10 Places to Visit in Sikkim

10 Places To Visit In Sikkim


Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, the gateway to North Eastern splendors – Sikkim is a beautiful homeland with its prismatic charm and ethnic wonders. Sikkim boasts an appealing heritage that captures a traditional background brimming with life! For travelers, a trip to Sikkim’s enchanting valleys is simply paradise. If you’re thinking of visiting Sikkim here is a list of the best attractions in Sikkim –

1. Khangchendzonga National Park -

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Nestled in Gangtok, the national park and biosphere reserve gets its name from the famous Mount Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world. Covering an expanse of 849.5 km square, the national park is home to Sikkim’s most endemic flora and fauna – 550 species of native migratory birds situated in a beautiful ecosystem.

Timing: 6am to 6pm (Summer & Winter) Entry Fee: For Indian Nationals – INR 200 per head for 7 days and INR 30 for additional days For Foreigners – INR 400 per head for 7 days and INR 75 for additional days For Indian Students – INR 40 per head for 7 days and INR 20 for additional days. Website: http://www.knpsikkim.in/

2. Pemayangtse Monastery -

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Deep in the forests of Pelling, resides one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim – Pemayangtse that was founded back in 1705. This three storied building hosts a marvelous collection of sculptures and ancient paintings. With a seven-tiered model of Guru Rimpoche, carved in teak wood, the monastery is a beautiful attraction in the placid town of Pelling. Timing: 9am to 6pm Entry Fee: INR 20 per person Website: http://www.east-himalaya.com/sikkim/pelling.htm

3. Borong & Ralang Cha-chu -

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Soak in some steam in the ‘Cha-chu’ or hot sulfur springs at Ralang and Borong that have become traditional hot spots for visitors aching for a winter spa experience. The medicinal properties of the sulfur springs are highly acclaimed; both springs are located along the banks of Rangit River. Timing: 8am to 5pm Entry Fee: Free Website:http://www.sikkimstdc.com/GeneralPages/Details/Borong-Hot-Springs/222/Details.aspx#

4. Tsomgo Lake -

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Don’t miss the chance to visit the Tsomgo Lake, a pristine sight located 38 km from Gangtok and considered one of the highest lakes in India. The magical charm of the Tsomgo can be experienced during the summer season, as the turquoise water reflects an amazing view of the azure sky and the exotic mountain peaks. Timing: 1 to 2 hours Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000103.htm

5. Karma Kagyu Monastery -

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Better known as the Phodong Monastery, the sacred walls of the monastery were laid down back in 1740 by King GyurmedNamgyal. Famous for its intricate frescos and murals, the monastery is just one of the luxurious attractions in Sikkim. Timing: 8am to 5pm Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.sikkimstdc.com/GeneralPages/Details/Phodong-Monastery/105/#

6. Temi Tea Garden -

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Established in 1969, catch a glimpse of the authentic Temi Tea Garden that covers a massive expanse of 177 hectares in Ravanglam, located south of Sikkim. Sikkim’s sole tea garden, it holds a high repute for its command over 1 Lakh kg of tea that is produced in the prestigious estate. Timing: 8am to 5pm Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.sikkimstdc.com/GeneralPages/Details/Temi-Tea-Garden/238/#

7. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary -

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A marvelous nature site to visit in Gangtok is Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that houses about 40 different species of rhododendron trees. The breathtaking view of the sanctuary in the backdrop of scenic mountain ranges is a wonderful trail to add in your Sikkim adventure. Timing: 8am to 5pm Entry Fee: INR 50 per head Website:http://www.sikkimstdc.com/GeneralPages/Details/Barsey-Rhododendron-Sanctuary/207/

8. Do DrulChorten -

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Gangtok boasts an ethnic chain of sacred stupas, one of the most appealing of which was built back in 1945 and is known as Do DrulChorten. This dome shaped Buddhist shrine is famous for the gold plated steeple which is engraved with Tibetan chants and visited most often by monks and tourists. Timing: 8am to 6pm Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_00010c.htm

9. Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology -

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Just walking distance from the sacred dome – Do DrulChorten is the iconic Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology that was established back in 1958 to study and promote Mahayana sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The institute plays host to one of the largest and most unique collection of manuscripts, ancient Buddhist books and elegant Thangka paintings. Timing: 10 am to 4 pm Entry Fee: INR 10 per head Website: http://www.tibetology.net/visitorsinformation/index.html

10. Hanuman Tok -

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As you trail through the road to Nathu La at 7200 feet, managed under the Indian Army is the holy Hanuman Tok which is quite a famous tourist hotspot. Located in the midst of lush hills at a distance of 11 km from Gangtok, the temple is believed to be a religious seat for Lord Hanuman. Timing: 6 am to 6 pm Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000108.htm

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I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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