Surrounded by Tibet in the north, West Bengal in the south, Bhutan in the east, and Nepal in the west, Sikkim is the least populated state in India. However, even being so, this little state has 11 official languages and is today host to multicultural residencies. Sikkim, making a part of the Eastern Himalayas, is most popular for biological diversity, its atmospheric conditions, cardamom and Kangchenjunga, which to its pride is the world’s third highest summit.
Making one of the best locations for a refuge from the noise of city life, Sikkim is best visited between the months of March to May. A gift to the lovers of holidays, this beautiful state enchants one with its meadows and waterfalls, lakes and monasteries and a beautiful culture to make one fall in love with the place and its people.
The northern part of this state is host to attractions like the Gurudongmar Lake, Valley of Flowers, the Kanchenjunga National Park, Seven Sister Falls and mountain passes Nathu La and Goecha La. The southern part of the state houses the very famous Solophok Chardham. The Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim and Pelling in west are also not places one can succeedingly miss out on.
One very prominent attraction from this state are its monasteries. This Eastern Himalayan town houses more than 200 monasteries and among the very important ones include Samdruptse, Enchey, Phensang, Tolung, Ralong, and the Labran Phaden Phuntsok. What quenches the thirst of one’s wanderlust are also its caves and hotsprings like the Nub Dechenphug and Borong, respectively. Sikkim provides one with excellent opportunities for trekking, river rafting, mountaineering and camping.
You also cannot miss out on the endowance of culture in Sikkim. The state celebrates World Tourism Day, and its major festivals include Losar, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, and Loosang.
We at Travel Companion serve you with our best packages and activities to make your visit worth the imagination and effort. The tour will leave one with fond memories of life and love.
Ranka Monastery: Situated in the middle of a jungle, the monastery reflects traditional Tibetan architecture style. The place has a very calming vibe and serene atmosphere. The mountain range is a sight to behold. A good place to interact with the monks and see the golden stupa.
Enchey Monastery: It is a small but beautiful monastery located below the Tashi Viewpoint. It is the oldest monastery and holds historic significance. It’s within the city so it’s easier to visit.
Hanuman Tok: It is a very well maintained temple and presents a stunning view of Kanchenjunga Range. It is under the control of the Indian Army and as per the legends, it is from this point that Hanuman procured the Sanjivini Booti.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: It is a small museum, established with the main aim of promoting scholastic and cultural research. This place has an amazing collection of buddhist scrolls, statues, weapons and things used in rituals. History buffs must visit this informative place.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa: It is a small stupa and monastery in the middle of Gangtok. It is a bit of a steep climb up to the base of the stupa, however, the calm and serenity one experiences on reaching the point washes away all the tiredness.
Gonjang Monastery, Phensang Monastery and Tsuk La Khang Monastery: Gonjang Monastery is on the way to Tashi View Point and Hanuman Tok. It is a beautiful monastery painted in red, blue and golden, and has a huge statue of Buddha inside. Phensang Monastery is a spiritually enriching location in Gangtok and must be visited. Tsuk La Khang Monastery is an influential monastery and definitely worth a visit.
Owing to its location the whole of Gangtok is enriched with natural beauty, however there are places that are especially blessed and are flocked by tourists in large numbers. One must visit Nathula Pass which is the Indo-China border and is known for its scenic beauty. From Tashi View Point one can have a spectacular view of the Gangtok City and on a clear day that of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range. It is a must visit place where tourists can relax with a cup of coffee. Palzor Stadium, a football stadium is literally a stadium in the skies. It is the headquarters of the United Sikkim Football Club and must be visited by the football enthusiasts. Flower Exhibition Centre is another place that must be visited for its sheer beauty. A great place to get into a photography mood and let the senses get overwhelmed by the colour and the aroma.
Sikkim is famous for its delicious food, during the month of December Sikkim Tourism Department organises Gangtok Food and Cultural Festival to promote the cuisines of Sikkim. When at Gangtok one should definitely try the traditional yummy momos and Thukpa which is a Tibetan style noodles. Kinema Curry, a fermented soybean dish should be tried with roti or rice. One can choose from a vast variety of soup; namely Gundruk and Sinki soup, Thenthuk, Chhurpi etc. Sel Roti is another dish that one should definitely try.
Adventure enthusiasts has a lot of options to entertain themselves in Gangtok, from Yak safari to mountain biking, they have it all. Cable car ride gives a glorious view of the city and makes the trip memorable. One can also go for river rafting in Teesta River. Paragliding is one of the activities that has become immensely popular given that it boasts of heavenly views of the glorious Himalayas. A small picnic at Seven Sisters Waterfall can make your day even more beautiful. A ride to Tsongmo Lake can be particularly exciting given its elevated location.
MG Road is the main commercial area of Gangtok. Markets like Lal Bazaar, New Market and Old Market are also quite popular. When at Gangtok one must take back home, beautiful tibetan carpets, sikkim tea, semi-precious stones and silver jewellery, thangkas, black cardamom, sikkimese cup, buddhist figurines, wall hangings, hand-carved wooden tables, hand-woven jackets, alpine cheese and fresh bamboo shoots.