Sikkim is a beautiful state at the foothills of the Himalayas; therefore, tourism in Sikkim calls for a vivid tour across the picturesque beauty housed within the territory. Amid the lush green vegetation, beautiful ranges and an exotic range of flora and fauna, tourism of Sikkim is a delight to the sightseer.
Some of the destinations that form an important part of tourism at Sikkim are as follows:
Singhik is one of the most popular traveling destinations in North Sikkim. Located about 70 km from Gangtok, it is close to the city of Mangan, the district headquarters for North Sikkim. It is a serene place and is popular because of the breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Sinolchu that it offers.
Singhik in North Sikkim is a small mountain settlement. It is located at a height of 6500 ft. The surrounding mountain forests are lush and full of flowers in the monsoon. The clear mountain streams add to the beauty. However, the greatest attraction of Sighik is the wonderful view that it provides of some of the most famous Himalayan peaks. On a clear day, the visitor to Singhik in Sikkim, gets a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is not only the highest peak in Sikkim, but is the third highest in the entire world. Another great view that can be seen from Singhik in Sikkim is the magnificent Mt. Sinolchu. This mountain is considered to be the most elegant peak in the world.
Reaching Singhik of Sikkim is never a problem, because most government and private tours to North Sikkim feature Singhik. There is a wonderfully located tourist lodge in the area, which is often availed. A major attraction of Singhik is the Singhik monastery. It is located above the main hamlet and one requires to trek uphill for about half an hour to reach there.
Chungthang in North Sikkim is one of the most widely visited areas of the region. It is a small hamlet located at the confluence of two rivers, Lachen and Lachen Chu. Both the rivers are tributaries of the mighty Teesta, the most prominent river of the entire region of Sikkim. The place is noted for its beauty. It also provides great water sport opportunities like river rafting.
Chungthang in Sikkim is a small town about 95 km from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. The picturesque beauty of this place, situated at about 5,600 ft. above sea level, owes much to the magnificent water body formed by the confluence of two of Teesta's major tributaries Lachen and Lachen Chu. The gushing water bed amidst the grand mountains result in forming a sublime setting. The lush mountain slopes and the serene valleys add to the beauty of Chungthang in Sikkim. The wild flowers and orchids along with the mighty trees add to the beauty of Chungthang. Visitors to North Sikkim like to enjoy the serenity of the place. For the more adventurous, there are opportunities for river rafting. An army base of the Indian army is also located in Chungthang.
Chungthang has great historic significance, specially when it comes to the history of the dissemination of Buddhism in the state. Guru Rinpoche, considered to be the first preacher of the Budhhist faith in this region first came to Cungthang at Sikkim. He rested on a rock, which continues to bear the mark of his footstep. Paddy grows around the sight, a wonder, since the terrain of the region is not at all conducive to the growth of paddy. Lepchas form the major ethnic group among the inhabitants of Chungthang.
- Kabi Langchuk
Kabi Langchuk in Sikkim is one of the most serene destinations of northern part of the state. It is also a place of great historic significance, a witness to events that still continue to exert an influence on the present ethnic relationships in Sikkim. Kabi Langchuk is popular to both visitors and to the local inhabitants of the state, who often come here to see the stone monuments erected as a living reminder to the friendship that was attained by the Bhutiya and the Lepcha chieftains a long time back. Kabi Langchuk in North Sikkim can be reached from Gangtok on car. It falls on the way of the North Sikkim tour that begins from Gangtok. Set amidst scenic villages, Kabi Langchuk is noted for its serene calm and great alpine beauty. The villages on the mountain slopes of Sikkim are noted for their beauty. Wonderful fields and winding mountain paths characterize these villages. Kabi Lagchuk of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful of these North Sikkim villages. The scenic beauty of Kabi Langchuk at North Sikkim is not the only great thing about Kabi Langchuk. It is also rich in history. The clan wars between the Lepchas and the Bhutiyas continued for a very long time in Sikkim. It was here that finally the long standing feud was resolved. A pledge by blood was achieved, bringing together the chieftains of the two tribes. A monument of stone was erected to commemorate this great event. Even now, the relationship between these two tribes are noted by these monuments.
Yumthang is located in North Sikkim, 150 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, about 3575 meters above sea level. The place is sparsely populated, perhaps this lack of population accounts for the pristine beauty of Yumthang. It is surrounded by bestriding mountains which seems to fade into the heaven.
The most interesting part about Yumthang in Sikkim is that it changes its look with the change of seasons. During the winter, the entire valley remains snow covered and during spring and summer, a riot of colors thrills the eyes of the beholder. So, from November to March, Yumthang is all white and a perfect site for trekking and skiing. But from April onwards, this same place is adorned with every colors under the sun. During this time, the varieties of primulas, poppies, rhododendrons in Yumthang turn it into the Garden of Eden on earth itself. It also forms a grazing pasture and is exploited by the locals for feeding their cattle(a practice known as yaylag pastoralism).
Apart from the scenic natural beauty of Yumthang, it also proudly possess some sightseeing spots. A tributary of Teesta river runs through the valley, providing not only water to the land, but also a scenic variety. The other water body of the place is a hot spring which is believed to have high therapeutic values. Saline in taste, the water of the spring emits sulphurated hydrogen gas and its temperature is 106 degree. The water of the spring with such composition is believed to be beneficial for skin diseases. Yumthang also has the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with antique species of orchids and rhododendrons.
