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Tsomgo Lake

The Tsomgo Lake, also popular as the Changu Lake, is a water body made of a glacier making it one of the best places to visit in Gangtok. Located at the altitude of 12310 feet, the Tsomgo Lake is one of Sikkim’s prime tourist attractions. The lake is located 38 km from Gangtok, en route to the Nathula Pass.

This is one of India’s highest altitude lakes and it’s known for its natural beauty. The sight of the surrounding snow cover hills reflecting on the Tsomgo Lake is one memory that you can cherish forever. The lake is about 1 km long and it’s shaped like an egg. Explore Tsogmo Lake in winters as it is the best time to visit  Gangtok also. 

Location: 38 km from Gangtok.

Best Time to Visit: Summer, autumn, and winter seasons.

Nathu La Pass

One of the most significant places to visit in Gangtok, the Nathu La Pass is a pass which connects Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. In the ancient days, this pass formed a part of the Silk Route, one of the most important trading routes in the world. Visiting Nathu La Pass is a must-do when in Gangtok because the views and experiences that you can have here are unlike any other. The beautiful pass can simply be enjoyed by driving or hiking around it leisurely. The height of the pass ensures magnificent mountain views, especially on clear days. 

Besides enjoying the pass itself, you can also visit the border trade market at Sherathang and indulge in a unique shopping experience. You can buy raw silk, butter, china clay, goat and sheep skins, horses and a lot more from this market.  A trip to the second highest golf course in the world at Kulup should also form an art of your plans for Nathu La. The Gnathang Monastery and Gnathang War Memorial are two other attractions nearby.

Location: Nathu La, Sikkim – China-Tibet Autonomous Region

How to reach: Cabs and jeeps can be hired from Gangtok

Timing: Open 24 hours

Yumthang Valley of Flowers

The undulating meadows, the grazing yaks by the banks of wild Teesta river and the many hot springs amid the towering mountain peaks position Yumthang valley among the top places to visit in Sikkim. The valley of flowers is carpeted at a height of more than 11,000 feet above sea level at around 128 kilometres from Gangtok. You can book one of our Gangtok Tours from a vivid choice of packages we have for you so that you don’t miss out the best of Gangtok.

Come to visit the valley in late February to march when the Losar festival is celebrated by the locals. During the month of April and June, the Rhododendrons bloom and envelop the valley in full glory.

Location: North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120, India

Best time to visit: March to mid-June. 

Cost: INR 150 for Indian nationals.

The time required to visit: 5 to 6 hours.

Opening Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Goechala

Standing at a height of about 4,940 m above sea level, the high mountain pass of Goechala (Goecha La) is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim. Being in the proximity of some of the highest mountains of the Himalayas, the pass is an amazing destination for all the trekkers visiting Sikkim. The best thing about this place is the beautiful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga’s southeast face.

The view from the pass is so breathtakingly beautiful that it was featured on the back of the 100 Rupee note of India. Acting as the base of the summit for Kanchenjunga, this place is a must visit for the beauty of it.

Altitude: 16,200ft

Duration: 11 Days

Cost: 16,250/person.

Location- Yuksum, Sikkim

Best time to visit- April to June, and September to October

Timing: Open 24 hours

Gurudongmar Lake

Set at an altitude of 17,800 ft, Gurudongmar Lake is a high altitude Himalayan lake which is scenic and peaceful. Hemmed in by snow-covered mountains, this lake remains frozen during the winter season and during summers, the lake water reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror.

It is one of the highly suggested places to visit in Sikkim on the Northern side of Kanchenjunga mountain range which is situated at around 174 kilometers from Gangtok. Due to the proximity to the Chinese Tibetan border, one has to take permits to visit the lake.

Location: North Sikkim, India

Best time to visit: If you visit between November to March, the lake will be in a frozen state.

Cost: A shared taxi from Gangtok will cost you around INR 400 to 500.

