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Best Places to Visit in Sikkim

Sikkim Attraction Location Best Time Things to Do
Tsomgo Lake Gangtok, Sikkim Throughout the year Sightseeing, Yak Rides, Camping
Nathula Pass Gangtok, Sikkim May to October Temi Tea Garden, Experience Ralang Hot spring,
Zuluk Ravangla, Sikkim Throughout the year Trekking, Yak rides, Enjoy Picturesque Views
Goechala Zuluk, Sikkim March to May Visit Zuluk Wildlife sanctuary, Thambi View Point
Kanchenjunga Dzongri, Sikkim April to June Trekking, Sightseeing, and Camping
Singalila Singalila Ridge, Sikkim March to June Sightseeing, Trekking, Visit National Park
Kanchenjunga Falls Pelling, Sikkim April to July Trekking, Sightseeing, and Camping
Yume Samdong Yumthang, Sikkim March to May Sightseeing, Skiing, and Trekking
Thangu Lachen, Sikkim May to June Trekking, Sightseeing, Valley of Flowers
Lachung Lachung, Sikkim Throughout the year Sightseeing, Visit Khanda Waterfall
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  • Places to visit in Sikkim includes Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Yuksom, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang Valley, Teesta River, Ravangla, Pelling, Zuluk, Namchi, Khangchendzonga National Park, Rumtek Monastery and many other beautiful places. You can book our 7 Days Sikkim Package (Flat 24% Off + 3000 Cashback) to witness the beauty of above places.

    Housing the world’s third highest peak Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) within its bounds, this Himalayan state offers you ample reasons to visit it right away. Book your slot of Kanchenjunga trek  today and conquer the challenging trail. Sikkim tourist places are outspread in four divisions of the state which are North, South, East, and West.

    The North Sikkim is dotted with dense Alpine forest, steep valleys, pristine waterfalls, tundra regions, and melting snow glaciers. Lachung, Lachen, Chungthang, Yumthang Valley, Mangan, Zemu glacier, Khangchendzonga National Park, etc. fall in this region. Our well crafted 6 Days North Sikkim Tour (Flat 15% Off + 3000 Cashback) covers all these attractions of Sikkim.

    Places like Namchi, Temi, Turuk, Yangang to name a few belong to South district the best for tea plantation. Rumtek Monastery, Nathula, Zuluk, Lake Tsomgo and the state capital Gangtok dwells in the district of East Sikkim. Here is the Gangtok Special Tour Package (Flat 32% Off) that has got all these places included in its itinerary. 

    Yuksom and Singalila are few of the popular getaways in West Sikkim district which is also known as Gyalshing. You can Book Our West Sikkim Tour (Flat 18% Off) to explore this region of Sikkim. So, check the following list and start planning your visit to Sikkim to discover its vast offerings!

  • Must Visit Sikkim Tourist Places

  • 01Tsomgo Lake (38 Km from Gangtok)

    Tsomgo Lake (38 Km from Gangtok)

    The Tsomgo Lake, also popular as the Changu Lake, is a water body made of a glacier making it one of the best places to visit in Gangtok. Located at the altitude of 12310 feet, the Tsomgo Lake is one of Sikkim’s prime tourist attractions. The lake is located 38 km from Gangtok, en 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. Explore Tsogmo Lake in winters as it is the best time to visit Gangtok also. 

    Location: 38 km from Gangtok.

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

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  • 02Nathula Pass (56 Km from Gangtok)

    Nathula Pass (56 Km from Gangtok)

    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 at a cheap price. This Sikkim point of interest is famous among travelers.

    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: 56 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim

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

    Price: The permit costs Rs. 200 per person.

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  • 04Kanchenjunga Base Camp (61 Km from Gangtok)

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp (61 Km from Gangtok)

    Located at the height of almost 14,000ft above sea level, the Kanchenjunga Base camp is one of the best Sikkim tourist places and a heaven for all the adventurers. Together forming one of the most beautiful parts of the Himalayas, the Kanchenjunga range is one of the most picturesque regions of Sikkim, and all that can be seen in utmost clarity and mightiness from the base camp.

    The real adventure for people is to see the third highest mountain in the world up close to here, and that is why this place is worth the visit at least once in a lifetime.

    Location: Dzongri, Sikkim

    Best time to visit: April to June and Mid September to October.

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  • 05Yumthang Valley of Flowers (128 Km from Gangtok)

    Yumthang Valley of Flowers (128 Km from Gangtok)

    The undulating meadows, the grazing yaks by the banks of wild Teesta river and the many hot springs amid the towering mountain peaks position Yumthang valley among the top places to visit in Sikkim. The valley of flowers is carpeted at a height of more than 11,000 feet above sea level at around 128 kilometres from Gangtok. You can book one of our Gangtok Tours from a vivid choice of packages we have for you so that you don't miss out the best of Gangtok.

    Come to visit the valley in late February to march when the Losar festival is celebrated by the locals. During the month of April and June, the Rhododendrons bloom and envelop the valley in full glory.

    Location: North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120, India

    Best time to visit: March to mid-June. 

    Cost: INR 150 for Indian nationals.

    The time required to visit: 5 to 6 hours.

    Opening Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

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  • 06Gurudongmar Lake (174 Km from Gangtok)

    Gurudongmar Lake (174 Km from Gangtok)

    Set at an altitude of 17,800 ft, Gurudongmar Lake is a high altitude Himalayan lake which is scenic and peaceful. Hemmed in by snow-covered mountains, this lake remains frozen during the winter season and during summers, the lake water reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror.

    It is one of the highly suggested places to visit in Sikkim on the Northern side of Kanchenjunga mountain range which is situated at around 174 kilometers from Gangtok. Due to the proximity to the Chinese Tibetan border, one has to take permits to visit the lake.

    Location: North Sikkim, India

    Best time to visit: If you visit between November to March, the lake will be in a frozen state.

    Cost: A shared taxi from Gangtok will cost you around INR 400 to 500.

    Time required to visit: 2 to 3 hours.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

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  • 07Goechala (51 Km from Gangtok)

    Goechala (51 Km from Gangtok)

    Standing at a height of about 4,940 m above sea level, the high mountain pass of Goechala (Goecha La) is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim. Being in the proximity of some of the highest mountains of the Himalayas, the pass is an amazing destination for all the trekkers visiting Sikkim. The best thing about this place is the beautiful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga’s southeast face.

