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    Places to visit in Sikkim in August

    The magical moss-land of West Sikkim’ is clearly to be enjoyed in the month of August. Sikkim is an attractive destination in August when the weather remains perfect with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 25°C. Gangtok is alluring with rain-washed sparkling green vegetation and has several beautiful tourist spots nearby. During the month of August, the beautiful hill roads of the city in and around Gangtok glistens with new foliage and added natural beauty. August would be an ideal time to visit Sikkim. The rains add to the charm of the state and outskirts and make the mountains and valleys look even more appealing. Sikkim gets quite heavy rainfall in the monsoon season. If the weather permits visitors can scour through the length and breadth of the state and enjoy a peaceful and rain-laden summer vacation.

    Enigmatic Gangtok

    Gangtok The Scintillating Mountain Magic

    Gangtok is a popular tourist hub for a range of adventure activities for adrenaline junkies, including trekking, paragliding, river rafting and mountain biking. Gangtok wins hearts of all tourists and travellers not only on account of its beautiful and famous places of worship but also for the architectural marvels. Along with the Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, and Do Drul Chorten, the Pemayangtse Monastery is also a place of tranquillity and mental peace. Pemayangtse Monastery is a 300-year-old monastery just 8 km away from the main town and is definitely worth visiting. Gangtok is also rich in biodiversity that is showcased by the infinite host of colourful flowers, orchids and rhododendrons blooming all across the numerous gardens and parks of the capital city.

    Thangu Valley

    Thangu

    Thangu Valley is located at a distance of approximately 150 km from Gangtok and it takes approximately 4-5 hours to travel to this valley from Gangtok. The temperature ranges from 4°C to 12°C in summers which makes the climate on the colder side throughout the year. The amicable temperature range makes this place a very pleasant summer holiday destination. Permit is required for both Indian and international tourists to visit this place. Gurudongmar Lake is a mesmerizing high-altitude lake in Sikkim and is a very famous tourist spot. On the way to visit Gurudongmar Lake, comes the enchanting Thangu Valley. It’s a peaceful village wrapped in serenity and secluded natural scenic landscapes. The quaint little houses built of woods and stones entice tourists. A stay at Thangu Valley will bring you closer to the local customs and traditions. The village is located close to the Army base, and thus it has photography restrictions. Visit Thangu Valley for a chilled out relaxed and peaceful summer vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city life. The terrain is ideal for pumping adrenaline with some trekking and rafting. The blanket of colourful flowers that bloom will bring ecstasy to your mind. The annual Yak race held in the summers which is a thrilling event that will set your heart racing. A short day trip to Gurudongmar Lake and enjoying the richness of wildlife at the Kanchenjunga National Park located close by are added thrills.

    Khangchendzonga National Park

    Khangchendzonga National Park

    The Khangchendzonga National Park is a vast expansive national park with diverse and unique flora and fauna. It was assigned the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016 on account of its rich biodiversity. It is a biosphere reserve and a delight for ornithologists where several varieties of rare and unique birds are found. This park offers charming views of the third highest peak, Mt. Khangchendzonga, from close quarters. The trekking enthusiasts must visit this national park that offers various trekking routes that allow you to explore the stunning landscapes, pristine forests and high-altitude lakes. The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek proves to be an enthralling experience. It contains various species of mammals, birds and plants and some such rare and thrilling spotting can happen of wildlife species that include the snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, red panda, musk deer and numerous species of pheasants and butterflies. The park is also extra alluring as it receives snowfall for the most part of the year, making it a perfect tourist spot to visit in East Sikkim.