Time required to visit: 2 to 3 hours.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

Lachung

Lachung is a small town that shines like a morning star at an elevation of 9,610 ft. in North Sikkim. Lachung is situated at a distance of 103 KM from Gangtok and throughout your drive from Gangtok, the meandering river Teesta will accompany you alongside. It would be a mistake to visit the hamlet of Lachung but missing on a tour to the famous Zero point and Lachung monastery. 

Surrounded by apple orchards, pine forests, and numerous waterfalls, Lachung is a scenic Himalayan village. The confluence of two very prominent tributaries of river Teesta- Lachung and river Lachen is also a point of interest en route in Chungthang, from where the road bifurcates into two routes: one leads to Lachen and another to Lachung.

Location: Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Best time to visitThroughout the year but monsoon season is best to be avoided.

Cost: Depends on your mode of transport.

The time required to visit: October to December; and from March to May.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

from Gangtok

Timing: Open 24 hours

Singalila

from Gangtok

The Singalila Ridge trek is an easy to moderate trek extending from an elevation of 2,134 meters to 3,636 meters. As you reach the top, you unravel some pure sights of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga peak, Makalu and Lhotse Peak.

The trek starts from Darjeeling heading towards Tonglu via Maneybhanjang continuing to Gairibas and crossing the serpentine trails of Kalapokhri comes to the steep climb that passes through Sandakphu which is the highest peak of Singalila range that lounges at a height of 3,636 meters. Later a downhill trek to Rimbik ends the trek.

Location: Singalila ridge, Sikkim.

Best time to visit: March to June, when the flowers have fully bloomed or October to December.

Cost: INR 31,720/person.

Time required to visit: The trek to Sandakphu or Phalut can be of around 6 to 8 days from Gangtok.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Pelling

Pelling is the second most visited town after Gangtok in Sikkim. One of the reasons for that it has been developed quite fast to become a tourist destination. With some wonderful hotels and sightseeing opportunities, Pelling surely is a place to stay. 

At an altitude of 6800 feet, Pelling is mostly covered in thick forests and a varied wildlife. Changey and Khangchendzonga waterfalls are the two main tourist attractions in the town and you can visit them in one day. Pelling is perfect for travellers who like to discover a town on foot.

Location: located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 72km from Gangtok, Sikkim.

Best Time to visit: All year except for the rainy season, July to September.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Ravangla

Embark on a journey to explore a lesser-known quaint village amidst the high mountains of Eastern Himalayas in South Sikkim. Ravangla is a village at an elevation of around 8000 feet above sea level with breathtaking landscapes painted by  Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks of Kabru,  Pandim,  Siniolchu. 

Rayong sunrise viewpoint, Temi Tea Garden, Relang hot spring and Ralang monasteries are few local attractions that can interest a traveler. The winding roads which take you to these places and Ravangla are very scenic too.

Location: Ravangla, South Sikkim 737139

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

Time required to visit: At least two days.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Yuksom

Yuksom is a petite historical town in the West Sikkim district and is also known as the “getaway to Kanchenjunga.” Tashiding Monastery, Dubdi Monastery, Complex of Tashi Teenka, Kartok monastery and Khecheopalri lake are few of the interesting heritage places to visit in Yuksom.

It is majorly known for its monasteries and ancient stories on Lamas. Yuksom was once the capital of Sikkim which is still culturally rich topped with stunning vistas and greenery.

Location: Yuksom, Sikkim 737113

Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

Time required to visit: A day or two.

Opening Timings: 24 hours

Timing: Open 24 hours

Zuluk

Perched atop a height of 10,000 feet, surrounded by rugged lower Himalayan mountains lies Zuluk, a small hamlet that redefines natural beauty. Situated close to to the Indo-Tibetan border is this picturesque village with a big troop of Military settled and guarding.

Zuluk serves as the base of places in the East Sikkim like Nathang Valley, Tsomgo lake, Kupup, etc., and used to be a former trade route between Tibet and Kalimpong via Jelep-la. 

Located around 91 kilometers from Gangtok, visiting Zuluk needs permission. From herds of yaks to deer, wild dogs, Himalayan bears to exotic birds like Monal Pheasant Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, and Snow Pheasant, etc.; Zuluk wildlife sanctuary is a wildlife enthusiast’s delight.

