Hassle free and warm-hearted, it’s a state that’s all too easy to fall in love with, explaining perhaps why permit regulations prevent foreigners staying too long or going too far. Clean, green and ‘all organic’ since 2016, Sikkim is mostly a maze of plunging, super-steep valleys thick with lush subtropical woodlands and rhododendron groves, rising in the north to the spectacular white-top peaks of the eastern Himalaya.
The meditative, mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism coexist with Hindu shrines of the ever-growing Nepali community, both religions creating some astonishing latter-day mega-sculptures to adorn the skyline.
Sikkim’s modern capital is layered along a precipitous mountain ridge, descending the hillside in steep tiers. MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok is a great place to chill out throughout the day, it’s the country’s first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. There are countless viewpoints with panoramas that encompass plunging green valleys and, if you’re lucky weather-wise, glimpses of Khangchendzonga on the distant skyline.
It is situated at an elevation of 4,310 meters above sea level, and is an offshoot of the old silk route. This is a must visit site as the location is a Hiker’s haven, as it offers picturesque views of the valley.
It is located on the north of the Nathu La Pass, and is a glacial lake in Sikkim. The lake is situated at an average elevation of 3780 meters above sea level.
The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range, the third highest peak in the world. Known for its pristine natural beauty, the people of Pelling ensure that the natural and cultural resources of its land remain untouched. Some of the town’s most beautiful tourist attractions are its waterfalls and lakes.
One of North Sikkim’s greatest highlights is driving the 52km route between Lachung and Zero Point through the ever-changing scenic kaleidescope of the Yumthang Valley. Yumthang Valley is a paradise for nature lovers with a spectacular blend of flora and fauna and splendid picturesque beauty. Unique wild flowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons cover the entire valley in rich colors every spring, making it a great tourist attraction.
Being the second highest lake in India, the splendid and scenic beauty of the place is breath-taking. The Gurudongmar Lake is located in Lachen, a small beautiful town in North Sikkim situated at a height of 10000 ft. Named after Guru Dongmar, the lake has a lot of religious significance and the beautiful view of Mount Siniolchu and Khanchendzonga from that point is a sight to behold. Encircled by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear icy water, it is considered as a very holy lake.