    The view from the pass is so breathtakingly beautiful that it was featured on the back of the 100 Rupee note of India. Acting as the base of the summit for Kanchenjunga, this place is a must visit for the beauty of it.

    Altitude: 16,200ft

    Duration: 11 Days

    Cost: 16,250/person.

    Location- Yuksum, Sikkim

    Best time to visit- April to June, and September to October

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  • 08Singalila (123 Km from Gangtok)

    Singalila (123 Km from Gangtok)

    The Singalila Ridge trek is an easy to moderate trek extending from an elevation of 2,134 meters to 3,636 meters. As you reach the top, you unravel some pure sights of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga peak, Makalu and Lhotse Peak.

    The trek starts from Darjeeling heading towards Tonglu via Maneybhanjang continuing to Gairibas and crossing the serpentine trails of Kalapokhri comes to the steep climb that passes through Sandakphu which is the highest peak of Singalila range that lounges at a height of 3,636 meters. Later a downhill trek to Rimbik ends the trek.

    Location: Singalila ridge, Sikkim.

    Best time to visit: March to June, when the flowers have fully bloomed or October to December.

    Cost: INR 31,720/person.

    Time required to visit: The trek to Sandakphu or Phalut can be of around 6 to 8 days from Gangtok.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

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  • 09Green Lake

    Green Lake

    Fix your eyes to the jade-green lake surrounded by snow-covered glaciers and mountains. Green Lake is still an unexplored and unhindered destination in Sikkim. It serves as a base to the those willing to climb Mount Kanchenjunga and Zemu glacier.

    Starting from Thangu village, the trek to Green lake passes through the magnificent  Kanchenjunga National Park and also brings forth the scenery of the confluence of the Zemu Chu and Lachen Chu which are two very significant rivers of the region.

    From Gangtok, you drive to Lachen via Mangan and then Thangu to start your trek. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, especially for the rarely found Red Panda in the region.

    Location: Zemu Glacier, Sikkim 737116

    Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

    Cost: INR 65,000/Person.

    Time required to visit: A 10-day long trek starting from Gangtok.

    Opening Timings: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

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  • 10Lachung (103 Km from Gangtok)

    Lachung is a small town that shines like a morning star at an elevation of 9,610 ft. in North Sikkim. Lachung is situated at a distance of 103 KM from Gangtok and throughout your drive from Gangtok, the meandering river Teesta will accompany you alongside. It would be a mistake to visit the hamlet of Lachung but missing on a tour to the famous Zero point and Lachung monastery. 

    Surrounded by apple orchards, pine forests, and numerous waterfalls, Lachung is a scenic Himalayan village. The confluence of two very prominent tributaries of river Teesta- Lachung and river Lachen is also a point of interest en route in Chungthang, from where the road bifurcates into two routes: one leads to Lachen and another to Lachung.

    Location: Lachung, Sikkim 737120

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year but monsoon season is best to be avoided.

    Cost: Depends on your mode of transport.

    The time required to visit: October to December; and from March to May.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

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  • 11Pelling (72 Km from Gangtok)

    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 the 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: located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 72km from Gangtok, Sikkim.

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

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  • 12Zuluk (91 Km from Gangtok)

    Perched atop a height of 10,000 feet, surrounded by rugged lower Himalayan mountains lies Zuluk, a small hamlet that redefines natural beauty. Situated close to to the Indo-Tibetan border is this picturesque village with a big troop of Military settled and guarding.

    Zuluk serves as the base of places in the East Sikkim like Nathang Valley, Tsomgo lake, Kupup, etc., and used to be a former trade route between Tibet and Kalimpong via Jelep-la. 

    Located around 91 kilometers from Gangtok, visiting Zuluk needs permission. From herds of yaks to deer, wild dogs, Himalayan bears to exotic birds like Monal Pheasant Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, and Snow Pheasant, etc.; Zuluk wildlife sanctuary is a wildlife enthusiast’s delight.

    Location: Zuluk, East Sikkim, India, 737131

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

    Cost: Depends on your chosen mode of transport.

    Time required to visit: At least 2 days.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

  • 13Ravangla (69 Km from Gangtok)

    Embark on a journey to explore a lesser-known quaint village amidst the high mountains of Eastern Himalayas in South Sikkim. Ravangla is a village at an elevation of around 8000 feet above sea level with breathtaking landscapes painted by  Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks of Kabru,  Pandim,  Siniolchu. 

    Rayong sunrise viewpoint, Temi Tea Garden, Relang hot spring and Ralang monasteries are few local attractions that can interest a traveler. The winding roads which take you to these places and Ravangla are very scenic too.

    Location: Ravangla, South Sikkim 737139

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

    Time required to visit: At least two days.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

  • 14Rumtek Monastery (23 Km from Gangtok)

    This splendid monastery is a sight to the sore eyes, you will witness some of the rarest Buddhist artworks and mural paintings in this three-storeyed spiritual center. 

    Rumtek Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect and which was first built in the 12th century but was left to ruin so during 1960 Gyalwa Karmapa who became the 16th Karmapa of the center reestablished it. 

    The monastery is not only a treasure house encompassing unique murals, hand painting, and 1001 miniature Gold sculptures, but also has many vantage points overlooking the city of Gangtok. It is one of the Sikkim tourist places which have plenty of ways to intrigue the visitors.

    Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135

    Best time to visit: March to May; and October to December.

    Cost: INR 10 per person.

     Time required to visit: An hour.

    Opening Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

  • 15Yuksom (122 Km from Gangtok)

    Yuksom (122 Km from Gangtok)

    Yuksom is a petite historical town in the West Sikkim district and is also known as the “getaway to Kanchenjunga.” Tashiding Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Complex of Tashi Teenka, Kartok monastery and Khecheopalri lake are few of the interesting heritage places to visit in Yuksom.

    It is majorly known for its monasteries and ancient stories on Lamas. Yuksom was once the capital of Sikkim which is still culturally rich topped with stunning vistas and greenery.

