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Best Places of Interest in Sikkim

Considered as the land of orchids, mystic cultures and colorful traditions, Sikkim is well-known among trekkers and adventure-lovers the world over. Endowed with an ancient history and nature’s bounty, Sikkim, an ecological hotspot with holy caves, hot springs, lakes, mountains, mountain-passes and rivers is home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. With a largely agrarian economy and a fledgling industry, Sikkim has achieved 100-percent rural electrification due to its 19-hydroelectric power-stations. Foreigners must however obtain ‘Inner-Line-Permits’ (ILP) from Sikkim Tourism Offices in order to visit this state.

Top Tourist Attractions in Sikkim

Heritage Sites: Home to several ancient Buddhist monasteries, prominent heritage sites within Sikkim include the ancient-capital Radbentse Site, the Dubdi Monastery and the Coronation Throne of Norbugang near Yuksam.  

Adventure Sports: Offering wonderful opportunities for trekking, river-rafting, mountain-biking, mountaineering, yak-riding and bird-watching, Sikkim is a dream-come-true for any adventure enthusiast.

Wildlife Attractions: The Kanchendzonga National Park covering 850-square-kilometer area is the main wildlife attraction in Sikkim. Other preserved areas include the Fambong Lho and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuaries and Singba Rhododendron and Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuaries.

Trekking: The most prominent trekking points in Sikkim include the Tashi-View-Point – Tinjure Trek, the Yoksum–Dzongri Trek, Base Camp–Boktak–Laxmipokari–Garakhet Trek, Phalut–Singelila-Chiwabhanjang Trek, Hilley–Varsey Trek, Damthang–Tendong Trek, Raongla–Maenam-Bhaledunga Trek and the Trek to Tolung Monastery.

Pilgrimage Centers: Buddhist dominated pilgrim centers of Sikkim include several monasteries like Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Rumtek, Enchey, Phensang, Ralong, Phodang and Tolung. Hindu temples like the Ganesh-Tok and Hanuman-Tok are also located here.

Top Cities in Sikkim

Gangtok – Lying on a ridge overlooking Ranipool River, this capital city of Sikkim provides spectacular views of ice-capped Kanchendzonga hill range. English, Nepali, Hindi and Tibetan are the languages commonly spoken in Gangtok.

Yuksom – A historic and charming destination for mountaineers and trekkers, main tourist attractions near Yuksom include Tashi-Tenka, Norbugang Park, Dubdi-Gompa, Wodsallin-Gompa and Kanchendzonga National Park.

Mangan – Located at a distance of 67-kilometers north of Gangtok, Mangan is an attractive small-town which serves as a good base and transit point for exploring the north Sikkim regions. Local attractions include handicrafts, traditional cultural songs, dances and a food festival.

Namchi - A prosperous market town located on 'Top of the Sky' with two gigantic statues, the Samdruptse and Solophok, Namchi is a very useful transit point which can lead you to Jorethang Town and other lesser known Sikkim villages.

Travel & Lodging:

The Siliguri-Bagdogra Airport is the closest access-point with a regular helicopter service to Gangtok. Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri are the nearest railheads with further roadways access through NH-31 and NH-31A. Tourism industry in the state is fairly developed in this difficult terrain with comfortable accommodation options being available at most projected tourist destinations.