Sikkim’s remarkable tranquilly may tempt you to practise seclusion, but it won’t make you avoid the noisy Ciy pasalas (tea shops) or a nighttime passeggiata. You can’t disprove Sikkim’s breathtaking beauty or the fact that it will make your Indian vacation unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, and it’s similarly challenging to choose the best things to do there. Sikkim might easily pass for the most magical spot in Asia if you only spend a night there watching the lower Himalayas flirt with the glossy moonlight. We’ve selected the most amazing things to do in Sikkim, from fascinating treks to seductive monastery excursions.
Who doesn’t enjoy a cosy, toasty drive right after a chilly night? Enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Teesta river merging with the Zemu, Kangtse, and Pauhunri glaciers as you go to Gurudongmar Lake, the surreal green lake hidden among flower-filled meadows. After a fun 3- to 4-hour ride (or drive, if you can manage the difficult terrain without getting distracted) from Lachen, you arrive at Gurudongmar Lake, which has increased in length and splendour and is unquestionably one of the most stunning locations in Sikkim.
Visit Rumtek Monastery to find peace
In the priceless monasteries of Sikkim, there is never a boring moment. The Rumtek monastery, dedicated by the Kargyu sect of Buddhists, is stunning from the inside out. Unsure of what delightfully appeals to us more, the ancient monastery’s mystical atmosphere or the Buddhist monks’ incomprehensible yet calming chanting. Look at the fading paintings that cover the inner walls and serve as a backdrop for the little, golden Buddha sculptures. When we talk about the best things to do in Sikkim, the monastery is one of the top options because of the beautiful view it offers of the city of Gangtok, steep slopes, and rolling meadows.
Try Temi tea
One of, if not the richest, tea estates in Asia is found in Temi, a small town in South Sikkim. Temi become completely organic a long time ago, which has affected how the Sikkimese drink their tea. Black, without sugar, aromatic, and bursting with flavor—and the frosting on top? You may sample the delectable tea with views of the sprawling tea gardens just where it is grown. You could forget why you came and become one with nature if you have a hot cup of tea in your hands. Visit Ravangla Buddha Park, which features a 130-foot-tall Buddha statue as its centrepiece, after that.
Eat regional cuisine with momos and noodles
While visiting Sikkim, you can become addicted to gundruk (mashed green leaves) or kinema curry (fermented soybeans), both served with rice and sinki (radish pickle). Choose thukpa if you want to eat less and save room for the traditional cheese-filled momos in the evening (noodle soup with cauliflower, freshly ground pepper and spinach). Your lunch would not be complete without Sha Phaley and Sel Roti, two of Sikkim’s traditional sweets made on Dashain and Tihar festivals (cheese-coated bread with a stuffing of your choice). The list is enormous, so I could go on and on.
Capture Yumthang Valley rhododendrons in picture
If we neglected to mention the Yumthang valley when discussing the greatest things to do in Sikkim, it would be a crime. In other words, take pictures of Sikkim’s vibrant native wildflowers, not just any flowers, in the “valley of flowers.” The valley and the trail are covered in stunning rhododendrons that bloom in a variety of colours including scarlet, mauve, pink, and red, especially during the spring. The other main locations to see rhododendrons are in the woods of Singba and Varsey, but Yumthang Valley, with its fir tree backdrop, is a level above.
Experience MG’s nightlife Marg
A night in MG Marg would be a distinct option after spending a significant amount of time in the homestays of the Goecha La base camps in North Sikkim. Here, you may interact with the people, sample momos with cheese fountain, purchase artisan clothing, or simply stroll about leisurely while inhaling in the pure air that has been imbued with enticing aromas from the sidewalk kiosks. Take matters into your own hands and look outside the guidebook; there are other bars, lounges, and dining establishments.
Enroll in an adventurous sport
Call it a cheap thrill or something mundane, but if you try an adventure in Sikkim, it’s mainstream. If you’ve ever parachuted before, was it with a view like the one in Gangtok? Our list of the greatest things to do in Sikkim includes paragliding since the capital city has excellent launching hills and you can do it with a trained professional. Don’t confuse Sikkim’s serene, snow-covered landscape for a sign to ease off on your excursions! The Teesta, which has strong currents, was formerly ranked fourth among all rafting locations in the world. Some of the exhilarating activities to attempt in Sikkim include river rafting through charming villages, mountaineering on Mt. Thingchinkhang or Mt. Pandim, and mountain biking on the Namchi-Jorethang loop.
Wander in North Sikkim
Lachen and Gurudongmar Lake are just a couple of the top Sikkim attractions that can be found in North Sikkim. Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, which are located at the base of the mountain in the charming and stylish town of Lachen, are just a humble introduction to the wonders that lie nestled 2,750 metres above. Before embarking on your potentially life-changing journey, check the road’s conditions because it might be susceptible to landslides during particular seasons. Enjoy a fantastic evening in Lachen. Visit Lachung Town, which is renowned for its hot springs, colourful matchbox cottages, and pine trees, as well as for its spectacular vistas. From here, you may travel to Yumthang Valley.
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