About Sikkim Tourism
Sikkim is something out a fairytale. Perhaps the most peaceful place in India, Sikkim is characterized by age-old Buddhist monasteries, snow-topped Himalayan peaks, alpine lakes, and a range of well-preserved cultures. Take an adventurous trek, white-water rafting trip, mountain biking excursion, or a cultural tour in this totally unique northeast Indian state.
Sikkim is located just south of Tibet, sandwiched between the Himalayas of Nepal and the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. The state is completely different from the rest of India in all aspects – language, landscape, religion, etc. Also, Sikkim is known for being an environmentally- conscious state. It is the first state in India to ban polystyrene, one of the most widely used types of plastic. Whether you are interested in taking an adventure, having a spiritual experience, or simply learning about a new culture, Sikkim has you covered!
On any trek or tour in Sikkim, Gangtok, the state’s capital, is a necessary stop. No one who visits this charming hub is willing to leave after just one day. It’s easy to spend days here exploring the tea estates and ornately decorated hilltop Buddhist monasteries. Though it’s Sikkim’s largest city, it still moves at a much slower pace than the rest of India. The expansive Rumtek Monastery and forested Enchey Monastery, are two peaceful stops to make while in Gangtok. In the evening stroll through MG Marg – the restaurant and shopping center of Gangtok. When you want to see lifestyle in the smaller towns, head to Pelling or Yuksom. Pelling is home to the age-old Pemayangtse Monastery. Yuksom has the famous Khecheopalri Lake, a famous pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Most people come to Sikkim for its unparalleled natural beauty. The towering Himalayan chain, dense forests, and glistening alpine lakes make for a truly breathtaking backcountry experience. To start, Kanchenjunga/Khangchendzonga (8,586 meters/28,169 feet), the third highest peak in the world, dominates most views. For eye-popping mountain panoramas, take the Goechala Trek, Green Lake Trek, or quite frankly, any trek in Sikkim. Enjoy the pristine landscapes surrounding one of the many alpine lakes. Wildlife enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to as well. Besides the rare flora and fauna found in Khangchendzonga National Park, there is also the Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary and Maename Wildlife Sanctuary, which between them are home to the Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, and Civet Cat, blood pheasant, and black eagle.
People come to Sikkim for the landscapes, but what makes the fall in love is the amazing local people and their culture. Inhabited by the hospitable Bhutias, Nepali, and Lepcha people, the harmonious diversity is what makes this place so special. Try the delicious array of dishes in Sikkim. After all, food is one of the best ways to experience a culture. Another amazing way to experience Sikkim is through the various festivals held in the state, such as: Loosong, Losar, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, and Phang Lhabsol. Check out our Sikkim Cultural Tours to learn more!