Location: Zuluk, East Sikkim, India, 737131

Best time to visit: March to May is the best time to visit Zuluk.

Cost: Depends on your chosen mode of transport.

Time required to visit: At least 2 days.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Rumtek Monastery

  • This splendid monastery is a sight to the sore eyes, you will witness some of the rarest Buddhist artworks and mural paintings in this three-storeyed spiritual center. 

    Rumtek Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect and which was first built in the 12th century but was left to ruin so during 1960 Gyalwa Karmapa who became the 16th Karmapa of the center reestablished it. 

    The monastery is not only a treasure house encompassing unique murals, hand painting, and 1001 miniature Gold sculptures, but also has many vantage points overlooking the city of Gangtok. It is one of the Sikkim tourist places which have plenty of ways to intrigue the visitors.

    Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135

    Best time to visit: March to May; and October to December.

    Cost: INR 10 per person.

     Time required to visit: An hour.

    Opening Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

     
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Teesta River

  • Teesta river is the main river of the state of Sikkim and divides its region from that of the state of West Bengal. Covering a total course of 309 km before meeting the mighty Brahmaputra, the river passes through the cities of Rangpo, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong, where it has a high importance as the main source of living.

    Originating from a high altitude lake in the North Sikkim and the Teesta Kangse Glacier at the height of 7068m, the river is also a great source of adventure as there are a number of locations where you can enjoy rafting in the river.

    Location: Sikkim and parts of West Bengal

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

     
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Timing: Open 24 hours

Yume Samdong

  • Amongst the most scenic Sikkim tourist places, Yumesamdong, famous as Zero Point, is seated at a distance of 15 km from Yumthang. Nestled at a dizzying altitude of 4,724 m, Yumesamdong is also the great periphery of civilisation, as no roads lead further than here! The snow-capped bounties watch over the valley and form a striking pair with the azure skies that seem to be perpetually locked in an embrace with the mountains.

    The place showcases Mother Nature at its best, with chilling temperatures, haunting valleys, and towering massifs. You can also choose to spend a day in Lachung Village to witness the native rituals and lifestyle.

    Location: Yumesamdong is located 165 km away from Gangtok

    Entry Fee: The entry here is free of charges.

     
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Timing: Open 24 hours

Khangchendzonga National Park

Bestridden by the Western gradients of Mount Kanchenjunga, the Khangchendzonga National Park also known as Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve throws a number of surprises along the trekking trails. The trails lead to places like Yuksom, Dzongri, the vast Zemu Glacier, Goechala, Rathang, Bakim, Tshoka, etc. 

Stretching out across an area of 850 sq. kilometre, Khangchendzonga National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in Sikkim. The vastness of this green retreat is enriched with the presence of species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Tibetan antelope, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrel and wild ass.

Location: Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim.

Best time to visit: October to December; and March to May.

Cost: Varies from one operator to another and also on the trek route.

Time required to visit: Varies on different trek routes.

Opening Timings: 24 hours on all days of the week except Sundays.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Zemu Glacier

  • Zemu Glacier is the eastern base for climbing the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga. It is a 26-kilometer long glacier that is a key water source for the Himalayan Teesta River. Starting from Gangtok, you reach Lachen in North Sikkim by road and then head towards Jakthang on foot.

    Green Lake which sits at about 16,000 feet above sea level is a major landmark where people mostly end their trek and return but as you move ahead crossing Yabuk and Rimbik, you will reach Zemu Glacier blanketed in snow at an elevation of 18,648 feet above sea level. Standing at such an altitude, you can witness the majesty of the Mount Siniolchu and other Himalayan peaks from here.

    Location: Zemu Glacier, 737116

    Best time to visit: March to May and September to December.

    Cost: Approximately between INR 65,000 to 68,000; varies with different operators.

    The time required to visit: 11 to 12 days long trek, starting from Gangtok.

    Opening Timings: Closed in heavy snowfalls otherwise open throughout the year.

