Sikkim Tourist Places

Sikkim is one of the most enchanting and a sacred place to visit in India, despite the truth that it is not very easily accessible from the major cities of the country. Apart from heritage sites and monasteries, there is an extremely rich biodiversity here. This small Indian state is blessed with mind-boggling array of exotic flora and fauna. The hills and valleys abound with numerous orchids, Primula, marigolds, rhododendrons, and cherries. The west district of Sikkim offers spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga range from Pelling and Pemayangtse. Flowing rivers and waterfalls, rough mountains and deep valleys to dense forests, Sikkim has all the potential to offer visual feast. Major tourist attraction include Gangtok, Pelling, Yumthang valley, Chungthang, Gurudongmar lake, Ravangla, Namchi and Temi Tea Garden.

Gangtok : Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and the headquarters of East Sikkim district, is one of the important hill stations in north east India. Gangtok, which literally means ‘top of a hill’, is also the largest town in Sikkim. It lies on a ridge, at an attitude of 1547 m above sea level, overlooking the picturesque Ranipool River. Gangtok is famous for its monasteries and the magnificent views of the Himalayas.

Pelling : A quaint little town at the foot of the snow capped Kanchenjunga; Pelling is on the state highway connecting Gangtok and Yukson, 125 km west of Gangtok. Pelling is famous for its magnificent view of Kanchenjunga. Major tourist attractions include the Sanga Chelling Monastery - the oldest monastery in Sikkim, Khecheopalri Lake – regarded as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim, and the Sangay Waterfalls (10 km). Pelling offers stunning views of the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kanchenjunga, and Pandim. Best time to visit Pelling is in the months of October, N0ovember, March and April.

Gurudongmar Lake : Located at an altitude of over 18,000 ft, this is one of the most sacred lakes of Sikkim, revered both by Buddhists and the Hindus. The lake looks milky in color round the year and it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava had touched the lake while he visited Tibet from this area. The lake is around 150 km from Gangtok.

Yumthang Valley: : Yumthang valley, popularly called as the valley of flowers is situated in North Sikkim at a distance of 148 km from Gangtok. It is heaven for nature lovers with fascinating blend of exotic flora and fauna. This beautiful valley is home to many species of Himalayan flowers. Wild flowers like primulas and Rhododendron covers the whole landscape in rich colors in spring season and making it a hot spot for tourists in north Sikkim.

Chungthang Valley: This small town falls on way to Yumthang. This wonderful valley is located at the confluence of the two rivers of North Sikkim Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu. This particular valley is considered to be a most sacred valley of Sikkim which has been praised by Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim.

Namchi : Namchi, a small town and the administrative headquarters of the South Sikkim district, is accessible from the neighboring state of West Bengal. Nestled among the dignified Himalayan ranges, it holds a panorama of Darjiling, Kalimpong, the Himalayan peaks, and vast stretches of the valley. With its enormous potential for all round tourist activities, Namchi is fast developing into tourists destinations. Sandrupste, Namchi Monastery, Tendong Hills, Ravangla, Maenam Hill, Jorethang, Temi tea Garden Borong, Singchu-thang, Sikip and Phur Tsa Chu are nearby places of tourist’s interest.

Ravangla : A small town situated on the ridge between Maenam and Tendong hills, the Ravangal Bazaar here is quite famous. The nearby located villages like Yangang, Tinkitam, Barfung, Kewzing, and Bakhim are ideal for short stays and treks. The mountains, waterfalls, tea gardens, quaint villages, local Sikkimese culture, monasteries, and fresh cold winds create an ambience perfect for village tourism, and wildlife watching and photography.

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