Top Things To Do in Sikkim
Goecha La Trek
One of the most enthralling treks of Himalayas, Goecha La Trek takes you to rapturous locales blessed with Rhododendron forests, blue waters and the wide Dzongri and Thansing pastures in Sikkim. Beginning from the town of Yuksom, Goecha La Trek is one of the most adventurous things to do in Sikkim. Goecha La trek will take you through enchanting mountainous meadows of Bakhim and Phedang and will leave you some unforgettable memories.
Caught in the midst of lively and beautiful vegetation, it is likewise the path to the bewildering Kanchenjunga National Park to experience the characteristic magnificence.
Location: Western Sikkim
Price: INR 15,000/USD 230 per person
Timings: The best time to go there is from March to June and from September to November.
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A popular trek in Eastern India, Sandakphu is aptly called the paradise of trekkers. With its pristine beauty, snow clad mountains and the opportunity to see four of the world's five highest peaks - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse - in a continuous snow-clad arc, it’s no wonder why people flock to Sikkim to experience this amazing experience. The trek to Sandakphu passes through the Singalila National Park and the winding trail takes you to the most picturesque landscapes.
Price: INR 100/ USD 1.54
Timings: Spring is the best time to Trek Sandakphu
Paragliding at Ani Gumpa
Feel the excitement of jumping from a cliff and flying over snow blanketed mountains. Paragliding is the ideal response for 'what to do in Sikkim' for those searching for a thrilling and adrenaline pumping activities in the state. View the strange excellence of this charming area as you skim at a height of 2,200 meters over snow-topped slopes, grandiose mountains, green fields, and remote fields. If you are a lover of extreme sports and like to push yourself to do more, then this will be an exciting activity for you.
Location: Ani Gumpa
Price: INR 2,500-4500/ USD 38-70 per person
Timings: The total flying time in the high fly is 20-30 minute.
If you are planning a visit to Sikkim, you cannot miss out on Gangtok, There are many wonderful places to visit in Gangtok which make it one of the best tourist destinations in India.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
When it comes to adventure activities in Sikkim, a trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) is like walking into a fairytale land of mountains and meadows. The trek goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area with many sights of the most fascinating wildlife. If you take pleasure in camping with trekking, this is the trek for you. The trail goes northwards to Ghumsa where it climbs to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and then goes east via 2 passes and continues to the Yalung Base Camp (4500 m), after which it goes back south to Taplejung.
Price: INR 14,700/USD 226 per person
Timings: The best times for this trek are mid-March to early-May and October to mid-November.
Rafting in Teesta
Conquer all your fears by meandering through the thundering rapids with river rafting on the Teesta in Sikkim. A great way to appreciate nature with an adventurous experience. Rapids of classification 2 to 4 are interspersed with placid floats, making rafting an enjoyable experience. This adrenaline-pumping adventure is ideal for both beginners as well as experienced adventurers.
Location: Teesta River
Price: INR 900/ USD 13.86 per person
The best way to discover the enthralling landscapes of Sikkim is to engage in the adventurous trek with Gangtok Tour Packages.
Yak safari in Sikkim is one of the most unique things to do in Sikkim where you get an opportunity to ride vividly decorated Yaks. Taking you through the thrilling, tough and testing territories of Gangtok, a Yak Safari offers you an opportunity to assimilate with the intriguing hues and genuine excellence of this area. The once in a lifetime experience will treat your eyes with scenic beauty as the yaks ride slowly on the gentle and steep slopes of Sikkim.
Location: Dzongri and Tsomgo Lake
Price: INR 500-1000/ USD 7.7-15.4
Timings: Winters are the best time for yak rides in Sikkim.
Savour the majestic beauty of West Sikkim on the Dzongri Trek for a refreshing break of all the hustle and bustle of the city. If you do not fancy the challenging treks and wish to discover the natural paradise, this is the trek for you. The trek passes through enchanting meadows and also offers a glimpse of Sikkim’s vibrant culture. The real fascination on this Himalayan trek in Sikkim is the superb sight of the Kanchenjunga top and further the dawn from behind the snow-clad range that turns the skyline lavish with hues of gold.
Location: West Sikkim
Price: INR 24,900/USD 380 per person
Timings: March - June & Aug – November are the best times for this trek.
