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  • If you are looking for Places To Visit In Sikkim then you surely are planning a trip there. In that case, you can be sure of one thing that you won’t be disappointed. The state of Sikkim is one of India’s smallest states but don’t let that fool you. What Sikkim has is a natural beauty, that too mostly untouched by modernity. Surrounded by mountains, wild rivers, forests, and a very distinguishing culture, this popular tourist destination is a heaven for travellers who like to discover new places. Sikkim offers you a great opportunity to get lost in an adventure of a lifetime.

    Some of the Sikkim Tourist Places are known for their historic values as well as the picturesque beauty. Located in the lap of the Himalaya, Sikkim has a cool weather and a cozy atmosphere. Its traditional charm has made Sikkim the most famous tourist destination in North East India. It surely is one of India’s most preferred hill stations, a wonderful state to spend a holiday with your family and friends. Sikkim is also a dreamland for the tourists who enjoy adventure sports. From white water river rafting to paragliding, a whole lot of thrill is waiting for you in Sikkim.

    There are so many beautiful Attractions in Sikkim that it will take you months to visit them all. From East to West, and from North to South, every corner of this magical state has something to offer. What you need is a list of places that are must visit and enjoy a remarkable holiday.

    Here is a list of some best places to visit in Sikkim: 

  • 01Tsomgo Lake

    The Tsomgo Lake, also popular as the Changu Lake, is a water body made of a glacier. Located at the altitude of 12310 feet, the Tsomgo Lake is one of Sikkim’s prime tourist attractions. The lake is located 35 km from Gangtok, on route to the Nathula Pass. This is one of India’s highest altitude lakes and it’s known for its natural beauty. The sight of the surrounding snow cover hills reflecting on the Tsomgo Lake is one memory that you can cherish forever. The lake is about 1 km long and it’s shaped like an egg.

    Location: 35 km from Gangtok.

    Best Time to Visit: Summer, autumn, and winter seasons.

  • 02Rumtek Monastery

    Located 23 km from Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery is the largest Gompa in the state of Sikkim. The beauty of this monastery reflects the cultural and religious traditions of Buddhism and the country itself. For ages, the Rumtek Monastery has been known for spreading the teachings of Buddha. It’s the most important shrine for the Tibetan Buddhist in Sikkim and it’s visited by both religious and spiritually driven tourists from around the globe. However, even if you don’t belong to that group, you should visit this place for its beauty and historical value.

    Location: Dharma Chakra Centre.

    Best Time to visit: Summer 8 AM to 5 PM and Winter 10 AM to 5 PM.

  • 03Pelling

    Pelling is the second most visited town after Gangtok in Sikkim. One of the reasons for that it has been developed quite fast to become a tourist destination. With some wonderful hotels and sightseeing opportunities, Pelling surely is a place to stay. At an altitude of 6800 feet, Pelling is mostly covered in thick forests and a varied wildlife. Changey and Khangchendzonga waterfalls are two main tourist attractions in the town and you can visit them in one day. Pelling is perfect for travellers who like to discover a town on foot.

    Location: West Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: All year except for the rainy season, July to September.

  • 04Kanchenjunga Base Camp

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp

    There are many wonderful Attractions in Sikkim, but, the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is one of its kind. The uniqueness of this trek lies in the uniqueness of the trekking trail. The snow-covered way challenges the best of trekkers and it will surely give you a rush that you will never forget. The sight of the nearby mountain will stay with you as you trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. That addition of beauty makes the adventure even more memorable.

    Location: Sikkim, Himalaya.

    Best Time to visit: Mid March to June and mid-September to October.

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  • 05Nathula Pass

    Nathula Pass is located at a height of 14140 feet and this is the best place to be for the trekking enthusiasts when visiting Sikkim. The border trade market, Sherathang, is a popular place where tourists can buy different kinds of Tibetan items for a cheap price. Near to that, there is a tiny place called Kupup. It always stays under clouds, which surely will be a nice experience for you. The view from the Nathula Pass is remarkable too.

    Location: 52 km from Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: May to October. It’s open for public from Wednesday to Saturday.

    Price: The permit costs Rs. 200 per person.

  • 06Teesta River

    Teesta River

    Teesta River can be considered as a part of all the Sikkim Tourist Places because it flows through the entire state of Sikkim. Teesta River is the main river of Sikkim and it’s considered as the lifeline of its towns and cities. Apart from its wild beauty and a huge number of picnic spots around it, Teesta River is also very popular among the whitewater rafters. Teesta River 3 and 4-grade rapids that are excitingly challenging to the most experienced of rafters.

