Sikkim ‘a lonely planet’ is a window on to the Himalaya which has its own Mountain Kingdom. As it is a very beautiful place for mountaineering and peace lover. The people of Sikkim are very bowlful and kind towards others. The distinctive part about Sikkim is its meditative and traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We have shortlisted some of the best places and activities to do in Sikkim. Let’s check out our Top 10 Things To Do In Sikkim.
10. Pemayangtse Monastery Pelling
The word Pemayangtse mean ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’ it offers a meditative environment. It is the perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of nature as it is 300 years old and second oldest monastery. The prayer hall is painted traditionally with beautiful paintings and woodwork, prime beauty to visit is during the spring-summer season.
There is a room with a large prayer-wheel inside, you can turn the prayer-wheel holding a steel ring below it. The Monastery is of 3 floors. The 1st floor & 2nd floor have a number of centuries-old relics, Buddhist teachings etc. You will feel devoted if you stay in the 2nd floor in the time of their prayer around 10 am morning
9. The Chumbi Mountain Retreat
Want a wonderful stay? It is the best place in west Sikkim as it offers traditional ambiance for the guest to get the feel of the Sikkimese culture. It is a luxurious five-star resort which provides a number of facilities & the surroundings are very serene and peaceful. This hotel has a 24-hour health club and a bar/lounge. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas.
The clouds lifted the most spectacular view of Kanchenjunga and the mountain range from the rooms windows and the various terraces.
8. Yumthang and Zero Point
If you are visiting Sikkim then do pursue a visit to North Sikkim. why? Because you may not again see such stunning views of snow mountains and rivers anywhere else and had even compared them to the valleys of Switzerland.
Yumthang Valley is also known as the valley of flowers. It is about 25 km from Lachung. There is a vast stretch of flowering valley and in many different colors like purple, blue, red, pink etc also it offers lovely views of the mountain peaks.
Zero Point it is about 23kms from Yumthang. This is the end of the road and you can’t drive any further from here. A place where three rivers meet with surrounding snow-clad mountains and offering marvelous scenic views, zero point is a must visit place in north Sikkim. It is the place which remains snow covered for the most part of the year.
Lachung is a ‘small pass’ and a small mountain village. You can stay and visit Lachung Monastery here, which is having wonderful wall murals and ancient statues. Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches, and apricots. At Lachung you can visit the Lachung Gompa, built around 1880, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town center.
6. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
This is one stop for the local tour, but we would suggest this be visited if you are really interested in history and emergence of Buddhism or history of Tibet. This Institute is a single hall, moderately sized. It is a center in the world of Buddhist studies. It provides the researches on Tibetan cultural also one of the world’s largest collections of Buddhist books and manuscripts, plus statuettes, thangkas (Tibetan cloth paintings) and sacred objects as houses a museum and a Tibetan library.
5. River Rafting At Teesta River
If you are an adventure sports lover you would definitely enjoy the thrill of river rafting. It is a white water rafting which is done in Teesta river and also you can enjoy with your family. Their guides will execute and ensures a safe trip for you along the river Teesta. It’s fun and exciting.
Many of us have fear of deep water, but when you get down the riverside the unquestionable magic of river water invite you for rafting as they had well-trained rafters with them. Whenever there will be a rapid deep main instructor says loudly “lean down” and you use to pass the stream. This is really amazing. And a real lesson to life. “Lean down” and you will be able to pass the difficult time.
4. Tsomgo Lake & Nathula Pass
Tsomgo lake is also known as Changu lake. The lake has steep mountains which are covered with snow during winter. It is an awesome view, tourist attractions at the lake site include joy rides on decorated yaks and mules where kiosks offer a variety of food and drinks.
Nathula Pass is a mountain pass with a high altitude pass double up as an Indo-China border that serves as a trade link between India and China. The Nathula Pass is one of the most beautiful mountain roads of the world also new Baba Harbhajan Mandir are the top places to check out.
You can enjoy the beauty and experience the thrill of being at the border of two nations. The road to Nathula is an adventure in itself. May to October is the best time to visit Nathula Pass. The temperatures are around 10 °C. The winters here experiences heavy snowfall with temperatures dropping to -25 °C.
3. Banjhakri Water Falls
Banjhakri Falls is one of the most attractive and best known to offer breathtaking sights and pleasant ambiance. Plunging from a height of 70 ft, Banjhakri Falls filled with nature, excitement, and tranquility. The lush green surroundings of the waterfalls make it more beautiful and alluring. These beautiful falls make your forget every single problem in your life with its peaceful water falling sounds.
2. Siddheswar Dham (Char Dham)
If you haven’t visited Char Dham in your life, do visit to this place. Also known as Char Dham of Sikkim.
Siddheswar Dham is 5 km from Namchi, has a 108 ft tall statue of Shiva, replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas, models of sacred Chardham Hindu Temples of Jagannath, Badrinath, Dwaraka and Rameswaram and an 18-feet statue of Kirateshwar a hunter incarnation of Shiva. The place is very clean, well maintained and beautiful. The views are breathtaking of mountains and valleys.
1. Buddha Park Ravangla
This is on the top of our Top 10 things to do in Sikkim. Once you enter the park you’ll see a large statue of Lord Buddha and it is built on the birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha in 2006. It’s a working temple and you’ll see a few monks and other people offering prayers.
This park is an attractive place to see and it is surrounded by lush gardens, peaceful surroundings, and it has an ample walkway for visitors. Melodious Buddha songs make you feel very peaceful in the Buddha Park. The best time to visit Buddha Park is from April to June, September to November.
That’s our Top 10 things to do in Sikkim. Let us know how you liked our article. Your feedback is valuable to us.
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