    Location: Yuksom, Sikkim 737113

    Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

    Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

    Time required to visit: A day or two.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours

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  • Places to Visit in North Sikkim

  • 16Teesta River

    Teesta river is the main river of the state of Sikkim and divides its region from that of the state of West Bengal. Covering a total course of 309 km before meeting the mighty Brahmaputra, the river passes through the cities of Rangpo, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong, where it has a high importance as the main source of living.

    Originating from a high altitude lake in the North Sikkim and the Teesta Kangse Glacier at the height of 7068m, the river is also a great source of adventure as there are a number of locations where you can enjoy rafting in the river.

    Location: Sikkim and parts of West Bengal

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

  • 17Yume Samdong

    Amongst the most scenic Sikkim tourist places, Yumesamdong, famous as Zero Point, is seated at a distance of 15 km from Yumthang. Nestled at a dizzying altitude of 4,724 m, Yumesamdong is also the great periphery of civilisation, as no roads lead further than here! The snow-capped bounties watch over the valley and form a striking pair with the azure skies that seem to be perpetually locked in an embrace with the mountains.

    The place showcases Mother Nature at its best, with chilling temperatures, haunting valleys, and towering massifs. You can also choose to spend a day in Lachung Village to witness the native rituals and lifestyle.

    Location: Yumesamdong is located 165 km away from Gangtok

    Entry Fee: The entry here is free of charges.

  • 18Tso Lhamo Lake

    The picturesque Tso Lhamo Lake rests at a mind-numbing altitude of 5,330 m and is one of the highest lakes in the world. The weather conditions are quite extreme and harsh with sub-zero temperatures, making it difficult to reach for tourists. 

    Majestic snow clad mountains stand guard over the lake, and cast a surreal reflection in its turquoise blue waters! The lake is a source of the Teesta river and affords breathtaking vistas of the surrounding bounties of nature like never before. The splendor of Tso Lhamo is promising to leave you awestruck. 

    If you’re a nature lover or trekking enthusiast, this is decidedly one of the most striking places to visit in Sikkim.

    Location: The lake sits in North Sikkim, about 184 km away from Gangtok.

  • 19Thangu

    Nestled atop a staggering 3,962 m, the spellbinding Thangu Valley is shrouded under a great carpet of snow almost throughout the year. May and June see the entire places dotted with lush alpine flora. Thangu is also base for the famous Chopta valley and Muguthang treks. 

    Graced by the rivers Teesta, Chopta, and Lassur that cut through the valley, there are plenty of mind-boggling views to capture your senses. Flanked by lofty Himalayan massifs on each side, the village of Thangu is a silent little settlement far away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. The valley requires a scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours to get to from Gangtok.

    Location: The Valley of Thangu lies 141 Km from Gangtok.
  • 20Khangchendzonga National Park

    Bestridden by the Western gradients of Mount Kanchenjunga, the Khangchendzonga National Park also known as Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve throws a number of surprises along the trekking trails. The trails lead to places like Yuksom, Dzongri, the vast Zemu Glacier, Goechala, Rathang, Bakim, Tshoka, etc. 

    Stretching out across an area of 850 sq. kilometre, Khangchendzonga National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in Sikkim. The vastness of this green retreat is enriched with the presence of species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Tibetan antelope, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrel and wild ass.

    Location: Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim.

    Best time to visit: October to December; and March to May.

    Cost: Varies from one operator to another and also on the trek route.

    Time required to visit: Varies on different trek routes.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours on all days of the week except Sundays.

  • 21Enchey Monastery

    Founded in the 19th century, the monastery was initially owned by Lama Dhrupthob Karpo. It is also marked for its Chinese Pagoda design that makes it an architectural marvel. The monastery was rebuilt in the year 1908 by Kind Sikyong Tulku, however, and is now one of the most visited Sikkim tourist places.

    Its current architecture is in line with China’s sacred mountain, which was known to be the spiritual dwelling of Jampelyang. The northern Buddhists believed him to be the God of Knowledge.

    Location: Enchey Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim 737117.

    It is a mere 10 minutes’ drive from the main town of Gangtok

    Timings: The monastery is open from 06:00 AM to 04:00 PM every day.

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

  • 22Zemu Glacier

    Zemu Glacier is the eastern base for climbing the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga. It is a 26-kilometer long glacier that is a key water source for the Himalayan Teesta River. Starting from Gangtok, you reach Lachen in North Sikkim by road and then head towards Jakthang on foot.

    Green Lake which sits at about 16,000 feet above sea level is a major landmark where people mostly end their trek and return but as you move ahead crossing Yabuk and Rimbik, you will reach Zemu Glacier blanketed in snow at an elevation of 18,648 feet above sea level. Standing at such an altitude, you can witness the majesty of the Mount Siniolchu and other Himalayan peaks from here.

    Location: Zemu Glacier, 737116

    Best time to visit: March to May and September to December.

    Cost: Approximately between INR 65,000 to 68,000; varies with different operators.

    The time required to visit: 11 to 12 days long trek, starting from Gangtok.

    Opening Timings: Closed in heavy snowfalls otherwise open throughout the year.

  • 23Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

    Soak in the views of the lush green mountain slopes, orchids, and rhododendrons with other Himalayan flowers at this vast Botanical garden situated on a hilltop.  Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is located around 22 KM from Gangtok, near the Rumtek monastery, occupying a large portion of Yumthang Valley. You will find a large playground for kids, a small yet pretty lake edged with well-manicured garden and a variety of flowers.

    Location: Near Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche and Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135, Gangtok, India

    Best time to visit: April and June to see the flowers blooming in full glory.

    Cost: INR 10 per person.

    Time required to visit: An hour and a half.

    Opening Timings: 8 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.

  • Places to Visit in East Sikkim

  • 24Phodong Monastery

    Phodong Monastery

    Around 28 kilometers of Gangtok lies one of the six premier monasteries of Sikkim and one of the three monasteries of the Kagyu sect in the state. The construction of Phodong Monastery construction is dated to the early 18th century.

    The monastery is adorned with an assorted collection of ancient murals and paintings. Perched atop a height of 4500 feet above sea level, it offers picturesque sceneries and pristine environment.

