Tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas, Sikkim is a beautiful place to visit for all the nature lovers out there. With the clouds floating around you, the mist refreshing your mind and the sun rising from the valley, Sikkim is sure to leave you mesmerized and lost in all its beauty.
I had the pleasure of visiting Sikkim and West Bengal recently. Based on my experience, I’ve listed out the places you should definitely visit if you’re planning a trip to Sikkim:
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and inhabits a plethora of tourist spots. Whether you’re an adventure lover or someone who is looking for a tranquil site, Gangtok is the place for you. You can go paragliding in the valley or get an impeccable view of the valley and the city through the rope way. The mall road (M.G. Marg) is a great place to shop and eat while in Gangtok. There are waterfalls and viewpoints that you can visit too!
Located 38 km away from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake is a place you should not miss. It is a lake with beautiful blue water and clouds floating just above it. Situated 12,400 ft. above the sea level, it is one of the highest lakes in the world. You can stroll by the lake, feed the fish in the water and even catch a yak ride while you’re there! The lake is frozen during winter and is an absolute treat for the eyes.
3.NATHU LA PASS
Nathu La pass is one of the three main passes between India and China. It is situated at 14,300 ft. above the sea level and is a part of the prehistoric Silk Route. One needs to take a 52 km drive from Gangtok to reach here. The Indo-China border gates can be seen from here with both, the Indian and the Chinese soldiers guarding the border. However, one should be careful as the oxygen level is quite low and the temperature can drop dramatically at this height.
Namchi is a 77 km drive from Gangtok and is mainly a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. It’s main attractions are Char Dham, Ngadak Monastery, Ralong monastery and Rock garden. Siddheswara Dham or Char Dham, situated on a hill top attracts Hindu devotees in large numbers throughout the year and is undoubtedly the most visited place in Namchi. It comprises the replicas of four Dhams – Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka and Rameshwar.
Teesta river is a 309 km long river that flows through Sikkim. It is beautiful to look at during winters as it is nothing but frozen blue water. However, during rainy season, the river turns brown as it carries silt along with it as shown in the picture above. Tourists can enjoy river rafting and kayaking during summers.
Darjeeling is a town in West Bengal with scenic views of the cloud filled valleys. It is known for its toy train ride and the famous Darjeeling tea. The mall road has a feel good atmosphere and a large number of shops where tourists can buy souvenirs to take home. Other places of attraction are Tiger Hill, Tea estates and Ghoom monastery.
A visit to these places is a good break from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re looking for some time to unwind, you know where to plan your next trip!