As far as accommodation in Yumthang is concerned, there is only a single permanent forest rest house there.
Apart from being recurrently visited by packs of eager holidaymakers, the tourist hot spot revered by the name of Namchi also serves to be the functional capital of the South Sikkim. Namchi is sited at an altitude that measures approximately 5500 feet from the sea level that even augments its unparalleled charm and beauty. As Namchi in Sikkim is positioned at a length of around 78 kilometers from Gangtok, one can approach it without facing much difficulty.
The closest airhead and railway station at Siliguri is located around 100 kilometers away from Namchi of Sikkim. One can also avail a comfy means of conveyance to reach Namchi at Sikkim from the rendezvous point of the Jorethang and Melli.
A hefty bulk of the occupants at Namchi are fervent followers of Buddhism, thus you will be able to witness the varied aspects of this popular religion. The locales in Namchi of Sikkim that bear an integral bond and are considered to be famous pilgrimage spots are the Namchi Monastery, Tedong Hill and Talong Monastery.
The chief attraction at Namchi within Sikkim is the stupendous statuette standing at a staggering 118 feet depicting Lord Buddha proudly standing at the apex of the colossal Samudruptse mountains. The name dowered to this awesome epitome of peace and truth is Guru Rinpoche. Owing to the massive dimensions of this embodiment of Lord Buddha, it received its ultimate finishing touch in the month of February of 2004.
The annual flower show mainly stressing on the uncommon orchids and the Baichung Stadium has been erected in Namchi in order to commemorate the legendary great soccer player of India.
The tranquility and scenic grandeur that persists in the unearthly gorgeous venue in Sikkim known as Ravangla has been stunning the visitors for many years. As the most elevated point of Ravangla measures to be approximately 8000 feet, if measured from the sea level, the view from its apex is indeed so dazzlingly beautiful that it will beyond a shadow of a doubt capture a permanent place in your memory.
The Ravangla in Sikkim is basically a petite settlement that is endowed with some of the characteristics of a town and its location on the brink of Gangtok-Gaysiling highway has made it quite easily accessible from virtually any nook of the state.
The primary attraction at Ravangla of Sikkim are the stupendous hammocks adorned in pristine snow that extends in a never-ending spree across the boundary of the thumb-shaped state. Thus, it is absolutely needless to mention that the the winters at Ravangla of Sikkim falls quite a bit on the chilling side as this spot is blessed with frequent snowfalls that procure a truly scintillating ambiance to it.
The major mountain ranges which comfortably make their way into the list of places to visit of any tourist include Mt Pandim, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Kabru and Mt Sinialchu. Other attractions includes the vast array of flowers which will certainly blow your mind as soon as your gaze falls on them. These exotic flowers are at their finest during the months of April and May.
Trekking can also be an option for those jaunting to Ravangla within Sikkim as the Mainam Peak measured at an astonishing 10,1600 feet, serves to be a hub for the adrenaline junkies who virtually thrive on adventure sports.
- Temi Tea Garden
As soon as the name of Sikkim pops up, what most of the folks imagine about are the absolutely ecstatic locales bequeathed with the innocuous presence of the snow adorned mountains, sacred monasteries and all the other necessary ingredients of a coveted tourist spot. But there is more to the state of Sikkim than just drop-dead gorgeous spots like the Temi Tea Garden, that enjoys the recognition of being the sole tea estate in the entire proximity of Sikkim.
The Temi Tea Garden has been procuring one of the finest quality tea not only to the neighboring Indian states, but to other nations dissipated across the entire globe as well. As matter of fact, the Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim cherishes a much coveted fame in the international arena of tea exporting.
The Temi Tea Garden of Sikkim is nestled on the luscious and extremely fecund stretches of the ascending Tendong Hill. The fact that the Temi Tea Garden at Sikkim is silhouetted against the naive ambiance of a train of small rural settlements further heightens its glamor.
If you are intrigued about the procedure that lies behind the manufacture of tea, you can obtain all the relevant information from the tea processing factory that lies at a close distance from the Temi Tea Garden within Sikkim.
You can also get a taste of dwelling in a vintage British bungalow that was constructed just towards the rear end of the Temi Tea Garden of Sikkim.
Founded in 1969, the Temi Tea Garden provides employment to a total of 406 workers and 43 staffs and is well-diffused across 435 acres of a throbbing landscape. It has been estimated that the annual tea yield reaches the 100 Mega Tons of tea. Its indispensable contribution has been acknowledged twice by the All India Tea Award during the 1994-95 season.
There is an absolute opulence of tourist spots in the bantam north-eastern state of Sikkim which are an absolute treat for the eyes as well as for the mind. One such destination in the mountain infested domain of Sikkim that has been wowing the visitants from many years now is known as Sikip. The beauty that reflects from every corner of Sikip is truly magnificent.
The tourist hub named Sikip runs side by side with the sprawling rivulet designated as Ranjeet which makes its way through the southern outskirts of the state. The propitious presence of the enchanting river Rangeet adds a special touch to the glory of the locale of Sikip within Sikkim.
