Sikkim, located in Himalayan Mountains, became a fully integrated state of India in 1975 and shares international border with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Being the least populous Indian state, what Sikkim offers to the fullest is quiet, serene and unspoiled form of nature. Situated to the north of West Bengal, this second smallest state of India is a hotspot for all type of travelers –from family to honeymoon trips, from educational to adventure trips. Gangtok, the capital city keeps bustling with random tourists all year round, except for the monsoon, while some exquisite parts of the state barely receive any guest. Mt Kanchenjunga provides its unique beauty from this state, as it’s situated on the border of Sikkim and Nepal.

Places to visit around Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake

Otherwise called the Changu Lake, this glacier lake in East Sikkim is located at a height of 3,753 m above sea level, due to which the water gets fully frozen in winter. The surrounding place of this lake is completely heaven-like. Surrounded by steep mountains, the lake surface shows different colors with different seasons.

Yumthang Valley

One of the picturesque valleys, which are scattered in the entire Sikkim, is Yumthang Valley. The specialty of this valley is the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Rhododendron is Sikkim’s state flower and here, in the valley, 24 species of rhododendron grow up. Yumthang looks like a color palette when the sanctuary is in full bloom during April and early May.

Do Drul Chorten

Trulshik Rinpoche founded this stupa at 1946. It surrounded by 108 prayer wheels or Mani Lhakor with Tibetan mantras inscribed on them. There are whole set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics and such objects. The stupa, with glod-plated top, is surrounded by Guru Lhakhang and Chorten Lhakhang.

Pelling

Pelling is widely popular as a honeymoon destination in West Sikkim, located at a distance of around 115 km from Gangtok. You can find many sightseeing places in and around Pelling like Rabdentse Ruins, Darap Village, Pemayangtse Monastery, Sanga Choeling Monastery, Changey Waterfall, Singshore Bridge etc.

Namchi

Namchi is another tourist town at lower elevation of 1,315 m in South Sikkim. One or two days’ trip in the small town will please you with locations like Samdruptse, Siddheshwar Char Dham, Tendong Hill, Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery, Temi Tea Garden etc. You can also make an hour’s trip to Buddha Park of Ravangla from here.

Seven Sisters’ Waterfall

In Kabi Lungchuk, a historically significant place on the way to North Sikkim, a pristine waterfall is found named as Seven Sisters’ Waterfalls, because the water streams down the rocky hill in seven steps. The site is very pleasant and gives wonderful chance to make a day’s trip and short get-togethers.

Kanchenjunga National Park

Kanchenjunga National Park or Biosphere Reserve is a hotspot to witness and experience Himalayan wildlife. Named after the guardian deity of Sikkim, Mt Kanchenjunga, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to animals like Himalayan tahr, clouded leopard, musk deer and other animals, along with over 500 species of birds and temperate broadleaf and mixed flora.