    Location: Phodong village, Sikkim, India.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Time required to visit: 1 to 2 hours.

    Opening Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

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  • 25Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park

    Spanning across a massive area of 230 hectares of a forested hill, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the Sikkim tourist places which serve as an oasis to the nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The main attraction at this small hilltop zoo is an adorable Red Panda who catches everyone’s attention.

    You can also witness some big cats like Bengal tiger and black panther along with Himalayan Black Bears, Clouded Leopard, Porcupine, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolfs, Large Indian Civets, Gorals, Barking Deer, Himalayan Palm Civets, Yaks, etc. here.

     You can either choose to walk from the entry gate on a 2.5 km long road that leads to fenced areas where you can spot animals or reserve a car for a half-day tour.

    Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103.

    Best time to visit: Anytime during the day.

    Cost: INR 25 per person (Indian) INR 50 per person (foreign nationals).

    Time required to visit:1 to 2 hours.

    Opening Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM on all days of the week except Thursday.

  • 26Singalila National Park

    Unwrapping some unparalleled views of the Himalayas, especially of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest peaks, Singalila National Park sprawls on the Singalila Ridge at about 7000 ft. 

    Declared as a National Park in 1992, a large area of this park can be covered on your way to Sandakphu and Phalut trek which are also the two highest peak of Singalila, both with a height of more than 11,000 feet. 

    It easily finds its name among the places to visit in Sikkim. Here, the trails are adorned with carpets of a wide range of rhododendrons, and orchids blooming in a variety of vivid colors.

    Location: Singalila ridge, Sikkim - 734201

    Best time to visit: March to April, when the flowers have fully bloomed.

    Cost: Singalila National Park entry costs INR 100 per Indian.

    The time required to visit: The trek to Sandakphu or Phalut can be of around 6 to 8 days from Gangtok.

    Opening Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

  • 27Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

    Founded by the 14th Dalai Lama in the year 1957, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is center for research and study of everything originated or practiced in Tibet, from clothes to culture and language. 

    It is located around a distance of 2 kilometers in Deorali, housing a large museum and a resourceful library comprising of a collection of references and study material on Tibet and Himalayas mainly. 

    The museum located on the first floor features coins, thangkas, valuable statues, ancient manuscript in various languages like Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and other artifacts. To leaf through one of the largest collection of Tibetan documents, head to the first floor, where the library is.

    Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

    Cost: INR 10 per person.

    Time required to visit: An hour.

    Opening Timings:10 AM to 4 PM on all days of the week but closed on Sundays.

  • 28Do Drul Chorten 

    Located close to the Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten is a massive stupa that stands unique with a golden top dome. A lama from Tibet who followed Nyingma Order of Buddhism came to this place in his hermitage journey and established the stupa in 1946.

    Encircled with a total of 108 prayer wheels, several small stupas around, it is one of the offbeat Sikkim tourist places, visible from many vantage points in Sikkim.

    Location: Near Tibetology Institute And Gangtok Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim

    Best time to visit: March to mid-June.

    Cost: INR 10 per person.

    Time required to visit: Half hour to one hour.

    Opening Timings:8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

  • 29Ganesh Tok

    Perched atop a hill at a height of 6500 ft. adjacent to the TV tower and close to Tashi Point, Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. You can get some unhindered views of the snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, especially the Kanchenjunga Peak from the viewing lounge which has a balcony and is fenced by glass panels.

    It is one of the places to visit in Sikkim, away from the urban bustle, around 6 kilometers from the town of Gangtok. Reaching the inner sanctum requires you to climb a set of stairs, then crawl in the narrow passage to worship the idol of Lord Ganesha.

    Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year, visit between March to May to enjoy the pleasant weather.

    Cost: Free of cost.

    Time required to visit: An hour or two.

    Opening Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

  • 30Hanuman Tok

    Built as a tribute to the Hindu Lord Hanuman, this beautiful temple is frequented by countless tourists every year. It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman rested here briefly when he was carrying Sanjeevani to Lanka. The temple falls into the care of the Indian Army, which has maintained it remarkably. 

    The ambiance is amplified by the mellifluous religious music that graces the temple. The temple also opens up to mesmerizing views of the bordering valleys and mountains. The highlight of this temple is that it is chaperoned by the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga!

    Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

    Timing: The temple is open from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM every day

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

  • 31Bakthang Waterfall

    One of the most stunning wonders of nature, the Bakthang Falls carry a canvas of the magnificent Himalayas in the back. A mere half hour’s drive away from Gangtok, the place is a dream destination for shutterbugs. Nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts make this place their frequent haunt.

    Flowing from the main water source of Ratey Chu, the gushing falls sing a soothing symphony for visitors. One of the most scenic places to visit in Sikkim, Bakthang Falls should undoubtedly grace the top of your itinerary.

    Location: Bakthang Falls, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

    Timings: The waterfall is open from 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

  • 32Ridge Park

    A scenic flatland that spans just over the town of Gangtok, the Ridge Park is bordered by the White Hall and a beautiful Pagoda top. The park harbors a vast array of plants, flowers, and shrubs, and hosts an annual Orchid show! The rich floral aroma greets you the moment you step in, and your senses are lulled by the vibrant colors of the flowers.

    A botanist’s wildest dream, and a heaven for nature lovers, the Ridge Park is one of the must-see Sikkim tourist places.

    Location: Ridge Park, Ridge Rd, Sungava, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

    Timings: The place is open every day from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors, but the Flower exhibition Centre charges a nominal fee of INR 10 per head.

  • 33Casino Mahjong

    Bursting with excitement and entertainment, the posh Casino Mahjong is part of the Mayfair Hotels and Resorts in Sikkim. It is truly one of its kind in India. Lose yourself into the world of innumerable casino games, while enjoying the glamorous ambiance that it offers.

    Games like Roulette, Baccarat, Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, Flush, and classic slot machines await you eagerly, making Casino Mahjong one of the most thrilling places to visit in Sikkim.

    Location: Mayfair Spa, Resort and Casino, National Highway 31A, Lower Samdur Block, Ranipool, Sikkim 737135

    Timings: The casino is open every day for 24 hours.

    Entry Fee: The casino charges an entry fee of INR 1500 per person, inclusive of dinner and drinks.