The jaunt through to the destination of Sikip of Sikkim has its own charm. You can also take the pleasure of a rejuvenating journey to the heavenly delectable destination of Sikip of Sikkim as it takes approximately five hours for the completion of your odyssey. You can either opt from the choices of following the path that goes via Legship and the other one on the other hand reaches Sikip via Jorathang, but in the latter, you have to commence you jaunt from Darjeeling and Siliguri.
This destination of Sikkim presents ample scope to practice the sport of angling. On an amateur level, angling can be defined as the process of catching fish while utilizing an angled hook. Another option that is indeed very alluring to the daredevils is rafting. The emerald blue waters of the Rangeet river provide the apt water body to rejoice the sport of rafting.
On your trip to the enticing land of Sikkim, make it a point not to miss the locale of Jorethang which can spice up your trip by procuring a completely different taste to it owing to the fact that it is quite dissimilar from the other run of the mill tourist hubs in the state of Sikkim. Jorethang is counted amongst those venues in Sikkim which serves as business hub of the highest stature.
Jorethang in Sikkim lies at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers from the world-renowned hill station of Darjeeling. You can also approach Jorethang at Sikkim with ease as it is aptly sited on the periphery of the state of West Bengal. One of the prominent events restricted to the locale of Jorethang of Sikkim is the 'Maghe Mela' or Maghe fair that is held at the beginning of the year, precisely on the 14th day of January. The chief objective behind conducting the Maghe Fair is to celebrate and mark the conclusion of the harvesting and replanting of specially the winter crops.
You can approach Jorethang in Sikkim from the Bagdogra Airport. It is about 124 kilometers away from the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok. Again you also have the option of traveling to Jorethang by boarding a train from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. There are also many shared jeeps available to you that are destined for Pelling and Gangtok.
Sikkim Government also maintains quite a few well renovated and affordable accommodation facilities that includes hotels, resorts, guest houses and many more.
- Ridge Park
Over the years, the Ridge Park has been in the thick of action in Gangtok. The place in recent days has become an important sightseeing spot in Gangtok. Ridge Park in Gangtok is perhaps the only place which have played its part in every aspects of life. This place allures the tourists for its historical, political, religious importance as well as for its natural beauty. The Ridge Park is located just about fifteen minutes from the main market in the capital city of Gangtok.
Historically, Ridge Park of Sikkim is important as it had been the gateway to Nathula, the seat of Indo-Chinese confrontations in 1967. At that time, it used to be the market place, then known as the Sudder Bazaar. Later on, this bazaar was shifted to the present MG Marg.
The political importance of Ridge Park lies in the fact that here lies the prestigious White Hall and the official residence of the Chief Minister of Sikkim. There is a statue of Jawahar Lal Nehru at Ridge Park.
Sikkim is a state with religious abundance. The religious aspect of Ridge Park is uplifted by the presence of the Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery. This two-stored monastery is located in the Royal Palace premises.
As far as the natural aspect of Ridge Park is concerned, it is the most well-maintained part of the city. Here is the beautiful Palace Gate with a rooftop resembling the Chinese Pagoda. The resting shed at Ridge Park has been constructed following the Tibetan architecture. During the spring season, the road-side trees of Ridge Park, in vernal bloom, is a treat to watch.
So, it is justifiable to call the Ridge Park in Gangtok as the Mintogang, which means "blossomed crowned hilltop".
- White Hall
Gangtok, being the capital of Sikkim, is the political, religious and commercial hub of the state. It hosts flower exhibition on one hand, on the other, houses the residence of the Chief Minister and is purified by the presence of a number of monasteries. Now-a-days, White Hall in Gangtok has become an important sightseeing spot in Gangtok, but carries the historical testimonies of the city even today.
The White Hall in Sikkim is located just fifteen minutes walking distance from the main market place of the capital city, Gangtok. More precisely, it is located on the Ridge. The White Hall of Sikkim, apart from the monasteries, is one of the oldest building of the city. It was built in 1932, when India was still under the British colonization. So, the British style is reflected by the architecture of the building. The monument is so called not because its color is white, but because it was built in commemoration of Claude White, the first Political Officer of Sikkim.
The White Hall in Gangtok is adorned with the a statue of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the late Prime Minister of India. It is also furnished with recreational facilities like a badminton court and also an Officers' Club. The flower shows held in and around the White Hall is also famous throughout the country and also forms the main attraction in the spring season every year. The exhibition features Himalayan flowers, various orchids and also a variety of rhododendrons.
- Do-Drul Chorten
The major tourist spot of Sikkim is Gangtok, the capital city of the state. Religious places abound in Sikkim and the bulk of them forms the back bone of the tourist spots in Gangtok. In and around Gangtok there is Enchey Monastery, the Rumtek Monastery, Tsuk-La-Khang and obviously, Do-Drul Chorten. Regarded as the most important 'stupa' in Sikkim, Do-Drul Chorten was built by Trulshi Rimpoche way back in 1945. He was the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1944, his Holiness, the Dud-Zom Rinpoche prophesied the establishment of such a monastery and Do-Drul Chorten of Sikkim stands in accordance to that.
