Northeastern Glory – 7 Spectacular Tourist Attractions In Sikkim To Visit Before 2021 Ends
Sikkim is one of the most picturesque destinations in northeastern India. Enjoy the views of the snow-clad mountain peaks and bask in the scenery of the surrounding valleys.
Sikkim is the best hill station to visit near Kolkata. The best time to visit is through March to September as the weather is cool and pleasant.
This summer vacation, plan a trip to Sikkim and explore these top tourist attractions in Sikkim:
The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok offers the best walking trails, silver-fir trees, local culture, history, food, scenic mountain views, and much more. Book hotels in Gangtok Sikkim with mountain view rooms.
- Paragliding in the valley
- Jhakri Falls and Kyongnosla Waterfalls
- Yak ride
- Lively nightlife
- Snowcapped ranges of Mt Kachendzonga
- Bird-eye view from the ropeway
How to Reach: Take a cab for 148 km from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best Time to Visit: October to June
2. Tsomgo lake
Tsomgo lake is located just 38 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. Trekking to Tsomgo Lake can be a fun adventure. You can hire a local guide to reach the lake through the best route. You can stay at a hotel in Sikkim while exploring these tourist spots.
- Migratory ducks
- Flowers like Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, and Irish
- Yak and pony ride
Travel Tip: Start early morning
How to Reach: Take a cab ride from Gangtok which will take approximately 2 hours.
Best Time to Visit: Jan to Mar for snow; April to May for Rhododendrons and Orchids; and Oct to Dec.
Yuksom is a picturesque historic town nestled in the outskirts of Sikkim. Escape the hustle-bustle of city life and visit this beautiful hill town in Sikkim in the lap of nature. This scenic tourist spot in Sikkim offers breathtaking views and natural beauty.
- The historic Norbugang Park
- Tashi tenka, a historic royal palace with wonderful views
- Goechala Trek
- Khangchendzonga National Park
Precaution: Poor lighting on the roads
How to Reach: 6 to 7 hours by a train ride from Jorethang to Jalpaiguri. You can travel by flight to the nearest Pakyong airport.
Best Time to Visit: Summer time from March to June and Autumn/ Winter time from September to November
4. Nathula Pass
As one of the popular tourist spots in Sikkim, Nathula pass, which connects India with Tibet. The pass, at 4,310 m above sea level is a part of the prehistoric Silk Road. A trek to the Nathula pass is worth the effort for every traveler to Sikkim. Book nearby hotels in Sikkim as your base station.
- Yak safari
- Border Gates of India and China
- A beautifully built war memorial
- Exhibition Centre of the Indian Army
- Mt Chomolhari
Precautions: Monitor your oxygen levels before trekking.
How To Reach:
- By Road: 4 to 5 hours by bus from the east of Gangtok (54 km)
- By Train: Nearest railhead is Siliguri, 165 km away, and takes 4.5 hours by taxi.
- By Air: Flight Nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best Time To Visit: The months of May and October are ideal for trekking. The pass is open for Indians exclusively from Wednesday through Sunday.
5. Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang
The infamous winter home for Tibetan nomadic tribes, Lachen is a picturesque hilltop village attracting tourists from all around the world. Lachung is also a high-altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim. Enjoy the snow-clad mountain peaks and lush greenery. Yumthang is a picturesque valley bounded by snowcapped mountains.
If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, check out all these three places.
- The picturesque trek from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake
- Gurudongmar Lake which is often frozen in winters
- Rhododendron bloom
- Sub-zero temperature and snowcapped highlands at Yumesamdong / Zero-point
Precaution: Low oxygen levels
How to Reach: Take a taxi from the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri). The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.
Best Time to Visit: March and June are the best months to visit during summer. During winter months, visit in December and January to experience snowfall.
As one of the most scenic tourist spots in Sikkim, Zuluk is a small village located at a high altitude. This place is a part of the historic silk route. Enjoy spectacular views of the snowcapped mountain ranges especially during winter and lush green meadows during the summer.
- Mt Kanchenjungha
- Thambi View Point
Precautions: Be prepared for a foggy climate
How to Reach: Take a private cab ride from the nearest railway station, Jalpaiguri.
Best Time to Visit: August and September