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Sikkim Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Sikkim

Sikkim is blessed with spectacular views of Mt Kanchendzonga, glaciers, alpine meadows, varieties of wildflowers and charm of Himalayas.

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Sikkim At a Glance
  • Capital City:Gangtok
  • Average Climate:15°C to 22°C
  • Best Time to Visit:March to July
  • Major Airports:Pakyong Airport, Gangtok
  • Ideal Durations:4 to 8 Days

Sikkim Tourism | Sikkim Travel Guide

Sikkim is one of the most beautiful northeastern states, blessed with breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, alpine meadows, and scintillating hill towns. The landlocked northeastern state of Sikkim shares its borders with China, Nepal, Bhutan, and West Bengal. It is a popular travel destination and famed for its rich culture and biodiversity. Sikkim tourism is a chance to enjoy a vacation with verdant green valleys and snow-clad mountains.

Tucked in the lap of the Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the cleanest and the second smallest states of India. This state is home to mountain ranges, flower valleys, forest reserves, waterfalls, and lakes. Sikkim is renowned for its jaw-dropping locales and scenic vistas. It is a perfect destination for holidaymakers, shutterbugs, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventure fanatics.

Offering a wonderful visual treat with its surreal panorama, Sikkim is an ideal spot to satiate your adventure-loving soul. This scenic hill station is culture enriched and renowned for Tibetan-style Buddhist Gompas, temples, and monasteries.

The mystic state of Sikkim is still a place to be explored by curious tourists who wish to visit places that fall into the category of 'offbeat.' At the same time, its uncountable scenic locations and pleasant weather attract peace-loving laid-back vacationers. The travel guide of Sikkim offers insight about things to do, a list of tourist attractions to be visited, cuisine, traditions, culture, people, and more.

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Why should you visit Sikkim?

Sikkim is a paradise for nature lovers and is dotted with natural beauty and captivating views. Each beauty makes it a paradise for nature lovers, from the mighty Himalayan ranges to the lush greenery. The lush valley and ancient monasteries make its charm more appealing to the tourists.

It is also home to Mount Kanchenjunga, which has an altitude of 8,586 m above sea level and is the third highest mountain peak in the world. Pleasant weather, adventure activities, scenic vistas, and sprawling meadows make Sikkim a popular tourist destination. It has something for everyone, including families, friends, pilgrims, nature lovers, wildlife lovers, couples, solo travelers, and honeymooners. Sikkim is a beautiful state and is rich in natural splendors.

Sikkim Monasteries

1. Rumtek Monastery

2. Tashiding Monastery

3. Enchey Monastery

4. Phodong Monastery

5. Pemayangtse Monastery

6. Ralang Monastery.

Sikkim Wildlife

1. Kanchendzonga National Park

2. Fambong Lho Sanctuary

3. Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary

4. Maenam Sanctuary

Sikkim Spots

1. Trekking & Hiking

2. Paragliding

3. River Rafting, Skiing, Camping, Mountain Biking

4. Yak Ride, Cable Car Ride,

5. Hand Gliding, Helicopter Ride, Caving


1. Ban Jhakri Falls

2. Bakthang Waterfall

3. Seven Sister Waterfalls

4. Bhim Nala Falls

5. Rimbi Waterfall

Sikkim Lakes

1. Gurdongmar Lake

2. Lake Tsomgo

3. Khecheopalri Lake

4. Tso Lhamo Lake Rivers Teesta River

Popular Local Food

Dumplings (momos), Thupka, Phagshapa (pork dish), Sha Phaley (deep-fried bread stuffed with beef and cabbage), Gundruk (staple Nepalese food is made using leafy vegetables) and Sinki soup (made of radish tap roots).

How to Reach Sikkim?

Sikkim is well-connected to the country's major cities by air, road, and rail. Here is detailed information about how to reach Sikkim by different modes of transport.