The touch of aesthetic stamp makes the architecture inside the monastery immortal. There is a complete set of Dorji Phurpa, locally known as Bajra Kilaya. There is a set of Ka-gyur holy books, complete mantras('zung' for the Buddhists) and various other relics and religious objects. The top of the Holy 'stupa' is topped with a gold shikhara. Around the 'stupa', there are 108 prayer wheels which the Sikkimese people call Mani-Lhokor. These wheels are rotated by the devotees and simultaneously chant the prayer 'Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus' to invoke the Bodhisattva.
Do-Drul Chorten in Sikkim is surrounded by Guru Lhakhang, Chortne Lhakhang, Meditation Center (Drupda), Institute of Nyingma Higher Studies (Nyingma Shede) and many other small monuments like the 'kudung'. In Guru Lhakhang and Chortne Lhakhang, there are two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche. The disciples in Do-Drul Chorten and also the inmates of the Drubda are guided by His Eminence, Dodrup Chen Rinpoche of Sikkim.
- Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology
You can easily reach the destination of Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology by embarking upon a casual stroll from the tourist hub known as Gangtok. As the Research Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim is located within the premises of the heavenly delectable locale of Deorali, it is conveniently accessible from any distant nook of the state.
While you are on a tour to visit the legendary mansion of the Research Institute of Tibetology in Sikkim make sure that you do not miss viewing the Dotrabu Chorten of Guru Padmasambhava as well as a nearby shrine consecrated to the reverence of Guru Rimpoche. A key feature of the Research Institute of Tibetology of Sikkim, is the fact that it is home to a mammoth statue depicting the great personality of the Sikkim saint, standing at a staggering 50 feet from the ground level in remembrance of Guru Padmasambhava.
The Research Institute of Tibetology within Sikkim was previously dowered with the name of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in order to pay homage to Palden Thondup Namgyal, who had been its mentor all throughout its construction.
The chief attractions that allure tourists to turn up and grace the place with their holy presence includes the extremely uncommon holographs that narrate about the illustrious deeds of Tibetan literature. Then there are the coveted xylographs that are bequeathed with the preaching of Lord Buddha on the glossy surface of the wooden chunks. The thangkas and the coins truly deserve a huge round of appreciation.
The public is heartily welcomed after a payment of approximately Rs 2 on all weekdays except Sundays and holidays.
- Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center
The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center is sited at a stretch of a road that measures around 24 kilometers roughly. Although, the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center had been erected almost 47 years ago in 1960, the worm of time has miserably failed to fade away the glory of the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center in Sikkim, which is why, huge flocks of eager holidaymakers conglomerate here to establish an internal bond with the almighty.
The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center of Sikkim had been an inspiration of his Excellency Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche who had consecrated a huge fraction of valuable time from his life to see this monastery blossom into one of the most revered and sought after monasteries in this entire globe. Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche in actual life practiced Tibetan Buddhism and to leave an everlasting imprint on the minds of the future generations, he utilized a miniature model of the Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurphu. Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche was also one of the individuals who belong to the Karmapha sub sect sited in Kargyurpa.
The most prominent objects in the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center at Sikkim that are worth watching are mentioned below: -
Jamyang Khang Primary School, XVI Gyalwa Kampara sprinkled with the ominous presence of golden and silver jewelry, the primary monastery and the Nalanda Institute of for Higher Buddhist Studies.
Another sightseeing spot that you should definitely see is the Old Rumtek Monastery. It had come into its glorious but short-lived existence in the year of 1730. But later, this mansion was completely ravaged by fire.
- Ganesh Tok
Ganesh Tok is one of the major places of attraction for the tourists in the north-eastern state of Sikkim. It is one of the most well known temples in the state. It stands at a height of 6,500 feet. The Ganesh Tok of Sikkim is not a big temple. The main deity of this temple is Lord Ganesh, who is one of the gods according to the religion of Hinduism.
Like the Hanuman Tok, the Ganesh Tok offers a fascinating view of the surrounding regions. One can get a clear view of Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. The premises of the Raj Bhavan can also be viewed from this temple. If you visit the Ganesh Tok in Sikkim on a cloudless day, then you might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Mt. Khangchendzonga.
The space within the temple is not even sufficient to house one person at a time. Infact, the devotees have to literally creep into the temple to get a glimpse of Lord Ganesha. The Ganesh Tok at Sikkim is situated at the top of a hill close to the television tower of Sikkim. If you want to visit this temple set in serene natural surroundings, then you have to reach it by the Gangtok-Nathula Road.
The tourists who come to visit the Ganesh Tok at Sikkim, can get some refreshment at the cafeteria, specially kept open for the convenience of the tourists. Very close to the Ganesh Tok, is a garden. A stroll down the path bordered by pine trees in the garden is a very soothing experience for the nature lovers.
- Tashi View Point
The Tashi View Point is one of the most popular places to see in the state of Sikkim in India. This place was put up by Tashi Namgyal, who was a king of Sikkim. The Tashi View Point of Sikkim is located at a distance of 4 kms from Gangtok, which is the capital city of Sikkim. If you are interested to visit the Tashi View Point in Sikkim, then you can reach there via the highway of North Sikkim district.
