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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 meadow, 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 to 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 is the place to visit when the rest of the country is burning during the summer months, 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 goat, black bear, 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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Latest Information on Travelling to SIKKIM?
  • All tourists are required to present a negative RT-PCR test report.
  • A travel card, which will be issued by the Sikkim government.
  • Travel cards are available on Sikkim government’s web portal. Also, offline travel cards will also be issued at tourism centers across the state.
  • To enter Sikkim from Rangpo or Melli check post, one has to compulsorily procure travel cards.
  • Travel cards can be generated from online portals within minutes and will have stay and travel details. 
  • The travel card will have one main member who will receive an OTP to register. Around 10-15 people can enter the state under one travel card, however each one of them needs to provide a COVID-19 negative certificate.
  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • Complete lockdown to be experienced from 6th May to 15th May.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are open.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations.

Symptomatic travellers will have to stay in institutional quarantine for 7 days.

Flights

Flights are functional to Pakyong Airport, Gangtok from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This airport is well-connected to all other destinations in Sikkim through railways and roads.

Trains

All local trains are functional to and from different cities in Sikkim.

Local Transport

Local transport including buses and taxis is functional across the state.

The government of Sikkim has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists to visit the state. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Sikkim to undergo 10 day long lockdown Updated: 06 May 2021

A 10 days long complete lockdown to be imposed in Sikkim from 6th May

RAT testing to be done on state borders Updated: 06 May 2021

Sikkim government has decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Test(RAT) at state borders for incoming tourists.

A negative RT-PCR test is mandatory for the travellers to enter sikkim Updated: 06 May 2021

All the tourists will have to present a negative covid-19 report to enter Sikkim. 

Sikkim Tourism launches “Visit Sikkim”to attract the global crowd in 2022 Updated: 12 Feb 2021

Sikkim chief minister P.S. Tamang said his government would promote 2022 as “Visit Sikkim” year to revive the tourism industry ailing under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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20 November 2018
Excellent
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Excellent
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
This was my first paragliding experience and I was so thrilled and scared both at the same time. This March I was going to Gangtok and came to know about the paragliding activity there and booked the same with Thrillophilia and made the most of the thrills and spills of Paragliding. After heading to the paragliding spot in Ranka at Gangtok. I was accompanied by a trained pilot throughout the entire activity when we soared at a height of 1300- 2200 meters. The best thing about Thrillophilia is that it not only gives you an option to choose between medium and high fly but regardless of the package you choose, the ride from the landing site to the take-off point is all included. I chose the high fly package where I and my certified pilot rose at a height of 2200 meters, marveling at nature’s beauty underneath. After this paragliding trip, I must say that this has been my best so far, given the whole safety protocols that Thrillophilia adhered to besides arranging a trip to the Ranka monastery. Thus, I recommend Thrillophilia with all my heart, for such out-of-the-box experiences!
26 January 2021
Excellent
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
Superb
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
Excellent
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
09 February 2021
Excellent
Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and working from home. We went ahead with the idea but this time we booked with Thrillophilia for a luxurious camping experience. And, trust me when I say this, we had a spectacular trekking experience from the minute we arrived in Darjeeling. We had an adventurous drive to Yuksom, trespassing the Teesta river. We continued uphill and crossed the Legship bridge only to reach a Yuksom hotel where Thrillophilia had booked our stays. The minute I checked in we could not believe we could get such a place for just a day of our stay as the hotel was clean, with staff ensuring sanitization at every cost. I was amazed at how it was arranged- overnight staying in tents, camps and huts even at remote locations of Tshoka, Samiti lake, Thangshing, and Dzongri. We did share out tents but an expert team ensured safety by having a first-aid-kit in hand at all times. A big thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging all the necessary permits and managing the entry fee at places required. Totally recommend Thrillophilia if you desire a mix of sightseeing, camping, trekking and not just hiking!

People Also Ask About Sikkim

  1. Which are the nest places to visit in Sikkim?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The four caves
    In Sikkim, you can visit the four holy caves which face the four directions. These caves are one of the five dhams of Sikkim.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  2. Is drinking allowed in Sikkim?

    Drinking is not allowed under the age of 21. If you are younger, avoid drinking in Sikkim. Smoking is also not permitted below 21 and in public.


  3. What are the best things to do in Sikkim?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. Do we need permit to visit North Sikkim?

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

  7. 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
  8. 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 kilometres 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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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