Gangtok. If you enjoy being surrounded by nature then this is the perfect place for you. You can see many rare and beautiful creatures along with enjoying a wonderful trek here.
Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim
Price: INR 25/ USD 0.39 per person
Timings: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
The picturesque mountain village is located on the Indo-Tibetan border, Lachung is a popular tourist attraction in Sikkim. At Lachung you can visit the Lachung Gompa or can fancy the apples, peaches and apricots for which the town is famous for.
Lachung means the 'Small Pass' and this town lies at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung Rivers, both tributaries of the River Teesta. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley.
Location: North Sikkim
Timings: October To May is the best time to visit this town.
This tiny settlement which is located about 80 km from Gangtok offers some enthralling views of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal. Namchi literally means "Top of the Sky" and the main tourist attractions of Namchi are the two gigantic statues.
Namchi provides you with a gorgeous view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley. You can also visit the Sherdup Choeling Monastery and the Dichen Choeling monastery over here. Namchi is gradually becoming a major tourist hub in Sikkim.
Location: South Sikkim
Timings: March, April, May and June are the best times to visit here.
Once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India, Zuluk is one of the best offbeat destinations to visit. While staying at Zuluk you can cover various places on the Silk Route. Another great attraction of Zuluk lies in watching the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha and its allied peaks from Thambi View Point.
Surrounded by virgin wild forests, Zuluk is full of nature’s boon. If you seek an adventure, you should definitely consider Zuluk in your Sikkim Travel Guide.
Location: East Sikkim
Timings: August and September is the best time to visit Sikkim.
Things To Do In Sikkim
Wondering where to find the most exciting trekking trail in Sikkim Travel Guide? If your answer is affirmative, then Goecha La Trek is the best reason to go to Sikkim. The Goechala trek starts at Yuksom and takes the trekkers to the most enthralling destinations in Sikkim.
The highlight of this trek is the spellbinding view of the sun rising on the Kanchenjunga range. The romantic trail offers an experience to remember for a lifetime and a dream to come true for all the adventure enthusiasts.
Location: Western Sikkim
Price: INR 15,000/USD 230 per person.
Timings: The best time to go there is from March to June and from September to November.
Rafting in Teesta
One of the finest adventurous experiences in Sikkim Travel Guide is the one that involves rafting in the thunderous waters of Teesta. Graded in the international level rapids at I to IV, Teesta River is an extreme delight when it comes to adventure junkies.
The multidimensional rapids provide the rafters the scopes of practising their skills and the spectacular scenery along the river course makes it for an unforgettable experience for everyone. You can refer this guide to rafting in Sikkim to know more about the activity in detail.
Location: Teesta River
Price: INR 900/ 13.86 USD per person
Paragliding in Gangtok
Feel the fervour of hopping from a cliff in Gangtok and flying over snow-covered mountains. Paragliding is the perfect activity for those hunting down for an exciting and adrenaline pumping exercises in the state. View the weird greatness of this enchanting zone as you soar at a tallness of 2,200 meters over snow-topped peaks, green countryside, and remote fields.
In the event that you are an admirer of outrageous games and get a kick out of the chance to drive yourself to accomplish all the more, then this venture will be an energizing thing-to-do for you in Sikkim.
Location: Ani Gumpa
Price: INR 2,500-4500/ USD 38-70 per person
Timings: The total flying time in the high fly is 20-30 minute.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Indulge in a once in a lifetime experience with Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek that involves conquering the third highest peak in the world. Kanchenjunga massifs contour a big cross that spans the boundaries of three major countries- Nepal, Tibet and India (Sikkim).
Remote villages, verdant meadows, luminous mountains blanketed in snow, murky clouds forming a canopy around magnolia and rhododendron forest and theatrical landscapes, makes Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek a perfect paradise for trekkers.
Price: INR 14,700/USD 226 per person
Timings: The best times for this trek are mid-March to early-May and October to mid-November.
