A winter vacation in Sikkim would not be complete without visiting a monastery because of the calm atmosphere created by both the weather and the monasteries themselves. Visit the Rumtek Monastery, one of the biggest and most historic monasteries in Sikkim. This monastery, sometimes referred to as the “Dharma Chakra Center,” is a tribute to the Buddhist cultures and traditions. It is the ideal location for finding mental tranquilly and learning more about Buddhism.
In addition to many more, some well-liked monasteries to visit during the cold season are Pemayangste, Phodong, Phensang, Dubdi, Enchey, and Ralang. Discover Buddhism’s rich heritage and long history. You must not miss the myriad celebrations that take place during the winter.
Dzongri La trek
The Yuksom Dzongri La journey is thrilling not just in Sikkim but also in the North East, particularly during the harshest winter months. Starting in Dzongri in Kanchenjunga National Park, the trip proceeds along the path to HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) base camp.
Trek through the Himalayan woods, across snow-covered panoramas, and ultimately arrive at the most stunning views at an elevation of 4,170 m on one of the greatest winter treks in India.
You shouldn’t skip this winter hike since you can see 16 Himalayan peaks from Dzongri peak, including Mt. Kanchenjunga, Oklathang Valley, and many others.
The North East is full of adventure, and paragliding in Sikkim is one of them. One of the nicest things to do in Gangtok is to soar through the sky like a bird. You are tempted to embark on the trip by the breathtaking surroundings, snow-capped mountain peaks, cities, and hamlets, as well as the prayer flags flapping in the breeze.
You can go on this journey even in the cold. Tandem flying is an option, or you can take the risk on your own. There are several organisations providing the opportunity to attempt the adventure.
Yak ride in Sikkim is an activity you must try. The mode of transportation in this place is the massive, gentle yak. Yaks move slowly and steadily over rough terrain that is exposed to extreme weather conditions and even in places where there are no roads. A yak ride is thrilling as the gentle animal moves steadily across the challenging terrain.
Even in the winter, the exciting activity is offered. Yaks have woollen knitwear covering their horns, forehead, and bell strings. In Sikkim, yak rides are offered close to Tsongmo Lake and the Dzongri hike.
MG Road shopping
One of the top attractions in Gangtok is MG Road. Shopping here is quite fun since there are so many beautiful products. Look at the Chinese feng shui decorations, such as the smiling Buddha, dragons, new year lamp, and festival outfits from Tibet. Check out the hand-woven bamboo, hardwood, and carpet products as well. Look for discounts and quality mementos.
The handicrafts are particularly noteworthy, but make sure to verify their authenticity. Spend the day shopping and fill your baggage with mementos of Sikkim.
Visit vibrant festivals
Sikkim’s culture includes festivals. In the state of the mountains, winter ushers in a multitude of festivities. The festivals of Sikkim include rituals, customs, dancing, music, performances, prayers, and many other types of festivities.
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