About Sikkim

Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows, and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 17th century. There are many trekking destinations, with a popular starting point in the small, quaint village of Yuksom. From there, hikers can explore nearby monasteries, while expert mountaineers head to Goecha La, a base camp for those ascending Kangchenjunga. Snow-capped peaks are also part of the skyline in the capital, Gangtok, home to temples, monasteries, and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, displaying Buddhist texts and artifacts. FambongLho and Maenam wildlife sanctuaries protect rare birds and butterflies, plus red pandas, civets, and leopards. Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary harbors hundreds of species of the flower.
Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery, also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok.
Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok is a Hindu temple complex which is located in the upper reaches of Gangtok, the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and maintained by the Indian army.
Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with a river, hot springs, yaks, and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim state in India. 
Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and highest lakes in India, located at an altitude of 17,800 feet in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is a lake that is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus.
Nathu La

Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road.
Goecha La

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, can be viewed from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. 
Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok is a quaint Hindu temple with sweeping hilltop views, plus a cafe offering drinks and light bites.
Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park

Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park is a recreation center and tourist attraction near Gangtok, in the state of Sikkim, India.
Bakthang Waterfall

Bakthang Waterfall is a natural waterfall rushing down rocks into a small pool, viewable by a modest footbridge.
Kanchenjunga Fall

Kanchenjunga Fall, being an important tourist attraction of Sikkim, is a must-visit when you are in Pelling. It is just an hour away and takes you through a truly scenic route. The rocky path leading to the fall lets you get closer to nature.

Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Notable Buddhist sites include Rumtek Monastery, home of rare artifacts belonging to the Karma Kagyu order also known as the “Black Hat”. Enchey Monastery is built in the style of a Chinese pagoda.

Pelling is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures, and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has evidence of the king’s bedroom and kitchen.

Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It is divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards. Nearby, the Yumthang Valley's Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary protects many species of rhododendron. The valley is also known for its waterfalls, pine forests, and hot springs.

Namchi, in the local dialect literally means ‘top of the sky’. The district headquarters of South Sikkim is a fast emerging tourist destination. Located 78 km from Gangtok, set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers an unrivaled view of the Mt. Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley.

Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal of Sikkim.

Ravangla or Rawangla or Ravongla is a small tourist town situated at an elevation of 7000 ft in the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is connected by state highway to other major towns in the state and lies between Pelling and Gangtok. It acts as the starting point for the trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.

Lachen is a town in the North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 meters. The name Lachen means "big pass". The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base of the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.

Zuluk is a tiny village settlement at an altitude of 10,100ft. It's located in the lower Himalayas of Eastern Sikkim on the historic old Silk Route which once connected India with Tibet. On the Indian side, the Silk route starts from Pedong in Kalimpong district and goes through places like Rhenock, Rongli, Zuluk and northward to Nathang valley and Kupup, and finally, Jelepla Pass was used to reach the beautiful Chumbi valley of Tibbet and then onward to Lhasa. 
Best Time To Visit Sikkim

The best time to visit Sikkim is during summer, between March till June, when the weather is comparatively less cold and seems comfortably pleasant.  In summers Sikkim stays pleasant and lovely. The temperature stays between 5°C to 25°C. Nights of the summers can be chilling, so it is advised to pack in some woolen clothes as well. This is the best time to visit Sikkim’s Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Rumtek Monastery, and others. Sikkim faces average to heavy rainfall, causing the temperature to fall. The whole aura stays pleasant and chilling. The range of temperature during this season is 4°C to 15°C. The area at this time is prone to landslides. But you can get affordable rooms and less crowded tourist destinations. Winter too is the best time to visit Sikkim. If you want to experience snow, then you must visit Sikkim in winter. The temperature in this season stays between -5°C to 7°C.

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