The Tashi View Point is also adorned with a park at its top. This park is often used by the tourists as a picnic spot. The ideal time of the day to visit the Tashi View Point in Sikkim is dawn. The clear sky of the early morning creates a beautiful backdrop to the Mt. Khangchendzonga and spreads a hue on it.
The Tashi View Point of Sikkim is famous among the tourists who visit Sikkim, because it offers a wonderful view of the Mt. Khangchendzonga and other neighboring hills. The monasteries of Labrang and Phodong are located nearby on a hill close to the Mt. Khangchendzonga. Mt.Sinilochu is one of the mountains located nearby.
The Tashi View Point at Sikkim is quite well-equipped to cater to the tourists' comfort and enjoyment. There is a shaded resting place at the Tashi View Point. A cafeteria is also built at this place so that the tourists can refresh themselves in between enjoying the fascinating natural views that the place offers.
Gyalshing is the district headquarters of the district of West Sikkim. It is also known as Geyzing. The small town is 117 kilometers away from the state capital Gangtok and is connected to it through a well surfaced road. The small town is situated at a height of 6500 feet above sea level. The pleasant weather, beautiful scenery in the background and various tourist spots make it a perfect place for trekking.
The Nepalis mainly constitute the population at Gyalshing in Sikkim. The town has a hospital and an English medium convent school. The temperate climate of the area in and around the town makes it a perfect place for retreat. The best time to visit this place is from April to mid-June and September to November.
Pelling, situated in the West Pelling district, is one of the magnificent sites of Sikkim. Pelling in Sikkim is situated at a height of 6800 feet above sea level. Owing to its high elevation, Pelling provides an exotic view of the mountain ranges such as Dom, Kachendzunga, Kabru, Rathong, Kumbhakarna, Narsing, Siniyalchu, Pandim, etc.
Pelling of Sikkim is known for its beautiful ambiance, enchanting valleys and exotic mountains. Therefore, tourists from across the world come to Pelling at Sikkim to enjoy the beauty of the snow-capped mountains.
Pelling offers an exotic view of the Mount Kachendzunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Holding a range of waterfalls, treks, hills, valleys, etc. in its vicinity, Pelling is one of the coveted destinations in the North East, India.
Among the famous destinations of Sikkim Pelling are:
- Sangachoeling Monastery
- Khechepalri Lake
- Sangay Waterfall
- Pemayangtse Monastery, etc.
Besides, Pelling also contains many exotic locations in its vicinity. Some of the important destinations around Pelling are:
- Khehepalri, etc.
Furthermore, putting up in Pelling is also very easy. Pelling offers a wide range of hotels and resorts for the tourists. Some of the hotels and resorts that deserve special mention in this context are as follows:
- Newa Regency
- Tashi Gang Resort
- Hotel Sonamchen
- Green Valley
- Norbu Gang Resort
- Hotel Phamrong
- Resort Stellate
- The Touristo, etc.
Pemayangtse is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrim centers in India. The religious tourist destination is a small town in the western region of Sikkim. Moreover, Pemayangtse is a very important tourist destination in Sikkim as it offers a magnanimous view of the Kanchenjunga peak and other Himalayan ranges in the eastern region. Pemayangtse in Sikkim is located at a height of 6000 feet above sea level with river Ranjit flowing nearby. Pemayangtse is accessible through rail, road and airways. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport, which is 124 kilometers away from Gangtok, from there you can take flights or helicopters to Gangtok. The nearest rail head is Siliguri which is 114 kilometers or New Jalpaiguri which is 125 kilometers away from Gangtok. From Gangtok, Pemayangtse is 120 kilometers away if you take the route through Rabongia.
Pemayangtse of Sikkim is basically known for the beautiful Buddhist monasteries that attract tourists from all across the globe. The most popular monasteries at Pemayangtse in Sikkim are listed below:
- Pemayangtse Monastery
- Sangacholing Monastery
- Khecheopalri Lake
The best time to visit Pemayangtse at Sikkim would be between March and May when you can enjoy the colorful blossoms amidst the beautiful scenery.
- Khecheopalri Lake
Khecheopalri Lake is one of the sacred lakes in Sikkim. Enclosed in a forest, Khecheopalri Lake provides a walking trek from Pelling: Khecheopalri Lake also provides a beautiful trek from Yuksom.
The sacred lake of Khecheopalri is a depression that is strewn with beautiful prayer flags and hills bearing dense forests. In Sikkim, Khecheopalri Lake offers a picturesque view of the serenity and tranquility of nature.
Situated about 24 or 33 kilometers from Pemayangtse, Khecheopalri Lake is also known as the wishing lake: the lake is deemed to be sacred both by the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is a common belief that the sanctity of lake is maintained even by the animals that dwell in the surroundings of the Khecheopalri Lake. It is said that even the birds do not allow a single leaf to float in the lake.
Moreover, apart from the fact that the lake is one of the sacred lakes in Sikkim, Khecheopalri Lake also attracts tourists due to its exotic location: the myth associated with the lake also attracts tourists to come to Khecheopalri Lake in Sikkim.
Khecheopalri Lake is one of the major sightseeing destinations of Pelling. The romanticism of the place will compel one to fall in love with the place.