     
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Timing: Open 24 hours

Thangu

Nestled atop a staggering 3,962 m, the spellbinding Thangu Valley is shrouded under a great carpet of snow almost throughout the year. May and June see the entire places dotted with lush alpine flora. Thangu is also base for the famous Chopta valley and Muguthang treks. 

Graced by the rivers Teesta, Chopta, and Lassur that cut through the valley, there are plenty of mind-boggling views to capture your senses. Flanked by lofty Himalayan massifs on each side, the village of Thangu is a silent little settlement far away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. The valley requires a scenic drive of 6 to 7 hours to get to from Gangtok.

Location: The Valley of Thangu lies 141 Km from Gangtok.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Enchey Monastery

  • Founded in the 19th century, the monastery was initially owned by Lama Dhrupthob Karpo. It is also marked for its Chinese Pagoda design that makes it an architectural marvel. The monastery was rebuilt in the year 1908 by Kind Sikyong Tulku, however, and is now one of the most visited Sikkim tourist places.

    Its current architecture is in line with China’s sacred mountain, which was known to be the spiritual dwelling of Jampelyang. The northern Buddhists believed him to be the God of Knowledge.

    Location: Enchey Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim 737117.

    It is a mere 10 minutes’ drive from the main town of Gangtok

    Timings: The monastery is open from 06:00 AM to 04:00 PM every day.

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

     
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Timing: Open 24 hours

Phodong Monastery

Around 28 kilometers of Gangtok lies one of the six premier monasteries of Sikkim and one of the three monasteries of the Kagyu sect in the state. The construction of Phodong Monastery construction is dated to the early 18th century.

The monastery is adorned with an assorted collection of ancient murals and paintings. Perched atop a height of 4500 feet above sea level, it offers picturesque sceneries and pristine environment.

Location: Phodong village, Sikkim, India.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Cost: Free of cost.

Time required to visit: 1 to 2 hours.

Opening Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Soak in the views of the lush green mountain slopes, orchids, and rhododendrons with other Himalayan flowers at this vast Botanical garden situated on a hilltop.  Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is located around 22 KM from Gangtok, near the Rumtek monastery, occupying a large portion of Yumthang Valley. You will find a large playground for kids, a small yet pretty lake edged with well-manicured garden and a variety of flowers.

Location: Near Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche and Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135, Gangtok, India

Best time to visit: April and June to see the flowers blooming in full glory.

Cost: INR 10 per person.

Time required to visit: An hour and a half.

Opening Timings: 8 AM to 6:30 PM on all days of the week.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Singalila National Park

Unwrapping some unparalleled views of the Himalayas, especially of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest peaks, Singalila National Park sprawls on the Singalila Ridge at about 7000 ft. 

Declared as a National Park in 1992, a large area of this park can be covered on your way to Sandakphu and Phalut trek which are also the two highest peak of Singalila, both with a height of more than 11,000 feet. 

It easily finds its name among the places to visit in Sikkim. Here, the trails are adorned with carpets of a wide range of rhododendrons, and orchids blooming in a variety of vivid colors.

Location: Singalila ridge, Sikkim – 734201

Best time to visit: March to April, when the flowers have fully bloomed.

Cost: Singalila National Park entry costs INR 100 per Indian.

The time required to visit: The trek to Sandakphu or Phalut can be of around 6 to 8 days from Gangtok.

Opening Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Do Drul Chorten

Located close to the Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten is a massive stupa that stands unique with a golden top dome. A lama from Tibet who followed Nyingma Order of Buddhism came to this place in his hermitage journey and established the stupa in 1946.

Encircled with a total of 108 prayer wheels, several small stupas around, it is one of the offbeat Sikkim tourist places, visible from many vantage points in Sikkim.

Location: Near Tibetology Institute And Gangtok Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim

Best time to visit: March to mid-June.

Cost: INR 10 per person.

Time required to visit: Half hour to one hour.

Opening Timings:8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Founded by the 14th Dalai Lama in the year 1957, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is center for research and study of everything originated or practiced in Tibet, from clothes to culture and language. 

