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Sikkim is a small and beautiful state with mountainous terrain and valleys is located in northeast in India.Sikkim is remarkable for its biodivercity,alpine,and in addition to Kanchenjunga the highest peak in India.Gangtok is capital of this city.Sikkim's senic beauty has no parrallel. It is one of the most picturesque regions of Asia.The mountain -grilled state is borderd on the west by Nepal,north by Tibet,east by Bhutan and the south by the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. 
 

District headquarters: Gangtok                                                                    

Places to Visit in East Sikkim:

Gangtok:  The capital of the Sikkim state, Gangtok and its surrounding regions are enormous in natural beauty and have various natural attaractions such as the Tsomgo lake, Tashi view point,Ban Jhakri falls and more. Gangtok is the most visited tourist destinations in the state,the Gangtok is located at an altitude of 5500 ft on the ridge of the hilly landscape and offers an outstanding view of the Mt. Khangchendzonga. The city of Gangtok is the best option to make the base for your Sikkim tour as the city is commendable tourist.

Nathula:  Nathula Pass is one of the most famous passes that connects the Sikkim to the Tibet. The Nathula pass is around 56 km from the capital of Sikkim and thus can easily be visited and get returned the same day.As there is no any accommodation facility available near the Nathula pass, the overnight stay is not possible. Located at an altitude of 14450 ft., the pass was the major trade corridor between India and Tibet, which was closed in 1962 at the time of India China war. The road also passes through the famous Tsomgo Lake. Only Indian tourists are allowed to go close to the international border on the specific days of the week after getting the required permit. Foreign tourists are not permitted to visit the Nathula.

Changu Lake:  The Changu Lake is also known as Tsongo lake, located 40 km from the capital Gangtok, at an altitude of 12200 ft, is a very famous tourist attraction in the east Sikkim. The Tsongo or Changu lake is on the way from Gangtok to Nathula.It means 'source of the water'. A snaky road which passes through the rocky and hilly terrain and the sharp cliffs connect the Gangtok to Tsongo lake. The lake remains frozen during the winter months and in summer is it known to reflect the changing new colours,the sheer brilliance of natural beauty is raason enogh to visit this Tsomgo Lake.There are records of leopard and Himalayan black bear sightings too.

Jelep La:  Jelep La is located between India and Tibet in the eastern part of the Sikkim in India. It is a high altitude mauntain pass at 13,999 ft. The beautiful Menmecho lake flows below the pass. The pass also bridges India and Lhasa, while overlooking the mesmerising Menmecho Lake. The word Jelep La means "the lovely level pass". when you visit to the East Sikkim, you should never miss the amazing view point of Jelep La pass.It is also home to some of the most unprecedented views of the forested Chumbi Valley, and the Tibetan Plateau.

 

Rumtek Monastery:   Ramtek Monastery is one of the most popular and largest monasteries in the entire Sikkim,located in Rumtek district, nearly 23 km away from the main town of Gangtok, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists.The monastery commands outstanding views of the neighbouring mountains and valleys. A breathtaking topography ,the lush green hilly terrain and misty mountains makes Rumtek an ideal place for tourists in East Sikkim.It is also famous as the Dharma Chakra Centre.The half kilometre uphill walk from the entry gate of the monastery is a refreshing one.

Aritar Lake:  Aritar lake is located in the eastern region of Sikkim at an elevation of 4600 ft.Aritar or Lompokhri lake is breathtakingly  attractive boot-shaped lake is famous for its echanting natural beauty surrounded by lush green forests, entrancing waterfall which call for uncountable tourists from across the nation. Traveller also like the traditional villages around the place and various Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries there.

Zuluk: A offbeat destination that has picked up popularity lately is Zuluk that located at a hight of around of 10,000 feet on the terrain of lower Himalayas in East Sikkim. Zuluk was once a transit point in the silk exchange course among India and Tibet. Zuluk is newly created a tourist destination in East Sikkim. This place is relatively emerging its tourism due to the excellent view of the Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjungha.Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination.