By Air: Pakyong Airport is the primary airport of Sikkim. It is also the only airport located in the state. Situated at 31 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, the Pakyong Airport is one of the highest airports in the country. Direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati to Pakyong Airport. The other nearest airport from Sikkim is Bagdogra International Airport, which has several flights from Indian cities and many international destinations.

By Rail: Siliguri railway station and New Jalpaiguri railway stations are the two nearest major railheads from Sikkim, which are located 146 km and 187 km away. Numerous trains connect to these railway stations from Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, and Delhi. You can easily get a shared taxi or private cab from these railway stations to reach Sikkim.

By Road: Sikkim is easily accessible by road from the nearest major cities and towns. Traveling by road is one of the most convenient and scenic ways to travel to Sikkim. You can opt for public buses, private buses, taxis, and jeeps for inter and intrastate travel. National Highway 31A connects the state to neighboring states like Darjeeling, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, and Kalimpong.

Best time to visit Sikkim

March to May and October to December is the best time to visit Sikkim due to the fresh blooms and crystal-clear views of the surroundings. During these months, the weather remains favorable and allows you to enjoy the vacation at its best. However, those who wish to enjoy the snowfall can visit Sikkim in January and February. Here is the detailed information on season-wise climatic conditions in Sikkim.

Summer (April to June)

In Sikkim, the summer season starts in April and lasts till June. Unlike most of the states in India, the weather remains delightful and soothing in Sikkim during this season. The temperature hovers around 5⁰ C to 24⁰ C. During the daytime, the climate remains calm, and the temperature dips at night. This is an ideal time to visit Sikkim and enjoy the vacation.

Monsoon (July to September)

The monsoon season marks its beginning in the state from July till September. The temperature dips during this season, and most of Sikkim receives moderate rainfall. The rain adds beauty to the region, and the temperature ranges from 4⁰ C to 15⁰ C. However, the downpour increases the chances of landslides in the state.

Winters (October to March)

This is the perfect time to visit for snow lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The winter season starts in October and lasts till March. Sikkim receives snowfall in January and February when the temperature dips as low as -5⁰ C. Sikkim transforms into a wonderland in this season.

Places to visit in Sikkim

There are a plethora of places in Sikkim to explore and marvel at the bounties of nature. Some of the famous lakes of Sikkim are Tsomgo Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, Menmecho Lake, and Cholamu Lake. Lachung, Lachen, and Yumthang are distant villages bounded by snow-capped mountains. Yuksom, Ravangla, Namchi, and Zuluk are quaint hamlets that offer a perfect escape to nature lovers amidst serene environs.

Singalila National Park, Kanchenjunga National Park, and Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park offer impeccable sights of flora and fauna. In addition, the monasteries of Sikkim are the architectural marvels where you can witness the exquisite and rare artwork of Buddhist culture. Some of the famous monasteries of Sikkim are Phodong Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, and Tashiding Monastery.

Things to do in Sikkim

Sikkim is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It has something for every kind of traveler, from families, couples, friends, solo travelers, kids, wildlife lovers, and honeymooners. There is a wide range of activities you can indulge in, such as trekking, river rafting, paragliding, cycling, and ropeway ride. Bungee Jumping, Yak Safari ride, hang gliding, helicopter ride, and caving are among the best activities to do in Sikkim.

Where to stay in Sikkim?

A wide range of accommodation options is available in Sikkim, including hotels, resorts, lodges, guesthouses, and homestays. Some of the best places to stay in Sikkim are:

  • Lemon Tree Hotel, Gangtok
  • Treebo Trend Orchid, Gangtok
  • Summit Norling Resort and Spa, Gangtok
  • Hotel Cloud’s End, Ravangla
  • The Elgin Mount Pandim, Pelling
  • Dungmali Heritage Resort, Namchi
  • Summit Pangen Metok Hotel, Lachen
  • Zuluk Arjastik Homestay, Zuluk
  • Summit Alpine Resort, Lachung

Where to eat in Sikkim?