    Location: Created from so Lhamo Lake, and flows through entire Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: March to May is the best time.

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  • 07Goechala


    The Goechala is a very tiny place in Sikkim and it’s very popular as a tourist destination. The adventure lovers, who visit Sikkim for trekking expeditions, surely include this trek in their plan. The trek takes up to 11 days from Yuksom. The best thing about the destination is the view of the Kanchenjunga and 14 other large summits, most of which stats under the cover of thick snow all year long. The sky stays clean during the months of October and November and becomes a paradise for photographers.

    Location: This is a little place in Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: October and November.

    Price: 14800 per person for the trek.

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  • 08Gurudongmar Lake

    Located at an altitude of 17100 feet, the Gurudongmar Lake is one of the world’s 15 highest lakes and India’s second highest one. This lake has become a prime tourist destination in India because of its breath taking beauty. The Gurudongmar Lake is located 121 km away from Gangtok, and close to a small town named Lachen. It’s recommended that you spend the night in this town so you can visit the lake very early in the morning. That’s when the entire scene bursts into colour with the rising sun. The lake has religious significance for both Buddhists and Hindus.

    Location: 121 km from Gangtok, on route to Lachen.

    Best Time to Visit: Summer and autumn.

  • 09Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant

    Restaurants aren’t often considered as tourist attractions, but, when it comes to Places To Visit In Sikkim, the Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant surely is one. It’s one of the best places to be in the market area when you are hungry. It might sound strange, but the Taste of Sikkim Restaurant becomes even more wonderful when there’s no electricity and you eat in the candlelit tables. The experience of the always-smiling staff serving you the best momos, soup, and noodle is really soothing. It also has an open door policy for local musicians.

    Location: Ralong Road, Ravangla Bazar.

    Price: 10 AM to 9 PM.

  • 10Tashi View Point

    The Tashi View Point is located 6 km away from the main city of Gangtok. The tourists, who visit the capital of Sikkim, must check this viewpoint out for the spectacular sight it offers. On clear days, you can see the entire Kanchenjunga from the Tashi View Point. During sunrise, the sky paints the mountains with the brightest of colours. If you can wake up early then don’t miss that phenomenon. You can also see the Phodong and Labrang monasteries from this viewpoint.

    Location: Tashi, Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Price: It has no fee but you can use their telescope for Rs.10.

  • 11Yumthang Valley of Flowers

    If you are looking for the Best Places To Visit In Sikkim then do not forget to add the Yumthang Valley of Flowers to your list. The valley of flowers is located at a height of 11800 feet and it’s about 150 km from Gangtok. As the name suggests, the Yumthang Valley is covered in a grand variety of flowers, which surely is a treat for your eyes. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in this valley and is a must-visit attraction.

    Location: Lachung, North Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: April to June is the best time to visit. It stays closed during the winter because of snowfall.

  • 12Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

    The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden houses a huge variety of orchids and trees. It’s one of the places where you can find different varieties of oak trees. The garden is located near the Rumtek Monastery, so, it seems quite a good number of visits. However, the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden itself is a wonderful place, decorated with lots of greenery and colourful flowers. Visit the greenhouses to see the rare orchids.

    Location: Near Rumtek, Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: 8 AM to 6:30 PM, all days. March to May and October to mid-December are the best times to visit.

    Price: Rs. 10 per person.

  • 13Pemayangtse Monastery

    This beautiful monastery is sure one of the most attractive Places To Visit In Sikkim and its location contributes to that. At a higher end of Western Sikkim, this small but very popular monastery is located and visited by a huge number of tourists every year. During the time of spring to summer, when the sky is clear, you will witness here the majestic backdrop of the Himalayan range which turns this white and gold building into a shinning piece of architecture. The Pemayangtse Monastery is almost 300 years old.

    Location: Pemayangtse, near Pelling.

    Best Time to Visit: Spring to summer.

  • 14Ganesh Tok

    Located only 6 km from Gangtok, Ganesh Tok is a viewpoint. It’s located at a height of 6500 m, and from here you can get the mesmerizing sight of snow covered mountain peaks. There is also a tiny Lord Ganesha temple with the viewpoint. If you want to let in the beauty of an open sky and long stretches of the white mountain then the Ganesh Tok is the place to be for you. You get a lovely bird’s eye view of Gangtok from there.

    Location: Ditchling Area, Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: 6 AM to 7 PM.

