A popular tourist destination in the northeast India, Sikkim borders 3 countries and is nature’s perfect sojourn for an eventful holiday. Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet border Sikkim form 3 sides while mighty Himalayas give it the perfect look of formidability. The immense beauty of the Himalayas are a major attraction for tourists.
Whether you are a honeymooner, a family person or an adventure enthusiast, Sikkim has places and activities that tend to all your needs. A weeklong stay that treats you to the views of imposing peaks, snow-capped mountains, frozen lake, and daunting passes will leave you absolutely mesmerized.
These 5 popular places in Sikkim are way too different than the mainstream tourist hotspots. When surfing through Sikkim tour packages and itineraries, look for ones that cover maximum of these attractions.
- Nathula Pass
At 4310 m, Nathula is the passage from India to Tibet and is the known as the remains of the popular Silk Route that existed ages ago and was the main route for business persons in the ancient and medieval times.
Nathula is located at such a daunting height which causes the oxygen levels to drop down in the region. Travelers must acclimatize for a day or two while planning the onward journey.
Reaching Nathula takes around 5 hours of continuous journey by road from Gangtok. Siliguri is the nearest railhead while Bagdogra is the nearest airstrip to Nathula Pass.
Major attractions around Nathula: Yak safari, Border gates of India and China, war memorial, exhibition center of the Indian Army, Mt Chomolhari
Brimming with parks, monasteries, palaces, and the surreal beauty of nature all around, Yuksom is the historic town in Sikkim blessed with exceptional geographical attractions.
Plan a quiet outing and bask in the glow of nature’s magnificence in Yuksom – the perfect place to be in Sikkim. Some 170 km from Yuksom, Bagdogra is the nearest airport, and Siliguri is the nearest railhead.
Major attractions around Yuksom: Norbugang Park, Dubdi Gompa, Kathok Wodsalin Gompa, Tashi tenka – a historic place
Known for the indigenous wildlife in the extremely dense forest, Ravangla boasts of untarnished view that makes it a wonderful tourist attraction in the northeastern state. Breathtaking mountain views, gompas, and other exciting trails for the adventurers make this place a must see for all the travelers.
From Jalpaiguri, the place is 94 km and must be visited by travel enthusiasts planning a trip to Sikkim.
Major Attractions near Ravangla: Mane Choekhorling Gompa, Tathagata Tsal, a Buddhist park, Pang Lhabsol,
- Tsomgo Lake
Some 38 km from the capital, Tsomgo is a popular attraction in the northeastern paradise for honeymooners and avid travelers. The exciting locale and breathtaking views around the lake make it a major hit in Sikkim. The glacial lake is enclosed by snow-capped mountains that make it a coveted tourist attraction in the state.
Major attractions around Tsomgo Lake: Migratory birds, Irish Yaks, blue and yellow poppies, and pony rides
It’s the road, mind it!
The foggy climate, challenging location, tipsy-turvy path leading the upslope trail make Zuluk a wonderful location for travelers to explore in the northeast. One of the perfect delight for worldwide travelers visiting Sikkim, Zuluk also has bewitching viewpoints, some exclusive shots of Mt Kanchenjungha and a perfect date with nature. Jalpaiguri is the nearest railhead at 91 km.
Major attractions around Zuluk: Nag temple, Mt Kanchenjungha, Thambi View Point
The most stunning of the popular northeast destinations await you. Sikkim is all set to be explored.