Sikkim is an amalgamation of different ethnic groups of Bhutias, Lepchas, and Nepalese. The food in Sikkim has a strong influence on this cultural diversity. Some of the must-try traditional dishes of Sikkim are momos, Thupks, Sel Roti, Mesu, Pakku, Sishnu, Kinema Curry, and a special soup of Gundruk and Sinki Soup. Here are some of the best places where you can try these cuisines in Sikkim are:

  • Thakali, Gangtok
  • Mu Kimchi, Gangtok
  • Tatopani Bar and Restaurant, Pelling
  • Adonai Family Restaurant, Namchi
  • Café Culture, Gangtok
  • Big Mountain Resort, Lachung
  • Tangerine Lounge and Bar, Gangtok

Festivals and Fairs in Sikkim

Sikkim is predominated by Buddhist culture, and most of the festivals revolve around Buddhist cultures and traditions. Some of the famous religious festivals and fairs in Sikkim that are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm are:

  • Sikkim International Flower festival
  • Khecheopalri Lake Festival
  • Gangtok Winter Festival
  • Namchi Mahotsav
  • Losoong
  • Kanchenjunga Tourist Festival

Nightlife in Sikkim

Sikkim is predominated by Buddhist culture, and most of the festivals revolve around Buddhist cultures and traditions. Some of the famous religious festivals and fairs in Sikkim that are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm are:

How to save money on a Sikkim trip?

  • Travel through local buses and shared jeeps.
  • Book the accommodations in advance and stay at budget places
  • Eat in small restaurants and try local dishes.
  • Avoid unnecessary shopping.

Sikkim travel tips

Most of the tourist destinations are situated in the restricted zones in Sikkim. It is advisable to check for the permits required to visit these areas. Depending on the type of area you plan to visit, you may need permission from the tourism department, forest department, and Army authorities. Make sure you will apply for the permits well in advance.

  • Respect cultural traditions and customs while visiting monasteries or temples. Wear decent clothes while visiting religious places.
  • Check the weather in advance and pack the clothes accordingly as Sikkim experiences cool climatic conditions throughout the year.
  • Always consider a licensed tour operator for adventure activities. Make sure they provide you with all the necessary safety gear and equipment.
  • Do not litter and respect cleanliness while visiting parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and national parks.
  • It is always advisable to do activities like trekking and mountain biking as part of groups rather than individually.

Cities of Sikkim

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sikkim Tourism

Q: Which Language Spoken in Sikkim?

Ans: Sikkimese or Bhotia, Lepcha, and Nepali are spoken in Sikkim, North East

Q: Where is Sikkim Located?

Ans: Sikkim is a northeastern state of India borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south.

Q: What are the famous things one can buy from Sikkim?

Ans: Tibetan carpets, Semi Precious stones & silver jewelry, Thangkas, Clothes, Hand Carved Wooden Products, Sikkim Tea etc 

Q: How to go round in Sikkim?

Ans: There are a few local buses ply from Gangtok. However, the service is very limited and the frequency of buses is low. If you are planning to travel by local buses then look for the timetable of the buses on the bus stand and then plan accordingly. You can also travel by shared jeeps or hire a private taxi to travel around in Sikkim.

Q: Is it safe to travel in Sikkim?

Ans: Yes, Sikkim is one of the safest places to visit in India. You need not worry about the safety of yourself and your loved ones. However, know about the places you wish to visit to avoid any scams. Also, make sure that you will read reviews about that particular hotel while booking the accommodation for a better holiday experience.

Q: How many days are enough to visit Sikkim?

Ans:5 to 7 days are sufficient to explore the best of Sikkim.

Q: How many hill stations are there in Sikkim?

Ans: Here is the list of 8 Hill Stations In Sikkim For A Perfect Getaway

  • Gangtok
  • Aritar
  • Lachung
  • Lachen
  • Pelling
  • Yuksom
  • Legship
  • Geyzing