Best 21 Fascinating Tourist Places in Sikkim and Gangtok

Best 21 Fascinating Tourist Places in Sikkim and Gangtok

Sikkim a hilly state is a land of much majestic natural beauty. Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is slowly becoming a hub of worldwide tourist activities. Sikkim is the smallest state in India packs in itself bundles of surprises which may keep you asking for more. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but Sikkim has a beauty which not only pleases the eyes but your soul too. Let us discuss the must visits tourist places in Sikkim and Gangtok.

Sikkim – Land of the mighty Kanchenjunga

Sikkim is a tiny yet a very beautiful state. It has been exactly 40 years since Sikkim became the 22nd state of India but its record in literacy, sanitation, poverty and organic farming are beyond comparison. They have a sustainable position in the whole of Asia.

The state is 40 percent organic and has been awarded various awards for its unparallel achievements in literacy, organic farming practices and growth strategies. This Himalayan state is situated in the eastern Himalayan range. The state shares its borders with Tibet in the north, West Bengal in the south, Bhutan in the east and Nepal in the west.

There are a lot of places to visit in Sikkim Gangtok. The beauty of Sikkim is well spread throughout the state.

How to reach Sikkim Gangtok

Sikkim tourist places have been seeing a recent rush of tourists due to its branding worldwide. You cannot take anything away from the beautiful Himalayan state. There are historically important places to see in Sikkim and some amazing places to visit in Gangtok, the capital of the state. The state has fair transportation facilities and good connectivity with the nearby towns. There are various means of transportation till Sikkim Gangtok but the most efficient will be by road. Besides the famous tourist places of Gangtok Sikkim, there are few other beautiful places to visit in Gangtok Sikkim.

By Flight – The nearest airport will be Bagdogra, which is at a distance of  124 km. This airport is well connected to other cities and companies of Air India, Go Air and Spice Jet operate here.

By Train – Major railway stations will be New Jalpaiguri station at a distance of around 188 km. You can hire a cab or a taxi from here till Sikkim Gangtok.

By Road – The NH 31 well connects Sikkim to other nearby towns and cities. There are buses and jeeps which run on an hourly basis. Transportation till Sikkim is well organized.

Here are the Top 21 Tourist Places in Sikkim & Gangtok to Visit

1. Rumtek Monastery –

Rumtek Monastery

It is the biggest monastery in the whole of Sikkim and one of the most beautiful in the whole of India. It was originally called Dharma Chakra Centre before it got its present name. There is a golden stupa here which is very rare.

Location – Dharma chakra centre, 23 km from Gangtok.

Best time to visit – Summer timings 8 am to 5 am, Winter timing- 10 am to 5 pm

2. Tsomgo Lake –

Tsomgo Lake

It is a glacial lake also known as Changu lake. It stands at an altitude of 12,310 ft. The name Tsomgo means “Source of water”. The average depth of this lake is about 50 ft and the reflection of the surrounding on the crystal clear lake makes it a delight to our eyes.

Location – 35 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – Summer, winter and autumn.

3. Pelling

Pelling

It is a beautiful town in West Sikkim and is the second biggest tourist destination in the capital, Gangtok. The view of the Kanchenjunga is the main attraction that drives maximum tourist to Pelling. Other activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, village tour can also be done here.

Location – West Sikkim, 36 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – March to May

 4. Kanchenjunga base camp –

Kanchenjunga base camp

A trek to the base camp of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world is purely an unmatched and thrilling experience. The main highlights of the trek shall be witnessing some remote villages, snow-clad mountains, forest blanketed around with misty clouds and the relishing landscape are always a spectacular view.

Location – Yuksom, 150 km away from Gangtok

Best time to visit – Mid March-June/ Mid Sept-Oct

5. Nathula Pass –

Nathula Pass

Located in the East Sikkim is the mountain pass of Nathula, which was the famous passage of the Silk route. You must generally make arrangements before visiting. It must be noted that only Indian citizens are only allowed to visit the pass due to border issues. However, if you plan to visit here you must apply for a pass a day before your visit and it must also be done through a local tour operator which is registered under Sikkim tourism.

