Sikkim


Sikkim Travel Guide | Tour Guide

Sikkim is a small tiny state of India in the lap of Himalaya. It is called the land of majestic splendour because of its high rise mountains, meandering streams, lush green tea gardens and forests. It has four districts each is having its uniqueness in term of its offerings to the tourists. Sikkim is most peaceful & politically stable state. Almost 40% of Sikkim is covered with forest which makes it a paradise for nature lovers.  

Places to Visit | Best Time to Visit | Temperature | How to Reach  | Sikkim MAP | Sikkim Tour Packages


East Sikkim Travel Guide:  

Tsomgo Lake- Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake- Gangtok

Gangtok: It is situated at an altitude of 5500ft. Ganesg Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View point, Enchey Monastery, flower show complex are the main attractions of Gangtok.  Other than that only 24 km. away there is Rumtek Monastery, an important centre for Buddhist studies.

Tsomgo Lake & Natula Pass: Tsomgo Lake is 32 km. away from Gangtok situated at an altitude of 12400 ft. The source of the water is the melting snow of the surrounding mountains. Nathula Pass is another 20 km. drive from Tsomgo Lake, situated at an altitude of 14000 ft. It is a trade route between India and China.   Read more…


West Sikkim Tour Guide:   

Pemeyantse Monastery- Pelling

Pemeyantse Monastery- Pelling

Pelling: It is a small mountain village at an altitude of 6000 ft. and offers wonderful view of Mt.Kanchandzonga. Just 2 km away there is Pemayanste Monastery the most important monastery of the Nyingmapa order. The monastery houses a number of religious objects with historical and archeological importence. Other than that there are Kechopalri Lake, Rabadanste Ruins and Sanga Chelling Monastery.     Read more…

Yuksom: Yuksom is the first capital of Sikkim. It is the nerest motorable rode to Mt.Kanchandzonga. It also offers a magnificent view of other peaks like Mt. Pandim, Kabru and Talung.

Versey: It lies at an altitude of 10,000 ft. and having a motorable access upto Hilley. This place is famous for Rhododendron Sanctuary wide a wide variety of Rhododendrons. A uphill walk upto Soreng or Dentam will be a unique experience.

Just 3kms away from Pelling there is Pamayangtse  Monastery is an important institute of Sikkim of Nyingampa order. Khecheopalri Lake is one of the most sacred lakes both for Buddhists and Hindus.   


North Sikkim Travel Guide:  

Gurudongmar Lake- North Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake- North Sikkim

Yumthang: At a height of 11,800 ft. the valley is about 140 kms away from Gangtok. It is one of the most beautiful places of Sikkim. The valley has Shingbha Rhododendron Sanstuary 24 verities of rhododendrons. There is a hot spring and just 24 kms away Katao offers a panoramic view of snow capped peaks.

Chungthang: Chungthang is situated on the confluence of Lachen and Lachung Chu, 95 kms from Gangtok, and it is the starting point of the river Tista. It emerged as a major sub divisional town of North District. The place has immense potential of biodiversity with a wide variety of orchids. Plants and wild life. Just 23kms and 29 kms away from Chungthang there another two important valleys Lachung and Lachen.

Gurudongmar Lake: It is a fascinating lake of North Sikkim at an altitude of 17,150 ft. and surrounded by snow capped peaks. it is situated at 35km north from Lachen & approx 160km from the capital city of Gangtok. The lake gets frozen during winter.     Read More…

The other important destinations of North District are Singhik, Phodong Monartery, Phensong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan etc.


South Sikkim Tour Guide:

Namchi- CharDham

Namchi- CharDham

Ravangla: It is an up coming destination of Sikkim. It is the transit point for Menam Hills and Borong. A downward trek will take take you to ‘Shar Chok Bepnu’ one of the most holiest cave of the state.

Namchi: 78 kms away from Gangtok, Namchi offers a panoramic view of snow capped mountains. The head quarter of South District, is a fast developing tourist destination. Namchi is famous for the flower festival which usually held in the month of February.

Tendong Hills:  The 8,530 ft high destination is a sacred place in South Sikkim surrounded by lush green pristine forests. One can have a two hour trek from Damthang Bazar to Tendong Hill or can adopt the traditional route Damthang to Namchi via Tendong.

Temi Tea Garden: This tea garden produces one of best quality teas in the international market. The garden is spread over a gental slope of hills from Tendong and  offers an extra ordinary view of surrounding villages.

Borong, Singchu-thang, sikip etc are the other important destinations of South Sikkim.

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Best time to visit Sikkim:

You can plan your travel to Sikkim at any time of the year. Every season will offer you a different flavor. Weather in varies from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the north. It mainly has five seasons.

Spring (March to April): it is considered a very good season with moderate temperature. This is the time for rhododendrons, orchids & various flowers. Snow will also be visible in some parts of the state.

Summer (May to Jun): as summer is not very hot in Sikkim. It draws the maximum no of tourist. Most of the regions of the state experience a temperature clime & it ranges from 18C (64F) to 25C (78F).

Monsoon (Jul to Mid Sep):  this is the time when the state gets maximum rainfall. Sikkim is an ideal place to enjoy Indian monsoon with lush green valleys, hills along with beautiful clouds & fog. But heavy rain increases the risk of landslide during monsoon.    

Autumn (Mid Sep to Nov):  Just after monsoon this is probably the best time to travel with clear sky & moderate temperature.  It is also a good time for photography.

Winter (Dec to Feb):   These are the coolest months & some part of state receives a good volume of snowfall. One can have snow in North district & part of East district. Sikkim is a place with some of the highest snow capped peaks of the world.

 


Sikkim Temperature Chart:

Month o Celsius Gangtok Geyzing Yumesamdong
January Max

Min

12

4

14

6

0

-18

February Max

Min

13

5

16

7

1

-16

March Max

Min

18

8

20

11

2

-11

April Max

Min

20

11

23

13

6

-7

May Max

Min

21

13

23

15

9

-2

June Max

Min

22

15

24

17

12

1

July Max

Min

22

16

24

18

12

3

August Max

Min

22

16

24

18

12

2

September Max

Min

21

15

23

17

10

0

October Max

Min

20

12

23

14

7

-6

November Max

Min

17

8

19

10

4

-12

December Max

Min

14

5

16

7

2

-16

 

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How to Reach Sikkim :

By Air: Currently Sikkim does not have any operational airport or railway station. An airport is being constructed in Pakyong. The nearest operational airport in Bagdogra (IXB) located in West Bengal. Bagdogra to Gangtok is 125km, Pelling 145km & Namchi is approx 110km. Bagdogra is directly connected with Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati & Bangkok & it is indirect connection all major cities in India.

By Rail: Due to the geographic nature Sikkim does not have any railway connectivity. The nearest railway station is New Jalpauguri (NJP) located in neighboring state West Bengal. NJP is well connected with all major cities in India. NJP to Gangtok is 120km, Pelling 135km & Namchi is 98km.   

By Road : Sikkim is connected with Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP through national National Highway 31A. It connects West & South district through Melli & Gangtok (East) through Rongpo. Sikkim National Transport (SNT) operates regular busses from Siliguri to various destinations in Sikkim. Private buses are also available from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus.

 


Sikkim Tourist MAP

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