Baba Mandir: Baba mandir is a must visit destination for Tourists in East Sikkim,surrounded by lash green forests and moutain, is located between Nathula and Jelepla Pass at an altitude of 13,123 ft above sea level and 52 km from Gangtok. Baba  Mandir is also known as Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. Over the years the temple has become a place of pilgrimage. The views of this place is magnificent. During winter season, tourists get lots of snow here.

Yakten Village:  Yakten village is a new entry in Sikkim’s Eco and community based tourism. Located in the eastern part of Sikkim near Pakyong proposed airport, yakten has it’s own natural charm and cultural significant ..This small virgin village is also famous for rare Himalayan orchid cultivation, well organized orchid garden can be experienced from everywhere at this hamlet.  Yakten is also perfect for those who want to explore the natural forest trail with color of rare species of butterfly and music of chirping birds.In Yakten one can also get an opportunity to plug organic vegetables from the garden and taste the fresh organic Sikkimese food with warm traditional hospitality.

 

Reshi khola:   Rishi Khola is a little village is also a riverside offbeat destination just 37 Km from Kalimpong and very near to Pedong. Reshi Khola in between west Bengal and Sikkim creates a division between to states,is surrounded by Lofy hills dotted with green forests.Tourists can enjoy the mystical beauty of Sikkim,short treks,fresh caught fish,while staying in Reshi Khola.Tourist can avail boating facility also.The River Reshi has attracted many traveller or nature lovers.

 

West Sikkim:  The embodiment of Sikkim’s beauty                        

District headquarters:  Gyalshing

The small hill town of Pelling is a popular tourist attraction of West Sikkim after Gangtok, Situated at a height of 6,800 ft above sea level. The town is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from the district headquarters Gyalshing. The landscape of Pelling is dotted with monasteries, lakes and waterfalls along with mesmerizing views of Mount Khangchendzonga.West Sikkim offers one of the best views of the south-east face of Mt. Kangchenjunga. This place is also famous for few of the oldest and holiest Buddhist Monasteries of the world. West Sikkim owes its tranquillity and calmness to the beautiful and pristine monasteries like Sangachoeling and Pemayansgtse Monasteries. West Sikkim is otherwise called a trekker’s heaven as it has numerous outlandish and delightful trekking trails that pull in travel lovers from over the world. Aside from unbelievable trek experience, one can likewise encounter the rapture of snowfall in Sikkim when on their Sikkim tour.

Places of Interest :

Darap village:  Recently  discovered and prepared for tourism, this village is in the interiors of the Himalayan belt. The local people known as Limboos have preserved their rich culture and traditions since ages and are extremely welcoming by nature.  Darap has retained the pristine nature of its flora and fauna over the years. It is situated at an altitude of 1600 m and the temperature here ranges from -5 to 28 degrees.There are a lot of tourist-related activities that can be done in Darap village like trekking, traditional house visits, handicraft making, bird-watching and visiting the caves at Kanchenjunga National Park etc.

Geyzing:  The capital city of the West Sikkim District, Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet above the sea level with lofty and majestic mountains of the Himalayan range surrounding the city. Geyzing is one of the major towns in West District of Sikkim as well as the district headquarter.  With the increase in the number of tourists travelling here every year, Geyzing has become a tourist hotspot and it is the main trading and commercial town of this region too. To add some greater fervour to your West Sikkim trip, you can likewise enjoy trekking here which lets you arrive at the viewpoint. The viewpoint offers incredibly lovely scenes of the majestic Himalayan ranges.

Kanchenjunga National Park:  In West Sikkim, the park sprawls over an area of 849 sq. km, and gives ample opportunities for wildlife exploration. A traveller can explore the astounding biodiversity of West Sikkim by visiting Kanchenjunga National Park. Kanchenjunga National Park was recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2016.You can explore the biodiversity of West Sikkim by visiting Kanchenjunga National Park.  A tourist can witness a lot of wildlife like Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer,with intriguing vegetation species, chilly lakes, icy masses, widespread forest area.It will be a heaven for the nature lovers.The best time to visit the Kanchenjunga national park is between the moths of April and May.Visitors to Khangchendzonga National Park can witness stunning landscapes, including high mountain peaks, glacial valleys, and dense forests.

