Situated on the Himalayan mountains, Sikkim is a small state perched above West Bengal. The land-locked region has the fierce Teesta River, the calm but mighty Himalayan ranges and many quaint hill stations. The state is also culturally rich and is considered one of the last Shangri-Las. The population of Sikkim is divided mainly between the Nepalis and Bhutias. Sikkim is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North East India. If Gangtok is the quintessential hilly capital town, Pelling is the emerging tourist hotspot. Check out some of the best places to visit here.
Gangtok – Gangtok is shielded by the Kanchenjunga ranges and offers a rooftop view of most parts of Sikkim. Here, you will find that people have embraced modernity just as they have upheld their tradition. There are numerous tourist attractions in this capital city and you must definitely visit the Deer Park, Himalayan Zoological Park, Ridge Park and Orchid garden. Plan your Gangtok’s itinerary in such a manner that you take out time to visit the Rumtek Monastery which is one of the important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Another must visit place in Sikkim is the Changu Lake, a glacier lake 17 km from Nathu-La Pass. The Nathu-La pass was once part of the famous Silk Route
Pelling – Pelling is all about breath-taking scenic beauty, cascading rivulets, lush green mountains and social people. Pelling should be a must visit destination for adventurers and trekking enthusiasts as there are many steep mountains to climb here. The small, sleepy town offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga. You should visit the Khangchendzonga waterfalls, Rabdanse Ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery, Changey Waterfall while in Pelling
Ravangla – Situated in south Sikkim, Ravangla is a small, sleepy town that offers a majestic view of the Himalayas. The main attraction of Ravangla is the tranquil ambience and the clean and green surroundings. Of course there are several tourist spots here such as Sikip, Temi Tea garden, Jorethang and Samdruptse hill top. Ravangla is also the starting point for treks to the Maenam La Wildlife Sanctuary
Yumthang Valley – Yumthang Valley is located in north Sikkim and is renowned for its picturesque green meadows. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayas. When you are not spending hours appreciating the serene beauty of the place, you can also visit the Phodong Monastery and Kabi Longtsok. But if truth be told, Yumthang Valley is one of those places that can hardly be described because it deserves to be experienced
Chungthang – You must have heard about River Teesta which is famous for while water rafting. If you are indeed looking for adventure, Chungthang is the place to visit. It is the starting point of the river and is naturally very beautiful. Two famous passes, Lachung Chu and Lachen are situated in Chungthang. The locals believe that Chungthang is blessed by Guru Rimpoche