  • 34Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

    Perched atop a staggering altitude of 13,123 ft., Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, otherwise known as Baba Mandir, is cradled right between Nathula and Jelepla Pass. Baba Harbhajan Singh was an Indian Army soldier who had died on duty. His soul is believed to roam the surrounding mountains for nearly 50 years now. 

    Many have given accounts of the sightings of Baba Harbhajan, who has been spotted keeping a constant vigil at night, and warning the patrolling soldiers against future attacks. Over time, the site has turned into a pilgrim destination and prayers are regularly offered here.

    Location: Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, East Sikkim, Sikkim 737131

    Timings: The temple timings are 08:00 AM to 02:30 PM, every day

    Entry Fee: No entry fee is charged to visitors.

  • 35Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park

    Banjhakri Waterfall is shaded beautifully within a lush forests sitting at a distance of 8 km from the main town of Gangtok. Part of the Ban Jhakri Park, it is one of the most beautiful and popular Sikkim tourist places. Lined with well-defined trails, footbridges, and gazebos, there reigns a tranquil lake at the centre of which a massive dragon statue sits.

    The roaring waterfall sits atop 100 feet and captivates the senses of all who wander there. The loud roar of the falls has a soothing effect on the mind, while the surrounding greenery enchants your soul.

    Location: Banjhakri Waterfall, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

    Timings: The park can be visited between 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

    Entry Fees: There is an admission fee of Rs 50 per person. you have to pay extra for Camera.
  • Places to Visit in West Sikkim

  • 36Tashiding Monastery

    One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Tashiding stands atop a hill flanked by Rathong Chu and Rangeet river on either side. The architecture of the monastery looks magnificent against the backdrop of the neighboring Himalayan peaks. Exuding much of the old world charms, it is also a center of spiritual enlightenment for those who seek it.

    It is believed that the place holds the power to cleanse the sins and wrongdoings of those who seek forgiveness here. Built in the 17th century, the monastery is celebrated for the grand Bhumchhu festival it hosts. Presently, it is home to nearly 70 monks.

    Location: Near Yuksom, Gangtok, Western Sikkim 737101

    Timings: Open every day between 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee: No entry fee for visitors.

  • 37Pemayangtse Monastery

    As you drive 110 kilometers west of Gangtok, around 2 kilometers from Pelling, you will spot a yellow Buddhist structure peacefully nestled amid the rich environs of the hills. Pemayangtse Monastery is a three-story structure which was founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705. 

    The name Pemayangtse literally translates to ‘sublime lotus’.The building holds age-old paintings, sculptures, carvings and a collection of Tibetan artifacts. Lookout for Cham festival, the largest monk festival hosted on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of Tibetan Calendar.

    Location: Near Pelling,110 km west of Gangtok, Sikkim 737111.

    Best time to visit: February to June, although it can be visited throughout the year.

    Cost: INR 20 per person.

    Time required to visit:  If traveling from Gangtok, it will take not less than 4 hours.

    Opening Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

  • 38Khecheopalri Lake

    The Khecheopalri lake, alternatively known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is shrouded in mystique and mythology, and is believed to be a ‘wish fulfilling lake’. Housed near the rustic village of Khecheopalri, it sits at a dizzying height of 1,700 m and is considered a sacred site by Buddhists. It is visited by many pilgrims and is gaining more popularity amongst tourists.

    Fenced by beautiful lush forests, the lake is home to fascinating aquatic life. Interestingly, leaves are rarely seen afloat on the lake, as birds shrewdly pick them up the instant they hit the surface.

    Location: Khecheopalri Lake, West Sikkim, 737113. It sits at a distance of 27 km from Pelling.

    Timings: The lake is open every day from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

  • 39Singshore Bridge

    Reigning at a height over above 100 m, the 240 m long Singshore Bridge is the highest bridge in Sikkim, and second highest in Asia! Housed near the quaint Uttarey village, the bridge sits 5 km away from Pelling.

    One of the oldest bridges in Sikkim, it connects two beautiful hills and is convenient for treks. Walking over the bridge fills you with an adventurous zeal, and you can’t help but take in the surrounding greenery with awe. The winds up there are pretty strong, and this only enhances the thrill of it.

    Location: Singshore Bridge, Near Uttarey Village, 5 Km From Pelling, West Sikkim, 737113

    Timings: The bridge is open to visitors from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

  • 40Rabdentse Ruins

    The ruins of Rabdentse in Pelling voice the lost stories of Sikkim. One of the most ancient Sikkim tourist places, the Rabdentse Ruins cannot be missed by history fanatics. This formerly splendid complex was reduced to ruins owing to the Nepalese invasion of the fortress in the 18th century.

    The trail to the site snakes through beautiful forests of chestnut and is a 2 km walk away from the Pemayangtse Monastery. Singing hymns of the forgotten glory of Sikkim, the significance of this unexplored place is inscribed on a small stone tablet that is draped in the ruins.

    Location: Geyzing, Sikkim 737111

    The ruins are situated at a distance of 125 km from the main town of Gangtok.

    Timings: The ruins can be visited anytime between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM throughout the week.

    Entry Fee: There are no entry fees for visitors.

  • 41Kanchenjunga Falls

    Kanchenjunga Falls is arguably the most stunning of all the Sikkim tourist places. The waters of the fall are believed to flow from the high glaciers of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga itself, which is how it got the name. Sheltered deep within dense forests, the waterfall went largely unnoticed by the masses up until the late 90s. 

    It still remains shaded and unexplored, making it the perfect respite for people seeking tranquility in solitude. The expansive verdant greenery of the woods that grace the gushing waterfall is a mesmerizing sight to behold.

    Location: It is seated 25 km away from Pelling, and makes for a half hour’s drive.

    Timings: It is open every day for 24 hours.

    Entry Fee: Entry to the waterfall is free of charge.

  • 42Tashi View Point

    The view of Kanchenjunga peak from Tashi viewpoint is going to sweep you off your feet. Recommended visiting during sunrise to see the bone-white peaks turning golden by the rising sun. The viewpoint is around 8 KM from Gangtok with nearby places being the Phodong and Labrang monasteries and Bakthang waterfall en route. 

