The beauty of North-East India is truly unparalleled and has lured tourists in for decades. However, it is the picturesque Sikkim that stands out for its sheer beauty and serenity. It is truly a paradise, especially for the nature lover.
The white, snow-clad peaks are sure to mesmerize you completely. Besides being declared as India’s first fully organic state, Sikkim offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
There are many frequented tourist locations included in the Sikkim tour packages but you need to discover its hidden gems too! Without unearthing the secrets of Sikkim, the trip would surely remain incomplete.
Get ready to explore the lesser known sights of the state and have your dreams of becoming an explorer come true.
Here are a few tips that might help you to leave the well trodden path behind and proceed on the offbeat track. Bon Voyage!
Ravangla is undoubtedly the best place to visit for nature lovers. Situated amidst the hills of Meanam and Tendong, this small town of South Sikkim comes with a breathtaking panoramic view on offer.
Ravangla can be the perfect place for unleashing your adventurous spirit too! Due to its proximity to various hills such as Borong and Maenam, this place doubles up as a trekker’s paradise as well.
There is no dearth of places to visit nearby either. Look out for the Buddha effigy at the Buddha Park and get a taste of the aromaticl Himalayan tea at the Temi Tea Gardens.
Find your spiritual guidance at Ralang Monastery before watch a mesmerizing view of the rising sun at the Rayong Sunrise View Point. You just cannot miss out on Tedong Hill, Borong and Ralong Hot Springs while discovering the wonders of nature here.
The “small pass” of Lachung is located right on the border with Tibet. It is yet another of Sikkim’s picturesque villages. River Lachung flows through the village that serves as a perfect getaway for the tourists who yearn to be away from the madding crowd and cacophony of the city.
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and Lachung Gompa are some of the major attractions here. The handicrafts at this village are worth collecting too.
Sikkim abounds with high altitude lakes that happen to be one of the major tourist attractions here. The state also has many such beautiful lakes that are less frequented and lesser known.
One among them is Chayatal, situated at 6000ft above the sea level in West Sikkim. It is a quiet place where you can spend a luxurious time alone amidst nature.
Play with the fog and mist by the day and pick a home stay for experiencing life to the fullest. Look up at the beautiful Kanchenjunga or the even more beautiful emerald green waters of the lake with untouched greenery surrounding you totally.
Kaluk is one of the most beautiful destinations in West Sikkim although it has been overlooked and ignored by both the frequent visitors and local population of Sikkim.
Tiny and beautiful, Kaluk is bound to mesmerize you. Walk through its picturesque valleys and gaze at the lofty hills feasting your tired eyes on the lush greenery.
The view of the Kanchenjunga is believed to be the best from here and will definitely leave you spellbound!
Kitam Bird Sanctuary:
A bird lover visiting Sikkim cannot afford to miss the wonderful Kitam Bird Sanctuary. In short, it is every bird lover’s paradise. Attracting both national and international tourists, the sanctuary remains open throughout the year.
This low altitude bird sanctuary is on the route to Namchi and can be reached easily within 3 hours from New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri, towns of West Bengal.
Sumbuk: A heavenly location for an ardent birdwatcher, Sumbuk remains one of the most untouched parts of South Sikkim. Situated on the bank of River Rangit, it is one of the most unique destinations in the state.
The village is truly enchanting and filled with gladiolas farms as well as many ancient temples.
A peacock breeding forest close by happens to be a major interest for the visitors. Try picking strawberries at Tamley Chaur and get a taste of the exotic.
Literally translated to King’s Garden, Gyalshing is said to have been attached to the Palace at Rabdentse serving as the royal garden. However, it is a bustling town at present with a considerably old market situated besides the Pemayangste Monastery.
Right next to the market is the holiest wall of Sikkim called Mendang. Kecheoplari Lake is close by and attracts hordes of tourists each year.
Located in West Sikkim, Barsey is known for its wonderful and colourful Rhododendron Sanctuary. Trekking through this Sanctuary to the Guras Kunj trekker’s hut can be an unforgettable experience.
Feel free to soak up the warm mountain sun, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Singalila range from inside the hut.
A visit to Sikkim is really incomplete without stopping by the Yumthang Valley. Situated at 3500m above the sea level, this beautiful valley is resplendent with beautiful wild flowers.
The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is also situated here as is the town of Lachung. Do make sure to visit the above mentioned spots for gaining an insight about the place.
Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa peaks are visible from the valley below and present a wonderful sight that is rarely found elsewhere.
Bordered by the rivers Chu and Teesta, this village of North Sikkim is a reserved area that houses the local Lepcha community. Remember to walk to the cinnamon fields and have a field day breathing in the aromatic scent.
Enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga and watch the colorful flowers and rhododendron bloom in a chaotic profusion of colors. Fishing in the Teesta River can be a refreshing experience that allows you to catch your dinner too.
You might also take a walk down the Bamboo Bridge at Passingdang to reach the Teesta River. It is sure to remain etched in your memory for a long time.
Seven Sisters Waterfall:
Situated on the way to Mangan, at a distance of 32km from Gangtok, the Seven Sisters Waterfall is a magnificent cascade of water that catches the attention instantly.
Stand on top of the small foot bridge built to present the best view of the waterfall.
Sikkim is one of the major tourist attractions of all times but it also has a lot of unfrequented, lesser known and underrated tourist spots.
Exploring them can be one of the most thrilling experiences ever. Be sure to specifically request for Sikkim tourist packages include such spots so that your tour can prove to be magical.