Top 15 Things to do in Sikkim
Sikkim is endowed with snow-clad mountain peaks, sylvan mountains & valleys and fresh air. Some of the top things to do in Sikkim include trekking, river rafting, sightseeing and shopping. Far away from the complications of cities, this Himalayan state is fascinating to explore.
If you are planning a trip to Sikkim then do consider the following activities to make the most out of your holiday.
Top 15 things to do in Sikkim to make your trip more memorable:
Cable Car Ride
Cable car ride in Gangtok definitely counts as one of the best things to do in Sikkim. Board the Gangtok Ropeway and enjoy the picturesque views of the landscape. The 1km cable car ride starts from Deorali Bazar near Institute of Tibetology and proceeds to Tashiling next to the Secretariat. Enjoy views of Mt Kanchenjunga and the town of Gangtok from the height of 3500m.
The rope way operates from 08:00 hours to 16:30 hours, at a small fee.
Rumtek Monastery is one of the top attractions in Sikkim. The monastery is situated at a height of about 6000 ft. It is about 24 km from the city of Gangtok. The monastery follows the Kargyu sect of Buddhism, one of six main schools of Tibetan Buddhism which originated in the 12th century in Tibet. Rumtek monastery is also known as Dharma Chakra centre
The Karmapa, head of the sect exiled from Tibet resides here. The monastery is decorated with the relics brought from Tsurphu Monastery. Two major festivals are held here annually during summer and winter. Walk around enjoying history, culture and spiritual bliss. Read More
Yak ride is one of the must experience activities in Sikkim. The tamed beast travel in tough terrain exposed to natural extremities and even when there are no roads. Yaks are colorfully decorateded with woolen knitwear over the horns and forehead and strings of bells around the necks. The rides are thrilling and offer an experience to cherish for a long time.
The best time to try out Yak riding is from March to May and again from September to December. Some popular routes are the Dzongri region and Tsomgo Lake. Enjoy the scenery seated on the back of the gentle beast, take a pic for the wonderful memory. Read More
Trekking in Goecha La Trek
Goecha La Trek is one of the best treks in Sikkim and the North East Himalayas. The approx. 90 km trek takes trekkers as high as 16,000 feet. It is one of the most romantic trails in Himalayas. The trek passes through Rhododenderon forests, the scenic Dzongri and Thansing meadows, the sapphire Samiti Lake, under the shelter of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Pandim.
The glacial Goecha La trek trail is quite difficult and is on the list of adventure enthusiasts. The months from April to June and October and November are ideal to set out on the mountain expedition.
River rafting in Sikkim is available in River Teesta and its tributary Rangit. Teesta River has been ranked at Grade 4 on the international scale. Teesta with Its chilly waters have a series of rapids with sketchy intensity and character while Rangit, has more turbulent waters and offers a great challenges to most experienced rafters.
River Rafting will be a great experience for lifetime when combined with camping. It would be apt to say that one must come and enjoy the gushing waters of Teesta and Rangit on the rafts whenever in Sikkim. The adventure is worth capturing your fears. Read More
Bird Watching in Kewzing
Kewzing in Sikkim is a wonderful birding paradise. Whether you are an ornithologist or a normal birder, the dense forest of Kewzing is a place to check out. The home of total 200 species of birds, some of which are native inhabitants of Sikkim. Satyr Tragopan, a rare species of pheasants of Eastern Himalaya is only found here. Among the commonly found species are, the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler and Streaked Spiderhunter.
Get hold of a binocular, walking shoes and generally a bird expert and set off to enjoy one of the best things to do in Sikkim.
Sikkim may not look like it, but it has an exciting nightlife. Mostly Gangtok is a popular place to spend the hours after dark in. There are numerous options for night pleasures which include pubs, bars, casinos, and night clubs. Do not be surprised that the first land based live casino in India was set up in Gangtok. There are actually a number of casinos to test your fortunes. The local drink of the mountain state, Chaang is quite tempting and the price quite low. Snacks and delicious dining add to the fun. Try out the nightlife, it is catullay one of the best things to do in Sikkim.