Yuksam is situated at a height of 1780 meters above sea-level and is known to be the starting point of the treks to Kachendzonga. Yuksam, posited at the edge of the Khangchendzonga National Park, was the first capital of Sikkim.
Set amidst the pristine lakes and hills, Yuksam in Sikkimese means 'the meeting place of three monks'. Yuksam, as the legends say, is the witness of the event that took place in 1641. Yuksam is said to have witnessed the consecration of the first Chogyal Phuntsok Namgyal by three wise lamas.
Moreover, Yuksam in Sikkim is also the starting point of the treks into West Sikkim. Situated at a height of 1780 kilometers, Yuksam at Sikkim seems to be the gateway to Ney-Pemathang. Yuksam houses an exotic forests within the territory: We can come across oak, maple, birch, chestnut, rhododendron, ash, alder, silver fir, forests in Yuksam. These forests in Yuksam, spread across the treks, makes Yuksam a favorite destination in Sikkim.
Apart from the natural beauty, Yuksam also contains a number of locations in the surrounding areas. Some of the famous locations around Sikkim Yuksam are:
- Khecheopalri Lake
- Dubdi Monastery, etc.
Tashiding is one of the holiest hill at Sikkim. Situated about 16 kilometers from Yuksam, Tashiding houses one of the most important monasteries belonging to the Nyingmapa sect.
Tashiding was built at the juncture of the Rathong and Rangit rivers. In the beginning a small Lhakhang was built at Tashiding by the Ngadak Sempa Chempo during the 17th century; afterwards, Pedi Wangmo built the main monastery during the reign of Chakdor Namgyal.
In Sikkim, Tashiding is one of the important sites of Buddhism. In Tashiding, we come across a number of chortans dedicated to Chogyals or the religious personalities of Sikkim. Surrounding the monastery, we find many plates engraved with mantras that say 'Om Mane Padme Hum'.
Moreover, the Bumchu festival takes place at Tashiding of Sikkim on the 14th or 15th of the first month, according to the Tibetan Calendar. The festivities of Tashiding is generally held at midnight: the festivities of Tashiding are so lavish that it attracts tourists from across the world.
Furthermore, Guru Padmasambhava considered Tashiding to be the heart of Sikkimese Buddhism: Tashiding in Sikkim is known to house the sacred Thongtwa Chorten. In Sikkim, Tashiding is believed to be the most sacred site of Buddhism. It is a belief that only a glimpse of Tashiding cleanses us of all our sins.
Tashiding is the gateway to the Borong hot springs. The monastery and the exquisite ambiance presents a picture of perfect harmony. Thus, tourists from across the world come to Tashiding to enjoy the charisma of the mountain ranges of the Himalayas.
Uttaray in Sikkim is the gateway of the Singalila trek. In Sikkim, Uttaray is the one of the most important sites of adventure tourism.
Uttaray at Sikkim is a small village that allows the tourists to indulge in a number of adventure sports such as trekking and hiking. Uttaray is known for the long and short treks in its surroundings. The breathtaking views of Khangchendzonga from Uttaray seems to be one of the major attractions in Sikkim.
In Sikkim, Uttaray is also known for the locations at its vicinity. Hiking in the Barsey rhododendron sanctuary region up to Nup Dechenphu calls for a lot of excitement and thrill. Trekking along the trails leading up to the Limboo village is one of the most favorite destinations of Sikkim tourism.
The tranquility in Uttaray attracts a lot of tourists to come to this site. Uttaray provides a beautiful glimpse of the exotic mountain ranges of the mighty Himalayas. The snow-capped mountains of Uttaray offers a blissful ambiance: winters in Uttaray is marked with snowfall and mist.
In Uttaray, Kagyu Gumpha is a site where the local people gather to pay their reverence to the presiding lord: Kagyu Gumpha also provides an opportunity for sightseeing. The dense forests that lies around the monastery at Uttaray, as well as the beautiful paintings of the monastery adds to the delight of sightseeing at Uttaray. We also come across a number of other sites around Uttaray, among which Manibus Waterfall and Chewyabahng deserves special mention.
Versay is situated in the West Sikkim district at an altitude of 10500 feet. Owing to its height, Versay provides a majestic view of Kanchendzunga, Mt. Pandim, Tenzing Khang, Kokthang, etc.
Versay in Sikkim is known for its Rhododendron forest. The Rhododendron Sanctuary of Versay at Sikkim covers an area of 104 square kilometers. Stretching over the razor sharp Singalila Range, Versay Rhododendron Sanctuary can be entered through Dentam, Soreng and Hilley. During mid-March and April, the entire area is covered with the crimson hue of the rhododendrons, which predominates in this area. Besides containing rhododendrons, the sanctuary at Versay also contains many species of trees such as silver firs, magnolia, hemlocks, etc.
Moreover,Versay experiences a cold and wet climate that largely favors the cultivation of rhododendrons. At Versay, July is said to be the wettest month that experiences over 250 centimeters of rainfall: the area that lie at a height of about 2500 meters is said to receive a heavy snowfall during the winter.