It is located around a distance of 2 kilometers in Deorali, housing a large museum and a resourceful library comprising of a collection of references and study material on Tibet and Himalayas mainly. 

The museum located on the first floor features coins, thangkas, valuable statues, ancient manuscript in various languages like Chinese, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and other artifacts. To leaf through one of the largest collection of Tibetan documents, head to the first floor, where the library is.

Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

Best time to visit: Throughout the year.

Cost: INR 10 per person.

Time required to visit: An hour.

Opening Timings:10 AM to 4 PM on all days of the week but closed on Sundays.

Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park

 

Spanning across a massive area of 230 hectares of a forested hill, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the Sikkim tourist places which serve as an oasis to the nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The main attraction at this small hilltop zoo is an adorable Red Panda who catches everyone’s attention.

You can also witness some big cats like Bengal tiger and black panther along with Himalayan Black Bears, Clouded Leopard, Porcupine, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolfs, Large Indian Civets, Gorals, Barking Deer, Himalayan Palm Civets, Yaks, etc. here.

 You can either choose to walk from the entry gate on a 2.5 km long road that leads to fenced areas where you can spot animals or reserve a car for a half-day tour.

Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103.

Best time to visit: Anytime during the day.

Cost: INR 25 per person (Indian) INR 50 per person (foreign nationals).

Time required to visit:1 to 2 hours.

Opening Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM on all days of the week except Thursday.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Ganesh Tok

 
 

Perched atop a hill at a height of 6500 ft. adjacent to the TV tower and close to Tashi Point, Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. You can get some unhindered views of the snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, especially the Kanchenjunga Peak from the viewing lounge which has a balcony and is fenced by glass panels.

It is one of the places to visit in Sikkim, away from the urban bustle, around 6 kilometers from the town of Gangtok. Reaching the inner sanctum requires you to climb a set of stairs, then crawl in the narrow passage to worship the idol of Lord Ganesha.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, visit between March to May to enjoy the pleasant weather.

Cost: Free of cost.

Time required to visit: An hour or two.

Opening Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Bakthang Waterfall

 
 
  • One of the most stunning wonders of nature, the Bakthang Falls carry a canvas of the magnificent Himalayas in the back. A mere half hour’s drive away from Gangtok, the place is a dream destination for shutterbugs. Nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts make this place their frequent haunt.

    Flowing from the main water source of Ratey Chu, the gushing falls sing a soothing symphony for visitors. One of the most scenic places to visit in Sikkim, Bakthang Falls should undoubtedly grace the top of your itinerary.

    Location: Bakthang Falls, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

    Timings: The waterfall is open from 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

    Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

     
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Timing: Open 24 hours

Casino Mahjong

 
 

Bursting with excitement and entertainment, the posh Casino Mahjong is part of the Mayfair Hotels and Resorts in Sikkim. It is truly one of its kind in India. Lose yourself into the world of innumerable casino games, while enjoying the glamorous ambiance that it offers.

Games like Roulette, Baccarat, Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, Flush, and classic slot machines await you eagerly, making Casino Mahjong one of the most thrilling places to visit in Sikkim.

Location: Mayfair Spa, Resort and Casino, National Highway 31A, Lower Samdur Block, Ranipool, Sikkim 737135

Timings: The casino is open every day for 24 hours.

Entry Fee: The casino charges an entry fee of INR 1500 per person, inclusive of dinner and drinks.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Ridge Park

 

A scenic flatland that spans just over the town of Gangtok, the Ridge Park is bordered by the White Hall and a beautiful Pagoda top. The park harbors a vast array of plants, flowers, and shrubs, and hosts an annual Orchid show! The rich floral aroma greets you the moment you step in, and your senses are lulled by the vibrant colors of the flowers.

A botanist’s wildest dream, and a heaven for nature lovers, the Ridge Park is one of the must-see Sikkim tourist places.