 

Yuksom:  Yuksom is also the gateway to the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, the base for some of the most fascinating treks through high mountain region with the route to Dzongri being the most frequented.Under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India Yuksum today is an attractive tourist destination. Yuksom is in the heart of mountains covered with lush green vegetation. The village provides access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga.The beautiful town of Yuksom is historic and charming. There are several interesting tourist attractions that you can see here and the local cuisine of the place are a must try.

 Goecha La:Nestled in the eastern part of India, in the enchanting state of Sikkim, Goech La stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayan landscape. This mountain pass, situated at a high altitude, has become a pilgrimage for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in the grandeur of nature.Goech La, often referred to as Goechala Pass, is renowned for its panoramic views, with the majestic Kanchenjunga dominating the skyline.

Pelling:  Pelling is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, including the towering Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.Perched amidst the majestic Himalayan peaks, Pelling emerges as a serene haven in the western heartland of Sikkim. This quaint town, at an elevation that offers a refreshing escape from the lowlands, has become a popular destination for those seeking tranquility and a communion with nature.Visitors often find themselves enchanted by the play of sunlight and shadows on the snow-capped peaks during sunrise and sunset, creating a spectacle that is both humbling and uplifting.Pelling, with its blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and tranquility, offers a unique experience for travelers seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Khecheopalri Lake:  Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a lake located near Khecheopalri village, 147 kilometres  west of Gangtok in the West Sikkim and 34 kilometres  to the northwest of Pelling town. The lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus, and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. The local name for the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, which means "Oh Lady, Sit Here". There is a walking trail from Pelling to Khecheopalri which takes around 5 hours to reach the destination. The lake is an integral part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit.

 

 

North Sikkim                                                                                                       

District Headquarters : Mangan

North Sikkim:  North Sikkim  is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim, Its district headquarters is Mangan. The district is the North Sikkim is a stunning region in the Indian state of Sikkim, known for its breathtaking landscapes, high mountain ranges, pristine lakes, and vibrant culture. North Sikkim is situated in the northern part of the state, bordering Tibet to the north. It is characterized by rugged terrain, deep valleys, and high mountain peaks, including some of the highest in the world.Popular destinations in North Sikkim include Lachung, Yumthang Valley, and Gurudongmar Lake. The landscape is mountainous with dense vegetation all the way up to the alpine altitude before thinning out to desert scrub towards the northern tundra.

 

Places to Visit in North Sikkim :

Yumthung Valley: Yumthang Valley, often referred to as the "Valley of Flowers," is a picturesque destination in North Sikkim, India. Known for its stunning natural beauty, Yumesamdong, also known as Zero Point, is an extension of Yumthang Valley. Located at a higher altitude, it provides panoramic views of snow-covered landscapes. The area remains covered in snow for most of the year. Yumesamdong, also known as Zero Point, is an extension of Yumthang Valley. Yumthang Valley, with its pristine beauty and tranquil ambiance, is a must-visit destination for those exploring North Sikkim. Whether you are interested in the vibrant flowers, therapeutic hot springs, or the awe-inspiring mountain vistas, Yumthang offers a memorable and rejuvenating experience for nature enthusiasts and travelers alike.

.Lachen: Lachen is a town in Mangan District in the Indian state of Sikkim. Situated in the northern district of Sikkim,  one of the most beautiful towns an attractive tourist spot which is well known for its Lachung monastery. Its natural beauty and serene vegetation are worth commending and it is believed to be one of the most noteworthy and popular places for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists. The pine-covered valleys and black cliffs of snowy-white hills of the Eastern Himalayas start from Lachen which makes it the base station for many trekking areas in the North Sikkim region.