    Price: Entry is free. You can rent traditional clothing for Rs. 40 per person.

  • 15Khangchendzonga National Park

    The stunningly beautiful Khangchendzonga National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2016. Since then, the crowd drive to the park has increased significantly. During your visit to Gangtok, you must make time to go to the Khangchendzonga National Park. Declared as a national park in 1977, this tourist destination is known for its huge collection of wildlife. Apart from Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Tibetan antelope, barking deer, red panda, flying squirrel, and different bird kinds, there are also many varieties of medicinal plants.

    Location: It’s located in Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: March to May and September to mid-December.

  • 16Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

    Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the world’s most important Tibetan culture and language research institutes. The institution is also a museum and a library where you can see a diverse collection of Tibetan books and items. In February 1957, the 14th Dalai Lama had laid its foundation stones and it was made operational the following year. The main building has traditional Tibetan architecture and it surely is one of the most beautiful Tibetan buildings in Sikkim. One of the most prominent things about this institution is its collection of the translations of Lord Buddha’s original teachings. You can also find articles of world-famous Buddhist scholars.

    Location: Deorali, Gangtok.

  • 17Singalila National Park

    Singalila National Park

    This national park is one of the Places To Visit In Sikkim that you must not miss. The park is located on the uphill ground, starting from 7900 feet and going as high as 12000 feet. This national park is a part of the trekking route between Sandakphu to Phalut. Apart from its collection of wildlife, the view from the park is mesmerizing too.

    Location: Singalila Ridge, Darjeeling District.

    Best Time to visit: March to May and October to early December.

    Price: Entry fee is Rs. 100 and car safari is Rs. 100 per person. You need to pay an extra Rs. 100 to carry your still camera and Rs. 400 for a video camera.

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  • 18Dodrul Chorten 

    Standing on a hillock, the Chorten is one of the largest stupas in Sikkim. The golden top of the Chorten Stupa can be seen from many different points in Gangtok. If you are going by car then you will have to get down at the bottom of the hillock and then climb the steep but short pathway that leads to the stupa. According to a legend, the area was once haunted by spirits, then, in 1946, a lama of Tibet Trulshik Rinpoche built the Chorten Stupa and freed the place of the spirits. It’s one of the most important stupas in Sikkim.

    Location: Tadong, Gangtok.

    Price: Non-mandatory donation.

  • 19Phodong Monastery

    The Phodong Monastery is one of the 6 most important monasteries in the state of Sikkim. Located on a ridge, the monastery is popularly known for its religious importance and architectural beauty. Although the Phodong Monastery was first built in the early 18th century, you won’t be able to call its age because it has been reconstructed over time. The new architecture is rather new, but it’s still one of the most visually stunning places of worship in Sikkim. There are currently more than 250 monks living here.

    Location: Phodong, about 40 km from Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: 9 AM to 5 Pm.

  • 20Yuksom

    Yuksom is a very small but beautiful village in Western Sikkim. The village is known for its lushness and cultural significance. However, the main crowd of tourists in Yuksom is of the trekkers. It’s the access to the Mount Kanchenjunga base camp; hence, a lot of different treks start from this village. Other than that, there are some popular sightseeing spots in Mount Yuksom too. You surely need to visit the Norbugang Park, Tashi Tenka, Kathok Wodsallin Gompa, and Dubdi Gompa. The view of the snow-covered mountain range is an added advantage.

    Location: Geyzing subdivision, West Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: March to June.

  • 21Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park

    This is one of the Sikkim Tourist Places that children and adults can enjoy equally. The animals in the zoo are kept in their natural habitats. However, it has been made sure that they can’t cross their area for the safety of the visitors. You can explore park either on foot or you can rent a car.

    Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: 9 AM to 4 PM, every day but Thursday.

    Price: Entry fee is Rs. 25 per adult and for children Rs. 10. Small cars have an entry fee of Rs. 40 when the fee for larger cars is Rs. 100.

  • 22Green Lake Trek

    Green Lake Trek

    This is one of the Places To Visit In Sikkim that is for the adventure enthusiasts. The best thing about this Green Lake Trek is that it’s still unknown to most travellers. Only the dedicated trekkers are aware of this fabulous journey. Hence, you can expect a trail that hasn’t been taken on by many tourists. The destination is located at a height of 16180 feet and the view from there can be cherished for ages. The trek is a moderately tough but also tricky at some points. Having some experience will help you.

    Location: Himalaya.

    Best Time to visit: April to October.

    Price: 65000 per person.