It is noteworthy that towards the fringe of the sanctuary, primroses are found in abundance in Versay at Sikkim. Among the species of primroses found in Versay are:
- Primula sikkimensis
- Primula stuarti
- Primula reticulata
- Primula denticulata, etc.
- Cannidae Wild Dog
- Indian Fox
- Red Panda
- Crimson Horned Pheasant
- Crestless Porcupine
- Himalayan Black Bear
- Giant Squirrel
- Himalayan Mouse Hare
- Rufous Tailed Hare
- Wild Boar
- Barking Deer
- Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten
- Common Otter
- Assamese Macaque, etc.
Biksthang is a small district in the West Sikkim, which is posited at a height of 4200 feet. Biksthang is situated at about 119 kilometers from Gangtok.
Biksthang, also known as Mangalbaray and Chuchen, is a small hamlet at a vicinity to Pelling. Biksthang of Sikkim is known for having a beautiful surrounding, including the lofty mountains of the Himalayas. Owing to a great height, Biksthang provides an enchanting view of the Himalayas. In fact, Biksthang is said to be one of the most tranquil destinations in Sikkim, which is yet to be touched by human population.
Till the last century, Biksthang in Sikkim was left unexplored: it is only recently that Biksthang saw the tourist traffic. Thus, it can be said that Biksthang is marked by a serene and calm atmosphere. The tranquility of the place attracts many tourists to come to Biksthang. Moreover, in Sikkim, Biksthang also provides a kaleidoscopic view of the Khangchendzonga.
Besides, Biksthang at Sikkim also contains a hill resort, which is known as The Bliss Resort. The Bliss Resort of Biksthang is set in one of the best locations at Biksthang. The Bliss Resort is one of most favorite destinations in Sikkim, where the tourists arrive to enjoy a blissful ambiance of the resort.
Legship is a small town situated in the West Sikkim district. In Sikkim, Legship is situated on the banks of river Rangit.
In recent years, Legship at Sikkim has become the gateway of West Sikkim; as a result, tourism at Legship of Sikkim is developing manifold. With the development of the River Dam at Legship, the place has gained a lot of significance in recent times. Due to the River Dam, Legship has emerged as a site for the Water Based Tourism theme.
However, Legship is known for its Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir, which finds reference in the Mahabharata. As the legend goes, one day when Arjuna was meditating in the forest in Legship, he heard some noise. Realizing that it might be some beast, Arjuna set a target and shot at the animal: subsequently, another arrow came flying at the same time from the opposite direction and pierced the target. Thus, there was a confusion as who had shot the target first: but, owing to his dexterity, Arjuna realized that it could not be anyone, but Lord Shiva himself. Therefore, he bowed before him and sought his blessings. As a result, Lord Shiva showed Arjuna his true self and blessed him with his own arrow. It is said that Arjuna used the same arrow to defeat his brothers at the Mahabharata.
Talking about the population of Legship, it can be said that Legship of Sikkim possesses a very sparse population: Legship is known to house less than thousand people, who run their own business to earn their livelihood.
In Sikkim, Rinchenpong is posited between 27° 14' North latitude and 88° 20' East longitude. Rinchenpong of Sikkim has emerged as an eco-tourism thrust area in the territory of Sikkim: Rinchenpong is deemed as a Eco-tourism thrust area by the State forest and Wildlife Department of Sikkim.
Rinchenpong in Sikkim is known to possess a rich cultural heritage, amidst a tranquil environ. In Sikkim, Rinchenpong has a significant past which is reflected in its cultural history.
In fact, Rinchenpong is an area, situated at the periphery of Varshey Rhododendron Sanctuary, gifted with a rich flora and fauna: as a result, Rinchenpong has emerged as the most favorite spot of the botanists and nature lovers in Sikkim tourism. Every year, Rinchenpong at Sikkim witnesses a huge tourists traffic, which is mainly composed of conservationist, botanists, nature lovers, scientists, environmentalists, etc.
Moreover, talking about lodging at Rinchenpong, it can be said that Rinchenpong provides a series of cottages, where the tourists can put up and enjoy the serenity of nature. These cottages, built in indigenous style, possess all the amenities and facilities that could meet up to the expectation of the tourists. Among the facilities available in these cottages, we can name a few, such as bar and restaurant, medical services, car rental, parking, etc: but the central attraction of these cottages are the multi-cuisine food served here.
- Reshi hot springs
Reshi hot springs in Sikkim is one of the many mountain springs in Sikkim. It is not only a great tourist spot, but is also popular among the inhabitants of the state for its medicinal value. Located close to the village of Reshi, Reshi hot springs at Sikkim is located en-route to one of the most popular trekking routes of Sikkim.
Reshi hot springs of Sikkim is located close to the town of Gyalshing. One can reach there through the Reshi highway. The best way to reach is to cross the bridge across the river Reshi on foot. The location is picturesque and is a favorite haunt for visitors not only to Sikkim, but to the travelers at Darjeeling as well. Reshi hot springs is also well known as a trek route, which winds across the bold and the beautiful river Rangit. There are many trekkers hut in the area to facilitate the trekkers to the area.
