Sikkim Tourism – Bringing Life to Northeastern India

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Yumthang Valley In Northern Sikkim, India
Yumthang Valley In Northern Sikkim, India

When it comes to the places which are attended and looked after by nature itself, Northeastern India is second to none. Most of North East India has empyreal views which are replete with immense greenery and beautiful lakes, aptly blessed by the climatic conditions as well. Sikkim is also one of the states located in Northeastern India, and Sikkim tourism is slowly picking up.

Sikkim shares international borders with Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Its beauty is evident by the fact that it forms part of the Himalayas. You receive only immense ecstasy from a trip to this state. Sikkim Tourism has been doing its bit continuously for the growth and development of the North-eastern region, especially for the state of Sikkim itself.

Beautiful first light from sunrise on Mount Kanchenjugha, Himalayan mountain range, Sikkim, India - Sikkim Tourism
Beautiful first light from sunrise on Mount Kanchenjunga, Himalayan mountain range, Sikkim, India.

Sikkim Tourism: Things to do

While planning a trip to any place, the first thought that crosses the mind is what are the places or things we are likely to enjoy there. Similar is the case with those headed to Sikkim.

Following are the things to do in Sikkim or places to see in Sikkim:

  • Trekking: Goecha La Trek surrounded by mountain ranges of Himalayas provides a spectacular spot to indulge in trekking.
  • River Rafting: Rafters get to see the greenery of the state while braving out the currents of the Teesta River.
  • Bird Watching: Lush green trees and picturesque views throughout Sikkim lure beautiful birds which renders a heavenly experience for bird watchers.
  • Cable Car Ride: Enjoy the aerial view of the city of Gangtok while riding the cable car. This activity is one of the best things to do in Gangtok.
  • Yak Ride: To ride beautifully adorned yaks, you will have to head to the Tsomgo Lake which is at an altitude of 12,400 ft above the sea level.
Gangtok, Sikkim, India, sikkim tourism
Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Mentioned above are just a few of the myriad activities that you get to enjoy in the package of Sikkim Tourism. Some other things that are likely to set adrenaline rush through your mind are mountain biking, Sikkim nightlife, exploring the caves in Sikkim, walk-in Rinchenpong, etc. There are guidelines especially put in place by Sikkim tourism so that the chance of any mishappening can be completely avoided, and Sikkim leaves its visitors with nothing but splendid memories.

Sikkim culture

It is the conservation of the culture by any tribe or clan that reflects how much they value their and others’ culture and traditions. The peace-loving people of Sikkim respect and worship nature. Many languages are prevalent in Sikkim including Hindi and English, and Nepali is the most common language spoken here as the state shares its border with Nepal. Hindus form the majority of the population followed closely by Buddhism.

Monks perform the popular Mask dance during religious celebrations in temples. Monks put on colorful masks, adorn themselves with swords and jewels, and hop on drumbeats and religious chants. Sikkimese are also famous for their archery which they perform on the culmination of the harvest season. As far as the occupation is concerned most of the Sikkimese are involved in agricultural activities.

Buddhist Monk with Mask during Festival, Sikkim, sikkim tourism
Buddhist Monk with Mask during Festival, Sikkim

How to get to Sikkim?

  • By Flight: Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport to Sikkim which is 124 km away. Major airports of India are connected to this airport.
  • By Train: Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the major railway stations near Gangtok and are well connected with other major railway stations of India.
  • By Road: State and private buses are available to get to Sikkim from its neighbouring states. You can also opt for taxis and cab services.

Best time to visit

Being a part of the Himalayas, Sikkim is likely to have cold climate most of the times, especially during the nights and in winter seasons. To have a pleasant journey throughout the state and avoid the burden of packing extra clothing for tackling icy conditions, then the best time is to land on the soil of Sikkim between March and June. If you are more into enjoying the grandeur of the Himalayas, then you should plan your trip anywhere between October and December.

During the season, the hotels are all packed. So if you have plans to explore this wonder of nature, then make sure you have pre-booked the hotel and made adequate arrangements for other services. Apart from the various Sikkim tourist places mentioned, some of the areas of Sikkim still remains untouched that is likely to unfold many more miracles of nature in due course.

North East tourism has lots to offer its visitors. All you need to have is time and zeal to explore the nature’s creativity at its best.

Read more Travel guides to the northeastern states of India

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