One of the splendid treks of Sikkim, Tholung Trek is famous for taking you to the home of the cultural Lepcha people of Sikkim. Passing through marvellous alpine valleys, waterfalls and rivers, Tholung Trek is an experience to remember. The places you will get a chance to explore on this trek are Gangtok, Lingza, Tholung Gompa, Upper Tholung, Changey and Singhik. The trek offers breathtaking sights of picturesque locality filled with beautiful valleys, tea estates and mountain peaks.
Location: North Sikkim
Price: INR 21, 250/ USD 327 per person
Timings: Mid March to May and mid-October to mid-December are the best for this trek.
Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
Singshore Bridge is a renowned suspension bridge of 198 m where you can indulge in the adventurous activity of bungee jumping. Set among lush mountains, overwhelming waterfalls and the pristine valley of Sikkim this bridge has become the hub of bungee jumping in Sikkim. If you wish to check off some daring things to do in Sikkim from your bucket list, bungee jumping at Singshore Bridge is just the thing for you.
Location: It is located mid-way to Uttarey from Dentam
Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
The only trail in the Himalayas which offers vistas of not only the Kangchendzonga range but also of the Everest, Singalila Trek is the longest trek in the region. This trek takes you to some of the most idyllic places in Sikkim with stunning views while one walks through the rich flora and fauna. On this trail, trekkers encounter the panoramic views of gigantic hills dotted with numerous villages converging to form the most enchanting landscapes. Also, the cascading rivers and lush greenery add more charm to the beautiful trekking trails resulting in the extravagant appearance of Singalila ridge.
Price: INR 42,000/USD 647 per person
Timings: Mid-March to June end & Mid-September to Mid-November are the best times for this trek.
Cycling on Silk Route
When it comes to Sikkim Adventure Activities, cycling to the Silk Route will take your adventure to a whole new level. The cycling trail from Gangtok to Zuluk will take you on this ancient route and all the breathtaking sceneries which it has in store for you. The scenic ride will bedazzle you with beautiful locations around Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan ranges. The high hills and mountains all around with chilling breeze and snow makes it one of the most amazing things to do in Sikkim.
Price: INR 20,700/ USD 318 per personTimings: The months of May and October are the best time to travel the Silk Road.
Cable Car Ride in Gangtok
One of the most exciting things to do in Sikkim, a cable car ride in Gangtok offers a bird’s eye view of the city of Gangtok and amazing views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the valleys. The unforgettable experience includes two-way ride and you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery both ways. While photography lovers can enjoy some great snaps from the cable cars, foodies can relish the local cuisine down the ropeway after this activity.
Location: Deorali, Gangtok
Price: INR 110/ USD 1.7 per adult
Timings: The Cable car operates daily between 9:30 am to 4:30 pm continuously.
Green Lake Trek
Situated in a restricted territory, Green Lake trek is one of the lesser trodden treks where so far not very many trekkers have gone by before. It is a grand trail that joins the excellence of nature with staggering perspectives of high mountain pinnacles and ranges. The hike is through dense Rhododendron forest and high boulders, which poses a challenge and rewards you with unsurpassed views of Sikkim and Bhutan Himalayan peaks. if you are really daring and want to take the challenge of trekking at its extreme, then Green Lake Trekking tour is what you really need.
Location: North Sikkim
Price: INR 65,000/ USD 1000 per person
Timings: April and October is the best time to go for this trek.
Visit Lake Tsomgo
One of the most enthralling activities to do in Sikkim is a visit to the ethereal Tsomgo Lake. Differing with seasons, this legendary lake is associated with many myths and revered by the locals. The lake is also of special significance for the Jhakris [faith healers] of Sikkim who congregate here annually on Guru Purnima, which coincides with the festival of Raksha Bandhan, from all over the state to offer prayers.
For the tourist, a visit to the lake offers a wonderful outing.
Location: East Sikkim
Price: INR 3000/ USD 46 per person
Timings: Best time to visit this lake is from January to March.
Hang Gliding in Sikkim
Soar over the hills and valleys feeling like a bird by engaging in hang gliding in Sikkim. If you want to touch the sky and sky is the limit, then Hang Gliding is the ideal sport for you. Sikkim with its spellbinding landscapes is a great location for this sport and offers this surreal experience to all adventure junkies.
Location: Yumthang Valley
Price: INR 2,000/ USD 30Timings: Mid May to Mid October is the best time for this activity.