Gurudongmar Lake: Gurudongmar Lake, situated at an elevation of approximately 5,210 meters (17,100 feet), is a breathtaking high-altitude lake located in North Sikkim, India.Gurudongmar Lake holds significant religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, visited the lake in the 8th century, sanctifying its waters. One remarkable feature of the lake is a portion that remains unfrozen even during the winter months, adding to its mystique and religious reverence.Despite the logistical challenges, the journey to Gurudongmar Lake is rewarded with awe-inspiring natural beauty. The surroundings are characterized by snow-capped peaks and a unique landscape, making it a picturesque destination.

Lachung:   Lachung is  known for its breathtaking natural beauty. The village is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, alpine meadows, and dense forests. Lachung is a picturesque mountain village located in the North Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated at an elevation of about 2,900 meters (9,500 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush greenery, and beautiful landscapes. Lachung is a popular tourist destination, especially for those exploring North Sikkim. 

                                        

Thangu Valley: Thangu is situated at a high altitude, making it an ideal location for those seeking a tranquil and offbeat destination.Many tourists stay in Thangu before proceeding to Gurudongmar Lake due to the high altitude and the need for acclimatization.The valley is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and meandering rivers. The landscapes are breathtaking, offering a serene and untouched natural environment.Yaks are commonly seen grazing in the meadows, adding to the pastoral beauty of the region.The local culture is rich and distinct, and visitors have the opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of the residents.

Crows Lake: It is another beautiful lake which is located in North Sikkim .It is 50 km from the city and on the way to Gurudongmar Lake. Tourists come here to see the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding hills and greeneries. Come with family and friends to visit this beautiful place.

Chopta Valley: Chopta is a very famous tourist hotspot in North Sikkim known for its varying hues. Famous as the "Valley of flowers", the Chopta Valley is popular for its riot of colours during summer months. This valley is unexplored and untouched, as a very few tourists travel to this destination despite its popularity. Nature lovers and wildlife lovers will enjoy travelling to this splendid valley and spotting many rare species of animals, plants and birds. It is best to stay overnight at Lachen and start early morning to Chopta and Gurudongmar Lake.

Mt Katao: Mt Katao is one of the most stunning sights imaginable. Perfect for adventure lovers who like skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, and grinding during the winter season, the surreal mountain provides a splendid view to its onlookers.Nestled in the northern part of Sikkim, at a distance of 144 km from Gangtok and 28 km from Lachung, Mt Katao is one of the most stunning sights imaginable. This amazing place is situated at an elevation of 15000 feet and remains covered in snow almost throughout the year. The perfect time to visit Mount Katao is from March to June since the climate is pleasant during this time and pretty much enjoyable. You can also visit the place during the winter months from December to February to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other adventure sports.

Chungthang: Chungthang is a town in Mangan District in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers, which combine to form the Teesta River. Chungthang is quite picturesque, its a relatively flat land and surrunded in all sides by mountains. You can find different kinds of vegetation, flowers and birds here during spring, you can see colourful lilies bloom alongside the road.Chungthang Valley is believed to be a holy place which has been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. There is a perennial source of holy water at the site too.  There is a rock here which to this day bears the hand and footprints of Saint Padmasambhava. From a small opening in the rock there is continuous flow of mineral water.

South Sikkim:                                                                                                 

District Headquarter: Namchi

Places to Visit in South Sikkim:

Namchi: Namchi is a town in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is the district headquarters and an emerging tourist destination known for its natural beauty, religious sites, and cultural attractionsNamchi is famous for the Siddheshwar Dham, also known as Char Dham. It is a pilgrimage complex that replicates the four revered Hindu shrines of Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka, and Rameswaram. The complex also features a 108-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva.For those interested in tea plantations, the Bermiok Tea Garden near Namchi offers an opportunity to explore the lush green tea estates and learn about the tea-making process. Namchi, with its blend of religious, cultural, and natural attractions, has become a significant destination in Sikkim. It provides a peaceful and scenic environment for visitors looking to explore the unique cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Ravangla: Ravangla is a beautiful town situated in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Ravangla is known for its serene environment, panoramic views of the mountains, and cultural attractions. Tathagata Tsal, commonly known as Buddha Park, is one of the major attractions in Ravangla. It features a giant statue of Lord Buddha, also known as the Buddha Park of Ravangla. The statue is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills. Kewzing is a picturesque village near Ravangla known for its traditional Sikkimese architecture and hospitality. It provides an authentic experience of rural Sikkimese life.Ravangla's serene atmosphere, cultural richness, and natural beauty make it a sought-after destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat in the lap of the Himalayas.  