    As you drive from Gangtok to Tashi ends, you will need to make a climb of 115 steps approximately to reach the viewpoint which you can recognize by the throngs of food stalls and hordes of tourists waiting for the sun to rise. 

    Location: Gangtok, India

    Best time to visit: October and November for a clear view.

    Cost: There is no entry fee to this point, however you can pay INR 10 to enter the premises of Phodong or Labrang monasteries which impart a closer view of the peaks.

    Time required to visit: 2 hours.

    Opening Timings: Best to reach before 5 AM in the morning, it is open from sunrise to sunset.

  • Places to Visit in South Sikkim

  • 43Namchi

    Namchi is the capital of the South Sikkim district, often known as the cultural capital of Sikkim. The city has seen rapid development over the years. It is famous for offering the replicas of all the four Dhams of India and the biggest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Sikkim. 

    Nestled at 5500 feet above sea level, the town along with serving as a ground for religious tourism in the state features laid-back atmosphere. Namchi helipad, Shirdi Saibaba Mandir and Char Dham complex, Statue of Samdruptse, Central Park, Namchi Rock Garden and Baichung Stadium are few of the sightseeing locations.

    Location: Namchi, South Sikkim, India.

    Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

    Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

    Time required to visit: A day or two.

    Opening Timings: 24 hours.

  • Places to Eat in Sikkim

  • 44Mu Kimchi, Gangtok

    If you are an ardent fan of Korean food who is very particular on knowing how well the meat in your plate is cooked, Mu Kimchi will please your taste buds with their perfectly cooked meat, salads, and other chopstick dishes. Even if you haven’t tried authentic Korean food and would like to, this is one of the places to visit in Sikkim where you can try it without any second thoughts. 

    The dimly-lit woven lamps, the warm ambiance, bamboo ceiling and an offbeat location of Mu Kimchi make it an irresistible option. Please note that you need to climb around 80 steps before you can relish food at Mu Kimchi.

    Location: Namnang Road, Opposite Sikkim Express, Gangtok 737101, India

    Average cost for two: Approximately INR 2000.

    Cuisines: Asian, Korean.

    Opening Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM on all days of the week.

    Specialty: Kimbap-Korean sushi, bulgogi sets with options of beef and pork.

  • 45Baker's Cafe, Gangtok

    If you are a follower of country music and appreciate having some fast food without worrying about gaining weight, then the Baker’s cafe is right at your service with a fascinating list of food items. 

    Start with an organic ginger tea and then hog on some pancakes, paninis, and hummus and do end it with a freshly baked dessert. A pastry slice or an ice cream would make you feel heavenly.

    Location: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

    The average cost for two: Between INR 700 to INR 2000.

    Cuisines: Italian, American Fast food, and Vegan special.

    Opening Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Specialty: Pizza, Pasta, Wedges, Burgers, and cocktails.

  • 46Dynasty Wine And Dine, Gangtok

    Leaving no room for any kind of loopholes in their food, services, ambiance or cleanliness, Dynasty Wine and Dine is a top notch restaurant to go in Gangtok. From yummy starters to kicking cocktails and mocktails, from hot Chinese food to freezing desserts; Dynasty Wine and Dine will impress you with the very first bite of any item you try here.

    It is situated next to the ropeway with an amazing menu and it is highly recommended to the Chinese food fans. If you long to have dimsums in the beautiful settings of Himalayas and inside a well-cultivated interior, hit this place.

    Location: Ropeway Building | Namnang, Gangtok 737101, India

    The average cost for two: Approximately INR 1000.

    Cuisines: Chinese, Asian and vegetarian meals.

    Opening Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM  on all days of the week.

    Specialty: Chicken stuffed nachos, pan-fried noodles, walnut toffee, steamed fish, and dimsums.

  • 47Taste Of Sikkim Restaurant, Ravangla

    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 noodles is really soothing. It also has an open door policy for local musicians.

    Location: Ralong Road, Ravangla Bazar.

    Price: 10 AM to 9 PM.

  • 48Taste Of Tibet Restaurant, Gangtok

    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. This Sikkim tourist place is loved by all the travellers coming to this places.

    In here, you must order the chicken shapale which is their speciality. However, they specialize in almost all local cuisines. Food at Taste Of Tibet Restaurant is rather cheap but they haven’t made any compromise with the quality.

    Location: MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok

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

    Price: Rs. 300 per person.

  • 499ine Native Cuisine Restaurant, Gangtok

    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.

  • 50Crumbs N Whips, Namchi

    This chic coffee house is more like a pizzeria that serves mouth-watering pizza and pasta. Influenced by the American fast-food culture, the eatery serves veggie burgers, grilled sandwiches, and subs. On top of that, you will be greeted by The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and many other American artists and bands, postered on the walls.

    Crumbs N Whips, as the name suggests, can be visited for quick bites and cheesy delights with freshly brewed coffee and refreshing shakes.

    Location: Jorethang Road | Zero point, Namchi 737126, India

    Average cost for two: Between INR 500 to 1000.

    Cuisines: Italian, Chinese, bakery items and wine servings.

    Opening Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    Specialty: Hawaiian Pizza, cheese grilled sandwich, vanilla shake and cold coffee.

  • 51Chopstick, Gangtok

    This Chinese restaurant is capable of serving you an elaborate lunch and offering a fine dining experience. Its market location makes it easily accessible. Here, you can chug a beer with some Chinese or Sikkimese dishes.

    It boasts of a great aura, friendly staff, and good uptown music, providing a ‘value for money’ time and experience. With courteous staff and remarkable food items, Chopstick welcomes you with all its heart.

    Location: MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim 737102.

    The average cost for two: between INR 700 to 1500.

    Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Vegan and vegetarian meals.

    Opening Timings: 11 AM to 10 PM on all days of the week.

    Specialty: Chilly pork, grilled fish, fish fingers with cheese, chili chicken.

Sightseeing in Sikkim

Adventure in Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim

Camping in Sikkim



Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km

From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors


Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

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Yumesamdong / Zero Point

Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.

The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.

While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!

Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 50 km


Bhim Nala Falls

Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.

Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.

Fun fact -
Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals! 

Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 15 km


Naga Falls

About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.

Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.

North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 35 km



Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.

Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 23 km



Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km


Lachung Monastery

Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.

The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.

Lachung, Sikkim 737120

: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.

Entry charges:

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 20 km


Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Located somewhere along the Gangtok - Lachung highway, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, true to its name, is a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. If a single raging waterfall leaves you speechless, imagine what a cluster of seven such waterfalls will do. Its mellifluous roar is audible, and plummeting silver streaks can be seen from far off.

The place springs to life fully during the monsoons, when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all. The place promises you an album full of wallpaper worthy photographs too! It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lachung.

National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 85 km


Mt. Katao

Housed in North Sikkim, nearly 28 km away from Lachung, the magnificent peak of Mt. Katao is an ideal spot for adventurers and trekkers alike. Though getting there requires a permit from the Indian army. The mountain trail is lined with majestic alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas, along with a few serene waterfalls. These trails climb up to sweeping views of the neighboring peaks. Mt. Katao is one of the most beautiful and offbeat tourist places in Lachung and unveils its grand beauty to the selected few who stumble there.

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 28 km



Reigning at an altitude of 13,500 ft., Thangu is a quaint, cozy little village that falls right en route Gurudongmar lake and Cho Lhamu lake. Come spring season, the entire village sits under a canopy of lush trees overlooking a colorful carpet that the flowers paint across the ground.

If you want to see snow, visit Thangu between the months of December and March, when a thick blanket of powdery snow covers the village. Thangu is also home to several beautiful hiking trails leading to Muguthang, Chopta Valley and more. One of the most shaded places to visit in Lachung, Thangu should definitely be on your Sikkim trip itinerary.



Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km


Phensang Monastery

Explore the realm of spirituality and bliss at Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery perched over the slopes of Kabi - Phodong, and in the vicinity of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Installed in the year 1721, the monastery was restored to its former glory in 1947 after being demolished by fire.

Heavy rains brought a similar tragedy upon the building, but it was again restored. The monastery presently houses nearly 300 Lamas (Buddhist monks). The enduring marvel of Phensang Monastery is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Lachung.

Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101

08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
89 km


Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Cradled in Yumthang valley, the Shinga Rhododendron Sanctuary is flanked by the Chuba - Sagochen ranges on one side, and Chomzomei on the other. Celebrated largely for the stunning variety of blooming rhododendrons, the sanctuary stretches across a sweeping 43, and is a canvas of rioting colours!

The snaking Yumthang Chu is the cherry on top of a grand view of the valley, which is also a popular choice for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is also a great place for camping, provided you take measures to not leave any trails behind. Time the trip between April and July to witness the blossoming beauty of rhododendrons in all their glory.

Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
25 km


Green Lake

Yet another of the least explored places to visit in Lachung, the mesmerizing Green Lake rests at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 1,437 m. Towered by Mt. Kanchenjunga along with several other peaks, and its trail movies past beautiful thick forests and meadows carpeted by rhododendrons, blue poppies, and primulas.

The expeditions to Mt. Everest before the war were done through this part of North Sikkim, the post which, the trail seems to have been forgotten. It remains shaded from the majority of tourists, saves an adventurous few. Time your visit to the lake anytime between March to May for pleasant weather and clear views of the mountain ranges that cast a lovely reflection in the turquoise green waters of the lake.

North Sikkim, Sikkim


Gurudongmar Lake

One of the most beautiful, pristine lakes in Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake sits in close proximity to the Tibetan and Chinese border in the north. Nested amidst the mountains at 5,183 meters, the freezing alpine lake is amongst the major sources of the river Teesta. The lake takes its name after the eminent guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have traversed this region during his visit to Tibet.

There’s even a temple of him near the lake. Flanked on one side by the incredible Kanchendzonga range, the lake freezes in the winter months, save a special spot that is said to have been blessed. The waters of the lake are believed to have been blessed by the gods and are revered all over by the Hindus.

North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx 115 km

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  • Q. Which are the best Sikkim tour packages?
  • Q. Which are the best things to do in Sikkim?

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    Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
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    Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
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  • Q. Which are the best places to visit in Sikkim?

    There are various Sikkim tourist attractions that will take your heart once you witness their beauty. Check the list below:

    Tsomgo Lake
    Nathula Pass
    Gurudongmar Lake
    Green Lake
    Yume Samdong
    Thangu Lachen

  • Q. Does Sikkim have snow?

    Sikkim is known as a mountain state. Nestled in the North –East of the mighty Himalayas, here are the top places where you can find white and frizzy snow, especially during the winter season.
    Gurudongmar Lake - Located at a height of 17,800 ft above sea level, this lake is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world.  Even at zero temperature, the deep blue water of the lake never freezes, even though the surface does. This gives the lake a mystical look.
    The average temperature in winters: Minus 5 to 7 degree Celsius
    Thangu - This quaint and tiny village is located 30 km away from the Lachen valley.  If you are travelling to Gurudongmar Lake, then make sure to stop by this village. During the winter season, the whole village is covered in a white blanket of snow.
    The average temperature in winters – Minus 6 to 11 degree Celsius
    Zuluk - Located at a height of 14,500 feet above sea level, this little hamlet on the Silk Route gives a splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
    The average temperature in winters:  Minus 6 to 10 degree Celsius
    Some of the other popular Sikkim places where snow can be found are Kaluk, Darap, Tashiding, and Yumthaang.

  • Q. Is Sikkim worth visiting?

    Here are a few of the many reasons why Sikkim is worth a visit. Least populous state in India What else would you want other than peace and tranquillity on your vacation? Sparsely populated towns. Sikkim offers the same. Popular cuisines From momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Yak Cheese, to Tibetan Bread, Gundruk Soup and Sael Roti, Sikkim is the hub of delicious food.

     It is already one of the most visited regions of India Many travel publications have named Sikkim as a popular travel destination, including the title for the ‘most-visited’ region in India.

  • Q. How can I get Nathula Pass permit?

    Follow the following steps to acquire a permit to enter Nathu La Pass- You can apply for the permit at the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. The application can be applied through a travel agency. To apply for the same, a photo ID proof, along with two passport size photographs are required for each person. A fee of Rs. 200 per person is applicable to get the permit to Nathu La.

