Digital Desk, New Delhi. During Covid-19, tourists were not allowed to enter Sikkim from March this year. However, under the ‘Visit Sikkim 2022’ program that began on July 5, both vaccinated passengers will now be allowed to enter the state. Passengers who have received both the doses of the Kovid vaccine will be allowed to come to Sikkim without showing a negative report. Sikkim is a paradise situated in the north-eastern part of India with views of the vast Himalayas. It’s like a big bang in a small packet. The attractive meadows, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the culture here are a sight to behold. It is very easy to reach Sikkim from any end of India. Due to Sikkim’s better connectivity with the rest of the country, it is visited by so many tourists every year. So let us tell you about the five must-visit places in Sikkim.
Gangtok is considered to be one of the beautiful hill stations of India. The city is a perfect amalgamation of cultural and natural beauty as well as modernization. The majestic glimpse of Mount Kangchenjunga can make your Sikkim trip more wonderful. If you come to Gangtok from March to May, then the fragrance of rhododendrons spread throughout the city welcomes you. If you want to visit religious places, then you must visit Enchi Math, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Math. The kind of cultural and historical importance that Sikkim is blessed with, its capital, Gangtok, adds to that pride.
This very beautiful glacier lake is one of the top tourist places in Sikkim. Tsongmo literally means ‘source of water’. Tsongmo Lake is one of the highest altitude lakes in India which makes Sikkim even more beautiful. Tsomgo Lake makes your trip even more memorable with the view of the snow-capped mountains around it. Fauna found at this site include primulus, yellow and blue poppies, Irish, yaks and ponies. The best time to see snow is January to March and April to May for rhododendrons and orchids. It is just 2 hours away from Gangtok so that you can enjoy the thrilling experience around the lake.
Zuluk is one of the offbeat places in Sikkim that has the power to amaze you with the alluring views of the mountains all around. There is an ancient and unique temple named Nag Mandir which is dedicated to Nag Devta. Other major attractions of Zuluk are the views of the snow-capped Mt. Kangchenjunga and Thambi view points are also seen from here. The best time to visit Zuluk is in the month of April.
Kangchenjunga National Park
If you love trekking, then you must visit Kangchenjunga National Park once. Kangchenjunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is named after Mount Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Regarded as a trekking paradise, this park is home to around 550 species of birds. Close to the India-China borders, adventure lovers will surely revel in this thrilling base camp.
Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley
These three very beautiful villages drenched in the culture of Sikkim will definitely make it to the list of any wonderlust person. Lachen Tri is a very small village in Sikkim. The village is home to Tibetan nomadic tribes during winters. Lachen is the gateway to the Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes of Sikkim. Lachen will give you the best of peaceful times, Lachung is perfect for enjoying the snow and Yumthang is where you will get to see the Valley of Flowers of Sikkim. Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, are very quiet places that you should not miss while visiting Sikkim.