When it comes to tourism in India, the north-eastern province is often given a second preference. However, many people fail to realize the fact that the northeast has some of the most beautiful places to visit and explore. Sikkim takes the top spot on the list.
Despite the small package, the stunning state of Sikkim is covered in lush greenery, steep snow-capped mountains, adventure sports, and scenic nature trails. The place has a little something to offer to every tourist that plans a trip there.
However, with so many places to explore and so much to plan, things might seem out of bounds and confusing. That’s exactly where eSikkimTourism comes into play with the travel packages and travel consultation services.
In this particular article, we will share the top 6 must-visit places in Sikkim, some of which are the frequented spots and some are quite underrated.
When talking about the most popular spots to explore in Sikkim, Gangtok is hands down the most frequented town. The capital city is known for its hustle and bustle, local cuisine, and the exuberant and lively culture in the surroundings.
The culture and heritage of Sikkim are very poised and ingrained in Gangtok and you can witness the same as you weave through the streets and the market. This is also where you can get a direct peek into the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga.
Besides the natural scenic beauty, we’d recommend exploring the sightseeing spots in Gangtok, which include some of the most renowned monasteries, temples, and even historical sites that hold a lot of significance in the city.
- Nathula Pass
No Sikkim trip is complete without a visit to the Nathula Pass. The pass is located around 53 km away from the main city of Gangtok, so you’d need to rent a car to help you make that trip. The highlight of the past is the portrayal of the amalgamation of the Indian and Tibetan cultures.
While you are busy exploring the area and even taking pictures, ensure that you visit the local border marker, Sherathang. This is where you can find a lot of local artisans selling their products. You can pick up a few items as a souvenir for the people back home.
Also, if you want to explore somewhere a little less crowded, take a further trip down to Kupup, which is often covered in clouds and offers a stunning view of the surroundings.
- Lachen and Lachung
Compared to Gangtok, Lachen and Lachung are quite underrated. If you want to bypass the initial crowd of tourists, we’d recommend booking your stay in these spots instead. The place is a testament to the stunning village life of Sikkim. Lachen is located in North Sikkim and is home to a plethora of the local Tibetan tribes.
While you are exploring these small villages, ensure to include Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu Lakes on your list of sightseeing spots. For a little more hustle and people, the Yumthang village is a good place to detour and visit the villages.
These quaint villages are a perfect spot to relax and spend some quality time with yourself and the people you are traveling with. You can also explore the flower valley of Sikkim in these villages.
Most people will tell you to visit Pelling while you are in Sikkim. While it’s true that the city has some of the most stunning sightseeing spots and markets in Sikkim, it is also one of the few cities in Sikkim that’s overcrowded with tourists during the peak travel months.
Zuluk on the other hand is a mountain lover’s paradise. Covered with stunning high-rise mountains and hills in the surroundings, Zuluk offers an enthralling view that is going to leave you mesmerized.
While you are there, some of the most popular sites worth visiting are Nag Temple, Thambi View Point, etc. Ensure that you discuss the car rental rates because they can be a little steep.
We bet you likely haven’t heard of this place much. It’s not your fault because Goechala is hands down one of the most underrated spots in the state. It is a mountain pass that’s perfect for adventurers. If you love trekking and hiking, this is the spot to be in.
Besides the adventure part, you can also consider visiting this place if you wish to witness the grandeur and beauty of Sikkim up close. Also, it’s one of the few spots in Sikkim that isn’t highly infiltrated by crowds and tourists. So, you can explore the area in peace, take things easy and even find places to stay at the last minute.
The expenses (except for the adventure) are quite affordable, which makes it a great spot for solo backpackers who are on a budget.
- Gurudongmar Lake
If you are visiting Lachen and Lachung during your Sikkim trip, you have to make a detour and visit Gurudongmar Lake. It has a very similar appearance to the Pangong Tso Lake that is famous in Leh. The crystal-clear blue water with the stunning backdrop of the mountains is going to take your breath away – no questions asked.
The lake is situated at a height of 17,800 feet above sea level and is quite infiltrated by the local population. You can find a lot of Yaks and Blue Sheep in the area and if you are good with people, you can also go ahead and converse with the locals and get to know more about the place.
The food in the area is delectable too and draws a lot of its inspiration from Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine.
There’s no doubt that Sikkim has hundreds of places to visit and explore. Despite being a quaint state, Sikkim is one of the most scenic ones in the country of India. We hope this article gives you a look into some of the most popular and underrated spots in Sikkim that you can add to your next visit’s itinerary.