Location – 55 km from Gangtok via Tsomgo lake

Best time to visit – April-June/ October-November

6. Tashi View Point –

Tashi View Point

The Tashi viewpoint located few km from Gangtok is a tourist spot well known for its magnificent view of the mt. Kanchenjunga on a clear day. The view from here is breathtaking. The view of the sunrise from here is also a thrilling experience but for that, you must reach the viewpoint before 5 am in the morning.

Location – lower Burtuk road, 7.9 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – Best when the sky is clear/ for sunrise you must visit before 5 am.

7. Yumthang –

Yumthang

The valley of Sikkim is also known as the valley of Flowers. The beautiful valley adds true beauty to this evergreen valley of Yumthang. Other spectacular views of the valley would be a nature sanctuary, rivers long stretched meadows with mountain range and some hot springs and the mountainous animal the Yak.

Location – Yumthang valley, 120 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – late February-June/ September-December

8. Jawaharlal Nehru botanical garden –

Jawaharlal Nehru botanical garden

Named after the first Prime minister of India, this garden and research centre is maintained by the Sikkim forest department. It consists of around 50 species of Oak trees, a greenhouse where different orchids are grown and a small recreational centre to make it a must visit.

Location – near Rumtek Monastery, 22.4 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – March-lateMay/ Oct-Dec

9. Ganesh Tok –

Ganesh Tok

There is a temple of Lord Ganesh which has gained its popularity due to the beautiful scenery it offers from the hilltop. There is a balcony there which provides a full view of Gangtok, its mountain ranges an the snow peaked mt. Kanchenjunga.

Location – 8.1 km away from Gangtok

Best time to visit – No specific time, open whole year.

10. Kanchenzonga national park –

Kanchenzonga national park

It is also a biosphere reserve along with its being a national park. The reserve is home to 18 glaciers, 17 high altitude lakes and around 19 peaks and mountains. The UNESCO has declared it as one of the World Heritage sites due to its cultural and natural significance.

Location – Near Chungthan, 81.1 km away from Gangtok

Best time to visit – Mar-May/ Sep-Dec

11. Green Lake –

Green Lake

 

It is a gem of a place in Northern Sikkim which boasts of rich flora and fauna, dense forests and an amazing view of the mountains. The Green Lake is near Lachen, where the trek to the Green Lake generally begins. The beautiful and colourful orchids beautify the scenic roads to the lake.

Location – North Sikkim, 131 km from Gangtok.

Best time to visit – April and October

12. Chungthang –

Chungthang

It is a town in the North Sikkim district. It is the point of confluence between the two rivers, Lachen and Lachung. It has a rich biodiversity and is also home to many species of Flora and Fauna. The town has a cultural and Spiritual importance. It is being believed that the religious saint Guru Padmasambhava had blessed the town during his visit in the 7th century and also left a footmark on the stone where he had rested before leaving for Tibet.

Location – 95 km from Gangtok

Best time to visit – March/April/May

13. Zemu glacier –

Zemu glacier

It is undoubtedly the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalayas. It is exactly 26 km long and located at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is the source of water for the Teesta river which is an important part of the hydro project. The glacier is a natural reservoir which releases water as it melts.

Location – 131 km from Gangtok, Green Lake

Best time to visit – No specific time of visit.

14. Ravangla –

Ravangla

Along with other peaks of Kabru, Pandim, Sinialchu and others, Ravangla provides sights of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The richness of natural diversity here, the exotic flora and fauna and the thick forest, white snow mountains, scenic tea gardens, waterfalls, old monasteries and fresh essence of the hill makes Ravangla is a place worth staying and visiting.

Location – 69 km from Gangtok,  South Sikkim

Best time to visit – April-June/Sept-Nov

15. Lachung –

Lachung

It is a North Sikkim district situated near the border of Tibet. It stands at an altitude of 9600 ft. You can also visit the Rhododendron sanctuary here through which flows the Yumthang Chu. Lachung still maintains its unique self-governance system called Zuma who have an elected body of representatives who govern the hilly village.

It is also famous for its handicrafts, woven rags and blankets made by the locals here.

Location – 102 km from Gangtok, North-east Sikkim

Best time to visit – Mar-May/ July-Sept/Oct-Feb

16. Namchi –

Namchi

The town is the capital of South Sikkim and a hub of many cultural activities and festivities. It also has been a place with an enormous cultural and spiritual significance. Besides the breathtaking beauty, one can visit major holy places here.

