Sikkim tourism is incredible! Sikkim is a wonderland in the bosom of Eastern Himalayas with its avant garde surroundings and spectacular tableau. The Shangrila, the Mt. Kanchenjunga makes Sikkim a charming land representing a concoction of Buddhism and Tibetology. With Buddhism predominant in the state you will see many monasteries and ruby clad monks on your Sikkim tour. For you, the nature lovers, the state has eminent orchids sanctuary where 500 indigenous species of orchids are found. An Sikkim travel has many druthers for adventurers. On your way to trekking you will witness many quaint dales and mountain lakes. A base for mountaineering expeditions the rivers of Teesta and Rangeet are superb for river rafting.
How to Reach Sikkim
By Air : The nearest airport Bagdogra, near Siliguri in West Bengal, is connected by air to New Delhi, Kolkata and Guawahati. You can also commute by helicopter to Sikkim.
By Rail: Siliguri (114 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms) are the two closest railway stations connecting Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and other important cities in India with Sikkim.
By Road: The state is connected by road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the District Headquarters within Sikkim. Also a bus service is offered by The Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) from all major cities and towns in North Bengal to Gangtok.
A 15 day Restricted Area Permit is required for the Foreign tourists for Sikkim tourism. Indians do not require any special permit for entering the state except for some restricted areas.
Sikkim Tourism – Fact File
Altitude: 5, 500 ft.
Area: 7,096 sq. kms.
Climate: Summer: Maximum temperature: 21 Degree C, min 13 Degree C
Winter: Maximum temperature: 13 Degree C, min 0.48 Degree C.
Clothing: Summer: Light woolens & cottons
Winter: Heavy Woolens
Religion: Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and other religion are also practiced.
Language Spoken : Nepali, Hindi, English, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limboo
Best season to visit: Best time for Sikkim travel holiday tour depends on what you want to enjoy. To enjoy a Jeep Safari and culture tours, the best period is March to mid – June and October to December. January to February is very cold with snowfall in North Sikkim thereby best for enjoying snow fall. For trekking the best time is spring, summer and autumn coinciding with March to May and October to November.
Famous Cities and Destinations of Sikkim
Gangtok: The city is substantiation of “Unity in Diversity” with an admix of various cultures and religions existing in this small and beautiful city at the backdrop of Ranipool River. Gangtok has a ecumenical essence with primitive charm and hospitality allowing a pinch of advancement and adoption of modernization. The major tourist attractions and places to visit in the city are Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Tsomgo/ Changu Lake, Menmecho Lake, Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Marg (a shopper’s delight), Labrang Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Tsulakhang Royal, Deer Park / Rustomji Park, Kechopari Lake (wishing lake) and Phurchachu Reshi Hot Springs.
Pelling: The city derives its name from Pemalingpa monastery. The town is ideal for holiday travel for its magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, clamorous waterfalls and thick woods make the city a hot destination on Sikkim tourism. Among the famous waterfalls are Kanchenjunga Falls, Changay Falls (on Sing Shore Bridge), Phamrong Falls and Rimbi Falls. The major tourist attractions in the city are Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangacholing Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery and Singshore Suspension Bridge.
Yuksom: You probably cannot miss out on this destination on your Sikkim tour. This exotic village has alluring mountain peaks and is base for Khanchendzonga National Park trek, Dzongri or Goechala Pass. The Heritage site, Coronation Throne, Dubdi Monastery, Tendong Hill, Ravangla, Menam Hill, Borong, Versey, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden, Water Garden, Tsomgo Lake and Tashi View Point are worth visiting here.
Gezing:Travel Sikkim to explore Gezing. Gyalshing or Gezing, as it is also called, is an enjoyable town distinctive with its moderate temperature. The ancient town of Yuksom is in close vicinity to the city. You can also enjoy Pemyangtse monastery, Khecheopalri Lake and The Palace of the Chogyals.
