Friday, 5 May 2017

10 Best Places to Visit in Sikkim

The lovely state of Sikkim has Himalayas as its backdrop and is a much loved spot of nature admirers, adventure buffs, honeymooners, picnickers, the spiritual, architect enthusiasts and snow lovers. Blessed with an abundance of nature visiting here will really be rejuvenating for the body and mind. Make an itinerary to include the best of places in Sikkim to make the most of the tour to this beautiful place tucked away in the, snow covered peaks, hilly terrains and valleys. Here is a list of a few places albeit not an exhaustive one but may be of some help to make an itinerary of a tour to Sikkim.

1. Tsomgo Lake

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Passing through the winding road at a distance of 38 km from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim you reach Tsomgo Lake that is nestled amidst the rocky terrain in 2 hours. Here you can spot Brahmini the migratory ducks and Irish Yaks, ride ponies, view the beautiful flora primulas, poppies bloom or just picnic.

2. Nathu La Pass

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A must visit place in Sikkim is Nathu La Pass. Go for a yak safari, have a look at the war memorial, have a view of the Indo Sino Border Gates, visit the Army Exhibition Centre, just gaze at the snow-covered peaks, go trekking to the Mt Chomolhari during your visit to this pass that leads to Tibet.

3. Ravangla

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Ravangla is a place for the animal lovers, spiritualists, adventure buffs, nature enthusiasts and more. Mane Choekhorling Gompa, Tathagatha Tsal and Pang Lhabsol are the Buddhist attractions here. Get revitalised by going trekking or walking along the forest path to have a view of flora and fauna tucked away in the lap of nature.

4. Zuluk 

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A tiny quaint village Zuluk offers beautiful views of Mt Kanchenjunga. Located along the silk route it has etched its name in history books. The religious would love to pay a visit to the nag temple here, while the nature lovers would prefer visiting the Thambi View Point specially to view the sunrise.

5. Yuksom

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Those interested in trekking in Sikkim, Yuksom is a place for you. There are spots for every kind of traveller here to visit. Norbugang Park, Kathok Wodsalin Gompa and Dubdi Gompa for the devout, Tashi Tenka for the history buffs and architect admirers, Goechala Trek for the adventurist, Kanchenjunga National Park for the naturist.

6. Teesta River

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Teesta River in Sikkim offers a different kind of views depending on the season. In winter, you can have a stunning silvery view of the frozen river while in summer it flows along shimmering in the sunlight and reflecting the coloured hues of the blossoming flowers. Bird spotting, kayaking, and rafting are the other activities here.

7. Namchi

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Namchi is a cultural centre in Sikkim and promotes both Buddhism and Hinduism. Statue of Lord Shiva, Sherdup Choeling Monastery, Rock Garden, tea plantations are the attractions of Namchi. Have a view of the flora and fauna, gawk at the beautiful Kanchenjunga peak or just go picnicking here you will enjoy your visit and come back refreshed.

8. Yumthang Valley

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It is here at Yumthang Valley that the tree line vanishes. You have a variety of rhododendrons is different colours. The view of them in summer is overwhelming. You can also visit the sanctuary and know about its different varieties. Visit the Gurudongmar Lake Nearby, Lachung Gompa and Monastery. Pick some handicrafts to take back home from here.

9. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Situated near the Rumket Monastery is the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden. Many exotic and rare species of trees and plants are found here. These are of commercial as well as medicinal value. The spread of the different hued flowers offer a spectacular view of the blooming flowers as well as the snow covered peaks in the background.

10. Gangtok

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The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok will surprise you with what it has to offer for a tourist. Magnificent silver fir trees, boundless walking trails, Jhakri Falls Will enthral the nature admirers, Yak rides and paragliding will thrill the adventure buffs, Do Drul Chorten will interest the architect lovers, Deer Park will fascinate the animal enthusiasts, Café Live & Loud the Bar and Casino Sikkim will draw the nightlife connoisseurs. You must plan your next holiday to Sikkim as there are so many things to do and places to visit in Gangtok.

Visit Sikkim in summer, spring or winter according to your interest and you are sure to carry back unforgettable memories of the places you visited.