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  • 23Singalila

    If you enjoy trekking then the Singalila trek is surely one thing that will make your trip to Sikkim more enjoyable. The challenging routes will lead you to one of the most beautiful destinations in the state. The great Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks open up to your sight with all their majestic glory. For that view alone, you can go on to this trekking trip. You will see more than 20 other peaks on the route.

    Location: Singalila Ridge, Darjeeling District.

    Best Time to visit: April to May and October to November.

    Price: All the necessities, including permits, lodging, food, and travel, will cost about 16000 per person.

  • 24Zemu Glacier

    People, who go on the Green Lake Trek, find the Zemu Glacier on their way. This glacier is 26 km long and located on the east side of Kanchenjunga. You can reach it only by trekking, and it’s surely one of the most adventurous treks you can do in Sikkim. The snow-covered mountain-way is exciting and it challenges the daredevil in you. The Zemu Glacier is the main source of River Teesta, which is the most important river in Sikkim. You will surely enjoy a group trek to the top of the Zemu Glacier.

    Location: East of Kanchenjunga.

    Price: 65,000 per person.

  • 25Ravangla

    Ravangla is one of the Places To Visit In Sikkim where you can relax and spend a few days befriending nature. Located at an altitude of 7000 feet, Ravangla is a little sleepy town. If you love nature then you surely need to visit this town. Apart from enjoying the scenery, you can also visit many sightseeing attraction there. Buddha Park, Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute, Old Ralang Monastery, Ralong Hot Water Springs, Doling Gompa, Rayong Sunrise View Point, and Mangrum Gompa View Point are only some of the things to see. You can also trek to Maenam Hill.

    Location: South Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: Summer, autumn, and spring. Early winter is good too.

  • 26Lachung

    Located at a height of 8600 feet, Lachung is a tiny village that has become a tourist destination for the beautiful sights that surround it. It takes more than 6 hours to reach here from Gangtok because the road isn’t always in good condition. However, what makes up for that is the scenic beauty that accompanies you throughout the journey. The beautiful Lachung Monastery is one of the places in the area that you can visit. Don’t forget to explore Lachung on foot to discover the village closely.

    Location: 118 km from Gangtok.

    Best Time to visit: April to May is the best time to visit. Early December is a good time too.

  • 27Namchi

    If you are looking for the Best Places To Visit In Sikkim then you need to include Namchi in your tour plan. When it comes to cultural tourism, the name Namchi is fast becoming an important centre of attraction. The same is true of religious importance. There are some wonderful local attractions, including Namchi Rock Garden, Samdruptse Monastery, Char Dham, and Namchi Helipad. Namchi is located at Namchi and is surrounded by mountain ranges and greenery. If you love to taste new dishes then visit Namchi during October when the food festival is held.

    Location: South Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: March to May and September to November.

  • 28Zuluk

    There are many charming small villages in Sikkim and Zuluk is one of the best ones among them. Located at a height of 10100 feet, Zuluk is popular for having an Army Base and having been blessed by stunning sights. With a population of only 700 people, the lazy village is the perfect place to walk around and relax. When you are there, visit the Thambi View Point, 14 km away, for a sight of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. During August to September, the place is covered in bright wildflowers.  

    Location: East Sikkim.

    Best Time to visit: August to September to enjoy the flowers. January to April to enjoy the Snow.

  • 299ine Native Cuisine Restaurant

    There are many Attractions in Sikkim and it surely is tiring to travel all day. At one point, you have to stop to rest and eat, and that’s where the 9ine Native Cuisine Restaurant comes in. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Gangtok, mainly known for its traditional Tibetan cuisines. It also offers other international dishes. Apart from the momos and thukpa, they also serve a wide variety of local dishes. Once you eat here, you will know the real taste of Sikkim.  

    Location: M G Marg, Gangtok.

    Price: On average, one person can eat here for Rs. 200 or less.

  • 30Taste Of Tibet Restaurant

    Because of its great location and the reputation as an authentic eatery, the Taste Of Tibet Restaurant has become a popular place to eat among the tourists and locals alike. The restaurant has kept it simple in terms of decoration and paid more attention to serving you the best authentic Tibetan dishes. In here, you must order the sayable and thentuk, two of their best items. However, they specialize in almost all local cuisines. Food Taste Of Tibet Restaurant is rather cheap but they haven’t made any compromise with the food quality.

    Location: MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok

    Best Time to visit: 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

    Price: Rs. 300 per person.


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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
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