Jorethang: A major business center in south Sikkim is also famous for the festivals celebrated here with great fervor. This city is a division between Sikkim and West Bengal. The town is manifestation of diverse cultures and religions which you will defintely enjoy when you travel Sikkim this holiday vacation.
Mangan:The district headquarters of North Sikkim is a small village with exquisite flora and fauna and miniature gardens. You will enjoy seeing the spectacular view of mount Siniolchu (a range of mount Kanchenjunga) and worth visit are Phensong and Phodong Monastery.
Namchi: The headquarters of the South Sikkim is an embodiment of beauty and splendor. Tourists are attracted to this place for the immense pleasure it offers. This “Sky High” place has many places for enjoying like Tendong Hill, Temi Tea Garden, Samdrupste, Helipad, Doling Gumpa, Rock Garden, Namchi Monastery.
Adventure Activities in Sikkim
Trekking Adventure Tours in Sikkim
Trekking on Sikkim tourism will be a lifetime experience for the trekkers with so many enthralling and enchanting treks to discover. The unstained enormous expanses entice the trekkers for that amazing expedition. Steal a moment from the time on your expedition, behold the pristine beauty of flora and fauna and experience the awe of nature’s craft. One such trek to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary takes you through jungles of silver fir, hemlock, magnolia and rhododendron. Adding to the charm is the view of Kanchenjunga. Enjoy your trekking on the most popular trek of The Dzongri – Goecha La Trek encountering lavish mountain vistas and floral carnival in summers, and exotic birds and dense forests.
Some popular treks promoted by Sikkim tourism are Monastic Trek, Rhododendron Trek, Khangchendzonga Trek, Coronation Trek, Khedi Trek, Singalila Trek, Kosturi Orar Trek, Samartek Trek, Rinchenpong/Soreng Trek, Himalayan Trek, Tosha Lake Trek, Chewabanjyang Trek, Meanam Hill Trek and Tendong Hill Trek. Trekking on one or all treks will a memeorable experience for the trekkers on Sikkim tour.
River Rafting Adventure Tours in Sikkim
For the adventure trekkers there are placid and gentle water bodies and those torrential and tumultuous ones also. A river rafting expedition, wavering through the rough and rugged mountain regions, in the amazing Teesta will be an awesome experience. The wood land around the riverbanks, the harvests in bloom, the scattered villages are all expecting your visit. Travel Sikkim to conquer the rapids the evrenrgetic rivers
Kayaking Adventure in Sikkim
If you are a bit experienced then this adventure activity is just for you. Take a kayak and challenge the currents of turbulent river. Enjoy a kayaking expedition in a group on Teesta river.
Mountain Biking Adventure in Sikkim
There are multiple alternatives for you to start your Mountain Biking adventure Expedition in the state. Take the bike and get going to either a technical mountain biking experience or on other routes that offer great landscape to ride through. Some biking routes of the state are as:
- Gangtok – Rumtek – Sang – Sirwani – Temi – Damthang – Rabong – Kewzing – Tashiding – Yoksum – Geyzing – Dentam – Rinchenpong – Soreng – Sombaria – Jorthang – Namchi – Rangpo.
- Gangtok – Phodong – Rangrang – Dikchu – Makha – Sirwani – Temi
- Gangtok – Rumtek – Sang – Sirwani – Temi – Namchi – Jorthang – Melli
- Gangtok – Rumtek – Sang – Sirwani – Temi – Namchi – Namthang – Rangpo
Mountaineering Adventure Tour in Sikkim
The land of Sikkim is bestowed with mighty Himalayas. The adventurers try to challenge the towering cliffs of the mountains. Jopuno, Tinchenkhang, Frey’s Peak, Lamo Angden and Byrmkhangse are the popular peaks of Sikkim attract many adventure freaks. Obtain a permit for mountaineering on these peaks and experience that high ecstasy. May to October is the best time for mountaineering in Sikkim.