Explore Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
If you wish to know more about Tibetan culture, religion and arts, then one of the best things to do in Sikkim is to visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. The museum that stands amidst lush greenery is a sight to behold due to its colourful frescoes, attractive murals in the backdrop of beautiful mountains and natural exquisiteness. One of the major attractions here is the majestic image of Manjushri ‘the Bodhisattva of knowledge’. Moreover, people can also explore a lot of rare coins, Tibetan artworks and ancient manuscripts too here.
Location: Deorali, Gangtok
Price: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person
Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Sundays Closed)
Visit Pemayangtse Monastery
Pemayangtse Monastery offers a reflective environ unobtrusively set in the midst of woods. It gives an ideal place for some solitary meditating and tunes in with nature as you investigate this second oldest monastery of Sikkim. Being around for 300, this monastery is one one of the top attractions of Sikkim and it is an absolute necessity visit this place as it offers the impression of the rich engineering and the unflinching faith of the Buddhist devotees.
Location: South West Sikkim
Price: INR 20/ USD 0.30 per person
Timings: It remains open from 9 am to 6 pm.
Visit Rumtek Monastery
Perched on top of a hill, Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim. It belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists and houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks. One of the main attractions of this Gompa is the Golden Stupa while some other attractions include Karma Shri Nalanda Institute (a college for Buddhist Higher Studies), nunnery and protector’s shrine. If you climb on top of the Rumtek Monastery you can have a breath-taking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill.
Location: Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim
Price: INR 10/USD 0.15 per person
Timings: The best time to visit Rumtek Monastery is between September and June. It remains open from 6 am to 6 pm.
Vist Singalila National Park
Well known among the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, Singalila National Park is a top attraction of Sikkim. The park is a forested area full of different varieties of plants and the rarest of animals. However, one of the best things to do in Sikkim is to embark on trekking here to the highest point in the national park, Sandakphu. Trek to Phalut is also popular. Both the points offer beautiful views of Kunchenjungha and Mt Everest.
Price: INR 100/ USD 1.54
Timings: October is a good time to visit here.
Visit Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Named after India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens is one of the top attractions in Sikkim to be enchanted by the verdant natural landscape. It boasts of a wide assortment of rare plants. It is located near the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim and maintained by the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim. The garden also has a greenhouse, where different types of orchids are grown, and a small recreational centre.
Price: INR 10/ USD 0.15
Timings: The best time to visit this garden is between the months of March to late May and from October to mid-December.
Visit Khangchendzonga National Park
A national park and a biosphere reserve, Khangchendzonga National Park is a place to soak in the true serenity of nature. It is endowed with one of the most magnificent eco-systems in the world where you can spot the most fascinating animals like snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Black bear etc. The park is a cold wilderness on one of the highest peaks on the planet within a spectacular mountain range.
Location: North Sikkim
Price: For Indians: INR 200/ USD 3 For Foreigners: INR 400/ USD
Timings: The best time to visit this national park in April to May and August to October.
Caving in the North Lha-Ri-Nying Phu
Located to the north of Tashiding, this experience in Sikkim will take you to the Tashiding. The activity commands a three-day trek and presents the wonderful opportunity of watching the interiors of the Himalaya. It is the most important sacred place for Buddhism and other Local communities as well. Popularly as the Old Caves of God’s Hill, this experience is totally thrilling and unforgettable among Sikkim Adventure Activities.
Timings: It is best reached in autumn
One of the most spectacular things to do in Sikkim is to enjoy the majestic excellence of the Himalayas by flying on a helicopter. The helicopter service (known as Pawan Hans) is provided by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) offering a special thrill to the tourists getting close to the Mt.Kanchenjunga or Mt.Sinolchu. You will be hard-pressed to choose from the range of flights here like the Gangtok Flight, Kanchendzonga flight and Yumthang Flight.
Price: INR 9,500/ USD 146
Timings: It takes place between 7 am and 12 pm.
Steaming Dip at the Yumthang Hot Spring
The most famous among all the hot springs in Sikkim is the one arranged at the pleasant Yumthang town in North Sikkim. It is known as Yumthang Tsachu in the local dialect. Yumthang hot spring stands at an elevation of more than 11,800 feet over the ocean level. Lying near the course of Lachung stream, this hot water spring can be reached after a short stroll of 5 minutes from the Yumthang town across a pedestrian bridge on the River Lachung.
Location: North Sikkim
Timings: 11 am to 6 pm.