  • The Samdruptse Hill where you find the tallest statue of Buddhist religious leader, Guru Padmasambhava. The hill is said to fulfil wishes of everyone who visits here.
  • The Char Dham which is a temple of great religious significance for the Hindus.

Location – 80 km from Gangtok, South Sikkim.

Best time to visit – Apr-Jun/Jul-Sept/Oct-Mar

17. Zuluk –

Zuluk

During your Zuluk visit you can also visit Lungthung, Padamchen, Kupup Lake, Nathan which comes under the Silk Route circuit, in a day trip. Zuluk has a rich diversity of Hilly fauna. The place is home to a unique variety of birds like Blood Pheasant, Snow Pheasant, Monal Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant and some others too. If lucky You may also get a glimpse of the Himalayan Weasel and A Martin. Sighting of wild dog, Red Panda and hilly dealers have also been recorded in Zuluk.

Location – 91.1 km away from Gangtok, East Sikkim

Best time to visit – August – September

18. Gurudongmar lake –

Gurudongmar lake

It is the second highest lake in Sikkim. It also has great religious importance attached to it, and the beautiful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga Mt Siniolchu, from the lake is a beautiful sight cherish forever. Circled by the crystal clear icy water, snow-capped mountains, it is said to be a very holy lake. The lake is one of the major sources of River Teesta, which flows from Sikkim and runs towards West Bengal and from there it flows towards Bangladesh, where it finally merges with the Bay of Bengal. There is a ‘Sarva Dharma Sthal’ near the Gurudongmar lake, which is also a very popular place of worship for all religious people.

Location – 174 km away from Gangtok.

Best time to visit – November to June

19. Gangtok –

Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital town of Sikkim. Hotels are available in wide range of rates. There is also some variety in eateries who serve cuisine for all taste. Shopping malls, nightclubs, cyber, cafes, pubs and snooker parlours add to the entertainment in Gangtok. In the main street of Gangtok town, MG Marg is a great place to chill out. This pavement or road where people walk seeing the variety of shops which offer a variety of services. No vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg.

Location – Heart of Sikkim, the capital.

Best time to visit – Peak season from September to June

20. Banjhakri falls –

Banjhakri falls

Ban jhakri is a mythical man, whose existence is limited to folktales within the Nepali Community in Sikkimese regions. The main attraction at the park beside the waterfalls (falling from a height of almost 40 ft ) are the gardens here which are beautifully landscaped and the place is further beautified with many statues of Lyam Lymay, Ban Jhakri, Lepcha and also Mangpas which have an ancestral importance. Other refreshment stalls and recreational activities are also present in the park. Entrance fee is applicable to all visitors.

Location – 4.6 km from Gangtok.

Best time to visit – October and February

21. Hanuman Tok –

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, It is one of the best tourist places near Gangtok. This divine place located in the upper parts of Gangtok. It is a temple that is visited by devotees from all over the country. This shrine in Sikkim falls on the way to another famous attraction, Nathula. A visit to this place will make you spiritual happiness, as soon as you start climbing the stairs. As u ascend you will see a far sight of prayers being offered and some religious music to suit the religious environment. The best part is the view of the small part of Gangtok town and the neighboring hills and valleys.

Location – 11 km from Gangtok, Upper Gangtok.

Best time to visit – Open from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm

Mode of Transportation in Sikkim

Car rental services in Sikkim can be done to visit Sikkim tourist places either through online booking or you can just try a car hire in Sikkim. There are Sikkim car rental rates which are followed throughout the state however if you are not clever enough to know the standard rates you could rent a car in Sikkim and realize you have paid higher than the usual rates. Be aware and don’t get too lazy to be fooled.

Besides Sikkim car booking facilities you can also avail some self-drive cars in Sikkim. You would need a proper four wheeler Indian License and an experience to drive in a hill station with steep curves and challenging roads.

In Sikkim, car rates are fixed according to the model of cars you would like to avail. You can choose from a variety of cars like a small car or a taxi, a sumo and also some bigger SUVs and luxury cars in Sikkim.

Sikkim is one of the states which is growing rapidly as a tourist hub for travelers around the world. Tourism sector around the state has been really stressing on the maintenance.  This state really deserves all the praises for the beauty it has preserved.

“Sikkim, where nature smiles”

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