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Sikkim is the smallest state in India and is located in the northeastern part of the country. Sikkim is bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and hence there is no dearth of tourist places in Sikkim, undoubtedly. Being the gateway to the Himalayas, Sikkim is known for its beautiful scenery, green meadows, crystalline lakes and towering mountain ranges. This kingdom of mountains has a personality of its own, you will be lost in the captivating destinations in the state, and also see the coexistence of Hinduism and Buddhism which has given rise to a unique and peaceful culture in the state of Sikkim.

Sikkim is a land of monasteries, the beautiful structures like every inch of the state. You will find it hard to not fall in love with this land, with its clean and green roads, valleys, mountain tops and meadows. The eastern Himalayan state comes with rhododendron groves and thick woodlands, orange and apple orchards, its peaceful ambience hitting whoever visits it hard. Sikkim travel packages offer the best attractions to visit especially during the summer months when the other popular tourist places have super hot climates, the mountainous state proves to be an amazing getaway from the heat and mundane life in the plains. You will see a horde of wildflowers during summer, these fill up the valleys and truly make your visit worthwhile.

Sikkim is your go-to for trekking into the Himalayas and river rafting on the Teesta and Rangit. At a higher altitude, you will see that monsoon clouds often surround the mountain tops, giving the place a mesmerising look and feel. Sikkim is a sanctuary of wildlife, primarily home to snow leopards, wild goats, black bears, blue sheep, flying squirrels, and the famous red panda. The cultural and ethnic background of the state makes it a hub for curious tourists throughout the year, Sikkim is as beautiful in winter as it is during the summer months.

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Which are the Best places to visit in Sikkim?

1. Tsomgo Lake: Popularly known as the Changu Lake, it is located at a height of around 3800 m. The view of the lake is divine. On the banks of the lake you will get hot momos served with a tangy sauce which will help you to warm up in the chilling cold weather.   You will also get tea and coffee to enjoy the numbing cool breeze. It is one of the most visited places in Sikkim. The other beautiful lakes worth visiting are Lampokari lake, Manmecho lake, Khecheopalri lake and Gurudongmar lake.

2. Teesta River: 
This beautiful river starts in Sikkim and flows to our neighbour Bangladesh. You must have heard controversies between India and Bangladesh regarding the water of Teesta River. It originates in the Himalayas and runs down through Rangpo, Sikkim. This river offers a great rafting opportunity for the adventure seekers. At some places, the river calms down and at some places it turns wild giving the rafters an unmatched experience.

3. Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple: 
This temple is also known as Shiv Mandir. Situated on the banks of river Rangit, it is as beautiful Hindu Temple which can be reached by crossing a hanging foot-over bridge. Watch your steps.

4. Pelling: 
Pelling is a small and beautiful town. The places to visit in Pelling include beautiful monasteries, rock garden, Rimbi river waterfalls, the holy Khecheopalri lake, Dzongri, Rinchenpong and Hee Burmiok.

5. Gangtok: 
Gangtok is the capital town of Sikkim. It is a lovely small town with the maximum visiting places in Sikkim. The places of attraction are Nathula Pass, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point,  and Himalayan Zoological Park. MG Marg, the market for buying really interesting stuffs, is there in Gangtok.

6. Hot springs: 
Sikkim owns many hot springs. Few examples of hot springs you must pay a visit are Yume Samdong Hot Spring, Reshi Hot Spring, Yumthang Hot Spring, Borong Hot Spring and Ralong Hot Spring.

7. Monasteries: 
There are around 200 monasteries in Sikkim. You must visit few of them to achieve inner peace as the monasteries are calm and quiet. The ones you should visit are Rumtek, Phodang, Tashiding, Phesang, and Dubdi.

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What are the best things to do in Sikkim?

1. Kewzing Bird Watching: The forests of Kewzing are home to more than two hundred species of birds. You can find Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Red-Faced Liochichla, Scarlet Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler etc here. You can find even exotic birds like the Scaly Laughingthrush, Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, and Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler here. Whether or not you have a keen interest in birds, Kewzing is a must-visitt.