Other Things to Do in Sikkim
A must-visit for every tourist in Sikkim, Buddha Park serves as an important landmark to the Buddhist community. serves as an important landmark to the Buddhist community and surrounded by lush gardens commanding a beautiful view with a spiritual ambience. The scenic charm of the memorial makes it an unforgettable experience. Nearby the park, there are also meditation centre, museum, and the Buddhist conclave.
Location: Ralong Rd, Ravangla
Price: INR 150/ USD 2.31
Timings: Monday - Friday: 5.00 AM - 8.00 PM throughout the year.
Explore Ranka Monastery
Also known as Lingdum Monastery, Ranka Monastery attracts a lot of people for its spectacular beauty. Several Bollywood movies have also been picturised here due to its appealing surroundings. Bordered by beautiful forested mountains on all sides, Ranka makes for one of the most pictorial monasteries in East Sikkim. If you are looking for some unforgettable things to do in Sikkim, pay a visit to this monastery. This is a fairly peaceful place and hence one can spend more time photographing or simply going around the place.
Location: East Sikkim
Price: No entry fees
Timings: It can be visited any time of the year.
Eating out in 9’INE Native Cuisine
Sample the delectable dishes of Sikkim at 9’INE Native Cuisine that promises an unforgettable gastronomically adventurous journey. The chic restaurant has earned its fans among many foodie travellers. If you wish to experience the authentic rustic style of culinary skills of North East India, then having a meal is one of the most recommended things to do in Sikkim on your vacation. 9’ine Native Cuisine is the place to give your taste buds a wide palate of flavours that range from bland, hot, spicy and refreshingly minty.
Location: M.G. Marg, Gangtok
Price: INR 300/ USD 4.62 for two people
Timings: 11 am to 9 pm everyday
Try Sikkemese Tongba
Tongba is a millet-based alcoholic beverage found in Sikkim, and without trying it you’ll never be able to complete your Sikkim vacation. Having its origins in Nepal, the drink is usually known by the vessel in which it is fermented while its original name is Jaand. So, while you explore the panoramic views, do not forget to try your Sikkimese Tongba.
Location: Any local restaurant in Sikkim
Temi Tea Gardens
Located in a blissful mountain side valley lined with cherry blossoms, Temi Tea Gardens is one of the best in the world. It all started with the virgin initiative for tea production by the last king of Sikkim in a bid to provide employment to a large number of Tibetan refugees and today is popular for its splendid tea. The tea produced here enjoys international repute commanding premium prices in world auctions.
Location: It lies between Damthang and Temi Bazaar along the way to Singtam
Price: Entry Free
Timings: It is best to visit during November and December.
Shopping on MG Road
Bird Watching in Kewzing
Kewzing near Pelling is the home to around 200 bird species promising an unforgettable bird watching experience in the Himalayas. Around Pelling in West Sikkim is where one can spot number of Birds such as Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Scaly Laughingthrush, Red Faced Liochichla etc. For any avid bird watcher, this experience is undoubtedly the most excellent thing to do in Sikkim.
Location: West Sikkim
Timings: The best time is during the months of March to May.
View Kanchendzonga waterfalls
Being hidden due to thick forest cover, the Kanchenjunga falls were not known to many people until the 90s when a local tour operator accidentally discovered it. Noted for its spellbinding exquisiteness and splendour, the Kanchenjunga falls near Pelling serves as a flawless picnic spot to be travelling with family or friends. The picturesque beauty of the position is improved by returning fall of the hills it’s truly a memorable encounter to get there.
Timings: Kanchenjunga Fall can be visited anytime.
View Banjhakri Falls
One of the most visited tourist spots in Gangtok, Banjhakri Falls is best known to offer breathtaking sights and a pleasant ambience. Dropping from a height of 70 ft, the waterfall is a great place to take a break and enjoy amidst nature’s tranquillity. The ethnic figures and sculptures belonging to the Jhakri culture make the scenery even more beautiful here.
Timings: The best time is between the month of October and February
Visit Khecheopalri Lake
Timings: February and March are the best times to visit this lake.
Flowers Show at White House
Sikkim is a heaven for the best flora and one of the best things here is the famous flower show featuring over 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns and special species of flowers. The spectacular event captivates every tourist’s imagination while highlighting the diversity of nature. There is a food fair too, which is organised with this festival that makes it all the more interesting and worth visiting.
Timings: The best time is in between March to June.