Planning a trip to Sikkim? Fret not, for we have got you all covered! Located in the northeast, Sikkim is India's least populous state, thus making it a perfect destination if you are looking forward to skipping the city traffic and buzz. A considerable part of Sikkim is covered by Khangchendzonga National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sikkim is home to Kanchenjunga - the highest peak in India and the third highest peak in the world. Modern Sikkim is an amalgamation of its rich history and culture. Thus, the state should be a must-visit on your travel bucket list. The main languages spoken here are English, Nepali, Lepcha and Sikkimese. Another fun fact about the state is that Sikkim is one of the leading 'Environmentally Conscious' states in the country. So, let's have a look at the top places to visit in Sikkim on your vacation.
Top 7 Tourist Places To Visit In Sikkim.
1. Kanchenjunga Base Camp
To all the adventure junkies who have come to Sikkim to see the world's third highest peak, this is the obvious place to start. A place that is 14,000 ft. above sea level sounds enticing to visit. Located very close to the Indo-China border, there are several things one should take care of before visiting this base camp. Make sure you have the necessary training and have researched well enough before you visit the Base Camp.
The second most popular place right after Gangtok, Pelling is tourists' favorite. This small town is located 130 km from Gangtok and is renowned for the mesmerizing panoramic views of the mighty snow-laden mountains. When in Pelling, don't forget to visit the Pemayangste monastery. Pelling is the start point of many gorgeous treks. You can also be a part of many other activities like meditation retreats, mountain climbing, rock climbing, in Pelling. There is a Khangchendzonga Winter Festival that is held in Pelling every year. Make sure you try out the local delicacies when in Pelling.
3. Teesta River
The Teesta River Sangam is a spot that many tourists love in Sikkim. There is a Dikchu bridge near the river which also attracts many tourists. If you pay a visit to Sikkim in the winter, you can get to witness a gorgeous view of the frozen Teesta River.
4. Tsomgo Chho
Lake Tsogmo also known as Changu Lake, is a super popular site in Sikkim. An interesting feature of the lake is that the water changes color as the seasons change. The Jhakris of Sikkim come to this lake during the festival of Guru Purnima and Raksha Bandhan to benefit people from the healing qualities of the waters of the lake.
5. Khangchendzonga National Park
After being recognized as World Heritage Site in 2016, this national park welcomes many tourists on regular basis. It is the first 'mixed heritage site' in India.
6. Nathula Pass
This mountain pass in Gangtok is known for connecting India's Sikkim to China's Tibet region. It is also one of the three open trade posts between India and China borders. Apart from the geopolitical perspective, the place has breathtaking views of landscapes full of snow.
7. Gurudongmar Lake
This lake holds a striking resemblance to the Pangong Tso Lake of Leh. It is situated at an altitude of 17,800 ft above sea level. The pristine blue waters of this lake are considered holy by Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.
So when are you planning your next holiday?