Reshi hot springs is located in a wonderful picturesque setting. However, there is more to the Reshi hot springs of Sikkim than mere visual splendor. The waters are rich in sulfur and are therefore well known for their therapeutic value. Many people seeking health therefore come in great numbers. It is also a great place to relax, away from the hustle and the bustle of the city. There is also a great religious significance of the site. The Buddhist cave of Kadosang Phu is of high religious significance. It is the southern cave of the four caves located at the four cardinal points of Sikkim.
The ancient capital of the mighty Chogyals in Sikkim,Rabdentse is one of the most historically significant sites to visit in Sikkim. The ruins of Rabdentse in Sikkim bespeaks the past glory of the golden days of the kings of Sikkim. A visit to Rabdentse also includes a tour to the famous Pemayangtse monastery. There is also a great view of the mighty Kanchenjunga that can be had from the region.
Rabdentse of Sikkim is a popular destination for all visitors who are interested in a bit of history. The earliest capital of the kings of Sikkim was Yuksam, where three eminent lamas anointed the first king of Sikkim. After ruling there for about a century, the capital was shifted to Rabdentse from Yuksam in 1814. It stood witness to some of the greatest incidents of Sikkimese history. The Nepalese and the Bhutani attacks to the state of Sikkim targeted Rabdentse, as did the Buddhist mendicants and holy men.
Rabdentse at Sikkim is presently in ruins. But just like all historic ruins remain sites of great solemn splendor, the present ruins of Rabdentse fill the onlookers with a sense of great awe and wonder. Although in ruins now, the magnificent remains of Rabdentse in Sikkim stand proof to the heydays of Sikkimese monarchy. The best place to view the ruins of Rabdentse is from the heights of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. The tour to Rabdentse also includes a trip to the Pemayangtse monastery, one of the most prestigious monasteries in the Buddhist world.
Norbhugang of Sikkim is a site of immense cultural and religious significance in the state. Given that the monarchy was anointed and certified by the theological authority of the state, it had great religious significance as well. Norbhugang in Sikkim is integrally linked with the prophecy of Guru Rimpoche, the first great Buddhist preacher in the state of Sikkim. He prophesied the beginning of the Chogyal dynasty in Sikkim - a mighty dynasty that would unite the warring as well as the shy tribes of Sikkim under one umbrella of absolute and controlling monarchy.
Norbhugang at Sikkim has a history that is both old and highly illustrious. True to the prophecy of Guru Rimpoche about a thousand years back, three lamas, the supreme theological and academic authorities of the state arrived from three different corners of the state to Yuksam, the capital of the state at that time and annointed Chogyal Phuntsog Namgyal as the monarch of Sikkim. The names of the three lamas were Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, Nga-Dak Sempa Chenpo and Kathok Rigzin Chenpo.
The present site of Norbhugang has a stone throne that dates back to antiquity. About three centuries old, this throne has the mark of a foot, believed to be the foot mark of none other than the revered lama Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. All visitors to Yuksom invariably visit Norbhugang. The solemnity and the tranquil calm of the place fill the visitors with a great feeling of peace.
Dzongri is the most popular trekking routes in Sikkim. It is also one of the most popular trekking routes in the entire India. Plenty of nature lovers and trekkers come from all across India and abroad to trek the wonderful mountain tracks leading to the Dzongri at Sikkim. The trek usually starts at Yuksom and the entire trek offers great experience among the flowery slopes and the forested downs.
Dzongri in Sikkim can be reached through a very popular trekking route. The trekking route to Dzongri is a little tough and some degree of trekking experience and physical fitness is necessary to enjoy the trek fully. Ideally, it starts at Yuksom, the old capital of the Sikkim kingdom and proceeds westward from thereon. The first phase of the Dzongri trek starts from Yuksom and ends at Tshoka. It is at a 18 km distance and the total trek takes about 6 hours. The tough and steep trek takes the trekkers through the picturesque Bakhim, resplendent in its magnolia and the rhododendron trees. The second phase takes the trekkers from Tshoka to Dzongri through the great mountain view point at Phethang. Finally Dzongri presents a great view of the mountains full of great snowy peaks.
Dzongri of Sikkim is a wonderful trek which offers almost all the delights that Sikkim has to offer. The snowy peaks provide a great view because of the high altitude and the strategic location of the area. The trek route also feature some great exhibition of the breathtaking floral wealth of the region. The beautiful magnolias rub shoulders with the grand rhododendron flowers. Many orchids also pave the serpentine ways. A number of great trees like pines and rhododendrons are also one of the greatest attractions of Dzongri.
These destinations, along with a number of temples, shrines, national parks, museums, etc. housed within the territory, adds to the charm of sightseeing in Sikkim.
Spread across the Lower Himalayas, Sikkim is known for housing the third highest mountain in the world. As a result, a large number of tourists come to Sikkim to enjoy the wild beauty of Mount Kanchendzunga. Allured by the exotic mountain ranges, wide valleys and lush green vegetation, the tourists come to Sikkim in order to enjoy the serenity of the nature.
Moreover, the easy accessibility of Sikkim from the different parts of India also seems to be instrumental in enhancing the tourism at Sikkim. Sikkim tourism implies a vivid tour across the cities and towns of Sikkim, which offers a picturesque view of the cultural heritage of the territory.
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Last Updated on 7 March 2013