The longest trek in the area, Singalila trek is one of those trails to watch out for. The trail covers the complete range of Singalila all the way from Uttarey village where the road ends. The trek begins along the Nepalese side with an exciting camping through the night.
Singalila is the main trail in the Himalayas from where you can get terrific perspectives of the Kangchendzonga go as well as of the Everest Mountain.
Price: INR 42,000/USD 647 per person
Timings: Mid-March to June end & Mid-September to Mid-November are the best times for this trek.
Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
Enjoy the magnificent views of the city of Bangkok by engaging in a cable car ride on your vacation. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway that gets you to the most amazing vantage points of the city. The ride is a splendid way to enjoy the breath-taking vistas of Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the valleys which makes it a memorable activity for all.
When you decide to go on this adventure in Sikkim, do not forget to take your camera to capture the visual delights of the city.
Location: Deorali, Gangtok
Price: INR 110/ 1.70 USD per adult
Timings: The Cable car operates daily between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Yak Ride near Tsomgo Lake
Soak in the fantastic vistas of Tsomgo Lake by indulging in an exhilarating Yak ride to take away the best experience of your vacation in Sikkim. The yaks in Sikkim are decorated in myriad colours and the activity of Yak ride is the best way to experience the true serenity of the state of Sikkim.
The memorable safari experience is a must-try for everyone irrespective of your age groups to treat your eyes with the gorgeous landscapes of Sikkim that you behold. Tsomgo Lake in Sikkim is the best place to indulge in this activity for all the tourists visiting Sikkim. This place is also a beautiful site for camping in Sikkim.
Location: Dzongri and Tsomgo Lake
Price: INR 500-1000/ USD 7.7-15.40.
Timings: Winters are the best time for yak rides in Sikkim.
Hang Gliding in Sikkim
Sikkim with its entrancing scenes is an awesome area for an adventurous excursion like hang gliding and offers this dreamlike experience to all adventure addicts. If you had ever dreamt of flying free without any hindrance, then this activity is for you.
Trainers are also available for the beginners to follow this sport. All the important facilities and equipment including a helmet, life jacket and a harness along with a professional and a safe hang glider is provided for the perfect experience of the sport.
Location: Yumthang Valley
Price: INR 2,000/ USD 31.
Timings: Mid May to Mid October is the best time for this activity.
Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
Conquer your fears and enjoy this adventurous activity if you wish to add some thrill to your vacation in Sikkim. This exciting activity can be enjoyed at Singshore Bridge which boasts of some immaculate views that will take your breath away.
Singshore Bridge has been specified and declared as a special spot for bungee jumping in Sikkim which is also the second highest suspension bridge in Asia.
Location: It is located mid-way to Uttarey from Dentam
Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
An amazing service to bring some new excitement to tourists, Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC)offers a superb helicopter service for those interested in getting the bird’s eye view of the state. One can enjoy the majestic Himalayas and get a closer look at the towering peaks that adorn the state of Sikkim like Mt.Kanchenjunga or Mt.Sinolchu.
And if tourists like, the service also offers a flight over Gangtok and get a comprehensive view of the layout of the town with its winding roads and many alleys.
Price: INR 9,500/ USD 146
Timings: It takes place between 7 am and 12 pm.
Explore the Caves of North Lha Ri Nying Phu
Considered to be one of the holiest caves in Sikkim, caving in Lha RI Nying Phu is often listed as a must do things in Sikkim for all the tourists. Located to the north of Tashiding (in West Sikkim near the Tashiding Monastery), these holy caves present the fantastic opportunity of exploring the interiors of the Himalaya. A thrilling three-day walk leads to these sacred caves which are revered by all in Sikkim.
Timings: It is best reached in the autumn season.
Shopping on MG Road
MG Road in Gangtok is replete with glittering shops that will make every shopping lover go ‘oooh’. Often known as the most happening places in entire North-Eastern India, M.G. Road with its shopping experience is a must try on your visit.
Not only there are all sorts of shops to help you find the best souvenirs, but this road is also packed with various restaurants and eateries to gorge on some sumptuous dishes. It's a pedestrian-only zone and vehicles are not allowed on this approximately 1km stretch of the road.