2. Gangtok Cable Car Ride: 
The cable car ride in Gangtok that takes you from the highest point of the place gives you a stunning bird’s eye view of the city below. The ride takes up to seven minutes and covers a distance of one kilometre, but that’s all you need for this amazing experience.

3. Tsomgo Lake Yak Ride: 
At a height of 12400 feet, Lake Tsomgo stands proud. You can find yaks here, which are decorated in colourful items and can be hired for a ride around the lake. The yaks look really adorable, and you will undoubtedly enjoy your ride.

4. Visiting the Rumtek Monastery: 
For someone visiting Sikkim, going to a monastery should definitely be the first on your list. The Buddhist architecture is a beauty to marvel at, and the iconic Golden Stupa here that has the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa.

5. Flower exhibition at the White Hall: 
A visit to the Flower exhibition at the White Hall is a must for you, especially if you have a keen interest in flowers. The White Hall houses several wildflowers and bright seasonal orchids, and seeing them will teach you a lot about them.

6. Gangtok to Rangpo Mountain Biking: 
The longest mountain biking route in the state, the Gangtok to Rangpo route is frequented by bikers who love to experience the countryside of Sikkim and see the lifestyle of its people. If you are an avid biker and would love to try something adventurous, this road is a must to cycle on when in Sikkim.

7. Enjoying the Sikkimese Nightlife: The Sikkimese people certainly know how to have a great time with their live music clubs and comfortable lounges. While in Gangtok, instead of being cooped up in your hotel during the evenings, take a leisurely stroll through the markets and the city square, or visit a live music cafe or club. The Sikkimese nightlife is very different from the rest of the country’s and you will love it.

8. Have the Sikkimese Tongba: The famous drink of Sikkim is a delight one must indulge in while in the state. Tongba is a fermented drink made from millet that’s is often served as an alcoholic beverage in Sikkim. It’s commonly made in households and can be served to you at a restaurant too. Make sure you try this special drink while in Sikkim, as you are unlikely to find it anywhere else.

9. Rinchenpong: Leisure Walk: 
Located about 40 kilometres to the west of Gangtok, Rinchenpong is a small town that’s best known for its tranquillity. Visit Rinchenpong if you crave a quiet place to spend a few days in. You can go on long nature walks and see the sunshine bright upon the peaks of the Kanchenjunga. To explore more about complete affordable tour package of sikkim.

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Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Sikkim?

Here are some of the best places to have local cuisine in Sikkim:

  • 9ine Native Cuisine, Gangtok
  • Indulge Karaoke Restaurant, Gangtok
  • Bamboo Retreat Hotel, Gangtok
  • Roll House, Gangtok
  • Jungle Cafe, Gangtok
  • Chopstick, Gangtok
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What are the best public transport modes to commute around Sikkim?

Sikkim is a state in India which is largely defined by its hilly terrain, rivers, lakes, and mountain passes. Travelling from one place to another in the state is mostly done by booking rental cars and jeeps. Although buses are available to commute on between major towns, cars are most comfortable.

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Do we need permit to visit North Sikkim?

Yes, you will need a permit to visit any point in North Sikkim beyond Singhik.

What things should I carry while travelling to Sikkim?

Here are some of the important things you must carry with you:

  • Woolens
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermo-flask
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Medicines
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Dry food items
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What is the best time to visit Nathula and Gurudongmar lakes?

  • When to visit Nathula Pass: The Nathula Pass is a mountain pass that join Sikkim to China. This is one of the famous tourist destinations in the country and the Indo-China border is what tourists flock in to see. The Nathula Pass is located at a distance of 56.3 kilometers from Gangtok. Nathula Pass is best visited during the summer months, that is, between May to mid-November.
  • When to visit Gurudongmar Lake: Located at 17100 feet, the Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in India. The lake is located in Lachen in North Sikkim. The best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is between November and June as the weather is the most pleasant then.
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Which are famous monasteries in Sikkim?

