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Sikkim is 2nd smallest state of India. Entire Sikkim is a mountainous region in the eastern Himalayas. Sikkim borders three countries, China in the north, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west. Sikkim is also the only fully organic state of India and have the least population. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is famous for its biodiversity with tropical, temperate, alpine and tundra vegetation. To the west is the great Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak which is surrounded by vast region by the Khanchendzonga National Park. Sikkim's capital is in east district and largest city is Gangtok which is also the most popular tourist destination. Gangtok is the capital and has multiple attractions including the only place in entire eastern India where you can play casino. Entire state of Sikkim is dotted with places of tourist interest. There are majestic high altitude destinations like Yumthang Valley & Gurudogmar Lake. Famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in the West district and home to unique Red Panda. East Sikkim is a unique tourism destination popularly called Silk Route which connects with the Chinese occupied Tibet. South Sikkim is also a very upcoming and popular destination with the only tea garden, the famous organic Temi Tea Garden. Sikkim is suitable for all tourism categories adventure tourism, honeymoon destination, family vacation, trekking destination, weekend destination.
Sikkim Tour Package can be undertaken in multiple ways to enjoy the beauty of the region. A short tour of 3 night 4 days will cover the capital Gangtok, Changu Lake, Baba Mandir, Gangtok Local Sightseeing and stay at the picturesque capital city of Sikkim with walks on MG Marg is the minimum you can opt for. You can choose a little bit longer with 4 Night 5 Days with Lachung, Ravangla or Pelling added in to give a better coverage. However if you intend to cover the entire of Sikkim you at least need to make a tour of 8 Night 9 Days. This tour will cover the best tours of the state covering East, North and West Sikkim covering all places of Gangtok, Pelling and North Sikkim included.
If you are intendent for a nature based tourism then we would suggest you ignore Gangtok entirely and get a tour of East Sikkim or South Sikkim. A 4 Nights 5 Days tour of East Sikkim is quite able to serve your desire for high altitude tour which will serve your desire to experience nature. East Sikkim has very unique geography which makes it very popular among tourists.
Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills are coverable with 2 days at each place. So Sikkim trips can be clubbed with both Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Or if you are short of time then you can take a 2 or 3 Nights Packages to Darjeeling. You can opt for 3 Night 4 Days Kalipong, Lava, Lolegaon Tour which covers the Neora Valley National Park.
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North Sikkim is best known for the high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and higher up for the barren landscapes. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are the popular tourist attractions. North Sikkim landscape matches that of Ladakh and often referred to Ladakh of East.
Silk Route Sikkim is referred to a trade route between China and other South Asian and other European nations. One of them is known as the Sikkim Old Silk Route. This route is a hilly Road connect Lhasa via the Jelep La Pass to India. This route is now are the parts eastern Sikkim and West Bengal.
West Sikkim, similar to South District is not as popular yet has some awesome attractions. Pelling however is in most itinerary of Sikkim as there are some great local sightseeing places. Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a unique attraction drawing lots of visitors to see the orchid flowers during summer.
Gangtok is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim. It is also the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is in the eastern Himalayan range, at an altitude of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). With the higher peaks of the Himalaya and with a year-round mild climate, Gangtok is at the center of Sikkim's tourism industry. April to June & October are the peak tourist season yet travelers visit Gangtok throughout the year specially during December, January & February when snow fall is common in areas at higher altitude, easily reachable from Gangtok. Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MG Marg) and Lal Market are prominent business areas and tourist spots in Gangtok. Ecotourism is emerging as an important economic activity of Sikkim including trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, etc.
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lake in India, at an altitude of 16,900 ft. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus and most sought after destination in North Sikkim Tour Packages.
Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers is Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with river, hot spring, yaks and grazing pasture on flowery meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. It's altitude is 11,693 ft above and 150 kilometers from Gangtok.
Tsomgo Lake/Changu Lake, is a high altitude glacial lake about 37 kilometres from the Gangtok. With altitude of 12,313 ft, the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The road from Gangtok as well as the lake have some awesome views.
Nathu La pass connects India with China. The pass is 54 km east of Gangtok city, the capital of Sikkim. Here you can see the border with China and can see the Chinese soldiers manning their border check posts. But the permits to visit Nathula is not available on a regular basis due to weather conditions as well as border tensions, etc.
Silk Route Sikkim Tour Packages are referred to a trade route between China and other South Asian and other European nations. One of them is known as the Sikkim Old Silk Route. This route is a hilly Road connect Lhasa via the Jelep La Pass to India. This route is now are the parts eastern Sikkim and West Bengal.
From Mainam Wildlife Sanctuary, the only organic Temi Tea Garden, Kitam Bird Sanctuary, Ravangla a small resort town with magnificient views, recently build sky touching statues and temples in Char dham in Namchi, South Sikkim has lot to offer nature lovers and people looking to spend a quite holiday in the Mountains.
West Sikkim, similar to south district is not as popular yet has some awesome attractions. Pelling however is in most itinerary as there are some great local sightseeing places like the Rabdantse Ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery, Kunchenjunga Falls, Khecheopalri Lake and Singshore Bridge are some of them.
Barsey Rhodhodendron Sanctuary is a unique destination where every year lot of visitor come to see the orchid flowers during summer. Kaluk, Okhrey, Rinchenpong, Hilley, Chayatal are all places around the Sanctuary with hotels, resort & homestays. All these places also provide a commanding view of the Sleeping Buddha which is the unique feature of the Kunchenjunga range visible from this part of Sikkim.
What is the best time to visit Sikkim?
The best time to visit Sikkim is anytime other than July to September due to monsoon. Winters are famous for snowfall in higher altitude destinations like Lachung, Lachen, Changu, Nathula, Zuluk, etc. Spring is famous for the Rhododendron bloom. Summers and Autumn is famous for the pleasant climate.
How much time is required to visit Sikkim?
It depends on ones interest of locations and attractions. A basic set of 7-10 days can make you visit most of the attractions of Sikkim.
Do we need permit to visit Sikkim?
Foreign nationals need to obtain Restricted Area Permit to enter Sikkim, and required to be accompanied by local guide to visit some areas. Indians however do not require this but to enter some places of eastern and north Sikkim Indians need to get Inner Line Permits due to proximity to China border. These places however are out of bounds for non Indians.
How much does a trip to Sikkim cost?
An independent trip to Sikkim for 5 days can cost around INR 10 to 15000 per person including local transportation, accommodation, meals and few activities. Furthermore, the cost can go high or low, depending on the kind of vacation you plan. However if you plan to take shared transportation it will save you considerable amount.
Is Sikkim safe for travel?
Sikkim is one of the safest place to visit for family, honeymooners and even solo female travelers. People here are most hospitable and courteous.
How can I plan a trip to Sikkim?
Here is your day wise breakup depending upon popular destinations. Gangtok 4 Days, North Sikkim 3 Days, East Sikkim/Silk Route 3 Days, Pelling 3 days, Ravangla 2 days. You can club any of these as per your time and interest. If you are more into activities like trekking then you need to get in touch with us to plan your tour.
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