Places To Stay In Sikkim
The Chumbi Mountain Resort & Spa
Overlooking the beautiful mountains, The Chumbi Mountain Resort & Spa offers a memorable stay with the views of the Himalayas from their rooms. Equipped with all modern amenities and offering a vibrant ambience with its picturesque landscape, this resort is a great place to rejuvenate and refresh.
It lies under the third highest mountain in the world Mt. Kangchenjunga and a great place to visit the popular tourist attractions of the city. The dining options here include The Golden Bamboo that serves Indian and Continental cuisines while the Base Camp is a 24-hour coffee shop while FirePit serves barbeque dishes with a bonfire.
Amenities: Fitness centre, massage parlour, gym, swimming pool, spa and wellness centre etc.
Location: Naku Chumbong, Pelling, Sikkim
Price: INR 11,800/ USD 180.
Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino
Looking for the best spa resort in Sikkim Travel Guide? Look no further, Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino offers a luxurious accommodation to its guests with a rejuvenating ambience that will make your Sikkim vacation memorable. Inspired by the Buddhist monastic architecture, it showcases a fusion of Sikkim cultural heritage and modernity.
The amazing resort is your go-to place if you fancy a game of roulette or blackjack or if you wish to unwind with a relaxing spa. Other facilities include a well-equipped health club, superb multi-cuisine restaurants, excellent event venues, kid’s play area, recreation room and a swimming pool.
Amenities: Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Health Club, Spa etc.
Location: Lower Samdur Block, Ranipool, Gangtok, Sikkim
Price: INR 9,500/ USD 146
Welcome Heritage Denzong Regency
This beautiful hotel nestled on a hilltop in Sikkim evokes Tibetan influences in its ambience to offer an unforgettable stay for its guests. The resort offers the finest views of the city and the pristine splendour of the undulating hills, valleys, myriad streams and the Mt. Kanchenjunga peak in the background.
The only 5-star mountain retreat in Sikkim offers 6 Regency Suites, 12 Suites, 6 Deluxe Rooms and 1 dedicated room for differently abled guests for a comfortable stay. Among its varied dining options, the hotel boasts of 'Mayal'-the on-site multi-cuisine F&B outlet/bar, 'Gyakhao' for traditional Sikkimese cuisine and 'Ara'- the on-site bar.
Amenities: Pool bar, casino, fitness centre, spa, restaurant etc.
Location: Forest Colony Road, Cherry Banks, N.H.31 A, Gangtok, Sikkim
Price: INR 9,300/ USD 143
Terrace Valley Hotel
If you fancy a memorable stay while you are holidaying in Sikkim, then Terrace Valley Hotel is the right choice for you. Encompassed by the supernatural beauty of the Himalayas, this hotel has 53 elegantly decorated rooms located in a river valley and a view of greenly paddy fields.
This luxury resort in Gangtok will enthral you with its wonderful ambience and you will find the refreshing calmness of the mountain lakes and the enchanting wilderness to create a magical effect in the atmosphere.
Amenities: Restaurant, Gym etc.
Location: NH 31A to MG Marg, East Sikkim, Near Ranipool Police Station India
Price: Starting INR 4,700/ USD 72
For nature lovers, Saramsa Resort is an eco-haven to spend a delightful Sikkim holiday. Here the guests can choose among a range of chic and elegant Royal Suite Rooms and Deluxe Suite Rooms. The rooms offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hills along with all the modern comforts.
At Saramsa Resorts, food lovers can relish the best of Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisines at Maya's Restaurant and enjoy the finest beverages at Samsher's Club - the lounge bar. Saramsa Resort in Ranipool is an ideal accommodation option for the guests seeking a pleasant holiday amidst refreshing surroundings.
Amenities: Bar/Lounge, Restaurant, Coffee Shop etc.