Here are some of the most famous monasteries in Sikkim:

East Sikkim:

  • Enchey Monastery
  • Karthok Monastery
  • Rhenock Monastery
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Sang Monastery

 West Sikkim:

  • Dubdi Monastery
  • Khecheopalri Monastery
  • Mallu Monastery
  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Sanga Choeling Monastery
  • Sinon Monastery
  • Tashiding Monastery

 North Sikkim:

  • Chawayng Ani Monastery
  • Lachen Monastery
  • Lachung Monastery
  • Lingdum Monastery
  • Phensang Monastery
  • Phodang Monastery
  • Tholung Monastery

 South Sikkim:

  • Dalling Monastery
  • Kewwzing Monastery
  • Namchi Monastery
  • Ralang Monastery
  • Tendong Gumpa
  • Yangyang Monastery
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Where can we go for rafting in Sikkim?

Here’s where you can go rafting in Sikkim:

  • River Teesta: River Teesta is a premium destination for river rafting in Sikkim. It is adventurous and extreme fun to raft here, although the waters have a high speed and the terrain is rather rocky. If you are an ameteur, do not start at the emergence point of the river, as the water are turbulent.
  • River Rangit: Rangit is a tributary of the River Teesta and the water are very much turbulent here. Rafting can prove to be a difficult experience here, so ask the guide to advice based on your skills. This is meant for people who have enough experience in the adventure sport.
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What is Sikkim famous for?

Natural Beauty: Be it the lush green forests or the gushing streams of waterfalls, Sikkim has been mesmerising its visitors with many scenic vistas. The lakes like the Gurudongmar Lake and the Tsomgo Lake also add more to its natural beauty and make it one of the most scenic destinations for vacationers.

The colourful flora and fauna available here makes sure that you stumble upon numerous beautiful backdrops. 

Adventure Activities: Exhibiting the natural beauty of the splendid Himalayas, Sikkim is located in the north rastern part of India. Apart from being a very famous and beautiful tourist destination, the state is also home to an array of adventures and adrenaline rushing activities.

Be it ice skating on frozen lakes or camping on the sheets of snow, this dreamy location is loaded with numerous entertainment options. Other activities which can be enjoyed here include paragliding, rafting, trekking and much more. 

The Himalayan Region: The himalayan region of Sikkim has been a very famous aspect of this state. The colourful valleys spread amidst the foothills of the Himalayas have been a go to spot for camping enthusiasts and trekkers. Not only do you get to marvel at the mesmerising views, but many natural locations like Pelling and Yuksom also let you try your hands on an array of adrenaline rushing activities.

Buddhism: Dotted with numerous monasteries and being a religious spot for various Buddhists, Sikkim has been a Buddhist state since the eighth century. The Buddhist saint Padmasambhava travelled through Tibet around that time, and traces of which affected Sikkim as well. People here are very calm and simple and the same is the life here as well.

The famous tourist destinations like Rumtek Monastery and Khecheopalri Lake attract an array of travellers due to their religious significance. The tibetian style Buddhist gompas tend to be a very beautiful backdrops for some memorable pictures.

Prayer Flags: Many people might have seen those small prayer flags which are wrapped on a rope and are of five different colours. Since Sikkim is a Buddhist destination, finding those here is a very easy job. Each of the five colours are dedicated to five major elements of our lives.

The yellow stands for earth, green for water, red for fire, white for air and blue for space. On the flags, the “Om Mani Padme Hum” is written, which is considered to be very auspicious. People from various corners visit here to shop for these items.

What is the capital of Sikkim?

Since 1894, Gangtok has been the capital of Sikkim and apart from being the capital, this city is also the largest city of Sikkim area wise. Around 35% of the area of this capital is covered in Khangchendzonga National Park, which is considered to be the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Preached on a hilly ridge, this city has been a very famous tours destination due to the array of entertainment options it offers.

From chic bars and clubs to splendid lakes and from bustling markets to luxurious resorts, all kinds of modern facilities are available here. Being a buddhist region, the city boasts of numerous beautiful monasteries as well.

How Many States are there in North East India?

Travelers are often curious about how many states are there in North East India. The North Eastern region of India is blessed with a total of 8 beautiful states.

