Travel for travel’s sake, not because you have to but because you want to!
India unfurls many destinations of pure beauty. The Travel Guide brings you Sikkim- the less explored state of Northeast India. Being the least populous state of the country and the second smallest, you got to believe the fact that good things do come in small packages. Following are the best places to visit in Sikkim-
- GangtokThe capital of Sikkim is possibly the most alluring sights you got to see. This prismatic town will for sure charm you out with its breathtaking serene atmosphere, Himalayas peeping through the clouds, rivers, tranquility and what not. It is everything that a traveler seek for. Either you are a solitude lover or one seeking for adventure, from nature walk to mountain biking, Sikkim has it all.
- Nathu La PassNathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan. One of the important trade borders of the country, this place dates back to the historic “Silk Road” and connects Sikkim with Tibet. Travelling through this route is amazing; all you need to do is obtain permission from the tourism department of India. Sadly for foreigners, this pass is not open.
- Pelling You can have a look at the Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga at close proximity from this town. If you love waterfalls, you’d love Pelling. The place is snow covered during winters. Monasteries are something that makes Pelling even more beautiful. Pemayangtse and Sanga Choeling Monastries are two of the most popular local monasteries of the place.
- Lachung Lying close to the Tibetan border, Lachung is a small mountain village. The Lachung River flows through it. The place is a haven of thousands of species of woody plants and has a sanctuary known as Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary supporting these species. Hot springs are another feature of attraction of this region.
- Rumtek MonasteryPopularly known as the Dharma Chakra Center, Rumtek is one of the most largest and oldest monasteries of Sikkim. This place is a must visit on your travel list to Sikkim. A sense of calmness to the soul and purity to the mind is what this pious place claims to give its visitors.
- Jawaharlal Botanical GardensA home for thick oak forests, beautiful flowers, lush green gardens, orchids of a thousand varieties, this place is peaceful and best for recreational purposes. The place is located near the Rumtek Monastery and is a must visit for nature lovers.
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology A popular Tibetan museum dating back to 1957 was actually laid by the 14th Dalai Lama. You’d be amazed with the collections this place holds. There are several great artifacts, bone instruments, handmade paper written scripts and a lot of about Buddhism. Beautiful paintings add colors to the place where these paintings speak history.
- Gurudongmar Lake One of the highest lakes in the world, this lake is sacred to both the Tibetan and the Sikhs. Also known as the Guru Rinpoche, this place is sacred as it was blessed by Guru Rinpoche and Guru Nanak. Once blessed by Guru Padmasambhava , the lake kept from freezing during winter and hence providing water to the locals. The locals believe that by offering prayers to this lake, one can be blessed with a child.
- Namchi The very name means “Sky high”. Namchi is a city in Sikkim which is 1,675 m above the sea level. This beautiful city is more of a pilgrimage spot for the Buddhist. Among the amazing places to visit in Namchi are Tendong Hill, Sai Mandir, Shiddheswar Dham, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary to name a few.
- Yuksom Located in West Sikkim and one of the first capital of the state, A historical town, this place owe to its origin to several historical footprints.The place is not much populated as compared to the rest of places in the list but this in no way devoid the place of its heavenly beauty. This place doesn’t have much to offer in trends of modernization or so called city life. But if you are a rustic admirer, you’d love Yuksom for its simple yet astounding beauty.