Location: Saramsa, Chota Singtam (Ranipool), Gangtok, Sikkim
Price: INR 8,900/ USD 137
Listed among the best restaurants in Sikkim Travel Guide, Yarlam Resort offers a luxurious stay for the guests with the gorgeous vistas of the Himalayas. The resort with its well-appointed rooms, warm hospitality and contemporary amenities invites both leisure as well business travellers.
There are 30 well-appointed and tastefully furnishes rooms at Yarlam Resort that have been categorised as Super Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Suites. Guests can also sample various delicious treats at Guras, the multi-cuisine restaurant or enjoy some amazing beverages at their bar.
Amenities: Bar/Lounge, Library, Fitness Centre etc.
Location: Near Army Camp, Lachung, Sikkim
Price: Starting INR 11,500/ USD 177
The Elgin Mount Pandim Resort
Nestled in the majestic Himalayas, The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling offers a unique vacation for the tourists with a glorious view of the Singalila Range. This vintage property evokes the old world charm that makes it a peaceful retreat from their 30 wonderful rooms.
During the stay, guests here can rejuvenate at the spa, take delight in mouthwatering meals at the multi-cuisine Magnolia and enjoy the tantalizing drinks at the Gazebo. The hotel offers a library, gym, a dedicated conference and meeting room for guests.
Amenities: Spa, Gym, Library etc.
Location: Monastery Road, Pelling, Sikkim
Price: Starting INR 9,700/ USD 150
Places To Eat in Sikkim
9ine Native Cuisine Restaurant
If you’re in Gangtok looking to spice up your taste buds with the authentic local food, then 9ine Native Cuisine is the answer to your hunger. Gorge on traditional Sikkimese delicacies while you’re here like the famous Chicken Momos, Hunan Chicken and Thukpa.
Dining here is a great experience which you’ll remember forever. Apart from the local cuisine, you can also try out the typical north Indian dishes too at this restaurant.
Location: M.G. Marg, Gangtok
Price: INR 300/ USD 4.62 for two people
Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant
For the foodies searching the best places to eat in Sikkim Travel Guide, then Taste of Sikkim, a popular restaurant in Gangtok should definitely be on the list. The restaurant is reputed for serving mouth-watering dishes and their imaginative presentation of the delicacies.
Some of the popular Sikkimese dishes served here are Tibetan standards momo (dumplings) and Thukpa (noodle soup). Tourists also applaud the ambience and warm hospitality of the restaurant.
Location: Ravangla, Sikkim
Loafing Around Restaurant
Offering a wonderful experience, Loafing Around is a splendid bakery and café to add to your Sikkim holiday itinerary. With a cozy ambience accentuated by warm hospitality and wonderful delicacies, Loafing Around is a great place to enjoy some coffee and cakes.
Coming at reasonable prices, Loafing Around is known for its delicious desserts like burgers, pastries, cupcakes etc. The wide range of things sold here is very impressive which makes this gorgeous bakery a favourite for all the tourists.
Shuffle Momos Restaurant
Searching for the best momos in Sikkim Travel Guide? If yes, then a visit to Shuffle Momos offers some of the most mouthwatering momos you'll ever come across. It is known to serve 16 varieties of momos, prepared with fresh, organic ingredients from Tumlong in North Sikkim.
While you won’t find beef easily in India, Shuffle Momos will not disappoint you with its beef momos along with the Tibetan delicacy known as Shogo Shabril. Whether you’re a momo lover or not, Shuffle Momos is certainly recommended to experience the best tastes and flavours.
Location: Deorali Bazar, Gangtok
Price: INR 300/ USD 4.62
Paris Kalimpong Restaurant
If you fancy some amazing pastries with a mind-blowing coffee, then Paris Kalimpong is the place to be. This is a small bakery also known as French Bakery by locals and one of the finest in Sikkim. Here you can sample some of the most fantastic baked delicacies in lovely, quaint ambience.
With a Parisian owner hailing from Paris himself the baked goodies available here are all authentic French but with ingredients sourced locally. Though a very small cafe, with space constraint, but the outstanding food and drinks and warmth and friendliness of the owners, make this a must-visit.