Sikkim can be also called as Shikim or Su Khyim. It rests in the Himalayan mountain range. It is one of the smallest and least populated states of India. It is an apt getaway for any prospective traveller. The Bagdogra Airport of West Bengal which is only 124 Kms away from Gangtok will help you reach here faster. If you are opting for rail route New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the two rail stations nearest to Sikkim located in West Bengal.
Blessed with fresh air, dense green valleys and snow peaked mountains, Sikkim caters to all the needs one is looking for to get out of the city life and indulge into nature’s beauty. It is a merry visit through the vibrant blooming Rhododendrons a glimpse of the magnificent Red Panda and a lot more to make your visit all the more exotic. Gear up for the glorious Sikkim as we take you through the best options available here to explore.
Who wouldn’t love to get sporty and adventurous when you are surrounded by lush green valleys and forests? Sikkim offers the best of trekking experiences. The virgin mountains which showcase the beauty that is one of a kind as you take in the misty horizon.
There are numerous trekking options available here like:
Itinerary: Pemayangtse- Sangacholing-Khecheopalri- Hongri- Sinon- Tashiding- Ralong
Itinerary: Hilley/Soreng- Barsey- Dentam-Pemayangtse
Hilley- Barsey- Jorbutey- Kalijar- Chewabhabjang- Uttary
Itinerary: Yuksom- Bkhim- Tsoka- Dzongri- Thangsing/Kokchurong- Lamuni/Chaurigang- Goechala/Rathong glacier and back.
Itinerary: Rumtek- Sang- Yangyang- Ravang- Tashiding- Yuksom.
Itinerary: Assam Lingzey-Pashing Teng Kha (Base Camp, 1425m)-Chauri Kharka-Do Bato-Khedi- Sela Pass (3150m)-Do Basti-Tal Kharka-Nugang-Passang Teng Kha.
Itinerary: Uttarey-Chewabhanjang-Dhor(Wahong)-Sikkim Megu-Dafey Bhir-Gomanthang/Boktok
Pelling- Nambu- Chongri- Yambung- Dafeybhir- Gomathang- Tegyapla- Dzongri- Thanghshing- Lamuney- Kokchurong- Tsokha- Yuksom- Tegyapla- Bikbari- Dzongri Tsoka- Yuksom
Itinerary: kodong-Dokshing-TsenKhong-Lenchok-Samartek-Pakchong-Kungo-Kuling Nae(Cave) Gungramgampo-Singhik-Dak Bungalow
Itinerary: Kaluk-Rinchenpong Dak bunglalow-Rigsum Gumpa-Kalud-Sribadam Jhandi Dara-Soreng
Tosar Lake Trek
Mangan –Naksuk-Sohar Dhe-Soahar Antsok-Patam-Tosar Lake-Mayong Tar-Kalep Mangan
Meanam Hill Trek
Tendong Hill Trek
Dentam-Tendong- Samdruptse – Namchi
Each of these treks has a unique arena and distinctive beauty. Try one of these places, because a visit here will change your perspective towards life.
It is one of the best adventure sports to take part while you’re here. The rough terrain of Sikkim offers a thrilling experience of Mountain Biking. The Gangtok-Rampo is an ideal trail for bikers as it takes you through lush green hills and spectacular landscapes. You can also witness various Flora and Fauna through the ride. The fun and thrill of this sport attracts many to set out on an adventure.
A high intensity sport which gives you the chills for real. The wild waters of the Teesta range offer the best river rafting experience. The waters can only be tamed by experienced rafters. It will give you the adrenaline rush like no other. The riverbank is marked with fields and villages of the locals who reside here. The white sandy beaches along the banks are apt for camping.
Sikkim is blessed with amazing scenery which will soothe your eyes. You can share your flight with eagles and hover across the monasteries, temples, forests, and the Himalayas. A rejuvenating experience that will make you the real “Khatron Ke Khiladi”. However the best paragliding can be experienced during the annual Sikkim Paragliding Festival which is held in Gangtok during the month of October and November
To make your travel experience all the more easier a list of Do’s and Don’ts are set by Sikkim Tourism which are essential to follow.
- Always travel with a guide.
- Vegetation is fragile; follow designated trails.
- Avoid littering and deposit garbage at designated places.
- Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes.
- Respect local culture by taking permission before taking photographs.
- Dress modestly. Be aware of the customs and manners and culture of the local people.
- It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in clockwise direction.
- Don’t disturb wildlife or its habitat.
- Don’t buy endangered species or antiques.
- Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or talk loudly near sacred places.
- Don’t pluck plants or flowers.
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