Sikkim is a paradise located in the north-eastern part of India. Sikkim tour packages offer a journey through this wonderland filled with enthralling alpine meadows, enchanting glaciers, and magnetic views of the majestic Himalayas. Its spellbinding landscape also includes India’s highest mountain, standing tall at 8,586 meters, the majestic Kanchenjunga. This humble city also captivates its tourists with its vibrant culture and warm hospitality by the locals.
The landlocked city, Sikkim, is one of the best holiday destinations for tours and treks. Stunning tourist places in Sikkim are spread out in four divisions of the state which are North, East, West, and South, all offer magnificent attractions on their own, which leave its tourists wanting to come back and experience the exhilarating adventure all over again. The city of Sikkim can be reached either by airways, railways, or by hitting the road for an exciting road trip!
The best time to visit Sikkim is throughout the months of March to June and from September to December. The typical temperature is around 28-30 degrees Celsius during the day, which is pleasant enough to visit attractions and go about. On the contrary, the nights are quite chilly with temperatures around 2 to 3 degrees Celsius. Sikkim receives snowfall in the month of January and February, and monsoon in the months of July and August – which is not advisable for tourism as there is a risk of landslides.
Located in the East district, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is one of the most prominent hill stations in India. Elevated at 1650 m above sea level, this town boasts of magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is a heaven for adventure enthusiasts as it offers trekking and camping activities in the Himalayan Mountain ranges. The best time to visit Gangtok amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of March to June and from September to December.
Situated about 38km away from the city of Gangtok, Tsomgo lake is a stunning and exquisite glacier lake which is one of India’s highest altitude lakes at a height of 12,310 feet above sea level, making it one of the most popular tourist places in Sikkim. It offers views of the snow-clad mountains, picturesque wildflowers, yaks, ponies, and migratory ducks. The best time to visit Tsomgo Lake amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of March to June and from September to December.
Located at a height of 14,140 feet above sea level and about 53km away from the city of Gangtok, Nathula pass is one of the prominent destinations for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. It connects India to Tibet, bringing a blend of Indian culture and Tibetan culture into the region. Nathula Pass is also home to Sherathang, a border trade market, which is a popular place for tourists to purchase varieties of souvenirs and Tibetan items. The best time to visit Nathula Pass amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of March to June and from September to December.
Located at an altitude of approx. 14,000 feet above sea level, Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a paradise for all adventure enthusiasts. Kanchenjunga is the world’s third-highest mountain peak, and its mighty mountain range is one of the most striking and picturesque landscapes in Sikkim. It is a spectacle worth visiting, at least once in a lifetime. The trek to Kanchenjunga begins from Dzongri, which is the final road laid near the peak. The best time to visit Kanchenjunga Base Camp amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.
Lachen is a small, beautiful village located in North Sikkim. It is home to the Tibetan nomadic tribes during the season of winter. It is also a doorway to two magnificent lakes, Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu.
The village of Lachung is about 103km from Gangtok, with the river Teesta alongside its path on your journey through this delightful village. Lachung’s Zero Point is a must-visit to experience the snow-capped highlands, and so is the Lachung Monastery, where the largest Buddha shrine is situated.
Yumthang is a charming valley surrounded by snow-peaked mountains and one can witness the beauty of the exquisite Valley of Flowers. These hamlets are amazing destinations to experience the culture and beauty of Sikkim at the same time, and the best time to visit them amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.
A dream destination for adventure enthusiasts, nature aficionados, bird fanatics, and peace seekers, Pelling is the second-most sought-after tourist place in Sikkim. Thousands of tourists visit Pelling to soak in the natural beauty, serenity, and to be surrounded by its culture.
Located about 131km from Gangtok and 74km from Darjeeling, this city is packed with places of heritage i.e., monasteries, such as the Sanga Choeling Monastery and the Pemayangtse Monastery, which are known for its culture and architectural beauty, and awe-inspiring waterfalls such as the Kanchenjunga Falls, the Rimbi Falls, and the Changey Falls. The best time to visit Pelling amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of December to May.
One of the best eccentric locations in Sikkim, Zuluk offers astounding views of mountains all around it. Zuluk is often visited by travellers to experience the enthralling views of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga and Thambi Viewpoint. Tourists also visit a cave-shaped Nag (snake) temple. Situated close to the Indo-Tibetan border, this incredible village is a place to be visited during your Sikkim trip. The best time to visit Zuluk amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.
Covering a total course of 309km before merging with the Brahmaputra, the Teesta River is one of the most prominent rivers of Sikkim as it separates its region from that of West Bengal. This magnificent river is considered as the main source of living for the locals living around it, as the river streams across the cities of Rangpo, Jalpaiguri, and Kalimpong.
Originating from the Teesta Kangse Glacier at an altitude of 7068m and a highly elevated lake in North Sikkim, the Teesta River is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts who can enjoy river rafting and Kayaking.
Tourists can enjoy the scenic river in its frozen state in winter, or experience the gorgeous reflecting water and blooming flowers in summer. The best time to visit the Teesta River amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.
Situated at an altitude of 17,800 feet, Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world. Its bright and vibrant turquoise hue, along with magnetic views of the snow-peaked mountains, makes this lake one of the most renowned tourist spots for travellers who want a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.
This quaint lake is considered holy by three religions – Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs. One can spot yaks and blue sheep which are deemed to be rare in the region. The best time to visit Gurugongmar Lake amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.
Stationed at a height of about 4940m above sea level, the high mountain pass of Goechala (Goecha La) is a well-known place for trekking and hiking in Sikkim. It is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts who are looking for adrenaline-rushing experiences. Travellers can experience breath-taking views of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga with a lot of other glorious peaks. A key attraction is a base camp for a trek through the marvellous Kanchenjunga National Park. The best time to visit Goechala amongst the Sikkim tourist places is throughout the months of April to June and from September to October.