A state in northeast India bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of great Himalayas.
Sikkim has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain range 8586 M Kanchenjunga.
Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows thousands of varieties of wildflowers can be seen. steep parts of Hilltop, Buddhist monasteries as pemayamgtse dates to be the early 1700s.
Starting from Bangalore reach Kolkata Airport ,which took around 2.5 hours.
Then change the flight to Bagdogra airport.
No direct flight available.
Thereafter take car which takes around 5 hours to reach Gangtok.
Not like other places simple booking can’t be done here you have to book through an agent and get permission to travel. book through agents when you arrive in Gangtok for the best deals online booking may be costly…
It is recommended to travel to sikkim by train scheduled at night which make you reach New Jalpaiguri early morning ,only you are late in any case you have to stay in Siliguri for a night
but don’t worry you can visit Hong Kong market and enjoy local food on the go. shared cab service runs to Gangtok you may also take shared cabs to Darjeeling,Kalimpong .
Moreover, prices are fixed so you would be not be cheated with in a case of a new person.
An interesting fact is that car of West Bengal are not allowed to go beyond a certain point that is Deorali. You need to change there to reach hotel or MG Marg.
The journey is about 4 hours long. Do enjoy momos on your way as it is also known as Land of momos. Momo stalls are everywhere to be seen and chicken momos are rare to be seen,which is to be quite interesting.
Hotel prices depend upon the distance and the location you choose ,which may make a vast difference of prices.
Food to explore
- Kinema curry
- Gundruk sinki soup
- Sel roti
You would find hotels following American meal plan, European plan, continental plan
What are these plans?
American meal plan includes breakfast lunch and dinner.
European plan includes room only
Where as continental plan includes room is with breakfast service
suggestion: I will suggest to go with American meal plan ,though on first look it seems to be costly but later on, you will enjoy it Bengali cuisine and every time you will have a different cuisine in your meal.
Only thing is that everything at MG Marg starts to close sharp at 9 p.m. as it is hilly area and dark after sunset.
Everything is organised and planned in Gangtok which will amaze you as you enter Gangtok footpath footbridges around you in other cities these are filled with stalls but here you will see people using them the cab system is awesome.
No difficulty in finding a cab ,fix rate so no cheating and you will find multilevel Cabstand which is different from the rest of areas .
If you beer lover then you must not forget to buy a beer a tax free state so these are available at a much lower price as compared to other places you can easily find a branded beer for just rupees 55
You can say l c =e
Low price + chilled= enjoyment
Are very basic share lodge you can stay, find Bengali cuisine every time in your meal
You have to submit photo ID proof along with passport size photo to get a permission to travel to the north Sikkim. As it is near to Indo China border
Gangtok to chungthang is 6 hours journey
From chungthang road divides into lachung and lachen.
lachen is cover first as it is on the way and then lachung is covered.Mobile tower vanish after chungthang
And only BSNL works here.
thangu, the last village of border.there different regiments, tanks, armour equipment ,all will amaze you.
Lake is at 17,100 feet, motion altitude sickness is very common due to low oxygen
It is believed that while returning Guru Padmasambhava touch a portion of lake and from that time I have not freeze in extreme winters, that even minus 15 degree Celsius the water is not frozen travellers fill their bottles with this miracle water.
It is famous for varieties of rhododendrons also called as a valley of flowers. Do not forget to visit zero points, to enjoy playing with icebergs there…
The zero points is covered with ice, fresh snowfall can be there in a month when rest of India experience hot weather.
A valley which is at a distance of around 28 km, which have the major attraction of skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing.
But you would be requiring permission to visit this area.
Many tour packages are available like 10 point , 3 point, midpoint.
In 10 points Tashi viewpoint, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, bakthang waterfall, enchey monastery, flower Exhibition Centre, a handicraft centre, chorten stupa, Institute of Tibetology and ropeway cable car
Tso lhamu is the other name by which it is famous in local, which is the highest lake of India.it is a challenge to reach here as rough terrain and cold breeze make it a harsh condition., crystal clear blue water, high mountains,make it an awesome majestic place to visit.
This place is known for its alpine orchid, lakes, Himalayan peak. rest here for some time during your travel to gurudongmar lake.
Lies at 2 km from Pelling,one of the oldest monasteries, it is surrounded with thick forest and snow mountains.you can witness statue, sculptures, thangkas and murals, scriptures.
A place which was destroyed in the 18th century by invaders who came from Nepal, the royal place all is in ruins. the view of Kanchenjunga and thick woods around make it a scenic beauty.
The famous hanging bridge, the second highest hanging bridge of Asia,you will feel the swing as you walk across it .it would be a totally unforgettable experience for you.
Forest of rhododendrons, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayans peak are just a few feet away from here .if you love doing trekkers or love to capture nature or a birds lover the dental valley is for you, the Sangay waterfall here make it a place where you would like to stop for a moment and relax.
15 km away from yuksom,one of the holiest monasteries.the scenic beauty of the monastery attracted the tourists. the place can not be described in words…
Kanchenjunga national park
A must visit place if you love wildlife.glaciers, flora and fauna, rare birds animals. snow leopards, musk deer, red panda Himalayan black bear and many more can be seen here .but again you need a special permission to visit the place from state tourism department.
Famous as wish fulfilled, it is the attraction of namchi town. guru Padmasambhava tallest statue is here, the place is visited by many pilgrims.
Temi tea estate
One and only tea estate which is known for its organic tea plantation.aroma of fresh tea, women plucking tea leaves, hills and the fresh cool breeze flowing all will make your visit a memorable experience.
Lord Buddha 130ft high statue blessed with the blessing of the Dalai Lama in 2013 the fact which makes the park famous !!
The park has painting,murals showing the life of Lord Buddha .the place is visited by many tourists throughout the year.
Ralong hot spring
A natural hot spring. people believe it has curative properties.situtated on the river rangit, tourist, local people can be open dipping themselves in these springs…
Words mean to describe journey standing in your country and watching bunkers and LOC just one step and you are in China
You should visit Baba Mandir not actually A Mandir But Baba Harbhajan Singh soldier who died near the pass.
Shine built inbuilt audio of Nathula in his honour
It is believed that his spirit protects the pass.
do visit Sikkim to have completely mesmerizing and unforgettable experience of the northeast.
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