  • Q. Is January Best time to visit Sikkim?

    Sikkim is beautiful during January. Sikkim is sparkling with a blanket of thick snow all through January. The best places to visit Sikkim at this time of the year are Goechala, Singalila Ridge, Lachung, Pelling, Zuluk, and Yuksom.

  • Q. What are the places to visit in sikkim for honeymoon?

    Below are the top honeymoon destinations in Sikkim.

     1. Gangtok – 100 km from Darjeeling -  The capital city of Sikkim is the top honeymoon destination in India. The place is quite famous for spectacular scenes and breathtaking locations, such as Kanchendzonga mountain range, Jhakri Falls, Tsongmo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Kyongnosla Waterfalls and beautiful monasteries. 

    2. Nathu La Pass – 56 km from Gangtok - Once the famous silk route for business trades between India and Tibet, Nathu La is located at a height of 14140 feet.  It is quite famous for its view from places, such as Sherthang and Kupup. You can spend days enveloped in the panoramic views and beautiful weather.

    3. Yumthang Valley of Flowers —128 km from Gangtok - A mesmerizing meadow set quaintly on the banks of River Teesta and surrounded by various hot springs, Yumthang Valley is a blessing for honeymoon couples. This colorful burst of exotic flowers is located at a height of around 11,000 feet.

  • Q. Where can I go in Sikkim in December?

    December is a great time to visit Sikkim. Following are some of the popular places to visit during this time.

    Kaluk - It’s an unexplored village that offers majestic views of the Kanchenjunga peak.
    Average temperature during December –1 to 16 degree Celsius

    Kecholpheri - It is an off-beat location in Sikkim, best known for high altitude lakes that look breathtaking during December.
    The average temperature during December –7 to minus 10 degree Celsius

    Yuksom –Dzongri La Trek - The trek comes with the densest layered of snow and views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks. This trek lasts from 4 to 5 days.
    Average temperature – Minus 2 to degrees.

  • Q. Which is the best time to visit Sikkim?

    The best time to visit Sikkim depends on your favourite season. The following information might help you.

    Summer Season - April to June is the peak tourist season. Summers are truly the best time to visit Sikkim. The weather is mildly warm and pleasant, without being too hot or too cold. Humidity is bearable and temperatures remain low. It is a good season to go sightseeing and explore the region.
    Monsoon season - July to September is a good time to visit only if you are a lover of rain. The region sees heavy rainfall during these months and it is not uncommon for flights to get cancelled. Therefore, it is not recommended to go here during this time.
    Winter season - October to March is the best time to visit Sikkim if you love winter and like snowfall. The weather may get too cold, so make sure you carry a sweater.

  • Q. What are famous things to do in Sikkim?

    There are countless things to do in Sikkim. Some of the most popular ones are given below-

    1. Rafting in Teesta River- Teesta River originates from Lhamo Lake and is the most popular river of Sikkim. It forms thrilling rapids all through its course, and thus, makes a great destination for rafting service.
    Entry fee –Rs. 900 per person.
    Best time –March to May.

    2. Paragliding in Gangtok - Sikkim is also quite known for its adventure sports. One of them being paragliding. The best places to go for paragliding in Gangtok are Pangthang, Bojoghari village, or Tashi View Point.
    Entry fee- Rs. 4000 per person.
    Best time – May to October. 

    3. Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge - Located in Uttarey Village, the Singshore Bridge is a popular destination for adventure lovers. Suspended at a height of 198 m, the bridge organizes bungee jumping for tourists.
    Entry fee -500 per person.
    Best time - All year long.

  • Q. Why it is called Zero Point in Sikkim?

    Yumesamdong, often known as ‘Zero Point,’ because there is no motorable road available from this point. Travellers and tourists are not allowed to go beyond this point. The reason for the same is that after this point, India’s controversial proximity with Chinese Border begins, and thus, no one is allowed to pass through Zero Point.

  • Q. Which part of Sikkim is most beautiful?

    Following places are the most beautiful parts of Sikkim.
    Tsomgo lake - Famous for Migratory ducks, snow-covered mountains, exotic flowers like Primulas and Poppies, and Orchids, and Yaks.
    Yuksom - Famous for oldest monasteries, Goechala Trek, and Norbugang Park.
    Nathula Pass- Famous for Yak Safari, war memorial, and Mt. Chomolhari.

  • Q. What is the famous food of Sikkim?

    Sikkim is also known for its delicious food. Some of the popular foods that the state serves are listed below- Dumpling Also known as momo, it’s the local food of Sikkim. You can find a variety of momos at Pelling. Thukpa It is an egg-noodle dish which had its roots in Tibet, where it is known as Gya-thuk. It is local food and thus found everywhere in Sikkim. Phagshapa Stewed with radish and cooked largely with pork, this dish is quite popular amongst tourists. It is advisable to have this scrumptious dish in a well-known restaurant since the quality of pork must be good.

  • Q. What is there to see in Lachung?

    Lachung is one of the most popular places to visit in Sikkim. Some of the best places to see in Lachung are-

    Yumthang Valley - This heart-warming valley is home to a variety of Himalayan flowers, the kind that you don’t usually find in India. You can also come across meandering streams, fiercely falling waterfalls and lush green terrains on your journey through this valley. 

    Chungthang - Another treasure of Lachung is the incredible town of Chungthang. Apart from having historical importance, Chungthang also serves as the base camp for treks such as Katao, Thangu and Tibet Border, amongst many others.

    Seven Sisters Falls - A beautiful place for nature lovers, Seven Sisters Falls is a must-visit site in Lachung. The transparent is enthralling in a way that you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from soaking yourself into its water. 

  • Q. For what Sikkim is famous?

    Sikkim is mostly famous for its green vistas, an abundance of nature, rambling waterfalls, serene ranges of the mighty Himalayas and rich culture. The unparalleled natural beauty of this region is untainted by mass tourism and offers a pristine and idyllic place for relaxation. This is what makes the state so famous.

  • Q. Is it safe to visit Sikkim?

    Sikkim is known to be one of the safest places in India. People of Sikkim are warm and friendly. It is untouched by terrorism and everyday violence. Moreover, there is always peace and tranquillity surrounding this splendorous place.