    Namchi

    Gigantic Guru Rinpoche of Samdruptse Hill

    Namchi can be well covered in 2 to 3 days where you can have a beautiful balance of spiritual ecstasy and natural beauty. Namchi is located approximately 78 km from Gangtok, and it takes 2-3 hours to travel by road. Namchi gets to be the hot seat of tourism in the month of October when the annual food, tourism and culture festival is celebrated here. This festival offers a unique experience of cultural extravaganza. Namchi is often referred to as the cultural capital of Sikkim. Its pristine, unspoilt beauty is a major tourist attraction in the lap of the Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of approximately 1315 meters and is steeped in splendid Himalayan mountainous beauty. The best experience that Namchi offers is in the form of the replicas of the four major Indian Dhams, revered by the devotees all across the world. Namchi is a prominent tourist attraction of South Sikkim specially on account of its religious association. Namchi’s beauty and spirituality is known all across the globe. The call of Namchi can be veritably alluring with its vivid natural beauty and a pure blend of exquisite man-made marvels. There lies the attraction and thrill of the trek to the Tendong Hill and the spiritual call of the four famous Hindu pilgrimages at Chardham. The Solophok Rose Garden will prove to be a sheer joyous place and the views of the towering mountain ranges all around offered by the Namchi Rock Garden will take your breath away. Namchi is a shopper’s delight too where you can revel in the variety of beautiful trinkets and snazzy dresses.

    Ravangla

    Buddha Park of Ravangla

    A complete and joyful trip to Ravangla can be planned keeping in mind 2 to 3 days of stay. The distance from Gangtok to Ravangla is approximately 68 km with a travel time of 2-3 hours. Ravangla is a very popular pilgrimage site in Sikkim for people especially with a religious bent of mind. Ravangla is located in the picturesque South Sikkim and has all the ingredients for a perfect vacation on the hills in August. You can enjoy the rhythmic waterfalls and the marvellous monasteries, or you can simply spend your days gazing at the distant spectacular mountain ranges that also boasts of the third highest mountain peak of Khangchendzonga. The temperature in Ravangla during the summer season ranges from around 4 °C to 12 °C. It also serves its guests one of the finest qualities of tea and is a delight for tea connoisseurs. Tourists can taste the award-winning tea while gazing at the majestic Mt Kanchenjunga. The surreal mountain peaks such as Mt Kabru offer stunning views from Ravangla. Ravangla is a heaven for bird watchers. Don’t miss out on the deep spiritual elation mixed with the historical significance at the Buddha Park of Ravangla which is a prominent seat for the Buddhist community. The therapeutic bath in Ravangla’s hot springs along with the richness of Buddhist workmanship at Ralang monastery and the magic of Temi Tea Estate is no less intriguing than the captivating sunrise at Maenam Hill and the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Borong Town.

    Zuluk

    Zuluk

    Zukul is not for the faint hearted. One has to be mentally prepared to take into task the 32 hairpin bends. The thrill of mountain roads is to be felt at its best. The small village is like a picture postcard surrounded majestically by the cloud-capped mountain ranges. At a height of approximately 10,000 feet above the sea Zuluk is located very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. Zuluk is historically famed to be a part of the Silk Route between the Tiber and Kalimpong via Jeep-La. If you plan a visit to Sikkim in summer with your family, make sure you bask in Zuluk’s beauty and hills. This place proves to be very serene and promises a peaceful vacation. The natural beauty is best enjoyed in the summer months which makes August an ideal time. The accumulating fog near the mountain peaks make the town look even more beautiful.

    Rinchenpong

    Rinchenpong Monastery

    This scenic village in West Sikkim is located at a height of approximately 5,500 feet (1,676 meters) above sea level and offers splendid views of the surrounding mountains and lush forests. It is a land of dense forests, terraced fields and meandering streams that looks charming in monsoons. If you are adventurous enough, you can attempt a trek or a hike following the trails through beautiful landscapes, adorned with colourful rhododendron forests and sleepy villages. The peace and serenity of the place is incomparable. Rinchenpong Monastery or Rinchenpong Gumpa is a special attraction. The stunning sunrises and sunsets will leave you awestruck. Rinchenpong is known for its tea gardens and the lush tea plantations add to the beauty of the landscape in August.

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