Things to do in Sikkim
There is a huge variety of things to do in Sikkim because this popular tourist attraction has a lot of scope for sightseeing and adventure. Sikkim, a Northeast state in India, is blessed with natural beauty, mountains, forests, wild rivers, religious places, and historical monuments. It is a heaven for tourists who want to spend a few days between snow-covered mountains, indulging in adventure and discovering new places.
One thing that makes Sikkim so popular among tourists is the sheer range and diversity of its geography. You can find the densest alpine forests and can also find snow-covered lands where there is no greenery. There is no better way to spend a holiday with your friends and family other than visiting a land that has something to offer to everyone.
Among the adventure activities to do in Sikkim, the most popular ones surely are the trekking trips. If you are a trekker or an adventure sports enthusiast in general then Sikkim will treat you the best. There are multiple trekking trails through forests, snowy mountains, and uphill roads. You will not be able to go to all of them in one visit to Sikkim.
Above all, however, what Sikkim is most popular for is the scenic beauty that it offers. The state has a view of the Himalayan ranges and mountain peaks that will stay with your during your Sikkim Tour. With all that, Sikkim will surely satisfy all of your travelling needs.
The Goecha La Trek is one of those things to do in Sikkim that will surely stay in your memory forever. The Goecha La Trek takes 10 days to be completed and it’s only moderately challenging.
It’s perfect for all the trekkers because the Goecha La Trek is more rewarding than demanding. When you reach the height of 4940 feet at the end of the trek, the sight of Kanchenjunga will welcome you with all its majestic glory.
Location: This high mountain pass is located in the Himalayan range.
Price: It costs 16500 per person.
Timing: October to November is the best time.
Top Experiences in Sikkim.
Charming and still relatively unspoiled, Yuksom is the historical starting point of the Sikkimese nation, its first capital and the coronation place of its first chogyal (king). For adventurers the village is also a starting point – as the main trail head for treks towards Mt Khangchendzonga. If you don't have that kind of energy, though, it's just the ticket as a relaxed, friendly place to kick back quietly for a few nights.
One of North Sikkim's greatest highlights is driving the 52km route between Lachung and Zero Point through the ever-changing scenic kaleidoscope of the Yumthang Valley. Though you'll no doubt hope for clear skies to see the mountains' full magnificence, swirling clouds can actually help emphasise their contours and let you focus on their natural botanical beauty. Ascending over 2000m, you'll pass through lush mixed forest, rhododendon groves, sturdy old pines draped with garlands of moss, and wild, tundra-like uplands above the tree line.
With a breathtaking backdrop of Himalayan peaks, this gigantic, 41m-tall Buddha statue contains holy relics from 11 countries. A spiral interior gallery showcases scenes from Buddha's life in two very different but colourfully intricate styles. Blessed by the Dalai Lama in 2013, the statue is set in manicured lawns behind a central fountain; piped-in mantras add a meditative atmosphere.
KULUK & RINCHENPONG
The small ridge-top settlements of Martam, Bermiok, Kaluk and Rinchenpong stare north across a gaping valley, towards a magnificent mountain panorama taking in a series of white Himalayan peaks and a saw-toothed range of lower crags to the east of the main massif. The scene is arguably even more memorable than from much more developed Pelling, especially viewed from Rinchenpong, which also has a pair of historic monasteries, and from Kuluk, 3km east, where there's a handy junction bazaar.
Two hulking religious superstructures on the the jagged horizon around Namchi Char Dham and Samdruptse are the town's great 'sights', but it's pleasant enough as a staging post, with a convivial pedestrianized center formed from twin plazas, each with an ancient tree.
Visiting the protected, culturally Lepcha area of Dzongu requires jumping through some bureaucratic hoops (permits are required), but allows you to experience Sikkim in an even lower gear. Swap comfort for culture: there are no hotels or en suite rooms, but the charming homestays give you the chance to really immerse yourself in a local village atmosphere. Most are perched amid dense forests on improbably steep slopes with a range of lovely views.
Rumtek is Sikkim's most spiritually significant monastery complex. It's essentially a self-contained village with a colorful main prayer hall that was built (1961–66) to replace Tibet's Tsurphu Monastery, destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (though since rebuilt). The interior's centerpiece is a giant yellow throne awaiting the long-overdue coronation of the Kagyu spiritual leader, the (disputed) 17th Karmapa. He currently resides in Dharamsala due to the Karmapa controversy, sensitivity over which explains all the armed soldiers and why foreigners must show their passport and Sikkim permit on entry.
NAMGYAL INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY
The NIT's 1958 core building feels like a Tibetan fantasy palace, with corner towers, colorful mural frontage and a forest-glade setting. The main hall houses a priceless and well-explained collection of culturally Tibetan/Buddhist iconography and artifacts, ranging from thangkas(cloth paintings), coins and amulets to tantric skull-cap bowls and trumpets made from human thigh bones. Beautiful Buddhist statuary includes an eight-armed bronze image of victory goddess Namgyalama, who appears to be texting on an invisible phone.
38 km from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12,400 ft, the ethereally beautiful Tsomgo lake is a must on every visitors itinerary. A winding road through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which means source of the water in Bhutia language. The lake derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. In winter the placid lake remains frozen with the area around it covered in snow while in late spring the profusion of flowers in bloom adds a riot of colours around the lake.