Location: Ridge Park, Ridge Rd, Sungava, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

Timings: The place is open every day from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors, but the Flower exhibition Centre charges a nominal fee of INR 10 per head.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Hanuman Tok

 
 

Built as a tribute to the Hindu Lord Hanuman, this beautiful temple is frequented by countless tourists every year. It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman rested here briefly when he was carrying Sanjeevani to Lanka. The temple falls into the care of the Indian Army, which has maintained it remarkably. 

The ambiance is amplified by the mellifluous religious music that graces the temple. The temple also opens up to mesmerizing views of the bordering valleys and mountains. The highlight of this temple is that it is chaperoned by the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga!

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

Timing: The temple is open from 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM every day

Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

 
 

Perched atop a staggering altitude of 13,123 ft., Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, otherwise known as Baba Mandir, is cradled right between Nathula and Jelepla Pass. Baba Harbhajan Singh was an Indian Army soldier who had died on duty. His soul is believed to roam the surrounding mountains for nearly 50 years now. 

Many have given accounts of the sightings of Baba Harbhajan, who has been spotted keeping a constant vigil at night, and warning the patrolling soldiers against future attacks. Over time, the site has turned into a pilgrim destination and prayers are regularly offered here.

Location: Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, East Sikkim, Sikkim 737131

Timings: The temple timings are 08:00 AM to 02:30 PM, every day

Entry Fee: No entry fee is charged to visitors.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Tashiding Monastery

One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Tashiding stands atop a hill flanked by Rathong Chu and Rangeet river on either side. The architecture of the monastery looks magnificent against the backdrop of the neighboring Himalayan peaks. Exuding much of the old world charms, it is also a center of spiritual enlightenment for those who seek it.

It is believed that the place holds the power to cleanse the sins and wrongdoings of those who seek forgiveness here. Built in the 17th century, the monastery is celebrated for the grand Bhumchhu festival it hosts. Presently, it is home to nearly 70 monks.

Location: Near Yuksom, Gangtok, Western Sikkim 737101

Timings: Open every day between 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM

Entry Fee: No entry fee for visitors.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Khecheopalri Lake

The Khecheopalri lake, alternatively known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is shrouded in mystique and mythology, and is believed to be a ‘wish fulfilling lake’. Housed near the rustic village of Khecheopalri, it sits at a dizzying height of 1,700 m and is considered a sacred site by Buddhists. It is visited by many pilgrims and is gaining more popularity amongst tourists.

Fenced by beautiful lush forests, the lake is home to fascinating aquatic life. Interestingly, leaves are rarely seen afloat on the lake, as birds shrewdly pick them up the instant they hit the surface.

Location: Khecheopalri Lake, West Sikkim, 737113. It sits at a distance of 27 km from Pelling.

Timings: The lake is open every day from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fee: No entry fees for visitors.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park

 
 

Banjhakri Waterfall is shaded beautifully within a lush forests sitting at a distance of 8 km from the main town of Gangtok. Part of the Ban Jhakri Park, it is one of the most beautiful and popular Sikkim tourist places. Lined with well-defined trails, footbridges, and gazebos, there reigns a tranquil lake at the centre of which a massive dragon statue sits.

The roaring waterfall sits atop 100 feet and captivates the senses of all who wander there. The loud roar of the falls has a soothing effect on the mind, while the surrounding greenery enchants your soul.

Location: Banjhakri Waterfall, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

Timings: The park can be visited between 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM every day.

Entry Fees: There is an admission fee of Rs 50 per person. you have to pay extra for Camera.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Pemayangtse Monastery

As you drive 110 kilometers west of Gangtok, around 2 kilometers from Pelling, you will spot a yellow Buddhist structure peacefully nestled amid the rich environs of the hills. Pemayangtse Monastery is a three-story structure which was founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705. 

The name Pemayangtse literally translates to ‘sublime lotus’.The building holds age-old paintings, sculptures, carvings and a collection of Tibetan artifacts. Lookout for Cham festival, the largest monk festival hosted on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of Tibetan Calendar.

Location: Near Pelling,110 km west of Gangtok, Sikkim 737111.

Best time to visit: February to June, although it can be visited throughout the year.

Cost: INR 20 per person.

