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Best Places to Visit in Sikkim of 2017

  • The state of Sikkim is located in the northeastern part of the country, and shares its borders with three countries, namely, China, Bhutan and Nepal. Sikkim is among the most smallest states in India yet extremely beautiful. It is placed below the presence of Mt. Khangchendzonga, in the Eastern Himalayas. The entire state is spread over an area of 7300 sq. km. The state is 114 kms long and 64 kms wide.

    Sikkim is renowned for being home to an astounding number of animals, flowers and birds. There are more than 450 species of birds including vultures, bulbuls, eagles, pheasants, minivets and whistling thrush and 400 species of butterflies in this region. The rarely seen snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, blue sheep and Himalayan black bear, can be seen in the various places in this state. The most renowned National park located in this state is the Kanchendzonga National Park.

    The lustrous state offers a lot to the tourists who visit the land. The monasteries are the true testament of the Sikkim region. The most amazing monasteries located in this region include Rumtek, Tashiding, Pemayangtse etc. These monasteries were built nearly 200 years ago. There are a number of festivals which are held in these monasteries, which act as an intriguing point for the tourists, who desire of seeking more and more about the monasteries.

    Sikkim is a paradise for avid trekkers. The Dzongri trek and Goecha peak offers the amazing thrill of trekking. Teesta River which flows through this region, provides an intriguing touch to this state  so do the various lakes such as the khecheopalri lake, tsomgo lake, and lakshmi pokhari lake. The best time to tour the state of Sikkim is between the months of September to November and March to May.

  • 01 Goecha La Trek

    Goecha La Trek
    Image Credit : Goecha La Trek

    Goecha La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayan range. The trek starts at the sleepy little town of Yuksom in West Sikkim. The town is very pretty with lush green surroundings and a salubrious weather to go with it. You can shop for all supplies at Yuksom before beginning the trek as this is the only place where you will get to buy all your necessary items.

    Furthermore, before trekking the Goecha La, you will have to do two things, first make an entry at the local police station and second pay the permit fees at the forest check post. Usually the agencies take care of all these hassles and you will not have to bother about them.


    The first phase of the trek to Goecha La will take you from Yuksom to Sachen. Yuksom is situated at an altitude of 5,700 feet and Sachen is situated at an elevation of 7, 200 feet. The trekking trail passes through a route of immense natural beauty. You will come across lush green fields, valley of the Rathong River and thick forests. From Sachen you will need to climb ahead to Tshoka which is at an altitude of 9,650 feet.

    This trek is quite enjoyable in the initial phase but becomes tryingly steep towards the later phase. On reaching Bakhim, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Yuksom valley. As you trek on ahead, you pass through Dzongri and Phedang. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of some of the densest rhododendron forests in India and get a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range. You will pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake which will mesmerise you with its sparkling blue waters.

    The entire journey from Yuksom to Goecha La is a treat to the eyes. Despite being a test of physical stamina, the route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes that you can come across while trekking in the Himalayas.

    Best Season: September- November & March-April
    Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
    Max. Elevation: 5002 m
    Best Offers on Goecha La Trek



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