Tendong Hill:  Tendong Hill is a scenic hill located near Ravangla in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Known for its natural beauty and cultural significance, Tendong Hill offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and is a popular destination for nature lovers and trekkers. Tendong Hill stands at an elevation of around 8,530 feet (2,600 meters) above sea level, providing visitors with a vantage point to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. Once at the summit of Tendong Hill, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The viewpoint provides an excellent opportunity for photography.

  

Borong:  Borong is a picturesque village located near Ravangla in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Known for its natural beauty, hot springs, and serene environment, Borong has become a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat in the Himalayas. Borong is renowned for its natural hot springs, where visitors can relax in the therapeutic warm water. The hot springs are believed to have medicinal properties, and many tourists visit Borong to experience their rejuvenating effects. The lush greenery, forests, and mountainous terrain provide a beautiful backdrop for outdoor activities. Borong, with its hot springs, natural beauty, and cultural attractions, offers a peaceful getaway for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Himalayas.

Maenum Hill And Maenum Wildlife Sanctuary: Maenam Hill is a prominent hill located in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the distant plains. The hill is known for its serene environment, lush greenery, and the opportunity it provides for trekking and nature walks. The summit of Maenam Hill provides breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Kanchenjunga. The viewpoints offer excellent opportunities for photography and a peaceful retreat in nature. The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary surrounds Maenam Hill. It is home to diverse flora and fauna, including various species of orchids, rhododendrons, and wildlife such as red panda, Himalayan black bear, and different bird species. The sanctuary is a haven for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Both Maenam Hill and the surrounding sanctuary offer a peaceful and serene environment, making them ideal destinations for those seeking a retreat in nature.

 

Solophok:  Solophok is a significant pilgrimage destination for devotees, and it attracts visitors seeking spiritual experiences. Visitors to Solophok may also get the opportunity to witness cultural performances and events, especially during festivals and special occasions. Solophok offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys, making it a serene and picturesque location. Solophok is not only a religious site but also a place of natural beauty, offering a tranquil atmosphere for those seeking spiritual solace. The Siddheswar Dham complex has become a notable landmark in South Sikkim, drawing pilgrims and tourists alike.

 

Temi Tea Garden: Temi Tea Garden is a renowned tea estate located in the Indian state of Sikkim. Situated in the South Sikkim district, it is known for producing high-quality organic tea in the picturesque Himalayan surroundings. The estate is perched on the slopes of the Tendong Hill, offering stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. It is the only tea estate in the state of Sikkim and one of the most beautiful tea gardens in India. Temi Tea Garden is known for its organic tea production. The estate follows eco-friendly and sustainable practices, avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The tea estate is surrounded by lush greenery, terraced slopes, and the majestic Tendong Hill. The picturesque landscape makes it a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers.

Siddheshwara Dham: 

Siddheswar Dham, also known as Char Dham or Solophok Chardham, is a pilgrimage site located near Namchi in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is a significant religious and cultural complex that replicates the four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, often referred to as Char Dham. The complex is situated in a scenic location with views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The serene environment adds to the spiritual experience for visitors.Siddheswar Dham has become a significant pilgrimage and cultural destination in Sikkim, drawing devotees and tourists alike. It combines religious significance with architectural beauty and natural charm, offering a unique experience for those seeking a spiritual retreat in the Himalayas.

   

 

                                                                                                                            

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