Time required to visit:  If traveling from Gangtok, it will take not less than 4 hours.

Opening Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Rabdentse Ruins

The ruins of Rabdentse in Pelling voice the lost stories of Sikkim. One of the most ancient Sikkim tourist places, the Rabdentse Ruins cannot be missed by history fanatics. This formerly splendid complex was reduced to ruins owing to the Nepalese invasion of the fortress in the 18th century.

The trail to the site snakes through beautiful forests of chestnut and is a 2 km walk away from the Pemayangtse Monastery. Singing hymns of the forgotten glory of Sikkim, the significance of this unexplored place is inscribed on a small stone tablet that is draped in the ruins.

Location: Geyzing, Sikkim 737111

The ruins are situated at a distance of 125 km from the main town of Gangtok.

Timings: The ruins can be visited anytime between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM throughout the week.

Entry Fee: There are no entry fees for visitors.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Tashi View Point

The view of Kanchenjunga peak from Tashi viewpoint is going to sweep you off your feet. Recommended visiting during sunrise to see the bone-white peaks turning golden by the rising sun. The viewpoint is around 8 KM from Gangtok with nearby places being the Phodong and Labrang monasteries and Bakthang waterfall en route. 

As you drive from Gangtok to Tashi ends, you will need to make a climb of 115 steps approximately to reach the viewpoint which you can recognize by the throngs of food stalls and hordes of tourists waiting for the sun to rise. 

Location: Gangtok, India

Best time to visit: October and November for a clear view.

Cost: There is no entry fee to this point, however you can pay INR 10 to enter the premises of Phodong or Labrang monasteries which impart a closer view of the peaks.

Time required to visit: 2 hours.

Opening Timings: Best to reach before 5 AM in the morning, it is open from sunrise to sunset.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Mu Kimchi, Gangtok

If you are an ardent fan of Korean food who is very particular on knowing how well the meat in your plate is cooked, Mu Kimchi will please your taste buds with their perfectly cooked meat, salads, and other chopstick dishes. Even if you haven’t tried authentic Korean food and would like to, this is one of the places to visit in Sikkim where you can try it without any second thoughts. 

The dimly-lit woven lamps, the warm ambiance, bamboo ceiling and an offbeat location of Mu Kimchi make it an irresistible option. Please note that you need to climb around 80 steps before you can relish food at Mu Kimchi.

Location: Namnang Road, Opposite Sikkim Express, Gangtok 737101, India

Average cost for two: Approximately INR 2000.

Cuisines: Asian, Korean.

Opening Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM on all days of the week.

Specialty: Kimbap-Korean sushi, bulgogi sets with options of beef and pork.

Kanchenjunga Falls

Kanchenjunga Falls is arguably the most stunning of all the Sikkim tourist places. The waters of the fall are believed to flow from the high glaciers of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga itself, which is how it got the name. Sheltered deep within dense forests, the waterfall went largely unnoticed by the masses up until the late 90s. 

It still remains shaded and unexplored, making it the perfect respite for people seeking tranquility in solitude. The expansive verdant greenery of the woods that grace the gushing waterfall is a mesmerizing sight to behold.

Location: It is seated 25 km away from Pelling, and makes for a half hour’s drive.

Timings: It is open every day for 24 hours.

Entry Fee: Entry to the waterfall is free of charge.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Namchi

Namchi is the capital of the South Sikkim district, often known as the cultural capital of Sikkim. The city has seen rapid development over the years. It is famous for offering the replicas of all the four Dhams of India and the biggest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Sikkim. 

Nestled at 5500 feet above sea level, the town along with serving as a ground for religious tourism in the state features laid-back atmosphere. Namchi helipad, Shirdi Saibaba Mandir and Char Dham complex, Statue of Samdruptse, Central Park, Namchi Rock Garden and Baichung Stadium are few of the sightseeing locations.

Location: Namchi, South Sikkim, India.

Best time to visit: October to mid-December and March to mid-June.

Cost: Varies depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation.

Time required to visit: A day or two.

Opening Timings: 24 hours.

Timing: Open 24 hours