Arunachal Pradesh
Tucked in the majestic Eastern Himalayas, the least explored state of Arunachal Pradesh is known popularly for its pristine biodiversity hotspots, postcard-perfect mountains, serene lakes, beautiful monasteries, rolling meadows, and breathtaking subtropical forests. Some of the most popular attractions of this quaint state include Tawang, Ziro, Bhalukpong, and Roing.

Assam
Influenced heavily by British rule and age-old Indian dynasties, Assam presents the perfect blend of history and culture. Traversed by the Brahmaputra river, the state boasts fertile soil that makes it suitable for rice & tea cultivation. Assam is home to numerous places of interest, including Kaziranga National Park, Umananda Island, Manas National Park, and Jorhat.

Meghalaya
Known fondly as the “Scotland of the East”, Meghalaya attracts eyes with its picturesque waterfalls, rolling hills, intriguing caves, pristine lakes, and craggy cliffs. This beautiful state is also famous for the Living Double-decker Root Bridge in Cherrapunji, the wettest place in the entire world. Meghalaya is also known for its skilled craftsmanship and artistic handicrafts.

Nagaland
Counted among the smaller states of India, Nagaland happens to be a quaint mountainous region, sheltering 60 prominent tribes, with each one having its unique culture and tradition. The impressive dance forms, enchanting folk songs, and colourful festivals of this state can be credited for bringing in a heavy influx of tourists every year.

Manipur
Nicknamed as the “Jewel of India”, Manipur is packed with thick green forests, verdant valleys, undulating hills, cascading waterfalls, and azure lakes. One of the state’s major attractions is the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the world’s only floating park. Manipur also lets tourists shop for local handloom, handicrafts, and jewelry items.

Mizoram
Also referred to as the 'Songbird of India', Mizoram is the land of peace, serenity, and greenery. This place is known for its 21 stunning hill ranges, colourful traditional attires, delectable non-vegetarian delicacies, and beautiful traditional shawls. In order to visit Mizoram, the tourists require an Inner Line Pass, which they can avail at the Lengpui Airport in Aizawl.

Sikkim
Sikkim offers a treat for the eyes with its breathtaking mountains, whistling waterfalls, zigzag roads, and scintillating lakes. Making for the smallest state of India, Sikkim houses the mighty Kanchenjunga, which is the third highest mountain of the world. Sikkim is also known for its adventure activities, including skiing, river rafting, trekking, paragliding, and mountaineering.

Tripura
Lying in the Himalayan foothills and backed by rich history, the land-locked state of Tripura flaunts spellbinding landscapes, green forests, and magnificent mountains. Sheltering 19 tribes, including the Manikya tribe, the state boasts a rich culture and interesting archaeological monuments. The state offers exuberant shopping opportunities, with the star attraction being its artistic bamboo and cane products.

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Karn Saxena
Reviewed: 21 Mar 2023
5.0/5
My March trip to Darjeeling and Gangtok was my first experience with team Thrillophilia. All my queries, travel needs and requirements were handled with the utmost detailed care at every step. The possibility of customisation of the itinery to suit every traveller's personal experience is also somet... Read More
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Harsh Panchal
Reviewed: 29 Jan 2024
5.0/5
We visited Sikkim with Thrillophilia and it was our first experience with the team. They have a beautifully planned itinerary so we opted for it but little did we know that sikkim faces harsh nature hence a lot of the plans get tossed around. We had booked a deluxe package but the accommodations wer... Read More
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Amey Khot
Reviewed: 28 Dec 2023
5.0/5
In this trip, We visited east, south and west Sikkim and then Darjeeling and places around it. All the hotel bookings were great and the set itinerary was good as well. This trip provided us a much private and customizable experience which we wanted. I am especially thankful for Tilak ji, our driver... Read More
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PRANAB KUMAR GANGULY
Reviewed: 31 Mar 2023
4.0/5
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Ambrish Jain
Reviewed: 17 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Sikkim trip through Trillophilla was an amazing experience and full of fun and frolic. From taxi to drivers,stay in hotels to food including services of staff were good. Trillophilla team took all care regarding our facilities and proper timing schedule. I will prefer to go more and more with Trillo... Read More
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Archana Kumar
Reviewed: 29 May 2023
4.0/5
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It was wonderful and splendid experience, hope more tour with you in future.
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