Mountain Biking is one of the most adventurous activities in Sikkim. The thrilling trails for mountain biking and the pictorial scenery lure adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. The biking adventure allows to savor the beauty of the hills, grandiose views of snow covered peaks and understanding the Sikkimese culture.
Mountain biking can be enjoyed throughout the year but the popular season is, April and May and mid-September to October. There are more than seven intriguing trails to embark on according to fitness levels. Most trails start from Gangtok, Rumtek leading to Temi, Yumthang and other remote locations. Read More
Paragliding in Sikkim
Paragliding in Sikkim is a popular adventure sport and one of the best things to do. The Himalayan topography is just right to try out soaring the skies. Gangtok offers certified paragliding adventures. Tandem flights are offered here which means an experienced and certified pilot will accompany you in your attempt to fly. Short haul flights are available for 15-20 minutes. Long-haul flights maximum for an hour are offered.
Feel the fresh air on your face, gawk at views of the wonderful Himalayan range in its snow covered glory and experience the thrill of floating on the wings of your glider. Read More
Shopping at the MG Road
A trip to Sikkim is incomplete if you have not gone shopping at the Gangtok MG Road. The vibrant road is full of exciting wares. Check out the Chinese Feng Shui items like laughing Buddha, Dragons, New Year Lamp or dresses worn during Tibetan festivals. You can easily find amazing bargains. Hand woven blanket, carpet, wooden and bamboo items are good souvenirs. The handicrafts are especially of note, but do check out for authenticity. Try bargaining at the road stalls. Fill your bags with fond remembrances of Sikkim.
Temi Tea Garden
Temi Garden is one of charming tourist attractions in Sikkim. The lone Tea Estate in Sikkim is located just 18 km from Ravangla at an altitude of 1200-1800m. Established in 1969, the tea estate employs about 450 people and produces 100 metric ton of organic tea annually.
Temi Tea gardens are known for producing one of the best teas in the world evading the use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides. The factory can be visited to have an interesting lesson on tea processing. One can also stay in the British Bungalow in the tea estate open for visitors. Read More
The Sikkim Zoo is a must visit attraction. The Himalayan Zoological Park is certainly a place for wildlife lovers. The Park has been established to preserve the wildlife in their natural habitat. Located in Bulbuley, the zoo is 3 km from Gangtok, at an altitude of 1,780 m. The Zoological Park is spread over an area of 205 hectares of mountainous landscape.
Some species found only in the Himalayas inhabit the park. The Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Red Panda, Snow Leopard Cat, Goral, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Black Bear and Crimson-Horned Pheasant are frequently spotted.
Ganesh Tok is a temple, which is dedicated to the Lord Ganesh. This small temple can accommodate only few persons at a time. To enter the temple you need to go down on all fours. Size notwithstanding, the temple is a favorite tourist spot visited by travelers with much enthusiasm. Devotees plant saplings on the ground near the temple on behalf of those they love.
The view from the high point is breathtaking. It offers spectacular views of the city and the magnificent Khangchendzonga. Spend time here enjoying the views and the splendid ambiance. Read More
One of the attractive places to visit in Sikkim, Khecheopalri Lake is located in the corner of Sikkim, It is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. The Khecheopalri hill, lake and valley are said to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. They are revered in local culture as a land of hidden treasure. The Khecheopalri Lake is an important stop on the Buddhist circuit in Sikkim. Fascinatingly, not a leaf can be seen floating on the lake as they are picked off by birds.
An important religious fair is held every March/April. A harvest festival, Cho-Tsho, takes place in October after the cardamom crop is harvested.
About 28 km through Pelling and 18 km further than the Rimbi as well as 5 km before Yuksam lies the Khangchendzonga Falls. Located at a distinct curve of the street, the falls remain similarly eye-catching throughout season.
A regional travel agency of Pelling, the Topjor Bhutia found it in mid 90s drops. Earlier it was not known as the street made it quite invisible. These days this spot is being designed with required facilities for relaxation of the guests. The picturesque beauty and the solitude is worth admiring. Read More
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